Mountain Home News blogs http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Mountain Home News newspaper in Mountain Home, Idaho en-us Five Tips To Manage Stress As A Small Business Owner (Opportunity Knocks by Adam Richards) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/2081/entry/68859 In today’s age, it’s becoming more prevalent than ever to follow your dreams and begin your own small business. You have the drive, dreams and goals, but sometimes, stress could overshadow your business plans, motivation and even mental health. When you’re busy cultivating relationships, earning money, keeping tabs on your day-to-day tasks and more, you may not take the time to find the root cause of your stressors. How can you work past stress and other mental health... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:23:18 -0600 What to do when your business gets audited (Opportunity Knocks by Adam Richards) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/2081/entry/68849 Businesses often dread the end of the calendar year because it signals the start of the tax season. If you are a business owner, it means you are preparing for invoices, receipts, and other financial documents from the past year. Moreover, you have to deal with a possible tax audit. Although an audit may seem stressful and overwhelming, you do not need to panic. Audits are processes when the IRS deals with simple data and checks errors that might have been reported. Business owners should... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:55:29 -0600 What part of the word 'stop' don't drivers understand? (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68844 In the past three weeks, two of my daughters have had some very close calls with cars and trucks in this community. Unfortunately, my family has just two vehicles right now, although four of us work on completely opposite ends of town. When my wife and I are unable to give our girls a ride to or from work, it means both of them end up having to "hoof it." Granted, we're hoping that both of our daughters will get enough money back from their federal and state tax returns to... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 How You Can Expand Your Local Business (Opportunity Knocks by Adam Richards) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/2081/entry/68825 It would be naive to assume that local businesses are not competitive. As a matter of fact, local markets can prove hard to break into, especially when the right strategies aren’t put in place. This article discusses four main tips that you can apply in your business to have an accelerated business expansion. 1. Cultivate Good Relationships With the Local Community Clients for a local business comes from the immediate community. In order to realize any meaningful growth of your... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:31:30 -0600 High school student talent shone during yearly event (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68780 One of the perks of being a photojournalist is that I have the unique privilege of getting a front-row seat to seeing our community at its finest. It's those shining moments that remind me why I chose to remain in this profession after 32 years. Among the most recent examples happened just last week when dozens of students from Mountain Home High School took that stage to showcase their individual strengths and talents during a pair of events that sought to help others at the school.... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Ways to Market your Small Business (Opportunity Knocks by Adam Richards) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/2081/entry/68781 Finding ways to market your business should be a priority in your regular routine. But it doesn't have to require spending heaps of money. Marketing campaigns are about tailoring your content to connect with your customers, wherever they happen to be, in creative and positive ways. Here are some effective ideas for promoting your small business. All Communication is a Marketing Channel That doesn't mean making boring or pushy sales pitches part of every interaction. That's... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:55:39 -0600 Children should never face the threat of abuse, neglect (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68726 Call it a gut feeling, but I knew something seriously wrong had happened. As I listened to the initial reports coming over the police scanner in my office, something in the deep recesses of my mind told me this was far more serious than it appeared. It started off with the typical call for an ambulance to respond to a residence here in Mountain Home. No big deal since that same call comes in repeatedly every single day. However, when dispatch reported that a child was injured, it... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:21:41 -0600 Transportation bill means roads get needed attention (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68683 I guess all it took was a record-setting winter to convince our state lawmakers that maybe they needed to dig a bit deeper into the state's "wallet" to find some money. With Idaho still reeling from all the snow and subsequent flooding, it was obvious they needed to do something — anything — to fix all the damage these roads and bridges have suffered. Of course, the legislature might have dodged this proverbial "bullet" had they bothered to think... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:31:08 -0600 Lifestyle Habits to Save Money (Opportunity Knocks by Adam Richards) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/2081/entry/68665 One cannot succeed without knowing his/her own strengths, weaknesses, and, more importantly, habits. There is a constant need to reflect on a person’s way of living as it can greatly impact his/her happiness and security. Consequently, the right habits must proceed, while faults must be corrected. By forming unbreakable financial habits that help save more of your income, you can retire at a much younger age and live your desired lifestyle with complete and utter freedom. Here are five... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:26:40 -0600 State capitol isn't a church so stop treating it like one (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68626 After everything I've read over the past several days, I'm convinced that many of our state lawmakers needed to pack their bags and go home sooner versus later. At least they would've stopped creating more problems than they were expected to resolve. One of the best examples happened early last week when a state Senate committee shot down a measure that from my perspective would've provided better protection for our children. At issue was a bill that would've helped restrict people from using... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:35:16 -0600 Be a responsible pet owner, have your animals 'chipped (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68582 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. My curiosity really got piqued when my wife stopped what she was doing and joined my daughter. Knowing that nothing good could come... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:13:27 -0600 Let this nation never forget sacrifices of Vietnam vets (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68517 "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. But I ended up getting caught off guard when they admitted they had a fairly good grasp of the significance of the Vietnam War and the dozens of local... