The other day I was looking at what the Senate and House get paid and was appalled to see that they get paid $93,090,000.00 per year in salary, not counting all the pay offs.

Parades, cook-outs, fireworks.  That’s what the 4th of July is all about.  But some people have no regard for others when it comes to fireworks.  Fourth of July night our neighborhood sounded like a war zone.  People were doing firecrackers till past 2:30 a.m.  They sounded like bombs going off.

The Oakley Valley Arts Council appreciates being able to repair and upholster the seat bottoms at Howells Opera House by a generous grant from the First Federal Foundation.  Thank You!  

The Oakley Valley Arts Council appreciates the Burley Lions Club for helping us with a matching donation for our new heating system.   Thank You!  We appreciate all they do for the community in our area. 

On May 15, 2020, our beloved Angel, husband, father, and grandfather, Dale W Rasmussen was called Home.

Chemical agents were banned by the International Community for use in conflicts after World War I. It applied to agents like "mustard gas" that was used by German forces. Then, in 1993 the International Community added tear-gas to the list of banned chemicals. So, for example, if the United …

People that have not got their unemployment, will they get their back pay, from the first time they filed?

Over the last couple of months, a number of us have been watching how things are taking place with regards to organizations, groups, schools and local facilities (hospitals for example), who receive funds from both the state and federal government. As we tried to deal and move forward from t…

I think we can all agree that what happened to George Floyd should never have happened.  He didn’t deserve to die.  Obviously he did something to make the police arrest him.  So why do Black individuals resist arrest, start running, speed off, or reach for something in their pocket?  I wonde…

There is an African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  This has never been as meaningful to us as it has been in the past few weeks at Minico High School.  We, as a community, experienced an incredibly amazing graduation ceremony.  We followed social distancing prot…

I'd like to thank the respondent to my May 12 Soundoff letter for correcting my mistake. I should have enclosed the statement, "Everyone is thinking this..." in quotes because it is a direct quote from President Trump. Most of what you state is in agreement with my 2 letters that were in tha…

The president signed executive order against Facebook and Twitter. If he succeeds, he cant even use it.  He's like a whining child when he doesn't get his way. He needs to concentrate on helping his people and leave out his personal gripes.

I would like to publicly thank Heyburn Mayor Mark Rosa for his assistance with concerns that I had about a recent investigation of an accident.  A pickup truck recently crashed into my home (which is 30 to 40 feet from the street) and the investigation that was done was inadequate in my opin…

Just wanted to give a shoutout to Kenny Riedlinger at the Paul Cemetery for the awesome job he does maintaining the property. It always looks beautiful, but for Memorial Day weekend it is spectacular! Thank you Kenny, you are much appreciated!

I was raised in Rupert, ID and now live in Vernal, Utah.  I own my own truck and deliver food to places in Portland, Arizona, Texas and Wisconsin.  Upon entering Idaho, from Utah, we are required to stop at the Cottrell Port of Entry.  On Saturday, April 18th, I drove into the Port of Entry …

Education is the key to the opening of doors in a person’s future.  Teaching is a rare privilege to help students unlock those doors. So, it is with some regret that I am retiring from teaching for CSI after 27 years.  That is 54 consecutive semesters for those keeping score at home.  1993 s…

On behalf of students and educators in our districts, we call on district officials to approve budgets that will ensure stable, supportive, safe, and healthy schools for our students.

First of all, I would like to thank Dan Schaeffer for having the guts to run against incumbent McClellan, who has run unopposed for all of his terms (5).  After 10 years, we have a candidate for a refreshing new horizon with optimism for the future and very qualified.  When you think of a pe…

To the uninformed person (and those who may have agreed) who wrote about abandoning the school buildings in favor of online school:

To the person who wrote about cutting funding to our schools because we have been forced to home school our children  

We would like to urge voters of Minidoka County to vote for Kent McClellan for his re-elect to continue to serve the citizens of our county for another term as Minidoka County Commissioner.  We think our county would benefit because of his knowledge and service he has given us in the past. W…

Everyone is thinking this but nobody will just say it. I will. President Trump, please go golfing. Just shut up and let the professional healthcare folks in government do their jobs. It's bad enough that folks are calling their doctors to find out what kind of disinfectant they should ingest…

I heard on the radio that one guy wears latex gloves, sprays them with disinfectant before and after leaving a store.  I’m all for playing it safe, but isn’t that going a bit too far?  Are we to assume that all grocery items and merchandise in the stores are contaminated?

