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November
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.
October
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.
September
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.
August
Emergency Management Director Michael Meier: The Boundary County Office of Emergency Management would like to thank all the parties who have done so much to save the lives and personal property in Boundary County during the Fleming Creek Fire.
North Bench Firefighters and Board Members: North Bench Fire District thanks the following cooperators, agencies and people for their response to and in support of the Fleming Creek Fire, which occurred on August 24. Through a coordinated and effective response, the fire spread was slowed and halted without any lives or structures being lost or destroyed.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: For those who have spent years serving in and rising through the ranks of the U.S. military, embarking on an entirely new path in the civilian sector after service can be daunting. Despite today’s positive economic climate, with historically low unemployment and many sectors reporting more jobs than people to fill them, thousands of servicemembers separating from the military each year with valuable skills, leadership experience and strong work ethic still face challenges to accessing these opportunities.
Dr. Alicia Lachiondo: As a pediatrician, I encourage all parents to add vaccination to their back-to-school checklist. From newborns to college, you can help protect your children from 16 serious diseases by getting them vaccinated. Unfortunately, many Idaho children aren’t being vaccinated, leaving them susceptible to diseases that can be both serious and deadly.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Many have seen pictures of the flames that threatened Dubois. Heroic efforts saved the town from the Grassy Ridge Fire that has burned thousands of acres. Firefighters lined the perimeter and actively stopped the fire line just two miles outside of town, as the town was evacuated and neighbors worked together to move cattle and help build fire breaks.
Cindy Wilson, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction: About 10 years ago, I started beginning my school year watching safety videos before the first day of class. It’s part of a teacher’s preparation for the year, along with lesson planning and syllabus preparation. I’ll never forget the first time I watched a video that included a new role for teachers.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: An important part of furthering progress in combatting opioid abuse is ensuring resources are in place for every piece of the response to this pervasive problem. Medical examiners, coroners and toxicologists have an important role in addressing the opioid crisis, and they have had increased manpower and resource pressures as more autopsies and toxicology testing are required to respond to increased deaths from opioid abuse.
Publisher Mike Weland: On August 5, KootenaiValleyTimes.com passed the one-million mark for total hits in the five and a half months since the site went online February 28. On August 16, KootenaiValleyTimes.com reached 511,683 hits in just over half a month alone! As of midnight, the website has had 1,415,727 total hits from 45,185 unique visitors since the site was launched! I owe many thanks.
Kevin Church: In response to Dr. Fabe's letter of August 7. Obviously Mr. Fabe is not from Idaho. Living in Sun Valley, you most likely hail from California or some other place with similar liberal views. I am a life-long 60-year-old citizen of Idaho and an avid hunter and sportsman.
Dr. Linda Clark: Idaho’s young women are more likely to continue their education immediately after high school than our young men. In 2017, 52 percent of female high school graduates enrolled in a career technical program or went to college. The “go-on” percentage rate for their high school classmates who are male was just 38 percent.
Dr. James Fabe: We have not had to read about school shootings this past July. Why? The schools are closed. Idahoans refuse to adapt common sense measures to limit gun proliferation and violence.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: A message I have heard clearly from Idahoans in the town meetings I have been holding across our great state and in discussions with Idaho producers and agricultural leaders is the current Farm Bill is not broken and does not require major changes. I have approached the current effort in Congress to reauthorize the Farm Bill with this principle in mind.
Boundary County Human Rights Task Force: The Boundary County Human Rights Task Force adds its voice to the many voices in our country and around the world calling for the immediate reunification of children and their parents separated as a result of the United States government’s “zero tolerance” border policy.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: Holding town meetings in all of Idaho’s communities enables me to hear clearly some of the most pressing issues on the minds of Idahoans. Oftentimes those concerns are echoed by their neighbors and in other communities. At town meetings held earlier this year in Idaho’s unincorporated communities, Idahoans shared concerns about the impacts of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate on safely hauling Idaho agricultural goods, including livestock and perishable commodities such as milk and fresh produce.
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