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Hi All:

FYI...Reading about the wildfire up near Garden Valley, the experts say its burning in mid-August type conditions. I'm guessing our nearby mountains both north and south are probly just as tinder dry. Use caution out there but get out there abd have some fun too.



-- Posted by bondyweb on Fri, Jul 18, 2014, at 2:09 PM

Thanks random stranger. I too love a good end to a K-9 situation. Good news is very nice these days:-)

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Tue, Jul 15, 2014, at 2:44 PM

Good job, Opinion Missy. I love a happy K-9 ending too.

-- Posted by random stranger on Mon, Jul 14, 2014, at 5:08 PM

LOST DOG CLAIMED! Love a happy ending. He is back home with his family and kids. Thanks.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sun, Jul 13, 2014, at 1:09 PM

YELLOW LAB FOUND IN MH: Older, large, yellow/golden, male, lab found yesterday around 11 a.m. Very nice dog that knows commands and is very well behaved/quiet and sweet. Has hip problems and was found with a collar but no tags/chip. Dog was very overheated and thin but is doing well. If he is yours, and you want him back, please call the Mountain Home Animal Shelter. VERY, VERY nice dog that deserves to spend the time he has left in a good home with lots of love and being spoiled. Thank you!

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sun, Jul 13, 2014, at 8:15 AM

What a fun-filled and enjoyable night at the golf course last night! Thanks to all that played a part in assembling one of THE BEST 4th of July celebrations I've ever had! Kudos to all, and God Bless America!

-- Posted by CoolBreeze83647 on Sat, Jul 5, 2014, at 12:05 PM

Outstanding fireworks display last night. Thanks to all involved.

And a belateled Happy Birthday to the Great State of Idaho (Founded: Jul 03, 1890)

Esto Perpetua

-- Posted by Pale Ale on Sat, Jul 5, 2014, at 9:48 AM

To the Lucky Boaters at Strike Dam who acquired new toys on Monday:

On the off chance you thought the items you "found adrift" on the lake were left there for you, they weren't. Thanks for ruining something we have done for over 12 years. Usually, when you find water toys moored out of the way, with a buoy and anchor it means they were put there on purpose and "finders keepers" rules do not apply. Multiple families have been able to enjoy each others toys over the years--you use what you want for awhile, then tie it back up and move on to the next one. That is until somebody decides to keep them all for themselves. If you happen to know the lucky boaters who have a new, easily identifiable old wakeboard (white top, red bottom, with bondo patches on it) and black kneeboard, invite them to return them. Though boat Karma has a way of maintaining itself, we may or may not have seen your boat pick the items up, or your trailer, or the vehicle you towed the boat with. If you'd like to return them you can post an anonymous reply or contact me at belike-39509@mypacks.net If not, enjoy them! But look out for that Karma!

-- Posted by Don't trust your neighbor on Wed, Jul 2, 2014, at 12:02 AM

M.H. School District 193

The U.S. Flag at the junior high needs to be replaced.

I first noticed it back in April and assumed it would be taken care of, since it was so obviously tattered/torn.

I was wrong, Again.

-- Posted by gmoney on Thu, Jun 26, 2014, at 4:35 PM

Might have missed them? Pleeeease

-- Posted by MrMister on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 9:00 PM

Just in case no one else has noticed yet, the link for a map to Rail Road park (on the calendar for Farmer's Market) takes us to Alabama.

-- Posted by sas212 on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 4:00 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher:
Thank you - that was part of Google being helpful to us. We have re-routed the directions with some assistance and reference to Idaho. Thanks, could of been a long drive for some!!

Thanks to Moral Majority for bringing my attention to the two letters he mentioned. I might have missed them had you not said something. Thanks again!

-- Posted by CoolBreeze83647 on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 2:29 PM

Okay Brenda. It just seems to me that you enter a grey area to allow either positive or negative comments about letters, which were very politically opined. However, I respect your decision on the topic.

However those that you said were in "tattle tale mode" didn't seem to me to express an opinion on the letters except to note that they were political. Possibly they were trying to follow your rule of keeping political topics off the front page and so didn't offer an opinion. That's why I only commented on the worthiness of the letters in the Political area.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 11:16 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher:
Thank You Sam

I replied to you at your email address you supplied when signing up.

