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Veteran’s Resource Clinic Set For Thursday, November 5

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October 26, 2020

AMVETS Idaho Post 1 has announced that they will be hosting a Veteran’s Resource Clinic, Thursday, November 5.  The Clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and will be held at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building.  Coffee and breakfast burritos will be available.

Information on their Facebook events page states: “Are you a veteran or service member that has some questions about veterans services?  Do you need assistance in accessing services?  The Veterans Resource Clinic can help.  Can’t make it in the morning?  Send someone with your contact information and questions and you will be contacted by the appropriate representative.”

Future clinics are planned for the 2nd Thursday of each month.

 

Idaho Moves Back to Stage 3 Amid Healthcare Capacity Constraints Statewide

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(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, October 26, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed a statewide public health order today moving Idaho back into a modified Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan as healthcare facilities throughout the state face alarming demand and capacity constraints due to increasing COVID-19 spread. 

 “Hospitals throughout the state are quickly filling up or are already full with COVID-19 patients and other patients, and way too many healthcare workers are out sick with COVID-19,” Governor Little said.  

 Under the new Stage 3: 

 Indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people or less. 

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25-percent capacity. 

  • Physical distancing requirements are in place for gatherings of all types. 

  • Long-term care facilities will not be allowed to operate without requiring masks on their premises 

  • There will be seating only at bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.  Nightclubs can only operate as bars. 

  • Employers should continue to protect at-risk employees by allowing telework or by making special accommodations for these individuals in the workplace. 

  • All individuals and businesses should follow recommended protocols for minimizing transmission of the virus available at Rebound.Idaho.Gov. 

Governor Little said the new order does not mean the economy is on lockdown.  Idaho’s economy will remain open.  It does not mean in-person church services will end.  It does not mean travel is restricted in and out of the state. 

Governor Little also said the new order does not mean schools should go to full remote learning. 

“We put millions of dollars and substantial effort toward the safe operation of schools to ensure they are safe places to learn and work.  The state rolled out a Back to School Framework in the summer, providing local school leaders a blueprint for safe opening.  Our students fall too far behind when they’re away from their teachers and classmates.  We must continue to prioritize safe in-person learning for students across Idaho,” Governor Little said. 

Governor Little said the eventual shift to a localized approach was the right thing to do but it has not worked as well as it should because the virus is relentless and in some parts of the state there simply have been insufficient efforts by local health boards, mayors, and county commissioners to protect lives. 

I sincerely hope that some people have finally passed the point of thinking the pandemic is not real or not a big deal, or that their personal actions don’t really affect anything.  We have seen the direct impact between rising case numbers in our communities and the overwhelming impacts on our healthcare system – something that affects all of us, whether we have COVID or not,” Governor Little said. 

 

PragerU Video – Capitalism or Socialism: Which One Is More Democratic?

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October 26, 2020

PragerU has released their latest video, entitled, “Capitalism or Socialism:  Which One Is More Democratic?

The summary of the video states, “What is the difference between free-market capitalism and democratic socialism?  And which system is actually more fair and responsive to the needs of the people?  Here’s a hint: names can be deceiving.  Dinesh D’Souza has the answers.”

To watch the video, click on the link, below:

 

Guest Column: U. S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) on Supporting Women Veterans

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October 26, 2020

Supporting Women Veterans

by:  U. S. Senator Mike Crapo

(U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, official photo)

I am grateful to Idahoans who share their views with me about issues or legislation needing congressional attention.  Bob and Carmelita Jones with the Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary recently asked that I consider co-sponsoring S. 514, the Deborah Sampson Act.  This legislation, which is also supported by other veterans service organizations, would improve support for women veterans.  Following up on this request, I looked into the issue and the legislative remedy and co-sponsored S. 514.

  • According to the Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS), of the more than 118,000 veterans in Idaho, an estimated 10,000 are women.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports women are the fastest-growing veterans group.  They are approximately 9 percent of the veteran population and projected to rise to 15 percent by 2035.
  • The VA found that the 2017 rate of suicide among women veterans was 2.2 times the rate among non-veteran women.
  • According to the VA’s “Profile of Women Veterans: 2015,” a lower percent of women veterans than men veterans use VA health care.

When introducing S. 514, the bill’s bipartisan sponsors Senators Jon Tester (D-Montana) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas) explained the concern, “Women are the fastest growing group of veterans, but many VA facilities don’t have the ability to provide equitable care or services to women veterans.  The Deborah Sampson Act would eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face and would help ensure the VA can address the needs of women veterans who are more likely to face homelessness, unemployment, and go without needed health care.”

We must do all we can to help the VA meet the needs of this growing population of our country’s veterans.  A bipartisan group of 55 senators, including fellow Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and I, co-sponsored S. 514 that would increase the number of gender-specific providers in VA facilities, enhance privacy for women veterans within VA facilities, establish an Office of Women’s Health at the VA and improve the quality of care for infant children of women veterans.  The legislation would also improve the collection and analysis of data regarding women veterans that can better enable ensuring VA services adequately support their service.

