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Monday, August 3, 2015
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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A moment to grieve but an opportunity to unite
Posted Wednesday, May 13, at 11:19 AM

Originally, I was planning on focusing this week's editorial on Tuesday's elections. However, in light of everything that happened Friday, my heart just wasn't into it. It just didn't seem right to strike up the "get out and vote" bandwagon. I figure if people haven't already made up their mind on whether they should vote, no amount of coercion on my part would make them change their mind...

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Lawmakers embarrass themselves once again
Posted Wednesday, May 6, at 9:38 AM

Once again, our state legislature will need to do what could turn into a lot of damage control in hopes of correcting something that should've never happened in the first place. Last week, Gov. Butch Otter ordered lawmakers back to Boise for a special legislative session to address just one issue -- a child support enforcement bill that failed by just one vote. They're due back to the state capitol May 18...

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Just a little bit of help leads to a big difference
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 9:58 AM

A small miracle of sorts happened on Saturday. Over the span of just a couple of hours, a small team of parents and children joined forces to give West Elementary School a bit of a facelift. Over the years, the playground and surrounding area had started to show its age. The basketball hoops needed to be replaced, and the tether ball areas had not seen any players in a long time since that equipment was also worn out...

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State lawmakers earned 'incomplete' this session
Posted Wednesday, April 22, at 10:26 AM

The state legislature is finally out of session, but the damage they caused over the past several weeks makes me wish they'd never return to the state capitol for another chance to possibly make things even worse. If I were a teacher, I'd have to give our lawmakers a grade of "incomplete" for the number of measures they failed to pass or reach a consensus. Had it not been for a couple of shining moments during this last session, they should've received a failing grade...

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What we work to maketh the taxman taketh away
Posted Wednesday, April 15, at 8:25 AM

In just a few short hours, many of us will breathe a bit of relief once we complete our yearly obligation. For many individuals, the yearly income tax deadline causes enough turmoil that it convinces them to wait until the last minute before they choose to file their state and federal returns...

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Get to know candidates
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 9:32 AM

In less than two weeks, the Mountain Home community has a unique chance to learn firsthand the goals and aspirations of a handful of people running for seats in the Mountain Home School District's upcoming election. The April 20 political forum is the one time these individuals will gather as they listen to the questions and concerns from members of this community...

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Was trade for Bergdahl really a good deal?
Posted Wednesday, April 1, at 8:16 AM

While news of the deliberate downing of a commercial airliner in Europe continues to dominate the headlines, there's another story brewing that I'm guessing will once again become a major national news story very shortly. After the Mountain Home News went to press last week, the Defense Department announced that it planned to court martial Army Sgt. ...

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A moment to act, a lifetime to live
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 8:14 AM

In just the past two weeks, our community has lost two individuals in vehicle crashes. In both instances, those who died were not wearing seatbelts. I can only shake my head in disbelief when I read the reports following both collisions. Each time I see something like this, it reminds me of an incident back in 2009 involving my own family...

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Lawmakers need to push highway construction bill
Posted Wednesday, March 18, at 9:09 AM

One of the many memories I remember from my childhood involved a fatal car accident in which the driver died after a large piece of concrete from a highway overpass literally fell from the bridge and crushed the car. To this day, I cringe just a little anytime I drive beneath one because part of me is convinced that part of the bridge is going to break away just as I drive underneath...

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