Hmm. The letters referenced by Moral majority seem to be extremely political. Just saying....

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 9:41 AM
Response by Brenda:
Hmmmmm, Really?!?! The reference to read was made plain and simple. Read it or don't. Any discussion of the content has been in the political forum where it belonged. The content of the 2 was never discussed in the banter other than by those that are in tattle tell mode. I don't need banter police. You can be assured if the conversation and/or topic moved to the banter box it would be removed. Just saying.......

The political hacks finally have their own realm to babble on but they still have to keep an eye on the rest of us, looking for an opportunity to chastise. Can't you just stay in politics? It's really nice not having to read your partisan babble here. Mentioning a letter to the editor doesn't seem political to me either. No one can say much without your scrutiny and back sass. You would do well to stay on page two. It was designed for you~

-- Posted by goatbeard on Fri, Jun 20, 2014, at 7:37 AM

And the beat goes on, Drums keep pounding a rhythm to the brain

La de da de de, la de da de da

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 5:49 PM

Well geordey, there is no comment section in the letters/opnion section. All I have done is tell them it was a good piece. You and your kind are truly pitifull.

-- Posted by Moral majority on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 1:01 PM

It appears that Moral majority has managed to bring a political comment to the Banter Box through referencing two political letters.

-- Posted by Geordey on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 12:12 PM

The secret word of the day is "codified".

-- Posted by Pale Ale on Thu, Jun 19, 2014, at 11:14 AM

Bazookman and Mr. Traubel, excellent pieces in the opnion section.

-- Posted by Moral majority on Wed, Jun 18, 2014, at 3:10 PM

Hi All:

I just called to confirm the bridge on NFS Road 128 near Fall Creek has been fixed and opened. Yes, the Mountain Home Highway District said it's open and so is another bridge up in that area that was down also.

Go out enjoy this weekend :-)

Tim Bondy

-- Posted by bondyweb on Thu, Jun 12, 2014, at 11:02 AM

in reference to my missing jewelry, the necklace is a diamond heart pendant. The two pieces were noticed missing a few weeks ago, about mid May so if you find them please email me or post to Mountain Home News, reward. Thank you. cplusb1999@hotmail.com

-- Posted by mynextchapter on Wed, Jun 11, 2014, at 7:04 PM

LOST: Diamond necklace and engagement ring with three stones. If you find it, either from Thrift Shop or someone might have pawned it. SENTIMENTAL value but I'll give a reward if found. Please email me cplusb1999@hotmail.com or post on mountain home news. Thank you.

-- Posted by mynextchapter on Tue, Jun 10, 2014, at 3:17 PM

Proof positive,

What is wrong with you? What's with all the personal attacks. Makes no sense. It seems that Brenda is removing many posts or commenting they belong on another page. How about you find something better to occupy your time. Personally I have lost interest on posting anything in this forum but I felt the need to comment on yours.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Mon, Jun 9, 2014, at 4:38 PM

Ok not sure where to post this so here it is. I spent the weekend taking a long motorcycle ride to another state. I traveled through many different counties and faced some heavy traffic. Where did I almost get into a wreck? Here in Mt Home about 1 mile from our house. What was the cause? Seems the county or city did some crack repairs and they are really slick. No fun going around a corner and a 900lbs slips out from under you. Luckily I was able to gain control and not drop the motorcycle. I have to ask, why is that Mt Home or Elmore county cannot seem to seal a crack in the road like all the other counties?

-- Posted by Old guy on Sun, Jun 8, 2014, at 8:30 PM

I don't usually promote businesses but I must say, I was blown away by the level of customer service that Tom with Toms Small Engine Repair provided. Even though it was a Saturday, this gentleman opened his shop and helped me with my lawn tractor so I wouldn't be stuck push mowing about 3 acres. In today's world it was a wonderful delight to actually get this level of friendly and professional help. He makes you feel like it's a family member help out with the repair, not like your "just another customer" walking in. If you ever need ANY kind of small engine repair, and you don't want to be ripped off and you want excellent service; then you really need to call Tom's Small Engine Repair here in town 587-3547. Going forward I will always take my small engine repairs/maintenance to him. Awesome job Sir and thank you very very much.

-- Posted by Mom2thebest2kids on Sun, Jun 8, 2014, at 9:43 AM

brenda,after having to remove so many postings by McCallum S it is obvious the best response is no response.

