When we think of what it means to be healthy, we often think of physical health--maintaining an optimal weight, eating well and not having any ailments slowing us down. However, the definition of “healthy” includes not just physical, but also mental and emotional well-being. Distressing stat…

A string of new Idaho laws is protecting our freedoms, making us safer, and helping our economy. July 1st is always a special day in the Gem State; it’s when most of the laws passed during the legislative session actually go into effect. It was a challenging year in the statehouse, but I wor…

Nearly everyone in Idaho has a friend, family member, or neighbor who has been impacted by the ongoing opioid crisis. Idahoans have spent years trying to figure out how to contend with the most addictive, widespread drugs in modern history. The opioid epidemic has become a pressing issue for…

Every July 4th we celebrate the establishment of our nation and the values that created it. The freedoms that our inspired founders affirmed in the Declaration of Independence, and upheld in our Constitution, are the guiding principles of our Republic.

Letter to the editor

    We would like to thank the Honorable Jeff Payne for his generosity in providing a place for our resource center for the past two years. We were warm in the winter, cool in the summer, yard work was done, walks were cleared, trash was hauled, and all at no cost to us. We are so indebted and g…

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      “They took my saddle in Houston, / broke my leg in Santa Fe. / Lost my wife and a girlfriend / somewhere along the way. / But I'll be lookin’ for 8 when they pull that gate; / and I hope that judge ain’t blind. /Amarillo by mornin’ / Amarillo’s on my mind.”—George Strait

      In the 1980s, there was a brokerage firm called E.F. Hutton that had one of the better advertising slogans of the decade: “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Believe it or not, the same is true of your voice when it comes to Medicaid expansion - Idaho’s greatest legislative achievement …

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        On Saturday 29th, the Idaho GOP voted to continue their anti-peace agenda. They are not interested in bringing our troops home. They also voted to maintain their anti-marijuana position and continue putting non-violent offenders in for-profit private prisons. Essentially, the Idaho GOP has v…

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          Along with summer heat and barbecues, people across America gather to celebrate a myriad of patriotic and local events.

          Letter to the editor

            In 1960, a Hibbing, Minn., shop owner’s son dropped out of college. Robert’s grades had plummeted (D- in Music Appreciation). Late nights found Robert at the off-campus “10 o’clock Scholar” coffee house, appreciating Woody Guthrie records, e.g., “This Land is Your Land.” Hooked, Robert hitch…

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              I went to the last District 244 school board meeting in Grangeville. At this meeting Martha Smith and Dakota Gorges got up and addressed the school board with speeches regarding Vincent Martinez contract not being renewed. They also presented petitions signed by many from the community for t…

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                Thank you to all the supporters of the Rebekah Gems of White Bird! Because of you, we are able to support our community, and we thought maybe you’d like to hear about some of the things we’ve done so far this year.

                In Idaho, potatoes have long been the staple crop of our agricultural sector and economy. We are responsible for about 30 percent of the country’s total potato production. That production goes a long way in feeding the rest of the country, as potatoes are the leading vegetable crop and the s…

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                  It has been brought to our attention that all the folks who donated money to Pine Tree Credit Union last December, that was to be matched by Pine Tree Credit Union and Bud’s Powersports did not receive thank you’s, as we were told they did. So, to all the folks who donated money at Pine Tree…

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                    When it comes to zoning requirements, have you ever wondered who is pushing for all of this control? I would suggest you study up on Agenda 21 and Agenda 30, as well as the World Wildlife Fund, etc. Obviously, someone wants us all out of here - badly.  Why?  Consider the resources here and t…

                    You may have seen a scary headline about measles recently. It’s been confirmed: there are two measles cases in Idaho, both from Latah County. This comes in the midst of the largest outbreak of measles in the country since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

                    “Ninety-seven percent of land in Custer County is state and federally owned and exempt from taxation,” explained Custer County Commissioner and Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Committee Chairman Wayne Butts. “Counties and schools like ours can’t operate without federal forest payments.”

                    You were the real hero of the 2019 legislative session. You came to the statehouse more times than I can count armed with facts, personal stories, and courage to fight the legislation that would hurt your communities. We could not have passed good Idaho centered legislation or stopped damagi…

                    Our flag is a powerful image of our national strength and American principles.  The flag has stood on the Moon.  Determined American soldiers raised our flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.  It was flown on buildings after the Sept. 11 attacks.  The coffins of our best and bravest, who paid t…

                    Letter to the editor

                      On Monday, June 3rd, the school board of Mountain View School Dist. 244 voted to renew all contracts with the exception of Mike Johnson, Keri Schumacher and Vincent Martinez. I was not at the meeting, but was informed of this event by a coworker who was watching it live-streamed on Facebook.…

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                        Let me get this straight. Our communities just passed a huge levy to support our schools and the thanks we get is to fire six teachers to balance the budget. Is anyone else feeling betrayed?

