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Idaho Representative Mat Erpelding: On Monday, Idaho’s STEM Action Center gave their annual report to the legislature. According to their report, Idaho left 6,328 STEM-related jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) unfilled in 2018. This resulted in $412 million in unpaid wages that should have gone into the pockets of Idahoans.
Idaho Senator Michelle Stennett: Statewide emergencies led to the formation of several task forces in recent years to address very fundamental Idaho values: jobs, opportunity, prosperity, and security for our families. Education, job training, and skilled-based instruction need to reach every corner of the state.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Committees are essential to the legislative process. I am privileged to serve on committees that encourage pro-growth economic policies and prioritize constitutional principles. Beginning in 2017, I had the honor to begin serving as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, a post that I will continue to hold in the 116th Congress.
Representative Mat Erpelding and Senator Michelle Stennett:  The phrases “Happy Dance” and “State of the State” don’t often appear in the same sentence for Democratic legislators who are dedicated to empowering all Idahoans, bringing security to our families, and cultivating a state where opportunity and good-paying jobs are the norm. Brad Little may have changed all of that – if he can walk the walk.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: On December 11, 2018, with my support, the U.S. Senate passed the final version of the new Farm Bill by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 87-13. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation the next day, also by a broad, bipartisan vote of 369-47, before it went to President Trump to sign into law.
Idaho Representatives Ilana Rubel and Bryan Zollinger: As Idaho faces a $500 million request to expand prisons that primarily house drug offenders and ranks in the top three states in America for portion of the population in prison, we can no longer afford to ignore the simple truth: mass incarceration is a costly and ineffective way to deal with drug abuse.
Publisher Mike Weland: Quite often, people who see me ask why I put so much effort into keeping up with news and the website I share it on with readers. I don't get around very well at all, I only have one hand that works. I'm medically retired. Why do I bother?
Kirk Dixon: In regards to Debbie Critchfield's letter, "Student mental health must be addressed," in my opinion, these are a few subjects that just might need to be considered in your search to help develop kids in a more positive manner in a public school's curriculum.
Debbie Critchfield: Conversations about student behavioral health from kindergarten through college are occurring throughout our state. K-12 administrators report that they are spending half of their time dealing with student emotional needs even though full time counselors are available in their schools.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: America’s children represent our nation’s prospect for a bright and strong future. They are smart, hopeful, inquisitive and insightful. It is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to keep them safe from harm and help them to have opportunities for promising and productive lives. The fact that many children in our communities are not safe in their homes is far beyond tragic.
Kirk Dixon: In regards to the article from the Columbia Basin Bulletin, there are only two word that pertain to this report from Philip Mote ... Fake Science! I hope people are paying attention to what is going on in France.
Larry Engert: I started following the Kootenai Valley Times online since you started publishing. Having been born, raised and a longtime resident of Bonners Ferry, now some 15 years removed, I enjoy the ability to keep tabs with the happenings of Boundary County and surrounding area.
Sam Smith: Can you please remind people to slow down on residential streets on the South Hill. I understand the road work is a hassle but we live on these streets. We have children and pets.
Tia Avery: I’m sorry it has taken so long, but here is the final update and huge thank you for the 2018 Boundary County Oath Keepers Thanksgiving baskets. Let’s start off with the thank you ... Boundary County, you rock! So many of you came together to make sure that 142 families had a really nice Thanksgiving dinner with their families!
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: As we sit down to our Thanksgiving meals, there is a good chance the hard work of Idaho farmers went into a majority of our meal. Meals at Thanksgiving are as varied as the people who celebrate it, but there are some iconic dishes with strong Idaho connections.
Please help the public you serve stay informed: I hereby and in public request from all entities operating in Boundary County, Idaho, subject to Idaho's open meeting law, please include KootenaiValleyTimes.com on their distribution list for all meeting notices, agendas, minutes, legal notices required by Idaho code as well as any press releases issued for public distribution. It seems odd that I am compelled to make this request in public.
Jim Thompson: A deep appreciation to all who have donated to the new water line fund for the old part of Grandview Cemetery. Your donations are greatly appreciated. As of November 2, the balance in the fund was $9,930. A long ways to go to meet our goal, but a good start. Also, a big thank you to all the volunteers who came up and helped me rake pine needles
Idaho Representative Mat Erpelding and Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan: Idaho’s first responders experience unthinkable horrors on a routine basis. Whether it’s witnessing victims of domestic violence, pulling a body from a fire or accompanying a car-accident victim in an ambulance to the hospital.
