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U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Four years ago I met a family grieving the loss of their 16-year-old daughter, a talented young woman who aspired to be a doctor. I met Captain Edward Hill and his wife, Heidi, when Senator Jim Risch and I presented them a Congressional Bronze Medal that their daughter, Shauna, earned before her death.
Rosanne Smith: So it begins. The boxes, the pleas, the fundraisers, the woe are the children of Boundary County. Well, for the third year in a row, Boundary County School District 101 has received $2.4 million per year. That is $200,000 a month.
Rosanne Smith: I was wondering what the county “PIO” (Public Information Officer) duties are? The title itself seems self-explanatory. Or so I thought.
Howard Kent: In the August 29, 1957 edition of the Bonners Ferry Herald, there appear an article by an individual who referred to himself as the "Rock Creek Stump Ranch Philosopher." He signed the article simply as J. A. Is it possible that some of our older local dudes and dudettes may recall the identity of the mystery writer?
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week, I had the pleasure of addressing several dozen Boy Scouts as part of the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Academy. The Academy is a training program hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, in which Scouts and Venturers from all over America learn how to become better leaders, and more importantly, better people.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Idahoan William Russell Woodfin Sr. served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was interviewed in 2001 by longtime member of my staff, the late Linda Norris, as part of collecting a first-hand account of his service for the Veterans History Project.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Art Jackson died last month on Flag Day, at age 92. It was a fitting day to pass because Jackson loved and honored the flag. Every day at his Boise home, he flew the American and Marine Corps flags.
Jack Douglas: The 2017 Kootenai River Run was held on a gorgeous summer day on July 1 in Bonners Ferry. As usual, any event is about as successful as people are willing to donate their time and effort to help.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: On Tuesday we celebrate the birthday of America. Like all births, America came into this world with excitement, anticipation, anxiety and pain.
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador: This was a very significant and exciting week in the fight for immigration reform. I was named chairman of the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over immigration and border security issues; the House Judiciary Committee approved my bill to reform America’s refugee program; and I voted for, and the House passed two immigration enforcement bills.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Over the course of the past three months, the Senate Banking Committee, on which I serve as Chairman, has held hearings assessing the impacts of the current sanctions regime against Russia.
Kirk Dixon: I'd like to ask this community if they believe in the electronic voting machines. If some do, I suggest they check out the Stanford study that was made.
Justine Williams: The Hall Mountain Fire Association Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank Store Director Jeff Hanley at Super 1 Foods in Bonners Ferry for letting us sell Rifle and Quilt Raffle Tickets On June 3!
Idaho First District Representative Heather Scott: As we get ready for a much-anticipated summer season, I wanted to briefly update you on a few important legislative activities. Remember while you are off enjoying the Idaho outdoors, government is always active and rarely sleeps.
Delcianna J. Winders: If the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club wants folks to support its circus, it would be wise to partner with one of the many successful animal-free circuses out there, not Culpepper & Merriweather, which has a voluminous record of violating the Animal Welfare Act and endangering the public.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Since I was first elected to Congress in 2010, I have advocated for fixing our broken immigration system. In addition, I have frequently stated that the most important step in completing that process is getting serious about enforcing existing law.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently had the great honor of meeting with Mary Lynn Spiker, who was selected to be the 2017 Idaho Teacher of the Year. The role of teachers cannot be overvalued. Robert Frost characterized teachers as “awakeners.”
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Americans celebrated National Police Week with events across the country honoring those who risk their lives to keep us safe. Almost 23,000 officers have died in the line of duty since 1791, including 66 in Idaho.
Kirk Dixon: Hey Larry Bauer ... Prove to me that Heather Scott is a laughing stock of this state. There is no two party system anymore. Investigate it out for yourself.
Larry Bauer: Thank god, a Republican is stepping up in the primary. A Democrat would never beat Heather. She is a laughingstock around the state and a true embarrassment to our area.
Greg & Kathy Garrison: Oh no! We’re so sad to read about Valdie’s falls, surgery and subsequent weakness. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Valdie.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: In past columns, I have written about legislative efforts to stop the abuse of asset seizure laws to take Americans’ property without proof of a crime, or even an arrest or warrant.
Pearl Theater staff: From all of us at The Pearl Theater, thank you for making Idaho Gives so successful! Idaho Gives 2017 raised more than $1.3 million for nonprofits across the state. You've proved that Idahoans (and friends from other states!) are caring and sharing kinds of folks!
Rosanne Smith: The land within the city limits Moyie Springs is changing by leaps and bounds! New housing is replacing fields and pasture land. This rapid growth is placing severe demands on city services.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: As you may know, Saturday is President Trump’s 100th day in office, and while the media has a habit of overhyping the 100-day mark in a new President’s term, it does provide a good opportunity to reflect on the pace of the President’s accomplishments and his commitment to keeping his promises.
Richard Cowell IV: On behalf of Explorer Post 190, I would like to wish everyone a very large thank you. From the beginning, we had people both within our organization and in the community believing we had truly signed up for an impossible task.
Rosanne Smith: Moyie City Council is holding a special meeting at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, April 19. They will decide whether an individual may develop his property by placing two homes (trailers) on one parcel without splitting it.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: Just because the legislative session is over doesn’t mean the job of the legislator or the citizen is done. Now, through the end of the year, is the most important time to pay attention to proposed rules, regulations and fees which bureaucrats and lobbyists are drafting.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Helen Keller wrote in 1930, “It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in this world.” Meeting with Idaho delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program is a reminder of the great promise for the future of our state and nation found in Idaho’s young leaders.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: On Friday, the U.S. Senate confirmed an outstanding jurist, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to the U.S. Supreme Court, ensuring his place as the 113th justice in U.S. history. I was pleased when President Trump nominated Judge Gorsuch back in January and I publicly supported his nomination.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: The 2017 session proved to be what I believe is the beginning of real change in the Idaho legislature as debates and conversations are starting to shift in the right direction. More legislators are beginning to question the agendas and motives behind bills and policy in an attempt to expose top down centralized planning and crony capitalism at the expense of citizen.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: All across Idaho, families and small business owners are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing health care costs caused by the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. If you’ve seen your health insurance premiums rise in the past few years, it’s almost certainly because of ACA regulations.
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