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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Public's acts of kindness appreciated by law officers
Posted Wednesday, July 27, at 9:25 AM
In what I think is a first for the Mountain Home News -- at least since I've been here -- I've decided to step off my metaphorical soap box for a few minutes and let someone else do the talking. It's because I wanted to do something special for our officers in blue -- the men and women who serve as the guardians of our neighborhoods and our communities. ...

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Time to put on our 'A' game
Posted Wednesday, July 20, at 9:34 AM

Starting next week, Mountain Home will once again play host to one of southern Idaho's largest public events. By July 28 -- maybe even sooner -- the first of thousands of travelers will descend to our part of the state as they prepare to be a part of the Mountain Home Country Music Festival...

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Annual crime report offers optimistic news for county
Posted Wednesday, July 13, at 11:50 AM

In light of all the horrific news splashed across the 24/7 news networks over the past several days, it seemed to be a better use of my time to reflect on some more optimistic news that directly affects our community. Nothing I can say here will properly describe the absolute atrocities committed at the hands of a lone gunman who decided to take matters into his own hands by killing five police officers in Dallas last week...

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Be responsible for once
Posted Wednesday, July 6, at 9:39 AM

I really hoped I was wrong. Maybe just once, the reports were incorrect. But the reports as of Friday all indicate that my suspicions were correct, which left me furious over what happened. Actually, I was even angrier -- well beyond words like livid, incensed, vehement and infuriated...

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Mountain Home's ready for Star Spangled festival but let's celebrate it safely
Posted Wednesday, June 29, at 10:53 AM

On Monday, the Mountain Home community will pause to commemorate our nation's 240th birthday during this year's Independence Day celebration. People will pack into Carl Miller Park for a day of music, food and entertainment. I invite all of you to take time out of the day and stop by the park to join the celebration, regardless if you're new to the community or you've been here a long time. ...

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You heard all the warnings so do not get complacent
Posted Wednesday, June 22, at 10:15 AM

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Mountain Home News wants to remind people in this area to remain extra vigilant when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, especially when it comes to using fireworks. In addition to preventing injuries, my hope is to prevent people from accidentally starting range fires outside of the city limits and across the county...

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Relay for Life doesn't stop since cancer never sleeps
Posted Wednesday, June 15, at 9:25 AM

A few weeks ago, my family started going through our rather sizeable collection of photos. In addition to all the photo albums tucked away in the den and living room, we have three storage containers where we store the ones that we couldn't fit in these albums...

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At least give 'em a chance before shooting messenger
Posted Wednesday, June 8, at 9:54 AM

There were people in the Mountain Home area recently that were spying on our community. But don't worry, it was all according to plan. Over the span of what I can only guess was several days, representatives from Roger Brooks International were invited to visit our community. Their goal was simple: Figure out what we're doing right from an economic development standpoint, what we're doing wrong and where we can improve...

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One memorable moment ruined by a senseless act
Posted Thursday, June 2, at 11:25 AM

It seemed that I was on a bit of an emotional roller coaster of sorts late last week. One day, I saw the results of what happens when young people overcome insurmountable odds to achieve their goals. The following morning, I opened up the first e-mail in my inbox. What I read made me doubt my faith in humanity...

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Congratulations, graduates
Posted Wednesday, May 25, at 9:22 AM

Our congratulations go to the Class of 2016. Whether you will receive your diploma through Mountain Home High School, Bennett Mountain High School, Richard McKenna Charter High School, Glenns Ferry High School, Rimrock Junior and Senior High School or other learning centers, those who step forward to receive their diplomas this week have reached a major milestone in their lives...

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They won the primaries, now the real work begins
Posted Wednesday, May 18, at 9:47 AM

I'd like to take a moment and extend my personal congratulations to all the candidates who earned a vote of confidence from local voters on Tuesday. For the first time in quite a while, the primary election offered voters in Elmore County and across the state a solid field of contenders, each one hoping to make things better for those who live here...

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Make a difference Tuesday, get out and cast a ballot
Posted Wednesday, May 11, at 9:58 AM

In just six short days, voters across Elmore County will head to the polls to cast their votes in a number of contested races. I can't encourage people enough to get out and vote because it's not simply a right. It's also our duty and responsibility...

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Students take major step toward learning to say 'no'
Posted Wednesday, May 4, at 9:47 AM

Last Tuesday, officers with the Mountain Home Police Department held a brief ceremony at Hacker Middle School that marked the completion of a program that I hope will make a difference in the lives of the students in our community. One by one, nearly 320 sixth graders stepped forward and accepted their certificates as they graduated from the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E. program...

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A desire to stay the course
Posted Wednesday, April 27, at 10:26 AM

The people have spoken... Well, it was actually a few people that spoke, but their responses seemed to lead to one conclusion -- stay the course. In recent weeks, the staff of the Mountain Home News conducted an online poll to gauge the public's interest in the county's publication. It was a chance for them to tell us what they thought of the newspaper and what improvements, if any, they preferred...

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Here we go once again...
Posted Wednesday, April 20, at 9:50 AM

Well here we go... again. On Friday, the Defense Department announced to Congress that the United States is spending too much money on excess facilities and needs our lawmakers to step in and do something. Translated: We have way too many military bases, and some of them need to close...

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Get to know candidates running this election year
Posted Wednesday, April 13, at 9:55 AM

Last Tuesday, the Mountain Home community had the unique chance to learn firsthand the goals and aspirations of 11 people running for seats in the primary elections coming up May 17. For the 100 or so people that attended the political forum, it was the perfect chance for them to present their questions and concerns to those they will choose as their next representatives at the county and state level...

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Technology always proves that it can let people down
Posted Wednesday, April 6, at 10:10 AM

The news headline the other day had me shaking my head in utter disbelief. Following a tornado that tore up a small town in Texas, a construction company went in to demolish a home severely damage by the storm. Unfortunately, the crew ended up tearing down the wrong house by mistake. They relied on information they pulled down from the Internet to determine which house they needed to take down...

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Those neglecting their pets don't deserve to have one
Posted Wednesday, March 30, at 9:42 AM

The one thing about my children is I can always tell when something is wrong. So when my youngest daughter suddenly threw on a jacket and a pair of shoes and ran out the front door Friday afternoon, I knew something was bothering her. Unable to see where she went, I grabbed my own jacket and shoes and quickly followed. Huddled just out of sight below the living room window, she was trying to comfort a cat that was meowing hysterically...

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Would our state legislature please stop wasting money?
Posted Wednesday, March 23, at 10:46 AM

Let's just say that I'm really worried about filing my state tax return this year. Last year, I was pretty confident that my wife and I would come close to breaking even since we had the state take out more in taxes over the previous 12 months. The several hundred dollars we ended up owing the state was a huge shock and caused us to cut back on eating out, going on road trips or splurging on those little things that make our lives better. ...

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Idaho needs to change law on driving with cell phones
Posted Wednesday, March 16, at 10:19 AM

Last week, the city of Ketchum took a significant step forward toward approving a law would ban drivers from using their cell phones. While the law hasn't been approved quite yet, it's possible that it could take affect next month. It's a law the state should seriously consider adopting...

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