-- Posted by proof positive on Sun, Jun 8, 2014, at 8:33 AM

This Saturday the Sage Brush Archers are hosting their annual 3D archery shoot at Optomist Park. Halve of all proceeds from this will be donated to http://idahonheroesoutdoors.com/. Lots of great raffle/auction items. The American Legion will be serving food/drink. Also mud bog races the same night. Further info can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/81553490...

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Fri, Jun 6, 2014, at 8:00 AM

I think the city picked some of the wrong streets to fix up. N18th widening seems kind of silly. the thing turns in to a two lane narrow road about 100 feet past the point where the widening is happening. If you drive on S18th past the junior high, now thats a travesty. The edges are rotting away and usually have 8 inch pothole in them. This causes people to drive toward the middle of the road, not good. It would seem to me that that should have even a priority for repair. It's just an opinion, I'm just glad they came to their senses on the Elmcrest deal. But really, S18th is a very busy road and needs attention.

-- Posted by goatbeard on Fri, Jun 6, 2014, at 7:55 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Please move the comments referencing the street issues to the story so the comment thread is where it pertains. Thank you


I would guess on avg. teachers are the highest paid members of our community. Comparing them to an employee at a fast food place is silly. The point is, your employer is under funded. You have a job next year. You plead with the community to pass a levy so that all the teachers may keep their jobs, and as soon as it passes you want to negotiate pay and benefits. Still sounds petty. In the real world corporate boards run the company. They do not form alliances with their union employees. Financially distressed companies lay employees off. In my world 2 extra days for a calendar year is insignificant. Employees donate that much of their own time to help an employer occasionally. If their employer is financially stable, then so are they. Us non-union folk have a way of looking at the big picture. We are a team, family of sorts. There is no "I" in team. Set an example and let it go.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 5:29 PM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Please move the comments referencing the school district contract negotiation to the story so the comment thread is where it pertains. Thank you



The state has given districts funding for a 1% increase on salaries - the teachers aren't asking for an additional raise. They are asking the district for the minimum 1% that the state has already allocated. The district in-turn is wanting to add two days to their contracts. To what, make sure that they are "earning" it? That's like telling someone working at McDonald's Monday through Friday at minimum wage that they'll get cost of living increase in pay, but that they'll have to work two more days - Saturday and Sunday (but not get paid on Saturday and Sundays).

The point is - that teachers aren't asking for any favors or promotions or big breaks. They are asking for a little respect and fair and equatable negotiations and contracts. Apparently the board has hired some sort of guard-dog, quick-tempered individual who doesn't have any shame in throwing papers in teachers' faces, or yelling, threatening and bullying them. And for SOME reason the board members give him the authority to do so. They're probably being bullied, too, because I can NOT believe that certain individuals on that board are standing for such behavior from one of their leaders.

In regards to the Bruneau-Grandview School District - do you really want to go there? Do you really want to compare our district to the self-destructing time-bomb that's about to go off since they've hired that east coast moron to lead them in his mighty ways? Those poor students are definitely getting the short end of the stick. Is that what you want for our community?

-- Posted by Fresh Air 83647 on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 1:27 PM


You might check out Grandview/Bruneau's situation.

Schools are combined, teachers are let go, sports programs lose funding. Do the teachers in our district really have it that bad?

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 12:18 PM


I can understand how you feel. Teachers must also understand how a lot of tax payers feel. We just passed a supplemental levy so that many of the teachers would have a job next year. The district is apparently financially strapped. Programs for children have lost funding. Is it not enough that the tax payers insured that many teachers would have a job to return to next year?

Can you understand how asking for a raise now might seem rather selfish. Why not work the extra two days. Most jobs do require that you work to get paid. Most local employees are not represented by unions, and would appreciate two extra days work and the extra money received.

Remember it is these local employees children that attend our school district. Always remember respect needs to be earned, not expected.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 12:13 PM

I guess I missed the Mountain Home News article about this school district/teacher union dispute.

-- Posted by gmoney on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 9:22 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Yes,it was in yesterdays paper and it is scheduled to rotate in on the news stories tomorrow on the web page. At that time there will be a place for the specific story/comment thread. thank you, B

Good morning! Checking in to see if anyone knows when the mediation between the teachers and the district will take place. It looks as though there are a few strong opinions in opposition to our local teachers and the union, perhaps this is where the district board and leaders are getting their advice? Bahahahaha!

