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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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Most of us have had the absolutely heart-wrenching experience of hearing the news that something has gone terribly wrong in the life of someone we dearly love.

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The coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has challenged our sense of normalcy, and it has tested every institution of daily life we know.

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It's a sad sign of the times: A man who grew up in Bonners Ferry and now lives in Coeur d'Alene wrote that he was planning on coming home this weekend to help his aged mother, but he's concerned.

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The outbreak of COVID19 is not unprecedented. Over the last millennia, Spanish Flu ravaged the world in the early 1900s and the Poliovirus had a horrible impact in the mid 1900s.

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We find ourselves in a challenging situation with the health risk caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is new to humans which means that our natural immune system is not prepared to protect us.

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Just wrote my U.S. Senators. I just read that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser, has created his own team of government allies and private industry representatives to work alongside the administration’s official coronavirus task force, adding another layer of c…

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As I write to you today, Idaho has nine confirmed coronavirus cases. Less than a week ago, we had zero. I mention this not to raise panic, but to remind people how quickly this situation is evolving.

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The next time you are at your local grocery store, tell them "Thank you!" They are doing a wonderful job of stocking and restocking, of checking out carts piled high, and still keeping a smile on their faces.

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Early Saturday morning, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a sweeping coronavirus economic aid package: only 40 Republicans voted against it. One of them? Idaho’s First Congressional District Representative Russ Fulcher - who I am running to replace.

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The Wilson Law Firm takes risks to safety of our clients and employees seriously. And as the world hits the pause button to deal with the impact of COVID 19, the Wilson Law Firm understands your legal issues are often afforded no such luxury.

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We have heard about people in our communities, neighbors, friends, or even family, falling victim to robocall scams and losing significant amounts of money and security of their personal information.

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As the chasm in American politics splits wider every day, it makes me contemplate what is at the core of this schism? State Legislators sit in a unique position to see a litany of proposed legislation attempting to regulate groups of people, social issues, and our natural world.

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I have heard from many of you, inquiring about the progress of H383, the Sexual Assault Protection Act, and it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that H383 will not receive a vote in committee.

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Our responsibility as representatives of the people is to make decisions that make life better for Idahoans. Our legislation should be rooted in concern and compassion for our community.

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If there is a culture war being waged, it is not the Idaho legislature waging it. Contrary to headlines you may have read, the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, H509, does not ban transgender individuals from making changes to their birth certificates.

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As Americans, we have a long history of placing high value on education. Thomas Jefferson spoke and wrote to great lengths about the importance of a public education system and the necessity of education to the success of a free society.

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Last week, I had a truly eye-opening experience. Alongside my colleagues, Representatives Paul Gosar, DDS, Andy Biggs, Glenn Grothman, and French Hill, I toured our southern border with Mexico.

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"WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constituti…

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I am the son of a Mexican immigrant who gained permanent residency under the Reagan Administration, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, as well as an Army National Guard veteran who was deployed to support Customs and Border Protection at the U.S.-Mexico Border in 2014 when the U.S. exp…

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Wow! A proposed 35-acre Urban Renewal District in Bonners Ferry. You may think it doesn’t affect me, I live in the county.

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I wrote a letter, "Neighbor's junk getting out of hand, tougher laws needed," about the need for stronger Boundary County Regulations on January 14, 2020. I wrote that letter because the existing regulations specific to junkyards and excess personal property are not strong enough.

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We hear much in our day concerning human rights. Many today claim to be advocates of human rights and promoters of love, acceptance, tolerance, justice and equality. While these seemingly noble statements of concern for our fellow man are made, the greatest human rights violation in the hist…

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Great news for Idaho parents and students regarding Early Childhood Education. Thanks to the successful collaboration of a bi-partisan committee of stakeholders convened over the summer and the support of Governor Brad Little, Idaho is the recipient of a $3.3 million Federal Preschool Develo…

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The historic "impeachment in search of a crime" is over ... for now. I just started my second year as a member of the U.S. Congress, and impeachment efforts have preoccupied the House leadership agenda every day that I have served.

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When I announced my primary challenge to President Donald Trump last year, I knew running against him for the GOP nomination was the ultimate long shot. Even now, after impeachment, after three years of vulgarities, inanities, betrayals and racist screeds, he has a 94% approval rating among …

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Black History Month was created to celebrate the achievements of people typically excluded from the telling of U.S. history. In that spirit, the Boundary County Human Rights Task Force acknowledges three remarkable historical figures:

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Idahoans rely on effective local governments. First responders and law enforcement keep our communities healthy and safe. Adequate roads allow residents to arrive at their destinations without harm. Libraries provide opportunities for enrichment and job training. And our courts protect our c…

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The above graphic includes screen shots from the Department of Homeland Security’s current “extremism lexicon” that was developed in 2009 during the Obama Administration. This lexicon has not been repealed or superseded by the current administration.

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Today’s vote to deny testimony from key witnesses to be heard before the Senate in the impeachment trial is an affront to American democracy.

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The U.S. Senate impeachment trial is making a mockery of a significant provision of the United States Constitution, which gives the House of Representatives the sole power of impeachment and the Senate the sole power of impeachment trial.

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We have just finished our third week of the Idaho legislative session. I have spent the majority of my time reviewing proposed rules, working on legislation and discussing bill language with bill drafters, citizens, legislators and agencies.

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On January 15, a bill was introduced that would legalize all drug possession in Idaho. A person could legally possess up to trafficking amounts of any drug such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and fentanyl. In fact, it is safe to say that if this bill passed as written, it would be the w…

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Concerned about the recent election results in Bonners Ferry only to discover you must file a lawsuit to find out if any laws were broken?

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