After three failed attempts to bond for (raise property taxes) a new off-campus jail, it became clear the taxpayers of Canyon County did not want the effects of a $50 million jail on the property tax rolls.
Closing the health coverage gap in Idaho would have positive affects for all Idahoans. Our current system is weakening our communities. We can strengthen our communities with a compete solution created just for Idaho that provides comprehensive health coverage. This is a simple matter of keeping our neighbors and communities safe and healthy.
No surprise to see the attack by Western Watersheds and Wilderness Watch on the Idaho-based Owyhee Initiative regarding wilderness management in Owyhee County. From day one some groups opposed the collaborative effort to resolve public land controversies in Owyhee County, and those attacks continue as the participants in the initiative continue to work together to solve problems.
The recent set of events that happened in Boise’s East Foothills proves you can never be too careful when making planning and zoning decisions. As a community we have seen the dire consequences that can occur with landslides and fire.
I love summer, but as a parent it can be stressful to keep kids safe and busy. Fortunately there are summer programs to help. If you have a child engaged in one, you may also have the peace of mind that they are likely offering much more than safety and fun. Summer programs can also offer extended learning opportunities and help prevent the “summer slide.”
When people come through the doors of their local health department in Idaho, our goal is to help them become healthier citizens. However, the truth is that sometimes their health needs are far greater than the services we can provide, and in many cases these patients will end up in emergency rooms seeking care for late-stage serious health conditions that could have otherwise been diagnosed and managed without further complications.
The story on TV about the Republican National Convention is almost entirely focused on the disgruntled delegates who want to “Dump Trump” and/or “#FreetheDelegates.” The portrayal of the RNC as one giant attack on Trump’s status as the presumptive nominee is really the sideshow and is not the main event, nor is it why Idaho delegates have come to Cleveland.
In the 2015 novel “Ghost Fleet,” the U.S. is challenged in a future war by a technologically savvy enemy. The enemy exploits the cybervulnerabilities in a U.S. military that grew overly reliant on weapons platforms that were reliant on the latest computer and networking tech. Left nearly defenseless, the U.S. comes to realize that it must rely on long-retired, technologically simpler and ultimately more dependable weapons system to fight back.
Recent events of the past few weeks have got me thinking: Who are we? Who are we as Americans? What are our values, and what do we stand for? I think we have reached another critical point in our timeline as Americans. We need to stand up for what is right, not what is cool, politically expedient or popular. Five cops in Dallas killed for simply being white; race relations in this country haven’t been this bad since the 1960s. With that said we do not have a white or black problem, we have a values problem. We have shredded our values to a point where there are none left.
You may have read Ted Eisele’s June 22 Guest Opinion that advocated for the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River as the best way to bring back sockeye salmon to Idaho. It appears his goal is to bring back sockeye in an effort to increase Idaho tourism — tourists can visit Idaho to catch the sockeye.
Longtime Idahoans remember being shocked some 40 years ago when it was revealed the INL was dumping radioactive waste water directly into the volcanic, porous ground above the Snake River Aquifer; the source of our agricultural irrigation and the water supply for thousands.
On Wednesday, June 22, you may have noticed the large crowd gathered in front of the Idaho State Historical Museum in Julia Davis Park. I had the opportunity to be part of this historic event, the groundbreaking and blessing of the land for the Idaho State Historical Museum. As a member of the Foundation for Idaho History, I’ve been working on this project since 2014 and am excited to finally share our accomplishments with the public.
I recently returned from Washington, D.C., where I joined 800 other volunteer lobbyists from Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Our organization has been meeting with our representatives in Washington and in our home districts for seven years. The purpose of our meetings is always the same: We are educating our members of Congress about Carbon Fee and Dividend, a revenue-neutral carbon pricing plan in which pollution fees collected from fossil fuel-producing companies are returned to individuals as dividends. The aim is to place a gradually rising price on the greenhouse gas content of fossil fuels when they enter the economy. When the price of different energy sources reflects their true cost of use, market forces will speed the transition to clean, local and renewable energy.
As the mental health coordinator at the Boise Police Department, I see the devastating effects Idaho’s health care coverage gap has on our most vulnerable citizens. I work daily with Idahoans suffering from serious and persistent mental health illness, including veterans and people experiencing homelessness.
At the Boise Planning and Zoning Commission meeting June 6, the city engineering and planning staff’s response to Warm Springs Mesa homeowner concerns about a hillside development proposal reminded me of the careless drivers on Warm Springs Avenue who speed at 30 mph through the flashing yellow lights in the school zone at Adams Elementary School.
Imagine yourself as a toddler. Imagine you are being carried away from your home in nothing but a diaper on a cold January night by a uniformed police officer, a stranger to you. Imagine someone in the home scrambling to throw some clothing or a teddy bear into a garbage sack to send along with you.
Idaho anglers will soon begin to seek steelhead. These fish provide outstanding recreational opportunities that are challenging and exciting for the angler. Regulations of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game permit harvest of the hatchery-produced fish. Anglers must release wild fish, identifiable by presence of an undamaged adipose fin.