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In 1967 the Beatles crafted a song with the sole intent of allowing Ringo Starr, the bands drummer, to sing the lyrics. Starr wasn’t as natural of a lyricist as were Paul McCartney or John Lennon, so they put in the effort to compose the song, “With a little help from my friends” specificall…

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On behalf of the Magic Valley Folk Festival, I would like to thank the Mini-Cassia area for supporting this year’s festival.  We had a wonderful experience with dancers and musicians from Croatia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Taiwan.  They danced and shared their cultures with us…

When you listen to yourself talk, how often do you find yourself using the word “hate”? I’m sure that I say it quite often, certainly several times in a day if not more. I don’t think about the negativity of the word when I use it, but it does have a very negative connotation.

Congress and the White House agree to expand definition of war eras to include all who served since Dec. 7, 1941.

On a recent tour of the area cemeteries for a genealogy project, I found myself appalled and embarrassed at the status of several of our cemetery listings in our area. With the exception of Paul and the Minidoka Cemetery listings, they are horribly out of date and in poor condition.  My pare…

Navigating Early Childhood Education

Recently a horrible tragedy occurred which seemed to suck the very air from our lungs.  In this difficult time, we found ourselves surrounded by heroes.  At that moment, when the pain seemed beyond our ability to bear, our community gathered us into their collective arms and carried us throu…

I have been thinking about the recent situation with the Cassia School District and the decisions they have made with the custodians. I recognize that without the bond passing the district will need to make some compromises but is the decision they have made in the best interest of anybody? …

Like it or not, we’re all born into a family comprising of parents and siblings we are expected to love even though there are times when we don’t like them.

Ever since I went to the movie “YESTERDAY” I have been kicking around a couple of the ideas introduced in the movie that were outside the premise of no Beatles music. A couple of other situations that were covered in the film were a life without Coca Cola and a world without Harry Potter. Wh…

I’m not one to focus too much on the movie of the week, but last week I was able to visit our Century Stadium 5 to watch a film called YESTERDAY. If you haven’t heard about it you must have been living under a rock. YESTERDAY is a film that Beatles fans will adore as it will bring back some …

Thank you! Nick Lynch at Lynch Oil, Jeff Bronson at Lee’s Furniture, Corporate Image, Taco Bandido, Laws Insurance and Skaggs Furniture for donating to our Burley Barracuda Swim Team.  We are working to get starting blocks for the Burley Pool.

Recently I was traveling down 500 South on my motorcycle when I encountered a sprinkler that was spraying water across both lanes of traffic. It was the end nozzle on a pivot.  I stopped to wait for the sprinkler to rotate and clear the road.  The left lane was clearing faster than the lane …

On Friday I opened my email on my office computer and started checking my email. On any given day there might be sixty different emails to process, much of it spam or things I’m not interested in seeing, but one thing that always stands out are the solicitations from various big box stores t…

Really sad that, when kids were asked on TV what their favorite part of the parade was, their answer was “the candy”.  Guess you can’t really blame them because at the parade I went to there were no marching bands, no clowns, and very few floats.  Not even an Honor Guard carrying the flag.  …

Once again like always I have a complaint whoever it is that runs off cats on 20th street in Heyburn or worse continues to do it along with knocking on windows early in the morning. Whether it is kids or an adult I would like it to stop.

On the 11th of June there was a question in Sound Off asking where have all the songbirds gone?

I recently signed my son up to play tackle football at OTRD. They have a new tackle football program that they have started this year. When I heard about tackle football with the OTRD I was excited because all my kids participate in their programs. OTRD does such a great job with all their p…

I want to say right up front that this is not the typical kind of column that I would write. It is easy to write about something funny, exciting, or otherwise entertaining, but none of those story lines seemed appropriate given the miracle that our family has experienced over the past few weeks.

Throughout our lives we go through cycles where different people are “our bosses” and control our lives. As children we are subject to our parents, teachers, and on occasion, our ecclesiastical leaders like a Pastor, Reverend, Bishop or Father. When we marry there are some of us who would sa…

As you may know, the Cassia County Education Association has filed a grievance against the Cassia County School District over the decision terminate 60 custodial and maintenance workers and violations of open meetings laws. We know that continuity of staff, both certified and classified, is …

For any of you who are fans of the BBC show, “Call the Midwife”, you will know what the show is all about. For those of you who don’t, I’ll give you a little synopsis. The gist of the show is following a group of British midwives around to different patients as they go through the treatment …

  What has happened to all the songbirds?  We lived in south Burley for several years and noticed the only birds around were many, many crows, and never once could we see or hear a robin, meadowlark, or other birds singing.  Only the rough caws of crows, who had obviously driven all other ki…

With the passing of everyone’s friend Joan Paar, our community feels the loss of one of our very finest.  Joan had an amazing ability to always be gracious and kind to everyone.  She would make each person, adult or child, feel important and special.  She loved this community and was such an…

What is happening to Maintenance and Custodians?

