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No need for worry...it’s only $22 trillion

November 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm

While most of the national news is consumed by impeachment hearings and Democratic proposals to offer Medicare for all, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo wants to bring attention to the elephant in the room. The $22 trillion debt that nobody from Presi...

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Sup’s Corner

November 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm

I absolutely cherish being the superintendent of the Kellogg School District and some of my most treasured events are attending the Veterans Day Celebrations. This year every school hosted an event to honor Americans who sacrificed to ensur...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Idaho lawmaker not nervous about Warren

November 07, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Rep. Ilana Rubel of Boise, the assistant Democratic floor leader of the Idaho House, has not taken sides in the Democratic presidential race — other than to say that anyone in the field is better than President Trump. But Rubel says she wou...

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BOOK REVIEW: STEAMBOATS IN THE TIMBER by Ruby El Hult

November 04, 2019 at 3:30 pm

When the West was being settled in the 1800’s, there were very few easy routes across the northern United States. The Rocky Mountains were a difficult barrier. The Oregon Trail’s “South Pass” went through southern Idaho; a “North Pass” allo...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Fulcher learns that nice guys don’t win in D.C.

October 28, 2019 at 11:46 am

Of all the things that went through Congressman Russ Fulcher’s mind when he took office in January, he didn’t imagine himself storming into a committee meeting as part of a highly publicized protest.Well … as defensive linemen say to rooki...

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Risch speaks no evil of President Trump

October 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is accustomed to getting questions from the media. But there are a couple of ground rules that he is exercising these days.The first rule is, don’t ask him if it is...

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BOOK REVIEW: AMERICAN COPPER by Shann Ray (fiction, 2015)

October 21, 2019 at 11:50 am

This is a story set in the Montana copper mining country around Butte. It has little to do with the mining industry but focuses on several people involved in it.Josef Lowry, “the Baron”, is a powerful mining executive, used to getting his o...

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Impeachment talk rages; other work stalls

October 07, 2019 at 10:50 am

In Washington politics, the shrill voices are the ones who tend to get heard, but it’s those who are trying to stay above the fray – such as Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo – who are trying to deal with some of the real-life problems.Wouldn’t it be n...

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Risch to Idahoans: Read transcript, then decide

September 30, 2019 at 10:52 am

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is the No. 2 figure on the Select Intelligence Committee, which means he has access to President Trump – and lots of clout to boot.So, don’t expect the Idaho Republican ...

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BOOK REVIEW: YEAGER An Autobiography by General Chuck Yeager

September 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm

The main scene is southern California, Muroc air strip, later known as Edwards Air Force Base, where an observer might see an airplane climb 50,000 feet straight up– that’s ten vertical miles above the desert sands. The main character – bor...

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