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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Don't be a statistic during search & rescue 'season'
Posted Wednesday, September 30, at 10:19 AM
There were a number of things that I did when I was much younger that tended to get me in a little bit of trouble now and then. But then there were those few moments in my life where I wonder how I managed to avoid getting seriously hurt... or worse...

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A few stars shone during last week's GOP debate
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 10:16 AM

I really had other plans last Tuesday that involved my ongoing, futile attempt to keep weeds from growing in my backyard. Instead, I decided it was a much better (and less painful) use of my time to sit through last week's presidential debates. Truth be told, I was hoping at least one person would stand out among the pack versus watching the debate turn into one huge soap opera...

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Good ideas abound to fill city's vacant store fronts, revitalize downtown area
Posted Wednesday, September 16, at 10:24 AM

While it didn't get a whole lot of fanfare, a small but dedicated group of individuals met last week as part of what I expect will be a long-term process to revitalize the city's downtown area. The issue deals with the amount of vacant properties in our community, which is probably the highest it's been in the city's history...

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Get out and demonstrate patriotic spirit at AFAD
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 10:10 AM

A 55-year tradition unofficially begins this Friday as the Mountain Home community comes together to showcase its support for the men and women of the armed forces. Air Force Appreciation Day, or AFAD for short, is a celebration whose reputation extends well beyond Elmore County and even our state...

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Cooler heads prevailed in school levy's passage
Posted Wednesday, September 2, at 10:23 AM

In just a matter of minutes after last week's election, the word had already hit the streets regarding the Mountain Home School District's plant facility levy. People in our community came together and provided their support to pass the $5 million levy...

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Actions to save citizens represent true heroism
Posted Wednesday, August 26, at 10:36 AM

It seemed like just seconds had passed before social media simply exploded with stories. Each one highlighted the actions of three Americans and a British citizen that stopped a potential massacre aboard a high-speed train traveling from the Netherlands to Paris...

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Candidates miss target
Posted Wednesday, August 19, at 9:49 AM

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that some of the presidential candidates out there are drinking contaminated water from the Animas River in Colorado. At least it would explain some of the off-the-wall ideas coming from these folks. Case in point: Donald Trump wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to stop people from illegally entering the United States. He then expects that the Mexican government will pay for everything...

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School starts on Monday so let's be extra careful
Posted Wednesday, August 12, at 10:07 AM

An age-old tradition begins early Monday as thousands of children and teens in the Mountain Home area return to the classroom for their first day of the new academic year. For most, this will be a well-rehearsed routine they've done countless times over the years...

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Whether we like it or not local plant facility levy needs public's support
Posted Wednesday, August 5, at 10:51 AM

In just a few weeks, voters in the Mountain Home community will go to the polls to vote on a measure that will help shape the future of our school district. The plant facility levy will ensure that students attending schools in this community go to classes in buildings where the roofs don't leak and electrical systems are capable of handling the power demands of today's high-tech classrooms...

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It's time for community to put on its 'A' game
Posted Wednesday, July 29, at 9:58 AM

In just a couple of days, Mountain Home will become a mecca of sorts as the county hosts the first in what's expected to become a major event in southern Idaho. On Thursday, the first of thousands of travelers will descend to our part of the state as they prepare to be a part of the inaugural Mountain Home Country Music Festival...

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We don't need another political 'hand grenade'
Posted Wednesday, July 22, at 9:50 AM

I'm trying to figure out just how long it's going to take before presidential candidate Donald Trump finally says something to turn away every potential voter in this country. Based on his current track record, I'm giving him days, but maybe I'm being a little too optimistic...

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Our universe just got a lot more interesting
Posted Wednesday, July 15, at 2:53 PM

You could say I'm like a child in the proverbial candy store after everything that happened on Tuesday. No, it's much better than that. I feel like a child on Christmas morning waiting to unwrap my presents. While most of us were still sleeping in the early morning hours, mankind's understanding of the universe suddenly became a whole lot more interesting. ...

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Nation fast approaching 'financial Armageddon'
Posted Wednesday, July 8, at 11:05 AM

Mountain Home was fortunate to host U.S. Senator Mike Crapo during a town hall meeting last Tuesday. For the handful of people that attended, it was a rare opportunity to get an unvarnished perspective from one of the nation's senior leaders. The story in this week's edition of the Mountain Home News regarding his visit paints a fairly bleak -- dare I say Apocalyptic -- outlook of the nation's economy, based on the information the senator presented during his opening remarks. ...

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Mountain Home ready for Star Spangled festival but let's celebrate safely
Posted Wednesday, July 1, at 9:34 AM

In just a couple of days, the Mountain Home community will pause to commemorate the birth of our nation during this year's Fourth of July celebration. On Saturday, people will pack into Carl Miller Park for a day of music, food and entertainment. For those new to the community, I invite you to take time out of the day to stop by the park to join the celebration. ...

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You heard the warnings so don't get complacent
Posted Wednesday, June 24, at 10:38 AM

Each year as the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Mountain Home News takes time to remind people to remain extra vigilant 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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Candidates are plentiful but none really stand out
Posted Wednesday, June 17, at 12:22 PM

As of June 17, there were still 509 days left before the next presidential election, but I'm already sick and tired hearing about this race. If I had my way, I'd make everyone stop what they're doing, pack everything up and wait until January 2016 before they're allowed to announce their plans to run for president...

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Two very noble causes
Posted Wednesday, June 10, at 9:48 AM

The Mountain Home community was fortunate to host two major events over the weekend that brought together hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Both events not only raised money to benefit others here and across the United States, but they also sought to also raise awareness of some often-overlooked but very noble causes...

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We've really been lucky so far this fire season
Posted Wednesday, June 3, at 10:04 AM

I've been a bit on edge the past few days each time I saw a thunderstorm approaching Elmore County. While most of them showed plenty of bravado as the thunder heralded the approaching storms, they tended to pack plenty of wind and some rain along with a bit of lightning...

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There is always time to say 'I love you'
Posted Wednesday, May 27, at 10:05 AM

I've quickly discovered that life sometimes hits you with plenty of bad news wedged between the good. It prompted me to take a minute, step back and regain my sense of perspective. After all, it doesn't take much in our lives to make us reset our priorities on what's really important...

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Good luck to this year's high school graduates
Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 10:39 AM

Our congratulations go to the Class of 2015. Whether you will receive your diploma through Mountain Home High School, Bennett Mountain High School, Richard McKenna Charter 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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