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has been asked by the Snake River Council of Boy Scouts of America if they are willing to sponsor a Troop.  The VFW voted to sponsor a troop.  We need boys and leaders for such a troop.  The VFW hall, 554 Highland in Burley will be the meeting place.

Not long after my wife and I were married we began our search for a home we could afford to buy. We were poor to be sure but being able to buy a house we could call our own gave us a realistic goal we could shoot for. What we ended up doing was buying an old rental house that my parents had …

Every week I receive the death notices and obituaries from area mortuaries for those who have passed away. Sometimes these people were living away with children or were in a care facility, but most of the time they have lived their last days right here where they spent so much of their life.

 With the company of friends, we have enjoyed a tradition of camping over the Memorial Day Weekend. It’s the kick-off to summer and it has been fun for the two decades we have lived in Mini-Cassia. Some years our friends come here and we enjoy the South Hills and other years we journey to Fr…

In regards to voting for yet another millions of dollars bond (that allowing the lottery into Idaho promised residents would no longer have to have bonds, levies, etc.!).  If the residents of Minidoka County and its towns knew of how wasteful said schools are with the monies they are given, …

I would put Papa Kelsey’s up on my list as one of five Mini-Cassia restaurants that has a cult following. Like Taco Bandito, Papa Kelsey’s patrons are just as loyal to its subs and pizzas as are the hard-core diners at several other local restaurants. I’m not on this list of cult followers b…

I am writing because I recently lost my little shihtzu /terrier cross to parvo, she had only one vaccine to go then she would of been fully vaccinated, I never knew that they could still get sick from just going outside to potty , even if your fur baby has been fully vaccinated they can stil…

As a parent and taxpayer, I am FURIOUS that students at West Minico Jr. High have been using social media during class to push in favor of the upcoming Minidoka County School Bond Election.  This has been assigned in certain classes encouraged by teachers & obviously approved by the scho…

Congratulations to all students across Idaho who recently graduated from University or any workforce training program!  In my district, students who studied at University of Idaho’s graduated just last weekend. Your hard work and dedication to advancing your education is one of the most inva…

With all the criticism in regards to the Minidoka School District, I decided as a parent, to ask questions.  In other words, I went straight to the sources of all these allegations.  With what I have learned, I would like to respond to all the negativism that is being said about Minidoka Cou…

Memorial Day is generally the first time of the season that many go fishing, camping, boating, motorcycle riding, ATV riding and various other activities involving motorized vehicles, all of which need to be licensed and registered before use in our great State of Idaho and surrounding areas…

This past week I was thrust into the job of truth verifier where I had to decide which of two parties in a dispute was being the fairest and the most truthful in a business deal gone bad. Even today I am struggling to decide if I should take sides in the issue or perhaps I should just stay o…

Some actual numbers from State of Idaho Department of Education.  (Have to do some google digging but you can find what they are for every year)

I would like to comment on the upcoming bond election for MinidokaCountySchool District.  I am a mother of several children who have attended or are currently attending Minidoka County Schools.  While I agree that there are classrooms and schools that are terribly overcrowded I am concerned …

I am writing in concern about the Minidoka School Bond Election.  I have major concerns about the facts that we are hearing from Mr. Cox in his articles.  They seem to change in each article and so I have done some research.

Robust communities need robust schools.  Schools are part of the very fabric that holds communities together.  They prepare our youth for many future endeavors like college or university studies, technical training in trades, or for jobs or other means of productivity.  They are an important…

This is in response to the Sound Off last week concerning the Administration at MinidokaCounty.  I am a parent in the district and have been unhappy with the way I have seen and heard things being done within this district.  For starters, thank you to the person who wrote the Sound Off last …

Did you know that you can vote today or tomorrow? You don’t have to wait until next week!

I would like to take an opportunity to address the MinidokaCounty school bond that is proposed for our consideration.  I have been a resident of MinidokaCounty for 45 years.  I have taken an opportunity to become familiar with the proposed bond.  I consider it to be well thought out with a w…