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August
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.
May
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!
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