-- Posted by Fresh Air 83647 on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 8:38 AM

I would have liked to sat in on these negotiations if the supplemental levy would have failed in May.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 6:15 AM

Did this district not just pass a supplemental levy as to not cut any teaching positions?? And now there are negotiations to improve pay/benefits across the board. Only union employees with their negotiators would ask a financially struggling employer and community for a raise after a percentage of their jobs were just saved by a supplemental levy. Only union employees with their negotiators would ask for a raise after funding for some of the programs for students was cut. Yeah, we're one big team when trying to pass the levy to save our jobs. Then less than one month later our true self serving colors rise to the top. I'm not defending the district in anyway. Happy to see them stepping up a bit. Cancel the mediator, I have a solution. In contract, offer the teachers a 5% raise to be paid when Federal money that has been included in the budget for years but never received is actually received.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 6:01 AM

I had questions about why all discussions pertaining to the recently released prisoner was considered all political when some issues are clearly not political. I met with Brenda and was told that this is HER forum and she made the decision to have it that way,no explanation was necessary by her and I am just to accept it and read it or not. Once upon a time those reporting the news and participating in local issues, personal interest stories etc. were somewhat non-biased. This paper and its forum has become one of my way or do without. News and information being considered for print seems to be judged not by whether or not it's news worthy but whether or not it is acceptable to those running the paper.

I am curious to see how long this post will last. Not a personal attack on Brenda, just an honest account of the occurrences of my experience with her.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Thu, Jun 5, 2014, at 1:30 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher:
Yes, I do feel feel it is a highly political debatable issue and that in an attempt to keep the web home page as has been our design I have asked and said please to move the conversations to either the forum or the editorial of Kelly's that is specific to that topic. No bias, absolutely news attentive and as so giving it it's own topic space. As always I thank you again for your opinion. I had already explained why the forum was designed and it is always an individuals option to read the colum or not. We will continue to monitor our website and maintain our goals and requested policy. Thank you.

District News:

The school district has offered in negotiations with the teacher's union to add two days back into employees' schedule. This acts as a pay increase.

The school district has also offered to pay the astronomical increase in health care premiums. This serves as a pay increase, as well.

The union negotiators want changes made in wording and mandatory in service days.

If the district is hiding anything, it may be its disdain for the greed of the self serving negotiators.

The mediators are coming in to try to convince the negotiators that the district has made an incredibly generous offer! Period.

-- Posted by mh.educated.adult on Wed, Jun 4, 2014, at 9:25 PM

So the community and a couple hundred motorcycle riders get together and do something that other community leaders said they could not do to show support for our local military. How does Mt Home News cover it, 4 pictures and one paragraph. Way to show support. Oh and the pictures displayed did not even have any one from the many local organizations that were present.

-- Posted by Old guy on Wed, Jun 4, 2014, at 8:46 PM

Fresh Air,

I agree. A union sand box. Served their purpose long long ago. Why not consider pay on individual merit? Not as a collective group hiding their weak. Pay based on an individuals performance the prior year. Some may go up, some may remain the same, and some may go down. That's how us non-union folk do it. Why punish an excellent teacher that has put forth and effort and reward one that did not. What you take from those that showed little effort, give to those that did. Not as a collective group.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Wed, Jun 4, 2014, at 8:15 PM

In response to Tiger Jet, I think our teachers need fair and equatable contracts! I'm not sure what the problem is, but it seems like the district is trying to hide something. Why aren't they willing to negotiate with the teachers? Why do they need to go to mediation? Sounds like children playing in a sandbox. Do you know when the mediation will be?

-- Posted by Fresh Air 83647 on Wed, Jun 4, 2014, at 7:41 PM

It is that time of the year again. Negotiations are taking place now, however, a mediator has been called in to help the talks continue.

Teachers throughout Idaho are receiving a 1% cost of living increase on the base of the teacher's pay scale. This is a much needed cost of living increase granted from the legislators.

Will our local teachers benefit from the generosity of the Idaho State elected officials? Do you think teachers of our Public Schools need a fair and equal pay increase?