                        Letter to the editor

                          On April 24, Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther sent a letter to the Idaho County Attorney complaining that this county had failed to adopt a comprehensive zoning plan & ordinance to comply with Idaho statues.

                          Congratulations to all students across Idaho who recently graduated from university or any work-force training program! Your hard work and dedication to advancing your education is one of the most invaluable resources to our state. The education that you have received represents your future …

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                            I was worried that a brick-and-mortar school wouldn’t have all the resources I needed to succeed. That’s why I made the decision to choose a different route for my education and attend school online. Because of this choice, I was able to get experiences that wouldn’t have been available in m…

                            Letter to the editor

                              To all the volunteers and participants of the Hoop Shoot last fall and to the sheriff’s office for their support, a "big thank you!" The Camas Prairie Food Bank was the recipient of the funds raised and the food drive from the Hoop Shoot. In all, there were 4,676 items of food donated to the…

                              Letter to the editor

                                I received permission from Jerry Zumalt to host a rest stop for cyclists on the Trans Am Bike Race 2019, located on the lawn by The United Methodist Church in Grangeville. They will be passing through our town within the next couple of days for the next week. While I won’t be there the whole…

                                Last November, 61 percent of voters expanded Medicaid for Idahoans who make too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid but not enough to qualify for tax credits on the health exchange. I’ve been collecting the stories of Idahoans in the gap to help them share their share experiences of bei…

                                Letter to the editor

                                  On behalf of the Associated Student Body of Clearwater Valley High School, we would like to express our gratitude toward our community that chose to support the future of our schools. The passing of this levy means our community values our education and the future of our students. A supporti…

                                  Idaho County property owners will be receiving their 2019 Assessment Notices next week. Like most of Idaho, Idaho County shows no signs of a depressed real estate market.

                                  Four percent of the nation’s forested public wildlands remain undeveloped today. These landscapes are either designated wilderness or lands that qualify for designation. Many lands not protected as wilderness are called roadless areas. There are approximately 60 million acres of unprotected …

                                  Letter to the editor

                                    Now that Kooskia voters have refused to recall Mayor Charlotte Schilling, I hope that the spirit of cooperation and good will that used to exist between the ambulance volunteers and the city can return. I have good friends in both groups, and I know they are intelligent people who have the a…

                                    Letter to the editor

                                      Last Saturday, my wife and I were returning from Moscow where we attended our granddaughter's graduation from the U of I. Coming up the grade from Craigmont and near Ferdinand, our engine died suddenly, and we were just able to exit onto Cemetery Road.

                                      Letter to the editor

                                        There are so many good things in this large county, but I want to give a shout out to the GHS FFA that hosted a plant sale, Saturday, May 11.

                                        Letter to the editor

                                          On April 7, Todd Hudson was involved in an injury at the IFG-Grangeville. This was a pretty serious injury, requiring surgery. From the moment the accident happened, the IFG staff went out of their way to ensure he was receiving the needed assistance. Tracy Seubert and Fred Smith have been a…

                                          Letter to the editor

                                            To confuse you, dam proponents, including some in Congress, tout Columbia Basin’s Snake River per-dam juvenile salmon survival rate as if it applied accumulatively to the entire waterway.

                                            A new law passed this legislative session may allow Idahoans to have a larger voice in federal land management. This law, deemed the, “Federalism Bill,” appoints a group of legislators to help chart a better path for cooperative efforts between the federal government and its citizens. I have…

                                            Letter to the editor

                                              Like most stories, there are two sides. Having watched the school board meeting when the levy amount was decided, I’d like to testify that we have a fiscally conservative board that struggled with deciding to run the levy at $3 million. Being aware of the tension between conservative constit…

                                              Letter to the editor

                                                From a family that’s been on the Camas Prairie for a century, with 29 years of experience in the health care industry, supporting 18 excellent employees through his Grangeville Irwin Drug store, a service-oriented, always thinking, always innovative, always positive, always conservative, Cha…

                                                Neighbors helping neighbors: One of the great things about living in rural communities is folks’ readiness to jump up and assist those in need. That compassion and concern is exemplified in our emergency medical technicians – EMTs – who are being recognized as part of National EMS Week, May 19-25.

                                                Spring brings new life and beauty to Idaho County. It is also the time that the board of trustees at Mountain View School District starts looking at our budget for the next year. Per the state constitution, funding for public schools is supposed to be provided from state tax collections, but…

                                                Letter to the editor

                                                  I have served on the Syringa Hospital and Clinics Board of Trustees for just over nine years. Due to that service I feel I am in a very good position to know what the Board will need to see as new trustees following the upcoming elections. My votes will go to the following candidates and I u…

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