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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
What part of this year's Air Force Appreciation Day celebration are you looking forward to seeing?
 All of it
 The parade
 The free barbecue
 The food and entertainment in Carl Miller Park
 The fun run the day before AFAD
 I'm not going to AFAD this year

A day for safety and fun...
Mountain Home Firefighter Topher Wallert shows five-year-old Aspen Wright the proper techniques needed to extinguish a fire during a demonstration held Saturday as part of the community's annual safety fair. Held in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart, representatives from various emergency response teams held a number of hands-on demonstrations and other activities to promote safety and awareness. ...
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I agree that Brenda has a thankless task and it is one she does well. I am not sure why you feel the need to call me out on this blog when I asked for clarification for events on the political blog. To me that should have been asked on there rather than on a different thread. Just my 2 cents.

To Brenda,

You have my respect for taking on the task of dealing with all the folks that post on here, especially passionate, questioning folks like me.

-- Posted by Old guy on Fri, Jul 29, 2016, at 5:05 AM
Response by Brenda:
:) have a great weekend everyone.

Point taken, some days my nerves are a little edgier than others. I do tire of ALL negative comments. I used to enjoy coming to this website, reading peoples blogs. Now, most blogs and comments aren't worth reading. However, I jumped at yours. Must have struck a nerve that day I admit.

However, I'm proud of this town. I work out of town, and I lived out of town on and off for a few years. And every day that I come home, it's a good thing. And when I moved home last year, it was a wonderful thing. This town has family and friends in it that I respect and love greatly. So yes, I get a little edgy when people want to dirty it up. With their gossiping, and then when others complain of it.

-- Posted by ktlm on Wed, Jul 27, 2016, at 5:01 PM

Dear ktlm,

Something must have really hit a nerve with you. Aside from an opinion posted this spring, which like you, I have a right to express, my posts are few and far between. Plus, if you look back with a more objective eye, you'll see a lot more negative comments from some of our fellow Mtn. Home residents on other issues. (I'd mention the elephant in the living room, but then Brenda would have to log on and move me to the political forum).

And speaking of Brenda, let's get off her back, ok, old Guy? Hers is a thankless job.

Have a good week everyone and thank you in advance for your kind words.

-- Posted by homedog on Wed, Jul 27, 2016, at 3:43 PM
Response by Brenda:

Anyone pay attention to the numbers of cats roaming this city? They are everywhere and unattended much of the time. I have neighborhood cats coming into my grand kids play area using it as a litter box, I spray the area with essential oils that do keep them off the area but then they crap in my yard and scratch up the grass to cover it. There are laws governing cats in this city but apparently they are not being followed. I am the one that has to clean these areas up not the animals owners, I have utilized the shelters cages to catch the animals but got caught by a neighbor when loading it into the truck to take it in, not a fun situation. I am not a cat lover but I do not like to see animals harmed in any way, I agree that it is the responsibility of the animals owners to care for their pets and see to it they are not an inconvenience to those who do not have pets. I have met the people at the shelter and I must say they were always very polite and helpful, something I have not been accustomed to here.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 7:02 PM


Not embellished and not untrue. When the shelter was contacted regarding the kittens, it was simply stated that they could not keep them as they had no room for them, thus they were put down. It appeared that a home had apparently already been found for both kittens. So yes, there was more than "one upset person" and deservedly so with the information provided them. Whatever was discussed between shelter personnel and the woman who brought them in is a different story and between those involved.

This shelter apparently has their own guidlines to follow, so be it. As far as ferrel kittens, yes it is hard with cats once they go past 4-5 months old, but it is not impossible. I was told this when I contacted local cat rescue groups that have had positive outcomes in situations like this. Perhaps this local shelter is not suited to reach out to rescue operations in cases like this and ask for help. It is just a sad situation no matter how you look at it and I completely agree with you on the spaying/neutering and abandonment of animals. There is simply no reason to be irresponsible in this manner.