-- Posted by TigerJet on Wed, Jun 4, 2014, at 6:09 PM


Me thinks they're all one and the same.

-- Posted by MrMister on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 9:26 PM

How 'bout them Lady Gators?!!!

-- Posted by MrMister on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 9:05 PM

Please move the banter on Bowe Bergdahl to the political forum as this will be a very debatable issue of a government/political nature.

thank you.

Also, the name calling wherever it may land needs to stop. Period, no negotiations.

-- Posted by Brenda Fincher Publisher MHNews on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 12:34 PM


All the rambling on this site, and you summed it up in one short paragraph. Well said, we will never know the truth or whole story on any topic.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 12:01 PM

In my opinion Berghdal is a deserter and should be treated as such. American lives were lost in searching for some one who left his post, voluntarily! Mixed feelings on the whole situation from the start. Knowing how our Govt works we as citizens will never know the truth or the whole story.

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 8:01 AM

The military decieded he was at a minimum AWOL in 2010:


-- Posted by Moral majority on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 7:38 AM

Sam 1776,

Maybe I am missing something, what political comments are you referring to?

-- Posted by McCallumS on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 1:51 AM

I thought political comments were supposed to be on the Political page?

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Tue, Jun 3, 2014, at 12:26 AM

Couldn't be happier that Bowe Berghdal is back home again, always good to see an American come home. But... it appears to me that he pretty clearly did go AWOL from his post. Even his parents said he had become resentful about his mission, he didn't agree with the United States stance, etc. I am not saying he didn't deserve to come home. But if he truly did go AWOL, and if we lost soldiers in the line of duty that were assigned to find him (I believe 6 died while working to find him and free him), while also releasing high ranking terrorists in exchange, I hope he will be held accountable. If that were the case, we lost 6 soldiers and gained 6 people fighting against us. I hope I am wrong about how he went missing, I would hate to think we bartered 6 lives, sons and fathers, to find someone that intentionally went into hiding.

-- Posted by My-2-cents on Mon, Jun 2, 2014, at 10:32 PM

In reference to Bowe Bergdahl, I am happy for the family that he will soon be back Hailey. I hope that once the excitement has cleared that the issues surrounding the reason why he was off base will be cleared up. Living in a military town I have the utmost respect for those serving in the military; I come from a family with a long history of men and women serving, but if rumors are correct and the man did go AWOL or dessert and American soldiers were put at risk to retrieve him, even going as far as to trade prisoners for his release, I hope he is punished to the fullest.

-- Posted by McCallumS on Sun, Jun 1, 2014, at 4:51 PM

Many thanks from all the motorcycle riders to the MHPD for blocking traffic to allow 200+ motorcycles to park and leave today. They were doing a ride to raise funds for military charities and the ease of entry/exit provided by MHPD ensured the safety of all.

-- Posted by Old guy on Sun, Jun 1, 2014, at 12:49 PM

Slight change to KSU times for the unescorted ride on Sunday:

We will be meeting (in Boise) at the outlet mall exit 57 on the Idaho Ice World side of the parking lot from 8:45am to 9:15am. KSU at 9:30am, ride to Mountain home and meet up with the group there at the T and V Marine off of exit 90.

We will have a brief rest in Mountain Home, coffee and donuts will be available. The Mayor and AF Wing Commander would like to see us off/wish us well before we leave there. KSU from Mountain Home will be around 10:30am so we have plenty of time to get to High Desert and get parked before the ceremony begins.

-- Posted by Old guy on Sat, May 31, 2014, at 9:15 PM

That is good news!

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Sat, May 31, 2014, at 12:42 PM

Great news folks, Bowe Bergdahl has been released, stop what you are doing and say a thankful prayer. Do the happy dance and celebrate, this Idaho native and soldier is on his way home.

-- Posted by ??ReallyPeople on Sat, May 31, 2014, at 12:20 PM


I agree.

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Sat, May 31, 2014, at 9:27 AM

I just wanted to reiterate my support for the new staff at Desert Canyon Golf Course.

The greenskeeper has that course looking and playing better than it has in the last 3 or 4 years. He is diligent at his job and can even be seen out there on weekends working away.

The new pro is a very nice young man. I had the opportunity to play a few holes with him the other day, and not only is he capable of managing the clubhouse, he's a pretty good ball-striker too.

