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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Today's aspiring scientists produce amazing results
Posted Wednesday, February 10, at 11:25 AM
One of my less-fortunate experiences in third grade involved my less-than-stellar science experiment. Despite my best attempts, I couldn't get any mold to grow on the culture I had setting in my locker for what seemed like weeks. Maybe if I had tried using one of my gym socks to grow mold, I would've had better results. ...

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Education budget proposal aims to help state students
Posted Wednesday, February 3, at 9:39 AM

I needed to start this week's editorial by venting off some of the frustration I've had to deal with lately. The Iowa Caucus arrived on Monday, and to be honest, I'm so burned out from the constant barrage of candidate speeches and "breaking" political news that I just want to stop caring at this point...

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Time for cautious optimism as local economy recovers
Posted Wednesday, January 27, at 9:50 AM

After nearly seven years of hearing a constant barrage of bad news, it appears this community and others like it are in store for some good news this year. Unemployment figures released by the Idaho Department of Labor earlier this month tends to support a trend that the number of unemployed people in the state is down, including those living in Elmore County. The data isn't an isolated bump but shows a steady rise in local employment...

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25 years after Desert Storm mideast conflict remains with no resolution in sight
Posted Wednesday, January 20, at 10:04 AM

Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of a milestone in U.S. history that may end up going unnoticed in many communities across the United States. On Jan. 16, 1990, U.S. and coalition forces launched their first sorties against Iraqi forces during the Persian Gulf War, or more commonly known as Operation Desert Storm...

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Whatever happened with caring for our children?
Posted Wednesday, January 13, at 10:44 AM

After everything that happened last Wednesday, you might say I was a little upset. Well, actually, I was extremely frustrated. Two issues that directly affect the children of our community had me shaking my head in disappointment. The first issue deals directly with the state's involvement in our schools, or more to the point the lack of involvement. ...

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Get ready for (yet) another political theater showcase
Posted Wednesday, January 6, at 11:14 AM

Well we survived another year with the next one just getting started. While it's hard to believe that 2015 had come and gone so fast, I'm thinking this next year is going to seemingly drag on forever. I attribute part of that assessment on the fact we're going to spend the next 10 months embroiled in a presidential election that actually began early *lastyear. ...

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Here's a few resolutions for the coming new year
Posted Wednesday, December 30, at 10:18 AM

If memory serves, the last time I made a New Years resolution, it lasted about two days. For me, that was a personal record since most of the resolutions I made in years past lasted about two hours. Ok, ok, it was only two minutes. However, it's not a bad idea to take a few minutes and come up with ways to make the new year a little bit better for ourselves and those we love. It allows us to recognize our own failings and gives us an incentive to resolve the things that tend to drag us down...

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Let's make this Christmas a time for us to be thankful
Posted Wednesday, December 23, at 10:32 AM

I started off writing this week's editorial hoping to find ways to convince people to take time during the holiday season to put aside their petty differences and to extend an outstretched hand of peace and tolerance to others. However, everything that's happened around the world this year just seemed to knock the wind out of my sails...

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Having to say 'goodbye' doesn't get any easier
Posted Wednesday, December 16, at 10:31 AM

This is getting to be an all-too-familiar routine and one I really wasn't expecting. It appears that I'm having to get used to saying goodbye to some of my dear friends. And it's not getting any easier. The first happened in late January when I had to say farewell to Kelly Everitt, who served as the managing editor of the Mountain Home News for more than a quarter century. He left the journalism profession and stepped into the world of public relations with the state education department...

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Make a difference this year by shopping in local area
Posted Wednesday, December 9, at 10:17 AM

Mountain Home is already in the midst of the Christmas season, but these next few weeks remain critical to shops and stores in our community who rely on the increase in local sales to make or exceed their annual profit margins. Those who runs these shops and stores and the employees they hire are no strangers to any of us. They're our neighbors and friends that we regularly bump into throughout the year...

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Even small contributions can protect environment
Posted Wednesday, December 2, at 10:43 AM

It was a weird habit, but as a child it seemed like the right thing to do. Anytime I got a piece of candy or gum, I always made it a point to wad up the wrapper and stuff it in my pocket and keep it there before I found a garbage can to toss the litter away...

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Defeating global terrorism needs focus on all fronts
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 9:54 AM

In his book "Mein Kampf," Adolf Hitler once wrote that the means to win the easiest battle over reason is terror and force. Ninety years after that book was first published, it now appears those two words have become the driving force behind the fanatics that have perpetrated unspeakable acts of terrorism against humanity around the world...

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As holiday season nears, we need to meet the need
Posted Wednesday, November 18, at 10:01 AM

Thanksgiving is still a week away, and I'm already weary of all the attention being focused on Black Friday. I guess I've gotten pretty jaded at people's attitudes and their willingness to literally trample one another in hopes of buying cheap "stuff" and "things" just hours after were supposed to be thankful for what they already have...

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Military veterans earned nation's respect, gratitude
Posted Wednesday, November 11, at 10:15 AM

"From this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be rememberèd -- we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, shall be my brother..." -- Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3 Today, the Mountain Home community will join others across the United States to pay respects to those who have served their nation as well as those still in uniform...

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They won the elections, now the real work begins
Posted Wednesday, November 4, at 11:02 AM

While it might be a bit premature since I'm having to write this week's editorial before the final votes were counted Tuesday evening, I'd like to extend my personal congratulations to all the candidates who earned a vote of confidence from local voters...

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Perform your civic duty, get out and vote Tuesday
Posted Wednesday, October 28, at 11:33 AM

On Tuesday, people in Mountain Home and Glenns Ferry will head to the polls to cast their votes on what I expect will set the tone and direction both communities will take for at least the next four years. This year's elections come at a time when the national economy is showing signs of sluggish but steady growth, which is just now trickling down into communities like ours. ...

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'Political creep' is going well beyond ridiculous
Posted Wednesday, October 21, at 10:06 AM

The race for the White House is more than a year away, but if I have to hear one more political speech or read the results from another poll, I'm probably going to start bleeding from my ears. Truth be told, the 2016 election is worse than watching department stores putting out Christmas decorations in the middle of summer...

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We must aim for the stars
Posted Wednesday, October 14, at 3:34 PM

Like most children growing up, I had short-lived dreams about being a police officer or fire fighter. But the one dream that always stuck with me was becoming an astronaut. I'm not sure when that dream actually took root. After all, I was only three years old when Neil Armstrong became the first human being to stand on the surface of the Moon...

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Roll up your windows or turn your music down
Posted Wednesday, October 7, at 10:40 AM

As I've mentioned a few times over the past few months, I'm probably one of the worst gardeners in Mountain Home. I try my best to kill the weeds and keep the lawn alive, but it always seems that I somehow manage to kill my lawn as the dandelion's stage a bloody coup against anything else that manages to survive...

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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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