How many times have you used the phrase, “that will never happen to me?” I’m sure that in my own instance it has slipped past my tongue more than a dozen times a year. The phrase – That will never happen to me – is somewhat accusatorial, part prayer and part common sense. Because really, who…

On December 11, 2018, with my support, the U.S. Senate passed the final version of the new Farm Bill by an overwhelmingly, bipartisan vote. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation the next day also by a broad, bipartisan vote before it went to President Trump to sign into la…

 “Like all Americans, I am extremely frustrated in Congress' inability to compromise. My message to Idahoans is that I am sorry for the failure of your elected leaders to fulfill their most basic duty.  We are a diverse nation with many different viewpoints, but all Americans expect their go…

This is the second in a series of articles about the upcoming Minidoka Schools Bond. I encourage you to reach out to your local school to ask questions and learn more about their needs. Last week we discussed Why we need the bond: To address student growth and complete projects we have not b…

Sadly, the same old shenanigans are occurring within the Cassia County School District. Earlier in the week a photo showing the temperature in a classroom at Mt. View Elementary, which if you recall was just remodeled, to be 55 degrees circulated on social media. The picture was from an educ…

It seems odd the MinidokaCounty middle schools have principals and spouses working in the same building.  Policy reads that a person may not directly supervise a relative, but district administration “skirted around” the rule by hiring a district supervisor.

On the day of this writing the outside temperature in Burley was 53 degrees, balmy by comparison to our average winter temperature. This warm-up will certainly yield to cooler temperatures before our spring weather pattern catches on.

I am writing in support of the wonderful faculty and staff of Declo High School. I was not raised in this small town or even this state, so I would be considered an outsider to most. The letter in the mailer last week explained that Declo community and school is a very tight knit community a…

They say there are no ugly babies. It is likely that for a parent looking down at a newborn child, that statement would be true, but that might be as far as the lack of objectivity would go. It isn’t politically correct to contradict parents as they ooh and ahh at their newborn, but deep dow…

Elizabeth Catmull Schroeder and Vanae Catmull Richardson would like to thank all the wonderful people who after a fire totally destroyed our home and took the lives of our two wonderful dogs on November 27, 2018.

In the neighborhood where I live, some "helpful" person is removing snow from the sidewalks with a 4 - wheeler. Sounds great right? Well the first few times it was.

As outgoing President of the Oakley Valley Arts Council I would like to thank a couple of individuals who have given great time and support the last two years in behalf of OVAC. Megan Reynolds offered to write a grant for us and because of her efforts we received a grant from PMT to make bad…

Q: I'm searching for a newer pickup. I'm nervous about buying something with all the new bells and whistles as I plan on keeping it for a long time. My concern lies in the fact that we have a throw away society and that makes me think they don't make vehicles to last these days. With that in…

After a peaceful Christmas Day this year I had the opportunity to help my daughter, Cheri, move to Denton, Texas where she will attend graduate school. The drive from Provo where she has been living for the past nine years to Denton, Texas is approximately 1,200 miles and 20 hours of driving…

Cassia County’s Board of Trustees have passed a resolution calling for a facilities bond election on March 12, 2019 for the amount of $56.7 million for the term of 20 years.  After more than a year’s investigation initiated by a citizen’s facility committee chaired by John Evans, Jr., the Bo…

The words ‘New’ and ‘Improved’ carry with them the idea that something has gotten better than it once was. With that in mind I would like to tell you about the future of the Weekly Mailer. Beginning on January 8th, 2019 you will find a different Weekly Mailer in your mailbox.  I am aware tha…

 Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a longtime proponent of protecting federal funding for victims of domestic violence and related crimes, is co-sponsoring legislation to prevent Congress from withholding funding in the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) that is designated to victims of crime.  The Fund consi…

Christmas is a season built for memories. Its traditions of gift giving, family meals and reaching out to others we don’t normally include in our day-to-day circles creates lots of memory potential. Whether we use the Christmas holiday to its potential has everything to do with how you plan …

Do you remember back in the day when we watched grocery checkers like a hawk to make sure that they input the correct price into the cash register? Back then, every grocery item had a specific price marked on it. The checker would have to look for the stamped price on every item, manually en…

Jack and Mary would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals who so generously donated food, money, clothing, coats, blankets, or helped at the Community pre-Thanksgiving meal held at Golden Heritage Senior Citizen Center.  Five hundred fifty people were served a wond…

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In order to reach as many patrons as possible with our Town Hall meetings we are going to try something new! We will be sharing our December 3 Town Hall meeting live on Facebook. This will be our first attempt at this so bear with us if things don’t go well.

