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Monday, March 27, 2017
Be a responsible pet owner, have your animals 'chipped
Posted Tuesday, March 21, at 2:13 PM
I can always tell when something is wrong whenever any of my children suddenly dash outside to investigate something unusual going on around our home. The most recent incident happened just a week ago when my oldest daughter hastily threw on a pair of slippers and darted out the front door to investigate something that caught her eye around the living room window...

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Let this nation never forget sacrifices of Vietnam vets
Posted Tuesday, March 14, at 11:59 AM

"Do you understand?" I figured the question was ambiguous enough that it would stump the two young women I chatted with following last week's ceremony at American Legion Post 26. I was convinced that their answer was going to be a very simple "no," figuring the events of the evening were something they likely couldn't fully comprehend. ...

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Something needs to happen to stop a national tragedy
Posted Tuesday, March 7, at 3:49 PM

As Thomas Wolfe's famed book clearly states, you can't go home again. Granted, when he wrote that novel back in the early days of the 20th century, he illustrated how American society had changed so drastically between the economic prosperity of the Roaring '20s and the subsequent disaster that followed during the Great Depression...

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Once again, our universe just got far more interesting
Posted Tuesday, February 28, at 2:24 PM

Early last week, my curiosity was piqued when I caught a news headline indicating that NASA was about to make a major announcement regarding exoplanets. This refers to worlds orbiting the billions of stars in our own galaxy and the trillions of others that are likely orbiting stars in the myriad of galaxies within the universe...

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After latest assassination, is North Korea on the brink?
Posted Tuesday, February 21, at 2:37 PM

It appears the media missed what could eventually become a major international story. Instead, the networks seemed obsessed with their nonstop coverage of the dismissal of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the president's call to investigate the national intelligence community over alleged leaks of sensitive information...

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When dealing with nature let's play it safe out there
Posted Tuesday, February 14, at 12:40 PM

It takes just six inches of moving water to knock down a human being. When the water swells to a depth of just two feet, it's powerful enough to sweep a vehicle away. Keep that in mind when you choose to drive anywhere in this county or parts of southern Idaho, especially right now...

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Aspiring student scientists produced amazing results
Posted Tuesday, February 7, at 1:02 PM

My life had changed forever at the push of that small, orange button. Over the previous few days, my excitement had continued to build as I finished turning a motley bunch of plastic and cardboard parts into what had become my very first small-scale surface-to-air missile...

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Are we returning to days of 'yellow journalism?'
Posted Tuesday, January 31, at 3:16 PM

"What is the purpose of a newspaper?" It seemed like a very simple question to answer as I prepared for my first day of class along with my fellow students. All of us had been in the profession for at least a couple of years, and the program in advanced photojournalism seemed like it was going to be a cakewalk -- or so we thought...

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At least give him a chance
Posted Tuesday, January 24, at 1:07 PM

Is the glass half full, or is the glass half empty? How many times have we heard this question in our lives? Each time I've heard it, that phrase was often used to determine whether someone was an optimist or a pessimist. After all, it was implied that a pessimist always saw that proverbial glass as half empty while an optimist thought the opposite...

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Teamwork helped our town survive 'Snowmageddon'
Posted Tuesday, January 17, at 12:03 PM

The snow showed no signs of letting up, but I was already seeing posts on social media where people had indicated they had survived what they had called "Snowmageddon" or "Snowpocalypse." At the time, I thought these folks were being a little optimistic that any of us would survive...

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National statistics don't lie, smoke detectors save lives
Posted Tuesday, January 10, at 4:52 PM

It's often said that a photo speaks a thousand words. In my years as a photojournalist, I've found that some photos often speak a lot more. One photo in particular served as a lesson in ethics whenever I trained a new staff writer. Contained in that black and white print was an older woman being comforted by a firefighter as the woman's granddaughter clung to her leg crying...

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New political business plan: Work together or get fired
Posted Tuesday, January 3, at 2:32 PM

Call me a fan of seemingly lost causes, but I still enjoy supporting my Cleveland Browns. Anyone who's seen me around town these past few weeks can easily spot me, because I'm apparently the only person in Mountain Home that's not afraid to wear the team's jacket in public...

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Some resolutions for 2017
Posted Tuesday, December 27, at 1:46 PM

After everything that's happened over the past 12 months, I was starting to wonder if we'd get through this year with any survivors. I don't think I've ever seen a year in which so many noteworthy people had died. At one point, I kindly joked that we needed to start wrapping other beloved celebrities in bubble wrap to protect them from the Wrath of 2016. After we lost Astronaut John Glenn and then actress Zsa Zsa Gabor this month, I'm thinking maybe we actually should've done that...

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Merry Christmas to all!
Posted Tuesday, December 20, at 4:05 PM

"Merry Christmas." When I was a child, those two words were something I enjoyed hearing as the season of generosity approached. It filled me with a sense of sheer excitement as I waited for Dec. 25 to arrive, which grew stronger every time I heard a Christmas carol or I watched one of my beloved Christmas specials on the family's TV set...

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F-35 proposal for Gowen could also benefit our base
Posted Tuesday, December 13, at 12:55 PM

Last week's announcement that included Gowen Field among a very small list of bases being considered for the F-35 next-generation fighter was welcome news for Idaho. It confirmed what our Congressional leaders have repeatedly stated -- that Idaho is the perfect place to station these jets...

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Never hesitate to make call
Posted Tuesday, December 6, at 2:34 PM

I was expecting this week's editorial to serve as a ray of hope or beacon of sunshine to help people get into the holiday spirit -- a time of giving and helping others. After all, I tend to be someone who enjoys smiling and laughing in hopes my joy spreads to others and makes their lives better, even if it's just for a little while...

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Make it a holiday tradition by shopping local this year
Posted Tuesday, November 29, at 11:39 AM

I have to admit that I'm one of the worst Christmas shoppers in my family. I'm one of those you probably read about in the news headlines -- the one person who seemingly waits until the last minute to do their shopping. But in all honesty, I tend to wait until the last minute because I keep convincing myself that I'll start my shopping "tomorrow," which then becomes "this weekend" and then "next week." Before I know it, I find myself trapped in the Christmas carnage in hopes of finding something appropriate to put under the tree.. ...

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Let's work to meet demand by helping less fortunate
Posted Tuesday, November 22, at 3:12 PM

The lines start forming up well before I head to work every Thursday. As I drive by Stardust Plaza that morning, I see dozens of people already waiting outside of the doors of the El-Ada Community Action Agency with the line already stretching around the corner into the nearby alley...

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They have the power so use it wisely
Posted Tuesday, November 15, at 11:52 AM

OK, I'll admit it. I was wrong. Make that very wrong. I'm so glad that I'm not a gambler. If I was, I'm pretty sure I would've lost all the money in my wallet along with the coat on my back (and everything else I own) after the final results came in during last week's election...

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They won in the elections, now they must learn to lead
Posted Thursday, November 10, at 9:38 AM

While it might be a bit premature since I had to write this 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. In addition to selecting who they wanted to serve as their next president, voters in Mountain Home, Glenns Ferry and surrounding communities were offered plenty of contenders this year, each of them promising to make things better for those who live here...

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