It's difficult to run for a public office, any office. I respect anyone brave enough to allow public scrutiny. I need to correct Mr. Dominguez; politics does not belong in the school board. School board members are voted in for having the best ideas and experience, to make school a good lear…

The incumbents’ decisions/disrespect toward teachers, parents and, worst of all, the students have cost the school district greatly. Smith and Dominguez claim to be conservative with our money, yet they’ve burdened the district by wasting more than $300,000 in bad decisions over the last yea…

Most of the people I talk to agree that we are living in strange political times. Nowadays, the two main parties are polar opposites in their ideology. Then to make it worse, the Republican Party is battling a faction within that has no intention of supporting the true beliefs of the Republi…

Re-elect Casey Smith for Zone 2 MVSD trustee. Casey is a 4th generation native of Idaho and a 4th generation cattle rancher. Currently, Casey has 11 grandchildren attending Clearwater Valley schools. The past four years, Casey donated his time serving as school board trustee in an attempt to…

Whether you have children or grandchildren in a local Idaho school, or not, if you care about the direction our country is heading, it is critical that you pay attention to the politics of those running for school board positions, and vote accordingly. If you want to keep Idaho and Idaho Cou…

Casey Smith, whom I have never met or talked to, has labeled me “extremely liberal” and a “puppet” of the teachers. Mike Dominguez, who decided to run against me to stop a “liberal takeover,” is an acquaintance with whom I have never had any kind of discussion. For the record, I am not a lib…

Framing the debate surrounding school board positions in divisive polarized terms like liberal or conservative is misguided, in my opinion. Casey Smith demonstrated on a regular basis that he has little regard for people, no capacity to listen to another opinion, a temper that is not complet…

I support Pam Reidlen for zone 4 for Mountain View School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 5th election. Her goals to (1) refocus the board on the school district's mission of "Educational Excellence for all", (2) restore public trust and confidence in the board and (3)  increase commu…

I am writing in support of re-electing Casey Smith to the local school board. My husband and I have attended board meetings including the levy meeting this year and can tell you that Casey is a board member who shows a genuine concern about how our tax dollars are spent and is the only membe…

Washington and Oregon recently closed salmon and steelhead recreation fishing for parts of the Columbia River. Upstream, the Idaho Department of Fish & Game Commissioners voted to close the steelhead season throughout the Clearwater Basin, as well the Snake River near Lewiston. Soon ther…

Early, late, weekends, whenever one passes by CV high school there is a good chance you will see Mike Dominguez's pickup truck parked there. His involvement at the school is incredible. As a father of two recent grads and three current students, he spends a lot of time involving himself with…

Because he is in my zone and I know Casey Smith, I can remember four years ago when he campaigned for the school board, that he was opposed by all five of the board members at the time, including the incumbent he defeated, and by his own brother, the board chairman. Because he campaigned aga…

Pray tell, Mr. Dominguez -- how could you possibly (mis)interpret your testy incumbency on the #244 school board as a positive element for students, staff, support personnel and patrons of the Mountain View District? Since your campaign has chosen a platform of labels, please explain "libera…

After reading last week's article featuring the MVSD board candidates for zone 4, it seems more evident than ever that change and a fresh perspective are needed. Ms. Reidlen has the background, understanding of the challenges and an actual plan to bring some positive changes to the district.…

The mission and passion of Syringa Hospital District is to provide the quality health care experience that our patients deserve. Further, we remain dedicated to providing that same level of excellent health care services to every veteran in our district. This commitment has not wavered nor d…

On a recent trip to the left United States (Seattle, Wash.) one of the tolerant, peace-loving, fans of coexistence chose to mangle one of my TRUMP 2020 bumper stickers. It appears their standards are a little less civil than they would like us to believe. Hypocrites?

