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PPD Issues Update on Belmont Street Disturbance

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(Pocatello Police Update, December 3, 2022)

Update 12/03/22 at 11:30 a.m.:
A male, Jeremiah Cox, was released from the hospital after receiving medical attention for various wounds, the male was transported to the Pocatello Police Department for questioning and arrested on unrelated warrants.

The second male, was taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds, he is currently in the ICU.

The investigation is ongoing and we will provide further information when it is available.  We have contacted several people involved and we are following up on several pieces of information.  If you have any information please call the Pocatello Police Department at 208-234-6100.

 

 

Original Advisory, 12/02/22 at 7:49 p.m.:

Earlier this evening, Pocatello Police Officers responded to a disturbance on Belmont Street that involved a firearm.  There are currently two subjects at the hospital.  One subject has been stabbed and one subject has been shot.  It is very early in the investigation and we do not have all of the facts and it is unknown if a suspect is still at large.  We are asking that if you have any information about or if you were a witness to the disturbance, please contact the Pocatello Police Departments non-emergency number (208) 234-6100.

 

AMVETS Monthly Breakfast is Today, December 3. Everyone Welcome! Come on Down!

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December 3, 2022

The AMVETS Monthly Breakfast is today, Saturday, December 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Avenue in Pocatello.

The public is invited to ‘come on down and experience quality breakfast.’

Breakfasts include pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, two kinds of sausage, biscuits & gravy, coffee, and orange juice.  Nobody goes away hungry!

Breakfast is only $8.00…and kids 5 years old and younger eat free!

This month, members of the local chapter of the Marine Corps League will be working at the breakfast for tips and donations in support of the Toys for Tots program.  One unwrapped toy equals one free breakfast!

See you there!

 

Local Author Kirby Jonas Will Sign His Books TODAY at Idaho Unlimited

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December 3, 2022

Author Kirby Jonas (Photo Credit: Kirby Jonas, FB)

Pocatello–Award-winning local author Kirby Jonas will be at Idaho Unlimited this afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to sign his novels.  Jonas is the author of over thirty books, all set in the West, as well as a variety of short stories.  While he will sign any of his books if asked, today’s event will focus on his newest releases: Windfall and Tenn Rhoades to Hell.

Windfall tells the story of a barmaid who believes her life has taken a turn for the better after she finds a briefcase full of money, only to find herself facing death when the Mob comes looking for their lost cash.

Tenn Rhoades to Hell is the tale of a man who determines that he will not let his friend’s killers destroy what is good in the once-peaceful haven of Lonesome Valley.

When asked what he would like readers to take away when they finish one of his books, Jonas said, “I want my readers to reach the end of every one of my books, whether it’s a happy ending or one of my few sad ones, knowing that they have been deeply moved, and with the satisfaction of knowing the book ended just as it should have.  I would be grateful if my readers had come to love my fictional characters as much as I do, because to me, they become real people, and after I write “the end”, I miss them the same as if I were saying goodbye to close friends.”

Idaho Unlimited is located at 215 E. Cedar Street, Suite C, in Pocatello.

 

 

Guest Column–Art da Rosa: How Can We Reach “We the People”?

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December 3, 2022

How Can We Reach “We the People”?

By: Art da Rosa, PE, MPA

Art da Rosa, Founder of Patriots for Liberty and Constitution (Photo Credit: Art da Rosa)

During the November Liberty Dinner in Pocatello, there was a comment on how little participation there was in public forums.  I have observed this to be true in City Council meetings, County meetings, School Board meetings, and many others.  Since the mid-term elections are concluded, I heard many ask the question, “What is the Price of Freedom?”  There are various responses, but it narrows down to the eternal vigilance of the people.  The Founding Fathers of our Nation have affirmed that it is our civil duty to watch over our government.  If that is true, then, it explains why we are losing our freedom.

The busy life that we live and the prosperity at hand have lulled us into believing that everything is well.  Americans have stayed away from participating in government affairs.  However, times are changing.  Many have predicted an imminent decline of our nation.  The American people’s re-engagement is necessary for a turnaround.  If the last election tells us anything, is that more effort needs to be done to reach out to the People.

