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Kind of silly to put a poll in the corner of the paper that asks about crime in the city and crime in the county when a recent news article said city crime was going up and county crime was going down. Poll me about one or the other so I can answer intelligently. Don't lump two categories trending in opposite directions into one poll, okay!

-- Posted by Ramjett on Sat, Jul 18, 2015, at 2:18 PM

Here is the link to Senator Crapo's Veteran's Sruvery referenced in the article above:


-- Posted by Geoff Schroeder on Fri, Jul 17, 2015, at 2:55 PM

If you had did research as I suggested you would have noticed the prices in Boise higher than our local pricing. Enjoy........

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Thu, Jul 16, 2015, at 11:47 AM


I go to Boise quite often. To save on the money i spend. With gas price difference of a penny between here and Boise. I will continue to get gas in Boise. No need to tell me to go there.

-- Posted by live free on Thu, Jul 16, 2015, at 11:06 AM

Live free,

You're more than welcome to go to Boise. Search the 83647 zip code and tell us what you come up with.


-- Posted by joe_smoe on Thu, Jul 16, 2015, at 9:55 AM

My concern is the gas prices here in Mountain Home remaining around $3.00. This town always seems to be last in getting the benefit of lower gasoline prices to its customers.

-- Posted by live free on Thu, Jul 16, 2015, at 9:17 AM

Some kind of methheads have been traveling around rural Elmore county smashing mailboxes with a bat or some such object. Being Elmore county is too large for the Sheriff to keep watch over everything that goes on, I'll now be a little more observant of strange noises and such that set my dogs off during the night. If I should run into you, I hope you enjoy recuperating from your wounds. You will get you just reward.

-- Posted by goatbeard on Wed, Jul 15, 2015, at 7:27 PM

Brenda, that would be "you're" :)

Response by Brenda Fincher:

Why thank you. That's what I get for being in a hurry, not thinking and mobile. I will try to be better. B

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Wed, Jul 15, 2015, at 1:26 PM

Probably going to get asked to move this conversation, but you need to understand the WECRD is a taxing district. Without this district there would be no money. The massive blunder is with the board that runs this taxing district. Hopefully the people will get to speak again in November. The board is trying their best to see that this does not happen. It's the communities fault for letting this debacle continue for 13 years, so it's the communities responsibility to get this mess straightened out in November.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Wed, Jul 15, 2015, at 7:24 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Your Right! Is this the better to ask for forgiveness moment?

This topic was already asked to be moved to the political forum prior. It has been until just the last bit of drift...

thank you. B

I saw the Rec Center poll, but didn't like the 4 options to choose from.

#1) We need a facility offering YMCA programs. (I think we need a facility, not necessarily one with YMCA programs)

#2) We need a recreation center but not one run by the YMCA. (If the Y doesn't run it then who does... The WECRD? I would take the Y over that option any day)

#3) We need something other than a community recreation center. (No... We do need a rec center)

#4) We don't need anything since we already have enough recreation outlets. (I didn't like #4 either, but it fit the best out of the 4. I DON'T think we already have enough recreation outlets, but I also know what the proposed rec center offers. It offers basketball courts, meeting rooms, a track etc. I voted this one because we do already have access to the whittled down options offered by this rec center)

The poll should have listed a 5th choice- "We do need a rec center, with an indoor swimming pool, and without the WECRD having any involvement"

-- Posted by My-2-cents on Tue, Jul 14, 2015, at 9:13 PM

Not to worry Young Fella, the WECRD Board knows what's best for us better than we do. Three average citizens of Mountain Home have turned into self serving politicians right before our very eyes. To bad they're not qualified to hold the positions they do.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Tue, Jul 14, 2015, at 8:51 PM


If you mean the rec center poll on here:

What are your thoughts on building a community recreation center in Mountain Home

*We need a facility offering YMCA programs: 24.5% (114 votes)

*We need a recreation center but not one run by the YMCA: 31.1% (145 votes)

*We need something other than a community recreation center: 13.7% (64 votes)

*We don't need anything since we already have enough recreation outlets: 30.7% (143 votes)

466 votes cast

So the end result is the taxpayers have spoken and now it would be nice to see some action by the WECRD board.

-- Posted by Old guy on Tue, Jul 14, 2015, at 6:53 PM

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