Not thrilled with the restaurant section. Prices are quite high and the staff seems a bit lost and are very slow. However, I'm sure after a month or so, the service will improve as people get a handle on the tasks at hand.

All in all, I want to again extend my heartfelt thanks to the City of Mountain Home for hiring these folks. We now have a golf course we can be proud of.

-- Posted by CoolBreeze83647 on Thu, May 29, 2014, at 7:51 PM

Many thanks to the members of American Legion Posts 26, 101, the Legion Riders, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Legion Baseball Team and any others that came out this past weekend. Without the tireless support of these volunteers, Prairie, Mt Home and Pine could not have paid the proper respect to our fallen military members.

-- Posted by Old guy on Wed, May 28, 2014, at 4:22 PM

gmoney..... in response to your question.

Posted by gmoney at 2014-05-22 15:38:

I have other comments on the election results story and have checked my side and all it good. You can also post your political questions in the political section but aside from that I do not know, nor can find any reference to "Sector 4" to answer your question. Do you perhaps mean precinct 4 committeeman rather than sector 4 representative?

-- Posted by Brenda Fincher Publisher MHNews on Thu, May 22, 2014, at 4:31 PM

mhg4316, maybe a video such as this may change your mind. I have no dog in the fight but also do not know ALL of the circumstances on a first hand basis.


-- Posted by joe_smoe on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 9:17 AM

Mr McCallum may I just ask how a video recording of an incident as its taking place looks like something that it is not? I never got that when people state this. Or how a video makes someone look or seem a way that they are not. Its a recording of the actual events....it is what it is. I'm not involved in any way or agree or disagree. But I saw the video on the news and I know what it looks like IMO.

-- Posted by mhg4316 on Tue, May 20, 2014, at 8:20 AM

Now that the fanatical's are using a separate blog, maybe the general public will come back to the banter box and tackle important subjects like help in the garden or whats coming up during the week or even just talking about the weather. Thanks MHN for listening.

-- Posted by Auction Hunter on Mon, May 19, 2014, at 9:36 AM

Brenda, Why were the posts removed?

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Mon, May 19, 2014, at 8:52 AM

Originally I was approached by Sergeant Tom Robison reference an incident that occurred during his shift. Sergeant Robison had advised me that during his shift an incident had occurred in the holding cell and that I should view the video. He had told me that the video looked bad but it was not as bad as it looked. I told him I would take a look at it.

The following day Deputy Jason Mittleider came to my office and advised me of an incident that had occurred in the holding cell and that I should look at the video. I assured Deputy Mittleider that I would look into it and take care of it.

While viewing the video, I was shocked. I viewed the video many times. After viewing the video, I began to slow down the video, and with information I already had, I was able to notice some things about the incident that others, without the same information, would not have queued on. The information I refer to is of a personnel and private nature, so at this point I am not able to divulge it. Also after viewing the video I had approached the only witness other than Sergeant Robison and the female inmate involved, and I inquired as to what the witness had seen. The Witness had advised me that the incident was an accident, that both parties lost balance as Sergeant Robison attempted to escort her to the bench behind her, and that there was not any use of force, and that if they had seen any inappropriate actions on the Sergeants part, they would have for sure intervened.

My investigation revealed the female inmate was seen approx. 3 hours later by medical and her only complaint at the time was the injury she had sustained by Deputy Mittleider prior to her being escorted to the holding cell in the first place. On several occasions the female inmate had denied that there was any injuries and that she did not at any time feel threatened by Sergeant Robison, that she was "pissed" at the way Deputy Mittleider had been so forceful with her just because she wouldn't make her bed so late in the evening.

I have been accused by many of "covering up" and violating policy by not reporting the use of force to the Chief Deputy and/or the Sheriff. I have never covered anything up, those that work for me know that I hold them as well as myself accountable for everything we do. I accept that this incident happened during my tenor as the Jail Captain. I did not report this to the Sheriff because it was determined through investigation and interviews that this incident was an accident.

Reporting to the Chief Deputy was not an option as there was not a Chief Deputy at the time. Again, I accept responsibility for what had happened, but after what I considered an adequate inquiry by questioning those involved and careful consideration of the video, I had deemed this an accident. And the female inmate had at the time agreed with the findings, suggesting that it was an accident on both their parts, her and Sergeant Robison's.