-- Posted by justone on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:55 PM

Amber H

Isn't it amazing how silent it gets once someone puts the whole story out there for everyone to hear? No more armchair quarterbacks or gossip mongers spreading hate.

I love the sound of crickets after - although I'm sure this comment will draw them out again....

-- Posted by newbie5 on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:50 PM

KUDOS to the animal shelter and staff. The amount of calls they get called out on for issues with pets is astounding in this town. Be a responsible pet owner, Can't afford shots or getting them fixed? DON'T GET ONE. Can't keep them with you and care for them NO MATTER WHAT? DON'T GET ONE.

-- Posted by lifetimemthomey on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 4:45 PM

RE: The attack on the Mountain Home Animal Shelter:

First, the whole story is not being told here. There was a litter of kittens living behind Albertsons and the shelter was contacted for help. It was made very clear that the shelter has no resources for feral cats (kittens that are very young can usually acclimate to human touch, but the kittens in question were almost 3 months old and VERY feral) but would assist in trapping within the week. The woman who took it upon herself to trap the kittens without the shelter's assistance brought them to the shelter in boxes taped shut with air holes and with her arms scratched to shreds and even made a declaration about how "wild" they were. The woman signed the paperwork which clearly states that animals surrendered are immediately the property of the shelter and may be euthanized if necessary. The kittens were too old and too feral to be adoptable and rather than stressing them out and causing any more human- and captivity-induced terror for the kittens, they were each humanely and painlessly euthanized, which, my friends, is FAR better than being hit by a car, dying of disease or starvation, or being killed by other animals.

I can personally attest to the sincere compassion that every staff member at the Mountain Home Animal Shelter has for every pet that comes through their door. The blame for this sad situation lies squarely with the irresponsible pet owners in this town who fail to spay and neuter, let their animals roam, and abandon them when they move or grow tired of them.

Rather than focusing on an embellished and partially untrue story about a litter of unsaveable kittens that one person is upset about, I would encourage readers to instead focus on the HUNDREDS of kittens (and adult cats and dogs and puppies and chickens and goats and pet rats and rabbits) the shelter has saved this year alone and show some appreciation to the shelter staff who work so hard for our local homeless pets.

-- Posted by Amber H on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 3:00 PM

I remember back when the shelter was run by a woman who really cared about the animals. I won't mention her name of course, but I am sure many know who she is. She did everything within her power to make sure any animal that was not sick or vicious, found a home. One dog had been there a year and she never gave up on him.

I am told the shelter doesn't take surrendered animals any more, though I hope that isn't true. Animals that are not able to be surrendered, end up on the street or tied up in the back yard and forgotten. It's called an"Animal Shelter" for a reason.

I also happen to know the woman who donated the money for the new shelter to be built and had she known what was to become of it, I have a feeling she wouldn't have donated a single dime to them. She was an animal lover and cared about them very much.

Putting cats to sleep before even trying to adopt them out is disgusting, putting ANY animal that is not sick or vicious down before giving them a chance at life is disgusting.

Number of employees has nothing to do with putting animals down for no good reason.

Shame on the shelter if that is their new practice.

-- Posted by ItsJustMeAgain on Tue, Jul 26, 2016, at 1:11 PM


I am pretty sure I never defended the "gossip" you heard. I do however get tired of the negative comments.

-- Posted by ktlm on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 11:56 AM

They may very well be awesome. I run a business and keep a listing of my daily inventory. If I have no room for additional inventory, I would not take in said inventory. But these are living creatures. If there is no room to keep them, apologize and state it as so, and perhaps provide numbers/information of nearby agencies or rescues. Give the opportunity to make other accommodations.

-- Posted by justone on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 10:34 AM

You should stop and talk to those people, get to know them.......they're awesome. I can assure you they don't plan on not keeping animals.....

-- Posted by goatbeard on Mon, Jul 25, 2016, at 9:19 AM

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