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October
Valley View PTO: The Valley View Parent Teacher Organization would like to thank everyone who came out to support our book fair this past week. You helped make it a huge success!
Rosanne Smith: Being an informed and aware citizen is a powerful tool and the recent article concerning local law enforcement efforts was both informative and useful.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: As most of you know, I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there until I was 13. After that, my mom and I moved to Las Vegas, where we lived for the next four years. While I’ve spent my adult life in Idaho and raised my family here, I will always have strong connections to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently wrote about the need for comprehensive tax reform to lower the burden on all Americans and make the tax code fairer, flatter and simpler. This column is meant to be the second in a series of columns to delve into the need for comprehensive reform.
Kirk Dixon: I want to thank Dave Kramer for his symposium for neighborhood watch. It's a really good idea. I'd like to mention that we as citizens should never forget our second amendment rights.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: I wanted to share some great news with you: On Tuesday, I voted for, and the House passed, H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill prohibits abortions 20 weeks after conception because of the substantial evidence that unborn babies at this stage can and do feel pain.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Serious work on federal tax reform is encouraging, as the best way to strengthen families, support small business growth and job creation and boost our national economy is to enact pro-growth comprehensive tax reform. The tax code is weighing us down and in need of comprehensive reform to lower the burden on all Americans and make the tax code fairer, flatter and simpler.
September
Editor Mike Weland: For those who've noticed an inordinate number of typos in NewsBF articles over the last couple of days, my apologies. I've gone back through and tried to do a bit of clean up, and while I'm remiss, I'm pretty excited, too. Five-plus years post-stroke, I now have a doctor who believes I can regain at least some use on my left side, and I just set off down that path.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter: As wildfire season winds down in Idaho and other parts of the West, one initiative ramping up in Idaho has the potential to tamp down fears about the future of federal lands that make up so much of our state.
Brian Leach: I am the "horse murderer's" son (see "Warrant served on horse rescue facility," September 20), and I just would like to clear something up.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This year will go down as one of the worst fire seasons in U.S. history. With fires still burning across the West, federal wildfire spending has reached $2.4 billion – topping the previous record of $2.1 billion in 2015.
Rosanne Smith: The City Council of Moyie Springs is moving forward to make our fire department a corporation. The reason for this is then the RR will give/donate funds to build a new fire station.
Patricia Christo: What a wonderful article (Locals taking part in Walk to End Alzheimer's, September 11)! Thank you for publishing! Thank you for walking!
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Fourteen years ago, congressional colleagues and I crafted the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to help provide the U.S. Forest Service with the tools needed to do the necessary work on the ground to restore our forests to health and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire to our communities and ecosystems.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week, the House took strong action to deal with the ever-growing threat of transnational criminal gangs such as MS-13. The House passed my bill, H.R. 3697, which bars alien gang members from coming to the U.S. and detains and removes them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity.
August
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: As I travel across Idaho this month I hear a lot about what some people call “kitchen table issues:” jobs, the economy, education, healthcare, retirement security, etc; I don’t hear a lot about whatever the national media is obsessed about these days.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Last month I wrote you about the House’s unanimous passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act, which includes a bill I introduced to bring relief to veteran families. I have more good news.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: “Today, we need to feed some 7 billion people. By the year 2050, that population will swell to 9.5 billion ... To put the demand for food into perspective, we are going to have to double our production between now and 2050. We will have to produce more food in the next 30 years than has been produced in the last 8,000 years ..."
Rosanne Smith: It’s gotta be the eclipse cuz’ I’m sure not seeing straight. The Moyie Springs City Council, based on the wishes of one member, is writing an Ordinance that makes using “Jake Brakes” (unmuffled) within the city limits an offense.
Dani and James Gutierrez‎: I would like to take a minute to thank your community. My mom, Glenna Garrison, passed away on August 2.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently co-sponsored legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) calling on the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies to prioritize efforts to identify and recover unaccounted American military personnel.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Thomas Jefferson once said, “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” Here in Idaho, we know that firsthand.
July
Delbert Blake: Regarding "Five injured in three vehicle crash near Elmira;" Thank you for covering this. My brother and his wife, Chad and Jodi Blake, were in the 2005 Nissan, along with their dog Sassi.
Michael Meier: Dear Rosanne Smith: (See "Where's the info?") The Public Information Officer is the single point within Boundary County for public information. When Boundary County has something to say, this is the office it originates from and is delivered to the public and all media outlets.
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.
June
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.
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