There will be many out there that disagree with my findings, that is a matter of opinion. I do respect other people's opinion. My training and experience led me to the conclusion that I reached.

I was not fired, as one person has stated, I did not have an affair and have to quit, as the same person has also stated, and I do not believe that there is any place for the "Good Ole Boy" culture in our local Law Enforcement, as yet again the same person stated. I was suspended for 10 working days without pay for failing to report a use of force per policy. This was not reported, because, again I had determined through an inquiry investigation based on my extensive training and experience, that this was an accident.

During the evening, Deputy Mittleider and another Deputy were engaged in a security walk. When they entered the female's cell, Deputy Mittleider noticed that the female's bunk was not made as per policy. He had instructed her to make her bunk, she refused. They had discussed it back and forth where the conversation became heated, Deputy Mittleider then decided to instruct her to prepare herself to go to the booking area. The female inmate became irritated and the deputies had to restrain her arms to escort her to the booking area for further conversations. Upon her being placed in the holding cell, Sergeant Robison entered the cell to try to question the female inmate and to try to calm her down. The entire time Sergeant Robison was speaking to her, he was instructing her to calm down and to sit on the bench behind her. The female inmate reached across the person of Sergeant Robison and attempted to press the call button, which would have had Control send the Sergeant there anyway. At that time Sergeant Robison reached out and started to escort her to the bench behind her. With the momentum, and the twisting of direction, loss of balance, and shuffling of feet, by both parties, both of them started to fall, Sergeant Robison let go of the female inmate and she continued against the wall. Then Deputy Mittleider entered the cell and placed the inmate in restraints while the Sergeant continued to talk with her. Deputy Mittleider was nowhere near the holding cell when this incident occurred except at the end.

I believe Mr. Mittleider did the right thing by reporting the incident to me, just as Sergeant Robison did before he did. I also believe Mr. Mittleider had all the rights to ask if there were anything being done. I have no problem what he did, except now he tries to make himself out as the fired whistleblower, and also making other comments that lack the whole story. Mr. Mittleider was NOT fired for bringing this incident to light, or for just profanity. I will leave that up to him for now. Mr. Mittleider did what he was supposed to do regarding reporting incidents that need to be looked into, but he is no martyr or a fired Whistleblower.

Again, I admit the video looks absolutely terrible, I have stated that myself many times to others I have spoken to about this matter. But I do feel that I did my due diligence by conducting the inquiry, no matter the findings. I do not take this incident lightly in the slightest way. I was unaware of the remarks that Sergeant Robison supposedly made when he showed others the video. I would definitely consider them very inappropriate and would have dealt with them immediately.

I do not defend Sergeant Robison, that is not my job, I am merely attempting to explain what I had learned and how I got to the conclusion I arrived at. I do realize that there will be those that would have done it differently, and that feel one way or the other, but the bottom line was that whatever happened, happened. Now is the time to deal with it, and take measures to try to prevent these types of incidents from happening again. Please remember that there is so much more to this than what is seen by the "terrible" video, and said by some of those not even there at the time.

My name is Roy "Lynn" McCallum, I was the Captain, Jail Commander at the Elmore County Sheriff's Office, Detention Center, during the incident in December of 2012 involving Sergeant Tom Robison and a female inmate, where Sergeant Robison was charged with allegedly using more force than was necessary to control an inmate. I had been working in the Jail 20 years, 6 as a Detention Deputy, and the last 14 as the Jail Commander. I have many hours of training, many different certifications from the Idaho POST academy, and may be considered by my peers, and with my extensive training and experience, as an expert in Jail/Detention areas. I took great care in making sure the inmates were treated with care and firm but fair. Please keep in mind that the inquiries that I conducted was to establish each individuals responsibilities and actions in regards to this incident and what actions to take in regard to each individual. The inquiry investigation I conducted was an informal inquiry to determine if there was in fact a criminal act or actions taken to require notification to the Sheriff and Detectives for a more formal investigation. The determination of an accident was the conclusion, therefore it was not reported to the Sheriff, because it was an accident.