Kudos to the hunters who befriended and protected the young bull elk who spent five days at their campsite near Stanley. It was the start of archery season, and if Elliott wasn’t slaughtered outright —bow-hunting is one of the cruelest ways to kill — he might have run off and died slowly and…

The feds have been allowing California to set their own auto emission standards. They are whining now because President Trump is insisting they accept the federal standards. While I agree that states should set their own rules, my point here is this: Why has California been allowed to set th…

Grangeville, 1 a.m.: Estill “Howard” Smith IV is still awake. Howard works Zip Trip graveyard shifts, reminiscent of Hopper’s iconic painting, “Nighthawks.” Howard greets night owls who float in, fuel cars, fill coffee mugs, then fly off to who knows where. Chirpy teens flock into booths, si…

About the recent failure of multiple city water wells; It would at least seem that insufficient attention has been paid to preventive maintenance on these wells. If this, in fact, is the case, let’s hope that those responsible will consider this a lesson learned and institute priority change…

In a crisis, good people tend to pitch in to help each other and a community comes together as a team --a good sign of a strong and healthy society. So, why is it that for everyday needs, so few are willing to pitch in for the good of the whole?

Could you outshoot the sheriff? Here's Your opportunity!  If you win the competition, sheriff gives up his .44 magnum pistol to you! Plus, you'll have some sweet bragging rights! Your donation goes exclusively toward the election of conservatives who will support Your 2nd Amendment gun right…

In mid-August on national news on national television was an item on the fire in the rainforest in the Amazon. It stated that the rainforest provided 20 percent of the world oxygen, and the smoke from the fire was putting an untold amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is a gre…

I see Reclaim Idaho is going to fund education here by taxing corporations and "the rich" to the tune of $200M more a year. Fine idea. Except corporations pass their taxes on to their customers -- or they move somewhere else -- or they go out of business. Think Shopko, Wards, Kmart, Payless …

“As I was out a-ridin’ / the graveyard-shift, midnight ‘til dawn, / the moon was as bright as a reading light / for a letter from an old friend back home. / He asked me, / ‘Why do you ride for your money? / Why do you rope for short pay? / You ain’t gettin’ nowhere, / and you’re losin’ your …

"There is no middle ground" in government and economics today! The battle involves the left, or liberal side, and the right, the conservative side! Who will control?

Although I have attended the Idaho County Fair in past years, I have never participated. This year, my “Students First!, Norma Staaf for Mountain View School Board Zone 2” campaign had a booth in the open exhibit hall and a parade entry. From the moment I walked in the door, the fair board m…

What keeps us alive? Five years ago this week, an amazingly successful comedic talent failed to find a reason to continue living. Robin Williams died Aug. 11, 2014, as the result of what was ruled an apparent suicide. For years, Williams had battled alcoholism and depression.

Spanning already a decade of time, it's indeed a long and arduous story, the details of which anyone can learn by visiting www.ithappenedtous.com.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new deal U.S.F.S. of the ‘90s that came up with prescribe burns and the let-it-burn policy. You have almost successfully destroyed what the preceding 300 years of common sense people created in regards to the local forest. (Don’t feel…

Over the last year, the MVSD board members and some district staff have been the subject of an onslaught of untruths, misrepresentations, character assassinations, embezzlement charges and very intentional personal hurtful insults. There have been votes of no confidence, frivolous lawsuits a…

"I've been walkin’ / in my sleep: / countin’ troubles / ’stead of countin’ sheep. / Where the years went, / I can’t say: / I just turned around / and they’ve gone away / . . . Now I find myself on the mountainside: / Where the rivers change direction / Across the Great Divide.”— late-great K…

Rita was sixteen years, hazel eyes and chestnut hair. / She made the Woolworth counter shine. / And Eddie was a sweet romancer / —And darn good dancer—/ And they’d waltz the aisles of the five-and-dime . . . / And they’d sing: ‘Dance a little closer to me; / Dance a little closer . . . / It’…

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…

“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

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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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…

Huge thank you to the Wilkins for allowing us to use their pond for fishing, the Forest Service being there, stocking the pond and bringing Smokey and the owl, and to the Lions Club for serving up some great food. Fishing at the Wilkins pond is a must. We also were blessed to win some pretty…

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…

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