The First Amendment tells us that we have the right to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government.”  But, what is the medium that we could use to accomplish it?  The following is a comprehensive list of how citizens can petition their governments. 

 

 

First, Public Comment Section within a government meeting.  These are times set aside for the citizens.  Typically, the officials conducting the meetings announce that their bylaws prohibit them from acting on items not listed on the agenda.  Comment periods are not the most productive medium for citizens’ participation. 

Second, submitting written comments or phone calls.  These  are gathered by an administrative assistant, filtered, and assigned to various departments for response. I believe that government employees do their best to answer inquiries, but many of them cannot address deep-seated structural issues that plague many of the local governments.  Additionally, in some places, elected officials rarely get to see these comments.

Third, contact our elected officials directly.  Elected officials are known in their communities, people can contact them directly via emails, phone calls, letters, social media, etc.  From my experience, special interest groups do the majority of the outreach and the true will of the people is left out.

Fourth, Town Hall meetings.  Town hall meetings have been around for quite some time.  We have records indicating town hall meetings in the Colonial Era.  These are informal meetings where dialogues can take place between citizens and elected officials.  I have attended several of these meetings, and I like them.  But they are not happening frequently enough, and there is always the danger of special interest groups’ infiltrating a town hall meeting.  Nevertheless, the goal is to reach out to the People and reengage them, whatever the medium.

 

 

With that said, what can we do to reengage the American People?  I would start with Town Hall meetings, perhaps monthly.  Additionally, I would like to emphasize three things. 

First, these Town Hall meetings need to be regularly scheduled.

Second, the meetings could be conducted by as few as one elected official, but with government employees in attendance.  To run a government organization–such as cities, counties, school boards, or special districts–employees will be necessary.  The Federalist Papers refer to them as Magistrates.  An updated term for Magistrates is Public Administrators, Staff or Government Employees.  Note that too frequently, policies are produced and promoted by staff.  Both elected officials and government employees need to show accountability to the People.  That’s the reason why staff presence is needed.

Third, technologies can be used for outreach.  Covid taught us an important lesson: virtual meetings can be productive.  To avoid outside influences, such as special interests from outside the area or even outside the state, participants would need to be identified, registered and screened through a moderation process.

Trying to engage the people will not be easy.  Along the way, we will find disinterested individuals, frustrated voters, and people with narrow special interests.  But, to restore American values and ideals we will need an active citizenry.  I also believe that more Americans will learn of this new opportunity, and be reminded of their civic duties.  They will participate, because the future of America depends on it.

 

East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center Opens for 2022-2023 Season

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, December 2, 2022; Cover Photo: City of Pocatello)

The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is officially open for the 2022-2023 season. Due to the amount of snow in November and December, the center was able to open earlier than in previous years, and 100 percent of the center is ready for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and fat biking, on designated trails.

“We are so excited that we are open this early in the season with a really solid base and many people already using the trails,” said Maren Hunter, Outdoor Recreation Manager. “We couldn’t have opened this early without the help of the US Forest Service – Westside Ranger District, and we couldn’t have had the trails ready to go without the great help of the Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation.”

 

 

The trails are open 24/7 via season pass or daily trail pass purchases. When the area is not manned, users are asked to pay using the Red Fee boxes located at each trailhead. Cross country ski, snowshoe, and snow tube rentals are available at the center Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is located just seven miles south of Pocatello at the base of Scout Mountain. Season passes are available at the Community Recreation Center and day passes can be purchased on-site through fee boxes if the area is not staffed. The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is groomed seven days a week with the Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation grooming four days a week and City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation employees grooming three days a week.

For help with directions follow this link https://www.pocatello.us/316/Directions.

For current trail conditions, visit the Pocatello Cross Country Ski Foundation’s webpage at pokyxc.org.

For more information on the East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center, visit nordic.pocatello.us.

 

Pocatello City Council to Hold Special Meeting Regarding Trade, December 8, 2022

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, December 2, 2022)

The City Council will meet in a Special Meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2022 immediately following the Work Session in the Paradice Conference Room, for the purpose of entering into an Executive Session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206(1)(e) To consider preliminary negotiations involving matters of trade or commerce in which the governing body is in competition with governing bodies in other states or nations.

