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  For everyone who dropped their pocket change into the “Quarters 4 Shoes 4 Kids” boxes or who mailed a check, a sincere Thank You.  Since 1996 your donations have provided shoes for children in need in our area.  There is absolutely no overhead.

I would like to support the person who has written the articles on misdemeanor probation. My daughter was arrested for shoplifting with no alcohol or drug influence. As a matter of fact she has no problems with these items. Yet by being placed on misdemeanor probation she has to drug test tw…

I’d like to wish everyone a very prosperous New Year! While many of the folks I know went to parties and such on New Year’s Eve, I spent most of the day going through every social media platform I could find. Amid the live reporting from countless parties around the world were some unique ex…

In regards to Mark Ogawa’s comments to Nancy Harris. BRAVO! Well stated! The people of Idaho ARE smarter than that.

Representatives Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler set a very dangerous precedent when they refused to conduct impeachment hearings according to constitutional due process standards. Democrats are so desperate for power that they would overturn the election of a President of the United States base…

In a recent trip to the East Coast to visit our granddaughter, Erica, and her parents, Aaron and Emily, I couldn’t help but reflect on our view from 35,000 feet above the earth’s surface. I’m not one to snap photos through the nine-inch square window of a jumbo jet but on this particular tri…

To The Person That Thinks I Am Whining About Being On Probation:

I am writing this in response to one Nancy Harris. Mam, seventeen witnesses most of whom I saw did not even listen or have first-hand knowledge of the telephone conversation, it sounded like they were giving their opinion and what they thought the conversation was about; and “what we the exp…

I’ve been reading a massive 500-page history book called the “The Silk Road,” a history of happenings from recent times going back to the years before the birth of Christ. Though I have only put 100 pages behind me, I am engrossed in this book and the history lesson I am learning as a result…

I am writing this in response to one Nancy Harris.  Mam, seventeen witnesses most of whom I saw did not even listen or have first-hand knowledge of the telephone conversation, it sounded like they were giving their opinion and what they thought the conversation was about; and “what we the ex…

Until recently, tobacco use was on the decline among Idaho’s youth. Vaping––smoking e-cigarettes––reversed this trend, and tobacco use is surging among those most likely to develop a lifelong addiction. As mother of adolescents, here’s what I’ve learned about why:

  We are coming to one of the busiest days of the year.  It has been know as Christmas because it is the Birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made this years Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Golden Heritage Senior Center on November 27th a huge success. Special THANKS to Jack and Mary Zarybnisky, who for the 38th year have organized this event. They arranged …

So after reading this article, I spoke with a friend of mine who works in probation.  First off, you can only be placed on probation after you have been convicted of a crime that you can go to jail for.  Failing to renew a driver’s license is not one of those crimes, that only has a fine att…

Jack and Mary Zarybnisky were thrilled with the large number of individuals who came to enjoy the Annual Pre-Thanksgiving meal and with the phenomenal number of individuals who helped! We would like to thank DOT Foods, the lady’s group from the Paul Methodist Church, Ramsey’s Heating and Ele…

I want to wish everyone a warm Merry Christmas this year. People with the power to do something good to help take care of the less-fortunate do not share in that sentiment. Forces are at work in the world that does not care about the less fortunate. They don’t care about the 69-year-old wido…

Norman Dayley thanks for giving us some statistics to ponder. Let’s look at the payroll up by $128,000 statistic you stated. I went to the “real” US Department of Labor web site (as well as 3 of the highest-rated web search engines) and found zero correlation in that figure. Zero. What I did…

Sen. James Risch has served two terms and is up for re-election in 2020. Mr. Risch should not be re-elected. Two terms are good enough and we need new blood serving Idahoans. Recently, Sen. Risch refused to communicate with a newspaper reporter. Doesn’t he understand that we as Idaho citizen…

As I head into the twilight of my life I find myself spending more time considering the future of my posterity. At 58-years-old I’m hardly ancient, but seeing the next generation of Lenkersdorfers has given me great hope about how this next group of kids is doing.

