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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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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Perform your civic duty, get out and vote Tuesday
Posted Wednesday, November 2, at 9:05 AM

On Tuesday, people in Mountain Home, Glenns Ferry and surrounding communities will head to the polls to cast their votes on what many in this state expect will set the tone and direction not just for Idaho but our nation as well. I'll be honest. I've been wanting this election to come and go for more than a year. ...

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Issues missed during forum
Posted Wednesday, October 26, at 9:45 AM

Last week's political forum gave people in the Mountain Home community the perfect chance to meet the men and women who will go on to serve and represent the voters of this area. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed at the turnout -- less than a third of the standing-room-only crowd we had show up at the forum leading into the May primary...

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Let's pause, take a stand in fight vs. breast cancer
Posted Wednesday, October 19, at 9:55 AM

I'm sure by now that you're wondering whether something seriously went wrong when the Mountain Home News went to press on Tuesday. After all, this newspaper tends to remain fairly predictable in terms of how it looks every week. However, the pink motif that we went with this week was intentional. It was one way that this newspaper is taking a stand against one of the most dreaded diseases in this country, which is expected to strike more than 230,000 people by the end of this year...

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If it's meant to be funny why am I not laughing?
Posted Wednesday, October 12, at 8:09 AM

I simply can't believe I need to devote time in this newspaper to talk about the one thing that shouldn't be on anyone's radar right now. However, it seems that once someone started talking about clowns mysteriously showing up in Mountain Home and surrounding areas last week, it seems that's the only thing anyone here really cares about...

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Turn it down or turn it off!
Posted Wednesday, October 5, at 8:11 AM

For the most part, I'm a fairly easy going individual. With few exceptions, it takes quite a bit for something to get under my skin, so to speak. However, I've just about had it with an issue that has not only honked me off, but it had my neighbors up in arms as well. The problem involves music, in particular, other people's music...

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Let's go, Mountain Home!
Posted Wednesday, September 28, at 8:15 AM

After everything that happened last week involving the student-led protests at Mountain Home High School, I'm hopeful the mood will change to a spirit of celebration this week as the community prepares for this year's homecoming. While I understand and appreciate that students and parents in this community have strong feelings either way regarding last week's protests, I believe it's time to put aside our differences and work toward mending some bridges. ...

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The 'Shifty 50' is dead
Posted Wednesday, September 21, at 8:15 AM

I thought this community had finally killed this stupid rumor, but after everything I've heard last week, I figured I needed to take some time this week and try to kill it -- again. Let's make one thing abundantly clear: The "Shifty 50" does not exist in Mountain Home...

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Where we you when...?
Posted Wednesday, September 14, at 9:43 AM

"Where were you when...?" It seems that every generation has a variation of that sentence. The end of that question normally mentions a significant moment in history. For some people in this community, that question used to go, "where were you when Kennedy was assassinated" or "where were you when Challenger exploded?"...

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Get out and show off patriotic spirit at AFAD
Posted Wednesday, September 7, at 9:27 AM

A 56-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. In fact, a number of military members learn about it immediately after they get orders to Mountain Home Air Force Base...

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