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:59:17 -0600 Something needs to happen to stop a national tragedy (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68471 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. Today, however, we can see similar parallels in how our society has changed and not for the better, either. One of the greatest disasters that is now plaguing our... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:49:21 -0700 There is Always Room For One More (Walking the Fence Line by Bonnie Bird) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/68451 Our home has been filled with the happy noise of children. Five grandchildren! Five different blessings! Over the years, we have watched them grow into some rather interesting individuals. KaeLynn Grace arrived in 2006. She has grown into a tall graceful young lady. She is great company and fun to do things with. We have spent many hours visiting flea markets and thrift stores. It will be a very sad day for me when she outgrows her grandma. Nathaniel David Allen arrived in... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:45:48 -0700 Once again, our universe just got far more interesting (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68425 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. While scientists had theorized that such planets orbited these stars, it wasn't until 1992 that mankind had positive proof. Using a space-based telescope above Earth,... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:24:00 -0700 After latest assassination, is North Korea on the brink? (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68369 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. Somehow, the apparent assassination of a possible successor to the current leader of North Korea was overlooked as nothing significant. However, the death of Kim... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:37:08 -0700 When dealing with nature let's play it safe out there (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68313 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. As we've seen in just the past week, the record-setting snow that battered our state came with plenty of consequences once the weather started to rapidly warm up. I've honestly lost count of how many videos I... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:40:19 -0700 Before & Now (Pet Connections by Marilyn Crook) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1397/entry/68278 I wrote this blog back in 2015 after the Supreme Court Ruled in favor of legalizing same sex marriages. What do you think will happen now that we have a new President in office? Marriage Equality All 50 States Posted Friday, June 26, 2015, at 1:37 PM After much anticipation and wait time, its here. The supreme Court has legalized same sex Marriages in all 50 States Celebrations outside the Supreme Court today MARRIAGE EQUALITY NATIONWIDE... 5-4...Kennedy:... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:47:04 -0700 Aspiring student scientists produced amazing results (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68254 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. At the time, I didn't have a large enough battery needed to ignite the engine, so my dad drove the family's riding lawn mower onto a small hill in the backyard and rigged the 12-volt battery to the launch system. I inserted... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:02:51 -0700 Are we returning to days of 'yellow journalism?' (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68196 "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. A student was singled out among the ones with their hands raised. His response was something to the effect that the purpose of a newspaper was to provide a historic... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:16:08 -0700 At least give him a chance (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68142 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. When someone directs that question at me, I tend to reply from a different perspective just to throw them off guard. My response states that,... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:07:55 -0700 Teamwork helped our town survive 'Snowmageddon' (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68087 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. I based that prediction on what I saw out my living room window. At one point, all the fresh powder that Winter Storm Helena was dumping on Mountain Home made it nearly impossible for me to see my neighbor's house... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:03:04 -0700 National statistics don't lie, smoke detectors save lives (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/68041 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. In the background was the remains of a house that had nearly burned to the ground. The firefighter had just informed... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:52:17 -0700 New political business plan: Work together or get fired (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67993 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. Granted, I meet a lot of folks who were born and raised in northeastern Ohio, so wearing that jacket tends to be a conversation starter. Eventually, we end up talking about our hapless NFL team and what they need to secure... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:32:41 -0700 Some resolutions for 2017 (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67943 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. Now that... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:46:11 -0700 Compassion and Grieving Friends (Senior Education by Brandie Garlitz) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1959/entry/67927 I was very fortunate to be in a position where I could interview the wife and daughter of a patient who had passed while under the care of our hospice team. This blog is about their story, their grief and the world that had changed for them. In a world of social media and the all-knowing public, very few things are left unsaid. There are a couple of different views on death, but in my experience, they fall in two separate ends of the spectrum. Either we see someone is grieving or we assume... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:54:53 -0700 Merry Christmas to all! (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67909 "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. Granted, I loved Christmas as a child because I enjoyed seeing a whole bunch of presents beneath the tree in my family's living room, including my first... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:05:04 -0700 F-35 proposal for Gowen could also benefit our base (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67854 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. In addition to being home to one of the nation's top military training ranges, southern Idaho lacks a number of issues that continue to affect some installations also under consideration. Among those... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:55:55 -0700 Never hesitate to make call (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67800 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. But after the tragic events I had to deal with last week, it just didn't seem appropriate. I was too physically and emotionally shaken. Instead, I wanted to... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:34:39 -0700 Make it a holiday tradition by shopping local this year (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67743 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... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:39:58 -0700 Let's work to meet demand by helping less fortunate (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67695 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. It's the same routine repeated over and over each week -- groups of people that wait for hours for the basic necessities many of us in Mountain Home often take for granted. But for those in that line, it's the one... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:12:30 -0700 They have the power so use it wisely (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67641 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. As I watched the initial poll numbers start to trickle in early that evening, I pretty much resigned myself to the idea that Hillary Clinton was going to take an early lead and hold onto that momentum as progressive... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:52:56 -0700 They won in the elections, now they must learn to lead (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67601 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. Now,... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:38:00 -0700 Perform your civic duty, get out and vote Tuesday (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67527 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. I'm simply worn out trying to follow the constant barrage of news coverage throughout this campaign, which if you'll remember began more than two years ago when the first candidates... Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:05:52 -0600 Issues missed during forum (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67455 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. Despite the smaller crowds, there were plenty of questions fielded by a variety of people in the audience. While this newspaper had the right to... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:45:24 -0600 Let's pause, take a stand in fight vs. breast cancer (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67394 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. In an... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:55:48 -0600 If it's meant to be funny why am I not laughing? (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67339 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. So fine, let's talk about it. Here's how I understand it. Apparently, someone in this country thought it would be a "good idea" to dress up in a clown suit,... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:09:59 -0600 Turn it down or turn it off! (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67291 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. Let me explain. As I've mentioned a few times over the past couple of years, I tend to enjoy my fair share of gardening. Although I struggle to kill the weeds... Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:11:02 -0600 Let's go, Mountain Home! (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67226 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. Instead of worrying about who was right... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:15:23 -0600 The 'Shifty 50' is dead (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67174 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. Nor did it ever exist. For all intents and purposes, this rumor is dead, just like disco balls and corduroy pants. There! Done! Unfortunately, I know there are still a few people out there that still won't believe it. This... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:15:51 -0600 Where we you when...? (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67109 "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?" On Sunday, the question on many people's minds in this community came down to five words -- "where were you on 9/11?" Fifteen years ago, that day marked one of the darkest... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:43:14 -0600 Get out and show off patriotic spirit at AFAD (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/67043 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. But what I think catches most of these airmen and their families off guard... Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:27:31 -0600 His actions offended many but has a right to say them (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66991 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. Now if this had been a person in the grandstands who committed this act of defiance, it would've likely gone unnoticed. But when you're a professional athlete on... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:29:58 -0600 The message perceived has become the message (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66926 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. Among those individuals was a captain at my office at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. He wasn't much of a "people person," but he knew his job very well. One of the lessons I learned from him all came down to one memorable phrase:... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:12:35 -0600 Let the education experts set classroom standards (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66825 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. Celestial events like this offer a glimpse into the magnificence of our universe. It also serves as an equally subtle reminder that there's so much left to... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:32:32 -0600 Free Range Pigs (Walking the Fence Line by Bonnie Bird) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/1597/entry/66766 Homesteading is becoming a popular trend for those who want to get away from the trials and tribulations of the world. In theory, it should work. All you need is some land, a shelter and a few animals right? Actually on the top of that list should be common sense and careful planning. Take the time to ask yourself some pretty serious questions before you abandon all civilization to live off of the land. (1) Does the land have a good water source? (2) Are you a skilled hunter... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:29:01 -0600 School year set to begin, drivers need to be careful (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66772 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. For most families in our town, this will be a well-rehearsed routine they've done countless times over the years. For a number of... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:17:36 -0600 This year's music festival seemed much smoother compared to 2015 debut (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66707 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. Granted, things eventually worked themselves out, but I left the organizers with some feedback of what I hoped would make things run a... Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:49:08 -0600 Public's acts of kindness appreciated by law officers (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66651 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. In recent days, we're seeing more instances where people are going out of their way to show their appreciation for our uniformed officers,... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:25:16 -0600 Time to put on our 'A' game (Meanderings of the editor by Brian S. Orban) http://www.mountainhomenews.com/blogs/borban/entry/66595 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. While it's tough to put an exact number on how many people will attend the three-day event, organizers are preparing for at least 15,000 people. Putting that into perspective, that one event in the... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:34:14 -0600