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Monday, October 24, 2016
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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His actions offended many but has a right to say them
Posted Wednesday, August 31, at 9:29 AM

It seemed like social media sites figuratively "blew up" over the weekend regarding the actions of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. While most people stood and rendered honors during the playing of the National Anthem at the start of the game, Kaepernick chose to sit it out without paying respect to the Stars and Stripes...

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The message perceived has become the message
Posted Tuesday, August 23, at 4:12 PM

During the early days of my Air Force career, I had the distinct privilege of working for some extremely talented individuals. Each of them did something unique that helped guide me along my journey as a young photojournalist and later as a front-line supervisor...

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Let the education experts set classroom standards
Posted Wednesday, August 17, at 9:32 AM

On Thursday evening, I decided to step outside and glace up at the nighttime sky in hopes of catching this year's Perseid meteor shower. Each year, it coincides with Earth's passage through a point in its annual journey around the Sun where it passes through the debris of an ancient comet that left behind these tiny chunks of rock and ice...

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School year set to begin, drivers need to be careful
Posted Wednesday, August 10, at 10:17 AM

An age-old tradition begins this coming Tuesday as thousands of children and teens in the Mountain Home area return to the classroom for their first day of the new academic year. This is in addition to a number of students that have already begun classes at the new McKenna Montessori School and Richard McKenna Charter High School, which opened their doors last week...

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This year's music festival seemed much smoother compared to 2015 debut
Posted Wednesday, August 3, at 9:49 AM

The campers were still on their way home on Monday, but the feedback I'm hearing is that the Mountain Home Country Music Festival was not only a huge hit but went a lot smoother this time around. I have to admit that I drove to this year's extravaganza with a bit of hesitation due to the number of speed bumps I ran into during the concert the last time around. ...

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Public's acts of kindness appreciated by law officers
Posted Wednesday, July 27, at 9:25 AM

In what I think is a first for the Mountain Home News -- at least since I've been here -- I've decided to step off my metaphorical soap box for a few minutes and let someone else do the talking. It's because I wanted to do something special for our officers in blue -- the men and women who serve as the guardians of our neighborhoods and our communities. ...

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Time to put on our 'A' game
Posted Wednesday, July 20, at 9:34 AM

Starting next week, Mountain Home will once again play host to one of southern Idaho's largest public events. By July 28 -- maybe even sooner -- the first of thousands of travelers will descend to our part of the state as they prepare to be a part of the Mountain Home Country Music Festival...

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Annual crime report offers optimistic news for county
Posted Wednesday, July 13, at 11:50 AM

In light of all the horrific news splashed across the 24/7 news networks over the past several days, it seemed to be a better use of my time to reflect on some more optimistic news that directly affects our community. Nothing I can say here will properly describe the absolute atrocities committed at the hands of a lone gunman who decided to take matters into his own hands by killing five police officers in Dallas last week...

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Be responsible for once
Posted Wednesday, July 6, at 9:39 AM

I really hoped I was wrong. Maybe just once, the reports were incorrect. But the reports as of Friday all indicate that my suspicions were correct, which left me furious over what happened. Actually, I was even angrier -- well beyond words like livid, incensed, vehement and infuriated...

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Mountain Home's ready for Star Spangled festival but let's celebrate it safely
Posted Wednesday, June 29, at 10:53 AM

On Monday, the Mountain Home community will pause to commemorate our nation's 240th birthday during this year's Independence Day celebration. People will pack into Carl Miller Park for a day of music, food and entertainment. I invite all of you to take time out of the day and stop by the park to join the celebration, regardless if you're new to the community or you've been here a long time. ...

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You heard all the warnings so do not get complacent
Posted Wednesday, June 22, at 10:15 AM

As the Independence Day holiday approaches, the Mountain Home News wants to remind people in this area to remain extra vigilant when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, especially 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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Relay for Life doesn't stop since cancer never sleeps
Posted Wednesday, June 15, at 9:25 AM

A few weeks ago, my family started going through our rather sizeable collection of photos. In addition to all the photo albums tucked away in the den and living room, we have three storage containers where we store the ones that we couldn't fit in these albums...

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At least give 'em a chance before shooting messenger
Posted Wednesday, June 8, at 9:54 AM

There were people in the Mountain Home area recently that were spying on our community. But don't worry, it was all according to plan. Over the span of what I can only guess was several days, representatives from Roger Brooks International were invited to visit our community. Their goal was simple: Figure out what we're doing right from an economic development standpoint, what we're doing wrong and where we can improve...

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