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Observations on district’s use of force policy

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The framework of a “use of force” policy continues to be shaped by trustees for Mountain View School District 244. The outcome is inevitable: A policy will be formed, no question about it. But the form it will take is still shadowy at best at this point. Two things we’ve observed through this process, now more than a year in the works.

Reason for the Season: The Christmas Story

With Christmas this Sunday, we run a holiday standard from the Bible (NIV), Luke 2, on the reason for the season:

24-7 volunteer EMT service often overlooked

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So critical, emergency medical service is a blessing we often overlook to count.

Human experience conveys more meaning than a date

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Three-quarters of a century ago, on this date, Dec. 7, Imperial Japanese forces launched a surprise aerial attack on the U.S. Naval facilities at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the event enraged the nation and launched U.S. involvement in World War II. We all know the story. Or do we?

Idaho Democrats’ plan inspires change for all

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Proactive forward-thinking plans by Idaho Democrats in the wake of the 2016 General Election are an inspiration for a change in state party politics overall.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday (...and the rest of the year)

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Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.

Sheriff’s race aftermath: Where from here? Ideas

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What does last week’s Idaho County Sheriff’s election have to say? Here are some thoughts:

More ways to challenge ourselves to support veterans

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We can always find more ways to thank and support veterans. Here are a few suggestions that are easy to implement and would mean a lot to a military service person.

Endorsements cause issues with agency relations, community

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Contentious and gutter-scraping: the political race for Idaho County sheriff. Beyond watching the mud fly to see what sticks, of more pressing and difficult concern is the issue of recent endorsement ads for both candidates that involve law enforcement members of county and city policing agencies.

A welcome return for Oktoberfest celebration

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Oktoberfest: Did you have a good time? Great. Now let’s keep that ball rolling.

PILT, SRS again at issue; funds no less warranted

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At issue – yet again — are millions in federal appropriations to rural communities, including Idaho County: PILT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding.

Somber anniversaries mark need to avoid complacency in region’s back country

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This month marks a series of sad anniversaries.

Local voice needed in oversize shipments issue

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The issue has laid dormant for a few years, but the matter of oversized shipments being transported along U.S. Highway 12 has returned to the public sphere. Your comments are sought for a proposed rule to regulate these along a nearly 100-mile stretch of the road.

Become engaged in hospital plans

Syringa Hospital’s board has a huge job: to ensure quality medical care is provided to its patrons. With 10 healthcare providers on staff, it’s well on its way to fulfilling that mission. However, there’s all those federal regulations and economic trends to consider, and neither have been in favor of the small, rural, independently owned hospital.

Stop being passive; you need to be engaged

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Often times the cry is heard that public officials are “doing things behind closed doors” or pushing agendas without the knowledge or consent of the public. Could it be that we simply didn’t take the time to pay attention to what these officials were doing until we stumbled across it late in the game? It’s much easier to push the blame on public officials than take responsibility in admitting we weren’t paying attention.

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