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In a recent conversation with one of my cousins she told of an experience she had as a young girl that sort of put things into perspective for the future. Her father was my father’s only brother, each son bookending seven girls in their family.

ELECTION! There is no wailing and gnashing of teeth at my place, nor am I going to move to Canada! But, I was very disappointed. I did feel better after President Trump’s press conference.  Really liked the way he put down that fool representing CNN! ! 

Over the past year I have written a couple of columns on my family history as I have attempted to know more about ancestors who have passed on. Sometimes I’ve had great luck finding little snippets of facts but more often the result has simply led to more questions.

With the upcoming election we have a unique opportunity to vote for someone to serve as our next District Judge. This is an important position and one that may have a substantial impact on our community. A good judge should possess the following traits: judicial temperament, intelligence, a …

Ever try to skip a flat rock across a pond?  If you did a good job you might cause a small ripple.  If the liberals are lucky they might cause a small ripple.  I really believe republicans will ride a huge wave.  I think the people of the United States are fed up with all this protesting.  P…

In the upcoming election we have the opportunity to vote relative to an open position for District Judge in the Fifth District. I am writing to encourage support for David Gadd in that position. I have known David Gadd for many years since he started practicing and I am familiar with his exc…

I am writing this letter to recommend David Gadd as District Judge for the Fifth Judicial District.  I have known Dave for 15 years.   We studied together in law school and had a carrel next to each other.  As a student, Dave was exceptionally bright, graduating in the top 10% of his class. …

Albion City citizens:  On Tuesday Nov. 6th you will be asked to put a mark in history to place your vote on a ballot to recall the city mayor.  Please support the citizens of this great valley who had the courage to stand up and put their names on a petition and now needs your VOTE to stand …

This is in response to Nile Maricle's "Sound Off" letter published on October 16, 2018. I am a registered Republican.  When I read what he said about Judge Kavanaugh, I was deeply upset. His comment about "paid protesters", even though its a great story for reality TV or certain media organi…

Nobody wants to plan an event only to have it turn out to be a complete disaster. If you have ever planned a party, an open house or a community event, you will know first hand the knot that forms in your gut when the zero hour comes and nobody has shown up, or worse – too many people came.

This is in response to Nile Maricle's "Sound Off" letter published on October 16, 2018. I am a registered Republican.  When I read what he said about Judge Kavanaugh, I was deeply upset. His comment about "paid protesters", even though its a great story for reality TV or certain media organi…

With the upcoming election we have a unique opportunity to vote for someone to serve as our next District Judge. This is an important position and one that may have a substantial impact on our community. A good judge should possess the following traits: judicial temperament, intelligence, a …

This letter goes out to the Whitney Murphy family. I too, am very frustrated at how our county officials have handled the investigation and prosecution of the murders of Whitney Murphy and Tiffany Streling. I wrote a critical letter to the Sound Off over 2 years ago, and was told to be patient and that the Sheriff was doing everything he could. Well, I'm here to tell you that the Sheriff and the Prosecutor have totally dropped the ball on these two cases. And unfortunately, they are safe in their jobs for the next two years. In both cases, it is obvious to everybody, who committed these crimes. The only people that can't figure it out, are the ones who we have entrusted and who have to power, to bring these violent perpetrators to justice. If your experiences are like mine. When you call in to ask about the progress on these cases, you are blown off. Calls aren't returned. I didn't know either one of these girls. I remember seeing Whitney around town and always thought, how nice she seemed. Neither one of them were killed by random strangers. The only recourse, we as the public have is to put pressure on our officials. If enough of us care enough to do this maybe we can force our incompetent pubic officials to do the job we pay them to do. Put the pressure on the officials we have the power to replace in two years. Sheriff Heward and DA Abernoth. Do you dang job or we will fire you. And to the Murphy family. I am sorry for your loss. And even though, I don't know you. I care and I support you.

I too, am very frustrated at how our county officials have handled the investigation and prosecution of the murders of Whitney Murphy and Tiffany Streling.  I wrote a critical letter to the Sound Off over 2 years ago, and was told to be patient and that the Sheriff was doing everything he co…

I am writing this letter to recommend David Gadd as District Judge for the Fifth Judicial District.  I have known Dave for 15 years.   We studied together in law school and had a carrel next to each other.  As a student, Dave was exceptionally bright, graduating in the top 10% of his class. …