The legislation is named for Deborah Sampson.  National Women’s History Museum historians write, “Deborah Sampson became a hero of the American Revolution when she disguised herself as a man and joined the Patriot forces.  She was the only woman to earn a full military pension for participation in the Revolutionary army.”

In September, the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs amended S. 514 and reported it out of committee.  The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed similar legislation, H.R. 3224.  I look forward to enactment of this important legislation that will better support the Idaho women veterans who are among our state’s enduring strengths, and I encourage Idaho veterans and all Idahoans to continue to contact me to share your views on issues of importance to you.  I am grateful for your input.

 

President Donald J. Trump Brokers a Historic Peace Agreement Between Israel and Sudan

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(White House Press Release, October 23, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

“They are choosing a future in which Arabs and Israelis, Muslims, Jews, and Christians can live together, pray together, and dream together, side by side, in harmony, community, and peace.” – President Donald J. Trump

STRIKING ANOTHER HISTORIC AGREEMENT: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a peace agreement between Sudan and Israel – the third such agreement between Israel and an Arab-Muslim nation in less than three months. 

  • Today, Israel and Sudan have agreed to make peace and to normalize their relations in another landmark agreement brokered by President Trump.
  • In the coming weeks, the two countries will begin negotiations on cooperation agreements in agriculture, economy, trade, aviation, migration issues, and other areas of mutual benefit.
  • This historic peace agreement follows similar agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
    • The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan are the first Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel in over 25 years.
  • The expansion of the Abraham Accords to include Sudan is a significant step that will further enhance Israel’s security and create opportunities for Sudan and Israel to deepen their economic ties and improve the lives of their people.

BEGINNING A NEW ERA FOR SUDAN: This agreement is a historic step forward for the people of Sudan and the new transitional government.
  • After decades living under a brutal Islamist dictatorship that supported terrorism, the people of Sudan are in charge and democracy is taking root.
  • The Sudanese transitional government has demonstrated tremendous courage and commitment to combating terrorism, building its democratic institutions, and improving its relations with its neighbors.
  • The United States welcomes this important progress and stands ready to support the people of Sudan as they work to build a better future for themselves and future generations.

CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR PEACE: After decades of instability and crisis, nations across the Middle East and Africa are increasingly working together to build a more peaceful, prosperous future.
  • Since taking office, President Trump has worked to rebuild trust with our regional partners and identify their shared interests, moving them away from the conflicts of the past.
  • Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, the Middle East and Africa are experiencing the most rapid geopolitical transformation in over a generation.
  • As more countries normalize relations with Israel, the region will become more stable, secure, and prosperous.
  • The United States will continue to stand with the people of the region as they work to build a brighter, more hopeful future.

 

City of Pocatello Calendar, Week of October 26-30, 2020

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 23, 2020)

Monday, October 26

Pocatello Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting
4:05 p.m., Council Chambers

Tuesday, October 27

Site Plan Review
1:30 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

Carson Street Bridge Open House
5:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Wednesday, October 28

Pocatello Development Authority Special Meeting
11:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Animal Shelter Advisory Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Thursday, October 29

No Meetings Scheduled

Friday, October 30

No Meetings Scheduled

 

Leaf Collection Begins November 2 in Pocatello

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 26, 2020)

The City of Pocatello Sanitation Department is getting ready for their annual leaf collection program.

The 2020 program will begin Monday, November 2 and will wrap up Saturday, November 28.  The leaves collected through the program will be taken to Bannock County’s compost collection area where they will be utilized as a material in the creation of compost.

The department will only accept leaves in compostable bags.  The bags can be purchased at local stores.  Leaves in plastic bags left on the curb cannot be picked up by leaf collection trucks, but may instead be placed in the regular trash autocart.

Leaves will be picked up on residents’ regularly scheduled trash pickup days.  Residents who are participating in the City’s yard waste collection program do not need to use compostable bags, and are asked to put the leaves directly in their yard waste autocart.  If a resident has more leaves than their yard waste autocart can hold, they are asked to put the leaves in compostable bags and place the bags on the curb on the regularly scheduled trash pickup day.  Residents are asked to put their autocarts and compostable bags out by 7 a.m. to ensure pickup.

Last year, 71 tons of leaves were collected through the program.

Citizens with questions about leaf collection are invited to contact the Sanitation Department at 208-234-6192.

For more information on the leaf collection program or any of the other programs offered by the Sanitation Department, visit pocatello.us/sanitation.

 

Council of Economic Advisors: A Regulatory Reform Agenda That Benefits All Americans

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(White House Press Release, October 22, 2020)

Throughout his presidency, President Trump has promoted economic freedom for the American people by eliminating excessive burdens imposed by the regulatory state.  This week marks one year since the creation of the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation which aims to better align local, state, and federal regulations by cutting costs and advancing occupational licensing reform.

Last year alone, the Administration far surpassed its promise of removing two existing regulations for each new regulation as it issued 150 deregulatory actions and just 35 new significant regulatory actions, unleashing massive benefits for the American people.  As shown in Figure 1, new regulations have fallen dramatically during the Trump Administration.