 

 

MAGA PAC: Biden Is Hiding The Extent Of The Border Crisis

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(Make America Great Again PAC, December 2, 2022)

A new Daily Caller report reveals that the Biden administration is underreporting the number of illegal immigrants released into the country without any monitoring by 18,000 percent! 

Our Take:

  • Biden is hiding the extent of the border crisis. The whole world is pouring across our southern border. 
  • This is dangerous. We don’t know who is entering our nation. Of the illegal immigrants Border Patrol does apprehend, a rising number are on the terror watch list.
  • President Trump secured the southern border. There are three times more border crossings under Biden than under President Trump. A secure border means fewer drug overdoses, fewer terrorists, and more jobs for Americans.

 

 

The Background:

The Daily Caller obtained an internal document showing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is hiding the real numbers from the public.

ICE disclosed to attendees of a private event that “there are 49,459 illegal aliens that aren’t monitored with any tracking equipment as of Nov. 14, while its own website says there are 266 as of Nov. 19. The figure sent to the program attendees is over 18,000% more than the figure ICE has on its website.”

President Trump recognizes that publicly released data does not accurately reflect the situation at the border. 

“Right now, it’s a disaster. I believe it’s 10 million people coming in, not three or four million people, they’re pouring into our country,” President Trump said at his 2024 announcement speech. “We have no idea who they are or where they come from. We have no idea what is happening to our country. “

 

Pocatello PD Investigating Disturbance on Belmont Street

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(Pocatello Police Advisory, December 2, 2022)

Earlier this evening, Pocatello Police Officers responded to a disturbance on Belmont Street that involved a firearm.  There are currently two subjects at the hospital.  One subject has been stabbed and one subject has been shot.  It is very early in the investigation and we do not have all of the facts and it is unknown if a suspect is still at large.  We are asking that if you have any information about or if you were a witness to the disturbance, please contact the Pocatello Police Departments non-emergency number (208) 234-6100.

 

August’s ‘Great Give Back’ Helps Over 150 Local Kids

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December 2, 2022

Deidra Terrell and Adrian Smart (Photo credit: Idaho Coffee Company FB)

Pocatello–Adrian Smart, whose drive to help others led him to launch The Great Give-Back school supply fundraiser last August, reports that the donations received have been used to assist over 100 local kids.  While many donations were distributed at the beginning of the school year, the final distribution happened only yesterday at Lewis and Clark Elementary School.

Smart extends his thanks to the community for their involvement in this endeavour:
I can’t thank you all of you enough for helping us make this fundraiser possible. May the man above keep on blessing you all. Where you all took out to help us to help these children, I pray that God replace it with way more than you all have given and donated. THANK YOU ALL KINDLY.

Deidra Terrell, who provided space for the fundraiser at her business, Idaho Coffee Company, said:

The Great Give Back 2022 was a HUGE success!!! We are truly so humbled and blessed by this amazing community that we live in! We were able to outfit and supply over 100 children in our local Chubbuck/Pocatello community! Several individuals and many local business owners came forward to participate and contribute!

This Weekend’s Christmas Activity Roundup

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December 2, 2022

For those who want something fun to do this weekend that doesn’t involve shopping, here’s a list of festive activities to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.  Please note that while some activities take place in stores, none of them are shopping-focused.

Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Light Caldwell Park.  The event notes read: The College Neighborhood Association invites its residents to gather for a special event to “light our park”. It will be a magical evening with neighbors, live music, fresh doughnuts, a hot cocoa bar, a HORSE DRAWN WAGON and an appearance by Father Christmas around 6pm!

Saturday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.: Ace Rewards Annual Christmas Party at Ace Hardware/Element Outfitters.  They will be serving treats and hot drinks all day.  Customers will also be able to enter a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.: BCHS 100th Anniversary & Holiday Open House at the Bannock County Historical Museum, located at 3000 Avenue of the Chiefs.  Treats will be served all day.  To see the schedule of events, click on the image below.

Saturday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Christmas Horses at CAL Ranch.  The horses will be helping raise funds for the Salvation Army.  Bring your change, and let the littles feed and pet the horses!

Saturday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.: A Winter Ball for All Ages at the Bannock County Event Center, Building B.  This is a formal-attire, family-friendly event.  Tickets are available at PocatelloEvents.com