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This month we celebrate the Gem State’s 130th year as a member of the United States of America. Much like the pioneers of our great state, the 1.7 million people who call Idaho home are strong and resilient, pulling together in challenging times to demonstrate what it means to be a good neig…

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The genetic word and idol that we are all suppose to worship is the best hope the world has now. It is a firm foundation, it has no faults, it is absolute and true.

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There is a malignant attitude against science, news and information right at a time when those things are needed most. As publisher, I am subject to complaint every time I report news of COVID-19, accused of sensationalism and stirring panic to sell more papers.

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When there is a need for a major reform in our country, listening is the starting point for sound change. Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss proposed federal policy changes to address police use of force at a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing.

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The United States Constitution guarantees the states a republican form of government, something quite different from a monarchy or dictatorship.

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It seems that our students cannot get a break. Less than a decade ago public education in Idaho was cut by the sixth largest percentage in the country. Now Idaho’s schools are facing new budget cuts thanks to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Who is responsible for the closure of North Idaho College’s Bonners Ferry Center? In my sorrow and outrage it is easy to hold President Rick MacLennan and his cabinet, Raylene Anderson, Lita Burns, Shannon Goodrich, Karen Hubbard, Chris Martin, Laura Rumpler, Grayden Stanley and Ken Wardinsk…

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In reading the recently posted letter by Mr. Craig Kelson, "Acceptance of all the heart and soul of this community," I am compelled to write in response. Let me begin by saying that no community, including Bonners Ferry, is or can be accepting of all people.

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On May 21, Warren Campbell, minister of the Lordship Church, attended a meeting sponsored by the John Birch Society where he challenged the City of Bonners Ferry’s vision statement.

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In recognition of Flag Day, I wrote this column weeks ago to commemorate our flag and national anthem. Today, as our country grapples with division and some have used the flag in expressions of rage, I questioned whether to submit it.

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After officials for Twitter, his go-to tool for speaking directly to the American people, censored him for false narrative and inciting violence, President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an order that, if upheld, will have a chilling effect not only on social media, but on all media offerin…

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Recently, the North Idaho College Board of Trustees has been discussing the closure of two outreach centers: NIC Bonners Ferry and NIC Silver Valley in Kellogg.

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As Congress works with the Administration to consider the next phases of federal support to address the impacts of the pandemic, I am advocating for getting resources to smaller communities to ease recovery.

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On May 8, 1945, Americans, with our allies around the world, celebrated Nazi Germany’s surrender ending World War II in Europe. Many American troops stationed in Europe were soon after sent home or to the Pacific Theater.

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We have experienced the most egregious move to socialism and debt ever in our country’s history. Started under the direction of “conservatism” with the excuses of “protecting the people;” freedom and our constitutional republic is summarily dismissed as non-essential.

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As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair. I am also a small business owner. My family and I own four small businesses in the restaurant and automotive industries, employing hundreds of Idahoans.

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This article was not written to sell anyone on fascism, socialism, McCarthyism, liberalism, communism, internationalism, libertarianism, fundamentalism, political cannibalism or any other ism lurking in the universe. However, it is written to raise awareness within our exceptional community …

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Of the five candidates running on the Republican primary ballot for County Commissioner, District 2, four are long time Boundary County residents. Of these four, two have invested a considerable amount of funds in advertising.

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Reports indicate crisis centers and law enforcement agencies have seen a rise in domestic violence incidents as communities face increased strain from the impacts of the pandemic.

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As the social media pages are a buzz with many differing opinions on the reopening of our community and state, there is one blazingly obvious deficiency that many have missed. The mayor has chosen to selectively apply those rules to some city properties but leave others open.

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Tim Tucker has the intelligence and personality to deal with people and issues in a responsible, informed and objective manner.

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I’m voting for Gary Suppiger in the May 19 Republican primary for seat 1B in the Idaho State House of Representatives, representing Bonner and Boundary Counties.

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A few years ago, Pete Wilson formed a group of local citizens to try to make some sense out of the new environmental regulations. Long Canyon was the major issue with the preservationist organization groups.

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Many citizens have been asking, "When do governmental actions cross over into tyrannical behavior?" My goal throughout this newsletter is to let you, the citizen, be the judge.

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I have known Tim Tucker for over 35 years. I am supporting him for County Commission District Two in the pending primary election. Working with Tim, this past week at the Second Harvest Food Distribution reminded me of his willingness to serve, demonstrating dedication to our community.  His…

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Representative Sage Dixon’s primary opponent is running on lowering property taxes, but fought to have a permanent, significantly-inflated property tax levy, whose ballot violated Idaho state law, remain in place.

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I’d like to thank Representative Sage Dixon for his continual support for the Lake Pend Oreille School Districts Early Learning Center. We have had a dream of creating a smaller, more adaptive playground for our youngest special needs students.

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I have known Sage Dixon since his first campaign for District 1 State Representative. Even though I had to move, I still work for him. He is a thoughtful, godly man of integrity who cares about his community and did so long before he ran for office.

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Idaho farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers are among those continuing to work hard every day to put food on our tables--despite the personal health threat of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, and enormous strain on the agricultural sector.

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In this election year, most people are focused on the national issues, particularly the “pandemic” that is being used to keep us cowering in our houses.

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Local liberal candidate Gary Suppiger shows his disregard for honesty when he said, "State Representative Heather Scott and Sage Dixon in District 1 and Tom Remington in District 3 must believe that the coronavirus epidemic is not a North Idaho problem."

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Making sure health care providers, big and small, have the resources necessary to keep those on the front lines safe and combat the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the most important part of the fight against this disease.

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April 15, 2020, marks the end of Governor Brad Little’s 21 day stay-at-home order for Idaho. This order was announced to implement social distancing measures and to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that is impacting Idaho. Governor Little is scheduled to hold a press confe…

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Five candidates are running for the position of Boundary County Commissioner, District 2 in the Republican primary election. Of these five, Tim Bertling stands out as highly qualified to serve as a county commissioner.

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Publishers note: While this letter is written specifically about the COVID-19 response in Kootenai County, it applies in most places around the world. Novel coronavirus is, as the name implies, novel, meaning new and never before seen, either immunologically by those the virus afflicts or by…

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As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution — the American spirit at its best.

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Today, in the midst of these uncertain times, we must remind ourselves that the United States has persevered through many challenging times in our 244-year existence: wars, terrorist attacks, financial upheavals, and numerous pandemics. We have weathered these storms and will weather this on…

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As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution — the American spirit at its best.

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