What an awful, and stupid “Editors Note” you came back with to Norm Dayley’s letter on Nov. 26th.  You are blaming President Trump for all the fake and false articles about him??  So you condone sloppy and false reporting because the media has a right to “get even”?  Really?

Here in the mini-cassia area citizens of our community have been serving up to 12 months supervised misdemeanor probation, simply because they failed to renew their drivers license, or their dog got loose in town.

I am writing this column a few days earlier than I normally pen it because I am trying to get out of the office a few hours early to beat the winter storm that is bearing down on Southern Idaho.

I am sending a copy of this quote so more people can see how many papers are lieing about our president and it is a disgrace.

This morning, Friday November 22nd, my husband was waiting for the light to change at the intersection next to the Heyburn Riverside Cemetery, when he observed an adult female going from grave to grave, picking up what appeared to be freshly placed flowers.  After he told me this, I proceede…

This past week a milestone event took place in the world of news media when two powerhouse media companies, GateHouse and Gannett, merged to form the largest newspaper company in the country. Was this a positive thing for the American public along with the readers of the newspapers impacted …

I saw a Facebook posting this past week from one of my Canadian cousins that put a smile on my face that lasts even as I write this column. The photograph shows Heidi, a two-year-old platinum blonde toddler, playing with her four-month-old brother. A closer inspection of the picture shows st…

Why do we celebrate Halloween?” was the subject of the first sound-off letter in last weeks column.

One of the daily routines I go through is sifting through the police reports to screen them for any items of interest that should appear in the paper. Fortunately, the majority of the time there isn’t much happening that is worth reporting, but once in a while there is a storyline that truly…

A little over a week ago,  a post by a Minidoka County School District employee, wrote comments on her Facebook and Twitter accounts regarding person/persons who have written not being real people and using aliases. Although she stated cautionary advice about letters sent to The Weekly Maile…

My wife said that our rates would go up when she heard that Burley was raising its rates.  She was right.  It would be interesting to compare Burley’s rates with Rupert’s.  

Dear Community,

CITY OF BURLEY UTILITY RATE INCREASES / GOLF COURSE SUBSIDY

As you can tell by all the signs in people’s yards, this is an election year. There isn’t going to be a forum so I would like to let you know where I stand.

The Forest Service is doing a lot things that no one really knows about or sees. They are taking away our access and getting away with it, but they are also destroying or getting paid by someone else to destroy our forest.

We would like to endorse Kimberli Seely’s candidacy for Burley City Council.  Who do we want on the council?  We want someone who is bright and someone who is a tireless advocate for the city.  Kim has voluntarily stepped up and served on a number of committees to improve the city: Centennia…

Every four years the voters throughout the State of Idaho have the opportunity to change the direction their city is moving. For voters in the City of Burley this is the best opportunity to put a stop to the never-ending cycle of utility bill increases as well as six-digit losses at the golf…

Our household used to consist of news junkies, always tuning in to broadcast television, internet news and local, regional and nationwide newspapers. It was assured that if something important was happening in the world, we would be among the first to know about it. How times change.

This past week we read a lot of great things, but one hit close to home. This being about the things we too have heard being said about community members in Minidoka and about the changes in our schools.  There are some wonderful things that are taking place, especially in the past couple of…

One of the highlights for our family this past summer was to attend a family reunion that took place near Kelowna, British Columbia on the shores of Lake Okanagan. The reunion was the first of its kind for me and my siblings as nearly all of us traveled to Canada to be with our cousins who l…

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The Burley-Minico football game is over and the food has been counted and delivered to our door. Santa’s elves at the Mini Cassia Christmas Council truly appreciate the generosity of our communities. We are back to work putting together Christmas packages for…

As a member of the Minidoka Schools Community, I am quite bothered in the way a number of people, “patrons” as we are known as, but I prefer to say that I am also a voter, home owner and tax payer as well and how we have been labeled by various school district employees,some who are administ…

To the city of Burley - I would like to know why the City gives up on its flowers so early in the fall. They are so beautiful all summer long and then it seems that right after Labor Day they quit watering them and in just a few short weeks they are looking shabby. Then last week the city be…