'We regret to announce that the Paul Congregational Church Annual Harvest      Dinner will not be held this year. Thank you for your understanding, we hope to see you again next year.'

Two different families have been experiencing loss of jobs, one loss of their home. Both are single parent homes (one with two school-aged children the other with four (two school-aged and two adult (these adult children are married and live in the Ada and Canyon areas). Neither of the famil…

The City of Heyburn is battling with a head strong Mayor who refuses to listen to reason.  The mayor is quoted in the KMVT news by saying that the Citizens Committee needs to “Get out of my way.”  This is exactly the mentality that the mayor has exhibited in dealing with the city employees a…

    I want to ask, no I want to plead with those of you who are not voting for President Trump for reelection, to do some extra research to find out what the Democrat party has in store for us .  The Democrat Party is not your grandfather's or even your father's Democrat Party.  It has been …

I paid my accountant more than Donald Trump paid in taxes for the last fifteen years, and ya, I paid more in taxes than he did for each of those fifteen years.

It is hard to believe that it is time to begin the holiday bustle. Santa’s helpers at the Mini Cassia Christmas Council are busy at work preparing gifts for families who may be struggling a little more than usual.

We have been attending numerous sporting events in the surrounding High Schools and have been able to hear the announcers very well when they introduce the players and make comments during the games.

This week we lost Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Our flags are at half-staff, and a nation if not many worldwide morns. The funeral of Justice Ginsburg is slated for later sometime this week.

The other day a few of us were having a conversation about our school's (note no district was named or schools) hiring practices that have been ongoing for the past year plus. What interested us was the fact that a couple of people were contacted to apply. One a retired teacher, another form…

I am looking for some help! I want to try to plant and raise some garlic. The problem is, I can’t find any starts. I looked in the Gurney’s seed book. They are not available in Idaho or Washington. None of the nursery companies around have any either. I am hoping maybe someone would have som…

I would like to take a few minutes to talk about a very important part of our history. On Sept. 11, 2020 we held our 2nd Annual Patriotic Day for Minidoka County School 5th Graders & teachers. What an honor to be able to teach our youth about Flag education & the accounts of 9/11 2001. 

A huge Thank you to the following Businesses and Individuals that helped to make our Paul Palooza such a success this year.

Just letting everyone know how to find dates & times online for Burley High School athletic events.  The schedules are posted on the following websites.

The Republican National Committee Platform this year consisted of a simple statement. "We support whatever Donald Trump supports." As a result, all Republicans are expected to "fall in line" with Trump's latest Tweet, which is the way I interpret that statement. In prior years, Republicans, …

I would like to Thank Our Minidoka and Cassia Fair Boards.  The amount of extra time, effort, frustration and planning this year to give us our Fairs must have been tremendous.

Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes.  We have seen what has happened when they've opened the schools.  They've had to close them again due to Covid outbreaks.  Why would the schools in the western U.S. be any different than the eastern U.S.?  Because of greed and politics.…

Chloe is my six year old granddaughter.  With her parents and three older sisters, they were at BearLake playing on the water in my boat.  They thought it would be fun to body surf hanging on the back of the boat with her mother, Emily.  One of the older girls was video taping the fun.  Sudd…

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Rupert Lodge 2106: Veterans Chairman; would like to thank those who contributed and donated to the Veterans 2020 Food Drive.  The food drive is to support the Idaho Veteran’s Home in Pocatello, Idaho.

Once again, not even government officials are taking COVID seriously, The South Central Public Health District has "deemed Cassia County high-risk for COVID".

As I was reading your letter, it brought to my mind the recent loss of my own son who was serving in the USAF. With all that had been taking place from March to this very day, no one, recognized the loss of three young men who lost their lives overseas. I stead, not this paper, but others, p…

As a new school year has begun, I am happy to say that we are happy and pleased with the manner our local school boards have handled the reopening of our schools. Yes, each using different manners of reopening, whether they be four full days in school to all five full days in school. They ar…

Taking a Small Stand.  This morning I was listening to my XM Radio in my pickup and heard there was going to be a new conference about Trump’s taxes.  Being interested in that I listened in.  Instead it was the New York State Attorney General talking about suing the NRA leaders and her inten…

If you haven’t already voted, change is needed to the board of Raft River Electric and your vote can make it happen!  The board has previously avoided answering questions from members and then made a policy change making it nearly impossible for members to have input at board meetings of THE…

I am writing this regarding Burley swimming pool hours.  I understand that we are in a difficult time regarding COVID-19 pandemic.  With that comes a lot of changes to operating hours and public safety. 

I'm glad to see you back writing again, Norman Dayley. It's been a while and I was beginning to think that COVID-19 had gotcha. Glad it hasn't, and hope to see many more letters from you.

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…