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School trustees are asked to make decisions ranging from operations to curriculum and policy formation. With thirty-five years of experience in facility management and construction, I have never professed to be a professional educator. To this position, I bring a business skill set along wit…

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Wildlife species should be protected and recovered when possible.  But, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as written and enforced has had very limited success.  We can do better as envisioned in legislative reforms, including the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act and the Endang…

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Although construction is scheduled nearly two years in the future, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is seeking early input from the public regarding plans to rehabilitate Idaho Highway 75 (Main Street) in Hailey between Fox Acres Road and Cobblestone Lane.

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In an effort to prevent nearly 6,000 deaths each year, many new cars are being equipped with systems that can detect the presence of pedestrians and automatically apply the brakes under certain conditions. But significant improvements are needed before radar and sensors can take the place of…

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In the most recent year for which data is available, at least 57% of all K-6 grade students in Burley’s elementary schools were classified as “Students from Low Income Families.” The cost of preparing for a new school year puts a strain on those families, and many students come to school ina…

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The Supreme Court of the United States plays a vital role in safeguarding the United States’ Constitution.  Threats by other members of the U.S. Senate to intimidate the Supreme Court into capitulation of its constitutionally mandated duties goes against every value of judicial independence …

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In June of 2018, the deaths by suicide of two high-profile celebrities garnered substantial attention. Within days of each other, fashion designer Kate Spade and television host and author Anthony Bourdain took their own lives.

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored two bills that would provide payments to counties with significant percentages of federal land. The Permanently Authorizing PILT Act would eliminate the uncertainty of annual PILT payments by permanently funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program…

CSI Rad Tech Club sophomore students with the College of Southern Idaho’s AAS Degree Radiologic Technology Program – invite all prospective students to come to their three-hour career awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8. The event will be held in the Rad Lab (HSHS 178) at CSI’s …

In a hearing today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved S. 1570, the Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act, for consideration by the full Senate.  The bill, sponsored by U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), would ease restrictions to allow for aquifer recharge through federal …

The Idaho Transportation Department is in the early stages of developing a project to improve traffic capacity and safety on Idaho Highway 75 between Elkhorn Road and River Street in Ketchum.

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In February, I wrote a column urging U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho, to support President Trump’s call in his 2019 State of the Union to bring our troops home from endless wars in the Middle East.

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The sacrifices families make when their loved ones serve in our nation’s Armed Forces are incredibly understated.  Military families raise children and hold together households while their loved ones are far from home.  They endure sleepless nights worrying about their loved ones serving in …

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The Idaho State Board of Education had a rare and opportune moment to hire new presidents at our four-year college and universities, all within the last year.  What this means is we now have a team of new leaders in place who the Board believes will help us transform Idaho’s entire higher ed…

If you have been to Mike Christensen Snake River Steam and Power Show in the past, then you know how much fun it can be! The show has traditionally been held out at Mike’s mother’s property. However, this year, The Minidoka County Historical Society Museum is excited to host the event on mus…

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Modern Woodmen of America in Rupert recently came together to give $600.00 in food to the MVCC church and Idaho Food Bank.

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It took 14 hundred years to eradicate measles from the United States, now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn this year may break our short record. Measles started popping up in world history as early as the 7th century. A vaccine for the disease wasn’t licensed for use…

Lane restrictions on the Perrine Bridge are expected to continue through the end of next week, and intermittently through October as crews conduct inspections and maintenance.

The leaves are barely beginning to change colors, but it’s already time to start thinking about holiday airline travel. According to AAA’s new research, late September provides the best combination of seat availability and reasonable prices.

Diseases once considered eradicated from United States are making a come-back. This year U.S. cities fought off more than 12 hundred cases of measles in 31 states. Idaho communities have also battled other infectious diseases, like tuberculosis and hepatitis A, in the last few months.

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Many years before Burley elementary schools were reconfigured to the kindergarten through sixth grade design, community members approached, now former school trustees requesting the change. This was before my time in Cassia, but I am aware of the history. Significant change like this wasn’t …

For complete transparency, I have purchased, at my own expense, this newspaper spot.  My motivation is simple; truth and clarity. I have stood by for too long and allowed hatred, lies and innuendos to be left without a response, believing that eventually the truth rises to the top.   For tha…

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Vehicle owners may enjoy the freedom of instant mobility, but they could be paying a premium for the privilege. On average, the true cost of new vehicle ownership is more than $9,200 per year, according to AAA’s latest Your Driving Costs study. That’s the highest cost since AAA began trackin…

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Gov. Brad Little has declared next week, Sept. 15-21, to be Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week in Idaho. There will be safety events around the state to mark the occasion, including Moscow (Sept. 18), Meridian (Sept. 19), Boise and Pocatello (Sept. 21), and Malad (Sept. 27).

SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO - Summer is winding down and with it local vegetable and fruit crops are ripening. As residents collect their harvests, the South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) reminds everyone to follow tested canning and food preservation guidelines to avoid getting sick.

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This summer, 91 people died as a result of traffic crashes according to preliminary data from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). This is down from the summer of 2018, when 101 people were killed in crashes during the same time period.

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September is National Preparedness Month. I hope all ITD employees will take a few minutes to review their plans, and think ahead about readiness not only at work, but at home and when they are travelling.

A couple weeks ago, I learned I was chosen to be Teacher of the Year for Cassia County School District. So far, it has been a humbling experience with many words of encouragement and applause-- teach in such a supportive community.

SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO – This year the U.S. watched as communities in more than half of our nation’s states fought measles epidemics. Some families were quarantined in their homes for weeks, while others faced unexpected medical bills.

Nearly 20,000 Idaho high school seniors are receiving a postcard this week alerting them to watch for their college admissions letter arriving later this month.

In late August, Moscow begins to vibrate with the energy of new and returning students about to begin the new academic year at the University of Idaho. This year, a special optimism is in the air as Scott Green, Moscow native and UI graduate, begins his first term as the University’s new pre…

The work ethic, experience, diligence and ingenuity of our nation’s veterans lend well to many civilian professions. Some veterans choose to apply their skills to farming and ranching following their military service, and certain federal programs provide tools for former service members tran…

Some of America’s best-known astronauts visited Idaho in 1969 to train for their moon missions. But for many years, the small, supporting role Idaho played in the Apollo lunar program was unappreciated, misunderstood, even ignored.

LINCOLN, GOODING, AND CAMAS COUNTIES - The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a public health advisory today for Thorn Creek Reservoir. Results from recent DEQ water testing show the concentration of cyano bacteria…