Cindy Wilson: This morning I congratulate Sherri Ybarra on her victory in achieving a second term. I wish her the very best in developing a vision for our Idaho schools. Every child in Idaho deserves the highest quality education possible and we should all work together to ensure that happens.
Commissioner-Elect Wally Cossairt: Congratulations to the citizens of Boundary County for the high voter turnout! And thanks to everyone for your support in this general election.
Honoring our nation's veterans: Veterans, by putting their lives on the line for their country, communities, fellow servicemembers and fellow Americans, represent the ultimate sacrifice, which is at the core of their service. We honor veterans this Veterans Day by recognizing the foundation of their service and helping to ensure that their immense commitment is acknowledged and respected.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: I have had the privilege of serving the people of this great state for 12 years. From the Capitol in Boise to the halls of Congress in Washington, I can spot a bad deal for the Gem State from a mile away. That is why I am voting “no” on Proposition 1 this November and you should too.
Idaho Senator Shawn Keough: The official voters' guide from the State of Idaho for November's ballot contains several arguments against Proposition 2 that are false or misleading. My argument in favor of Medicaid Expansion - beyond the humanity of it - is that we taxpayers are already paying for medical care for the "gap population."
Kris Larson: Jeannie Robinson is running for County Commissioner and I encourage you to vote for her. She is a lifelong resident of our community and understands the people of Boundary County. Jeannie is trustworthy and honest, and she will work hard to make county government run smoothly.
Denise Thompson: I have lived in Bonners Ferry for most of the past 40 years and have known Steve Howlett, who is running for Idaho State Representative District 1, Seat B, for almost as many. Over the years I have seen Steve step up to the plate to help community, neighbors and friends.
Ray and Beth Holmes: To our family, friends, the entire Boundary County community and beyond, we don't know where to begin. Has it really been three weeks? As many of you know, our lives turned upside down recently after we lost our business, The Wild Horse Mercantile, to a massive fire on the early morning of October 9.
Pat Ramsey: Stephen Howlett, candidate for District 1, Seat B state representative, knows the people of Bonner and Boundary counties very well. He has been here for 49 years, working first in the lumber industry and then as a building contractor for the past 30 years.
Orrin and Jo Len Everhart: We have known Jeannie Robinson for many, many years and we both think she is an excellent choice for County Commissioner.
Elsie Hollenbeck: We voters need to look at the individual running for office in order to select the person who will best represent all of the people and who has displayed positive leadership in our community. Jeannie Robinson knows Boundary County, its changes, progression, its problems and its citizens.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: There is growing concern over the rising cost of prescription drugs. Drug manufacturers argue that the rising prices of these medications are largely due to the cost of research and development; however, it can be challenging for consumers to distinguish whether these claims are authentic. As the U.S. continues to lead the world in the research and development of drugs that improve and extend lives, we must do more to ensure that those who need them most have access to affordable medication.
Jeannie Robinson: Hello, I’m running for the position of Boundary County Commissioner. We are a community. We all are Boundary County. Teamwork–Transparency–Honesty. Our worth is as good as our word. We all have the responsibility to work together in a respectful and positive manner. Citizens must feel welcome to go to the commissioners’ office and have suggestions, views and opinions heard.
Idaho Hospital Association on Proposition 2: As we near election day, the Idaho Hospital Association has prepared a short seven-minute presentation as voters consider Proposition 2. November 6 is right around the corner, and broad support is needed to get Proposition 2 passed.
Layne Flynn: Sherri Ybarra’s commitment to Idaho’s kids has shone brightly throughout her career as a public school teacher, as a public school principal, and now as the leader of our public schools. From teacher pay to school safety, from better graduation rates to better career readiness, Sherri’s fingerprints are everywhere, driving Idaho’s success in preparing our kids for a brighter future.
Heather Stegner: Affordable housing across the nation and in parts of Idaho is at a crisis level. Half of U.S. renters are living paycheck to paycheck because they’re spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing. Meanwhile, the U.S. Green Building Council says buildings account for 39 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions per year in the United States.
Orrin and Jo Len Everhart: We have known Steve Howlett for over 25 years and think he would be an excellent choice for Idaho State Representative, District 1 Seat B. He is an experienced businessman with financial sense and integrity, he listens well and is a problem solver.
Philip A. Deutchman: Stephen Howlett is running for a seat in Idaho’s House, representing Bonner and Boundary counties. He works in construction and understands the lives of working people. The Republican, unbalanced tax bill that passed nationally favors the rich and powerful, but gives a pittance to the rest of us.