I have on many occasions made it perfectly clear that I have nothing to hide, and no one to cover up for. I have told many that if they want to know what is going on, all they have to do is ask me. The bad thing is there are those out there that will "Arm-chair Quarterback" this whole incident, not knowing any of the facts. There are those that claim they know the facts, or at least some of the facts, and make judgments with those limited facts. I was not there, however, I did speak with each of those that were actually there and I feel I have sufficient enough facts to make a good decision.

-- Posted by Roy "Lynn" McCallum on Mon, May 19, 2014, at 3:36 AM

Where did my post go asking for info on the special School Board Meeting Tuesday?? Local Right??

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Sun, May 18, 2014, at 7:20 AM

Love the Flower Planters Downtown!

Not sure who is responsible but they

look great! thanks

-- Posted by IdahoDuck on Sat, May 17, 2014, at 2:27 PM

PLACING CLASSIFIED ADS ON-LINE!! We are aware of the current problem when placing ads on the web site and the error message you are receiving. Please call us here in the office and we will handle it over the phone for you until it is fixed!! 208-587-3331 Thank you. B

-- Posted by Brenda Fincher Publisher MHNews on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 12:35 PM

I agree gmoney. The political folks never commented on anything local anyway. Our community is of the most importance to me. I just like to get under the politicians skin a bit when they gave me an opening. Which was almost daily :)

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 11:55 AM

Brenda, I hope you change your policy regarding blogs/news since not all of your readers search the blogs and your news articles are replaced all the time. The one constant is your banter box. The separation of political opinion banter and other banter was long overdue. I will leave that political area to the four or five commenters and there agendas.

I hope local city/county/MHAFB/MHSD/WECRD issues will be allowed in the non-political area.

-- Posted by gmoney on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 11:39 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
The forum will have the same constant continuing flow as the banter box with past history to read and catch up on just as the old banter box history is archived and accessible. Stories/blogs are specific usually in topic and therefore have their own space. I will continue to monitor and keep the front page of the web site reader friendly. It will not turn into another battle ground about anything. This was my option rather than simply deleting the banter box. I believe my choice was clear. You can also start you own blog with topics that are important to you we just do not allow our bloggers to be anonymous. I will answer the new questions for the next week or so and then I am not the commenting type. Those that have been around here for some time know I completely pulled off the site and have been for quite some time. I prefer personal conversation but I appreciate and encourage your personal avenue. I will post breaking issues of news/information worth if my staff is not present but I will not be pulled in for general discussion sake. I thank you all for your participation, ask that you remain civil and know that I can be reached at the Mountain Home News office.

Are posts referring to City/County topics, or MHSD to be posted in the political forum?

-- Posted by dudewheresmycar on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 9:47 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Yes please unless something is in a story and then comment there. Those topics tend to lien heavily to political and highly debatable topics.

I understand directions. I meant to post this on the political page. I had two browsers opened and made a human error.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 7:53 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
Thank you. Repost if you'd like. I appreciate that you understand.

The same is true for story/blog comments for those that wonder. Keep story comments to the story/blog space. B

Sam, do you understand direction, or is it you just don't care?

"ALL comments of a political nature are to be placed in the Political Forum."

-- Posted by joe_smoe on Thu, May 15, 2014, at 7:32 AM

Happy Tuesday Mountain Home. I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. We are putting together a big paper for you today with all the voting ballots from the election office for your review prior to next weeks election day.

Enjoy the Sunshine and have a great day. I would also like to say Thank You to all those that comment making the transition a smooth move. Thanks, B

-- Posted by Brenda Fincher Publisher MHNews on Tue, May 13, 2014, at 1:31 PM

I hope this is ok to post here. If not I'm sorry


-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, May 9, 2014, at 1:11 PM

Why do we have to read and hear about these important news stories, using OTHER sources than our own newspaper?


This apparently happened in January and we're just now hearing about it on the news, but not from the Mountain Home News, from the Boise news. I find that to be disturbing.

-- Posted by ItsJustMeAgain on Wed, May 7, 2014, at 10:44 AM

Brenda would you care to comment on this question posted a couple of days ago?

-- Posted by Moral majority on Fri, May 9, 2014, at 11:07 AM
Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, MHNews:
I'm sorry you missed that. I did reply that same day and I got a Thank You back. Have a good weekend. B

Allow me to be the first to say that MHN has come up with an excellent solution and appreciate your patience with some of us.

-- Posted by Sam_1776 on Fri, May 9, 2014, at 10:01 AM

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