We all know that COVID-19 is no laughing matter.  We all know what to do and what not to do.  But hearing too much about the virus is depressing and being depressed is not good for one’s health.

Hello everyone – hope all is well with all of you, as we go through this awful virus.

The Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry (IACI) is Idaho’s largest business organization representing employers advocating for economic opportunity.  The mission of IACI is to provide leadership, collaboration and education in the development and implementation of effective public po…

There has been several inquiries from food insecure families who have lost their job because of COVID19 or who are presently working part time about the availability of securing food.  The Mountain View Food Pantry has received several more shipments of food from the United States Department…

All of us need to be reminded how lucky we are to live in Idaho, particularly Minidoka County, where we still believe in the values that made our nation great and are sheltered from many of the problems our nation faces today.

Today I went to the Mountain View Christian Church Food Distribution.  Four lines of cars in front of the church – four lines beside the church, and one line all the way back to the street that runs past Mountain View grade school.  People were being turned away that needed to use the restro…

I am an employee at Smith's in Burley.  Last week we were pleasantly surprised when Puder's Pizza delivered enough pizza to feed all 80 employees at our store.  I have heard they have done this for other local essential businesses also.  That would have been costly at a time when business I …

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The first part of your letter, Mr. Arp, was about the virus, but the main intent is spelled out in your rant against socialism, isn't it? It is grossly apparent that the person attempting to sway public sentiment and introduce fear as a motivational sledgehammer is you, not the media or anyo…

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It's amazing how many people are out and about even after the Governor 

With all the panic & stockpiling going on since the Covid-19 outbreak, why aren’t signs posted throughout the stores: ALL SALES ARE FINAL!  NO REFUNDS, & NO EXCHANGES!  This may make people stop and think about what they're purchasing if they know they aren't able to get their money …

Everyone has different priorities on what they find essential. As a running store and the virus goes, we are doing the best we can with abiding by the order the Governor placed on the state yesterday.  For the businesses that get to stay open regardless of reason, great for them. There are s…

     Years ago there was a late-night tv show called "Mad-TV". There was a character in one sketch named, "Stuart". Stuart, the character, made me laugh, and so do you, Mr. ‘O’. Stuart was only concerned with that which revolved around him. It was the utter ridiculousness of his narcissism t…

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I understand that our community is doing many things to demonstrate that it is pro-business, but It seems to me, and others that I have spoken with, that sometimes it goes too far. I write about the Mr. Gas Car Wash in Burley that from the beginning has staged cars along the sidewalk running…

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     Mutations in nature happen spontaneously all the time. Most mutations are not "viable" and are absorbed into the environment in which they may occur. Some, however, result in "lifeforms" that we see in diseases or illnesses. This is the obvious source of the infamous "Coronavirus". Cont…

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I admit that this is the opinion of an old person but here it is for what it’s worth.  I think that the world should just go back to normal and take the hit from this virus.  I think the cure is much worse than the disease.  The mortality rate from drinking and driving is much higher and we …

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Replying to Mark Ogawa: I’ve been a registered conservative Republican since before Regan was President. I’ve voted mostly for conservative Republicans through the years because they supported the same values as do I, not because they had a big red R beside their name.

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When it comes to the REA, it’s very simple. Follow the Money! These employees are paid more than any other co-ops or electric companies around. Many of them make well over 6 figures. It’s very over staffed when you compare to similar companies.  Yet they want to cut everyone else’s capital c…