The Council of Economic Advisers has previously estimated that the slower pace of new regulations in combination with a subset of deregulatory actions taken between fiscal years 2017-19 will raise real incomes for U.S. households by $3,100 per year once fully implemented.  Furthermore, CEA estimates that the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule would increase the real incomes of Americans by $53 billion per year, or $416 per household, over the 2021-2029 period.  Additionally, we find that the SAFE Vehicles Rule will reduce costs incurred by car manufacturers and consumers by $26 billion per year, and will result in the production of 300 thousand more new vehicles every year at a similar total cost.  When CEA analyzed the Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 2020 in combination with the One Federal Decision EO (13807), which both provide more certainty and speed up environmental impact analysis, we estimate these reforms will likely generate economic benefits worth billions of dollars in the coming years.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken swift and vigilant deregulatory actions to help the American people weather the difficulties the pandemic has imposed.  If these actions are continued and expanded upon, they could generate further additional benefits.  For example, CEA estimates that the total value of more widespread adoption of telemedicine would be approximately $325 billion per year.  Reducing FDA approval times by relaxing overly burdensome impediments to drug development would have a net present value of $1.9 trillion if approval times are sped up by one year, $3.9 trillion if sped up by two years, and $5.9 trillion if sped up by three years.  Expanding occupational licensing deregulation for nurse practitioners nationwide could result in $62 billion in cost savings for patients annually.  The Trump Administration remains committed to rolling back regulations and lifting up American families and businesses through its regulatory relief.

 

Pocatello: Road Closure and Traffic Report for Week of October 26, 2020

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 23, 2020)

The City of Pocatello has released the following Road Closure and Traffic Report for the week of October 26, 2020:

STREET OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

SWEEPING

o Monday: Northend
o Tuesday: East Side
o Wednesday: Fairway
o Thursday: West Side

MILLING & PAVING

The Pocatello Street Department will be milling and paving the following areas this
week. No parking will be allowed on the street from 6:30 am until work is completed that
day. Construction will require closing the road as work is performed. Motorists are advised
to expect delays in the area and to use alternate routes.

Milling on 10/26 and Paving on 10/27

o E Lovejoy Street from S 1st Ave to S 2nd Ave and S 3rd Ave to S 4th Ave

Milling on 10/28 and Paving on 10/29

o Intersection of S Main St and W Benton St

Crews will have W Benton St closed from S Garfield Ave to S Main St and S Main St from W Benton St to W Halliday closed. Detours will be posted.  Motorists are advised to use alternate routes.

PAVEMENT MARKINGS

Street Operations Department will continue refreshing crosswalks and pavement markings
this week. There will be intermittent lane closures while crews are painting. Drivers are
advised to watch for traffic control to stay safe and avoid driving through fresh paint. Please expect delays while work is being done. You can view the sweeping map at:
https://pocatello.us/DocumentCenter/View/654/

SIGNAL WORK

o West Eldredge/Pole Line Rd

Crews will be performing signal work at the West Eldgredge and Pole Line Rd
intersection on Tuesday, October 27th. Motorists may experience delays or intermittent
lane closures while crews are performing the work.

o FlandroDrive/Yellowstone Ave

Signal maintenance will be performed on the SE corner of Flandro Drive and
Yellowstone Avenue on Thursday, October 29th, beginning at 1 am. The signal will be
inoperable during the maintenance. Crews will have temporary stop signs in place for
the duration of the signal work. There may be intermittent lane closures while work
is being performed. Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays in the
area.

WATER DEPARTMENT

WATER MAINLINE REPLACEMENT

Crews from the City of Pocatello Water Department will start replacing water main lines
beginning Monday, October 26th on South Second Avenue near Fredregill Road and Fredregill Road. Crews will work between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and approximately 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. During the project, access to the construction area will be restricted and sections of street will be completely closed while workers are digging. However, every effort will be made to provide local access when possible. Parking will also be restricted, and residents are asked to park all vehicles outside the construction zone during the day. At the close of each day, access will be restored to all properties.

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL

JETTING SEWER LINES

Crews will be jetting sewer lines throughout the city. Motorists may experience delays or lane closures while crews are performing the work.

IDAHO TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

None Reported

ENGINEERING

None Reported

CONTRACTORS

None Reported

EVENTS

PORTNEUF VALLEY FARMERS MARKET

Old Town Pocatello is hosting the “Portneuf Valley Farmers Market” every Saturday beginning May 9 through October 31, 2019. The event is located at the Old Town Pavilion, 420 N. Main St.

The Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm from May through October. Motorists are advised to use caution and expect delays in the area.

 

Idaho Governor Brad Little to Make Announcement Monday regarding COVID-19

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(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, October 25, 2020)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little will host a press conference Monday at 3 p.m. MT to make an important announcement about COVID-19 in Idaho.

The press conference will be broadcast on Idaho Public Television and streamed to the public at https://www.idahoptv.org/shows/idahoinsession/governor/.