Columns

Times are a-changin’, but not with school board elections

March 23, 2017 at 1:00 am

Do you know who your “zone representatives” are on your local school board?I don’t, and it hardly matters. I’m 66 years old, semi-retired and have no kids in school. In recent years, my wife and I hosted three exchange students who went to ...

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‘Waiting for Trump’ is Legislature’s rallying cry

March 08, 2017 at 1:00 am

Since the Idaho Legislature has spent the last two months waiting to see what President Trump does with a variety of policy positions, there’s hardly need to discuss what’s going on at the statehouse. The session appears to be on auto-pilot...

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It’s National Nutrition Month!

March 06, 2017 at 9:55 am

“Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month® which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices. Making small changes during the month of March and over time, ...

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Hill Beachey: Something else to celebrate along with Idaho Day

March 06, 2017 at 9:56 am

Today, March 4, marks the 154th anniversary of Idaho becoming a United States Territory, something worthy of our recollection.But there’s another March 4 event in the Idaho’s early history that also deserves being remembered and revered. I...

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Tank the Trail Finder: Goats aren’t the only curious ones!

March 01, 2017 at 10:15 am

I have to admit that I have come to enjoy the reaction we get from fellow hikers we meet while out on the trail. It seems that Tank and Kiff bring a smile to everyones faces and are perfect ice breakers for even the most solitary of hikers....

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Scope, power level, changes for leading business lobby

February 28, 2017 at 1:00 am

We all know there are three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – and the checks and balances attached to all three.When I began covering the Idaho Legislature in the ‘80s (no, not the 1880s), there was a fourth bra...

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Rep. Crane weighs his political future

February 25, 2017 at 1:00 am

Next year’s primary election for the 1st District congressional seat will be a real doozy if (or when) Congressman Raul Labrador announces his candidacy for governor.At least a half a dozen candidates could be involved in that jungle primar...

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Book review: ‘The Shape Shifter’ by Tony Hillerman

February 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Hillerman’s novels feature the Navajo Tribal Police (A real police force, HQ in Shiprock, New Mexico) and Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and his sidekick Sgt. Jim Chee. As this story opens, Leaphorn is newly retired, has just come up to headquarte...

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Tank the Trail Finder: Idaho’s long trail isn’t far!

February 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

This is the time of year where there is just a hint of spring in the air, which is all it takes to get me thinking about what trails we want to conquer this summer. Of course we have more than enough trails in our local area to keep us busy...

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Labrador builds case for term limits

February 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

When Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador came to Congress six years ago, the thought of term limits was nowhere on his radar. In fact, congressional elections worked well in his mind.He won the 1st District seat in 2010 by knocking out the establishme...

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