Bev Hokanson: The 9B Quilters extend a very special thank you to all the people who came to see our 158 quilts on display during our two-day quilt show at the fairgrounds. We are very thankful to have the boys and girls from the Boundary County Middle School Leadership Class who climbed the ladders and hung the quilts, then came back and helped remove the quilts!
Gil Beyer: As member of a diminishing demographic, Old White Men, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that it is way past time for us to give progressive women a chance to get things done. Lord knows they can’t do any worse. After viewing the farce of the aforementioned "Old White Men" in the Senate Judiciary hearings and the shenanigans in Boise, it is apparent that we need more women in public office.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Through a recent Congressional Record Statement, I had the opportunity to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action, recognize the commendable efforts of those keeping attention on our missing servicemembers and thank those who are working hard to bring our missing servicemembers home. The loved ones of missing servicemembers deserve resolution.
James W. Ramsey: If you would like to see a change in our state legislature by electing someone with clear and transparent views and experience dealing with all age groups in our district, you should vote on November 6 for Ellen Weissman for District 1 State Representative, Seat A.
Rosanne Smith: My neighbor had his attorney contact me about the surveyed (2018) property line he thinks is in error. Months go by. Nothing said any further about a possible survey error. No new surveys done. My neighbor is now building a new fence 12-plus feet past the surveyed, recorded (2018) and marked property line.
Idaho Gubernatorial Candidate Paulette Jordan: In less than seven weeks, Idahoans will vote in an election that will determine our future. As our community chooses whether to cast their vote for me or my opponent to serve as our next governor, it’s vital that they have the facts and understand the challenges we face.
Bob Rekstad: Ms. Smith, (Letters, For the sake of shopping) if you are going to have a wake or memorial for the trees, could you or someone let me know where I can pick them up? I would gladly cremate them for you.
Rosanne Smith: Is there a ceremony, a blessing, a "thank you for your service," planned for the trees that will be killed at the top of the South Hill? Going to miss them. Wish they could speak.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: In recent years, we have seen press reports about Americans being unprepared for retirement with too little savings to provide a lifestyle during retirement similar to their pre-retirement standards of living. The long-term benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will continue to be felt throughout the years ahead, are setting the stage for improved retirement savings opportunities.
 Representative Mat Erpelding and Senator Lee Heider: Many of you have probably not heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It’s not a subject that gets a lot of press even though it’s been around for more than 50 years. While you may not have heard about it, the fruits of the LWCF are all around us.
Crime Victim Advocate Melissa Krejci: With sincere gratitude, Boundary County Victims Services, BCVS, would like to thank the North Idaho Action Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation for awarding our program with a generous grant in December, 2017. The grant has afforded survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault the opportunity to receive mental health counseling.
Howard Kent: In response to "Just a swingin’" by Mike Ashby -- Ah, yes! Memories of growing up on the South Hill. I remember them well. Hopkin's devil swing was the initiation from boyhood into stupidhood. How about sledding on Stone's Hill? We had a guy's only club in a tree house. Our male sanctity was ruined by Mary Lou King.
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador: On Thursday the House Judiciary Committee approved a long-overdue bill to address equal justice in Idaho and in other federal courts. This issue has been a top priority for me since I joined the Judiciary Committee in 2013. H.R. 6755 authorizes a third U.S. District judge for Idaho.
Idaho First District Representative Heather Scott: In today’s chaotic world it would be nice if the road of life was always smooth and obstacle free. It would also be nice if government voluntarily restrained its own growth. Our fantasy seems to be that if we just ignore and stay uninvolved in our government, it will just leave us alone.
U.S. Representative Raul Labrador: This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh in July to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired after 31 years. If confirmed, conservatives will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to move the court in the right direction.
North Idaho Sheriffs: As you have probably seen over the past several months, the sheriffs here in Idaho are extremely frustrated with the Idaho Transportation Department and the lack of service, appropriate software and solutions for the issuing of driver’s licenses.
Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little: The beginning of the school year reminds Idahoans of the importance of our local schools and our dedicated educators. I have five grandkids, four of whom began school this past week. Our schools are central to our communities. Their continued success is the foundation for Idaho’s future prosperity.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Recently, the President signed into law the John S. McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, fulfilling one of Congress’s most serious responsibilities to provide for and protect our nation’s military servicemembers.
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