A video with Representative Scott and Representative Dorothy Moon supporting these events can be seen, here:
Two other upcoming events promoting freedom in Idaho are a documentary film being put on by RECONNECT Southeast Idaho and the Liberty Dinner Series sponsored by the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer. Click on the images, below, to learn more about how you can participate in these events.
The City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department is looking for the public’s thoughts on a proposal to create access points to the planned Pioneer Ridge Trail System.
The primary access point being considered is at the old Alameda Landfill – along Pocatello Creek Road. Located in the Bureau of Land Management’s East Bench Recreation Management Zone, the Pioneer Ridge Trail System would feature over 20 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and limited all-terrain-vehicle use trails.
“The East Bench has a long usable season and adding access to public lands will open opportunities for Pocatello citizens to recreate locally much of the year,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “Although private property owners have been generous with access to Bureau of Land Management property, this development would be a permanent point the public could rely on for years to come.”
The City Council is slated to discuss the access points at their March 11 Work Session.
Comments will be accepted via email at email@example.com. Citizens can also call 208-234-6163 and have their comments logged by staff.
Biden, Democrat-Led Congress Seek to Punish Responsible States Like Idaho
by: Governor Brad Little
Our new president and the Democrat-led Congress are seeking to bail out big, poorly-managed states and punish states that have operated responsibly during the pandemic – a step that would saddle Idaho children with even greater debt and suppress economic prosperity for generations to come.
Idaho won’t stand for it.
I joined 21 other governors last week in pushing back on a proposal that would reward big states on lockdown and punish states like Idaho for staying open during the pandemic.
President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill is rooted in a biased formula based on unemployment figures, not overall population. The plan rewards states experiencing “negative economic impacts.” States with the most people out of work and the most poorly performing economies receive more taxpayer dollars.
That means a quarter of a billion dollars of Idahoans’ federal taxes would subsidize states that have kept people out of work! States such as California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and others would get more than their fair share under Biden’s plan.
As the other governors and I put it, the proposal “punishes states that took a measured approach to the pandemic and entered the crisis with healthy state budgets and strong economies. A state’s ability to keep businesses open and people employed should not be a penalizing factor when distributing funds.”
Idaho has the strongest economy of all 50 states. We have the most financially solvent state budget. With a historic record budget surplus, we are poised to provide tax relief and make strategic investments in transportation, education, water, broadband, and other critical areas. We have low unemployment. We had the biggest increase in personal income compared to other states. We saw the largest increase in business formation over the past year compared to other states. And we are the least regulated state in the nation.
Idaho is a leading state for our share of vaccine doses administered. We are among only a handful of states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions because our businesses, schools, and churches have remained open longer than almost every other state while we have managed to prevent a crisis in our hospitals. We distributed most of our federal coronavirus relief funds in direct support of Idaho citizens and businesses through tax relief and grants.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of a tragedy. The disease has already taken the lives of close to 2,000 of our fellow Idahoans and landed many more in the hospital. We have sacrificed together and endured hardship together.
So why is Idaho being asked to subsidize irresponsible states that are experiencing increased virus spread despite keeping business, schools, and churches shut down? Why should Idaho be penalized for making hard decisions to keep our economy open and kids in school? The states that did neither are being rewarded.
Why are we asked to subsidize states with unfunded pension funds, underfunded unemployment funds, and poorly managed budgets? Why should Idaho be penalized for the strength of our economy, when our citizens and communities worked hard to adapt to new challenges? Very unfair.
Any future federal relief funds should be allocated fairly to states, and I will push for those funds to directly invest in our children and grandchildren, since the burden of paying off the federal debt will be on their shoulders.
Idaho is showing the rest of the country how to responsibly get through this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic – by prioritizing the protection of both lives AND livelihoods. Idaho’s congressional delegation and I will continue to fight for what’s fair and right for Idaho.
Bannock County Commissioner Jeff Hough has posted his regular Friday Update for March 5, 2021 on his Facebook page.
In this posting, Commissioner Hough discusses work toward the County purchasing an asset management system, property tax bills being discussed in the Idaho Legislature, the beginning of County budget discussions, the return of horse racing to Bannock County, an Independence Day celebration, and the school board recall election.
To view the video, go to the Commissioner’s Facebook page, here:
Yesterday’s Pocatello City Council meeting saw Pocatello’s face covering ordinance maintained.
During the meeting a motion was made by Councilmember Rick Cheatum and seconded by Councilmember Heidi Adamson to prepare an ordinance for the March 18 meeting that repeals the face covering ordinance. This motion was defeated on a 2-3 vote, supported by Cheatum and Adamson, and opposed by Councilmembers Roger Bray and Linda Leeuwrik, with Mayor Brian Blad voting against and breaking the tie due to the absence of Councilmember Claudia Ortega.
A motion was then made by Adamson and seconded by Cheatum. It was to direct staff to prepare an ordinance that repeals the City’s face covering ordinance to be considered at the April 1 meeting and each first regular City Council meeting of the month after that, if needed. This motion carried unanimously.
The City of Pocatello issued the following press release regarding the ordinance:
Thursday, the City Council voted to continue Pocatello’s face covering ordinance for at least another month. The ordinance will be revisited at the City Council’s April 1 meeting.
Additionally, the Council voted to direct staff to prepare an ordinance that repeals the City’s face covering ordinance to be considered at the April 1 meeting and each first regular City Council meeting after that, if needed. Under Idaho law, an ordinance can only be repealed by another ordinance.
Under the ordinance, “every person shall, when in any indoor or outdoor public place, completely cover their nose and mouth when members of the public are physically present for otherwise unprotected social interaction with persons other than household members.”
Exceptions are provided for:
Children under the age of 5.
Persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering.
Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Persons, including on-duty law-enforcement officers, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as the person is able to maintain social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, from persons who are not members of the same household or party as the person.
Persons who are incarcerated.
Patrons of gyms so long as the gym is following a plan approved by the local health district.
Outdoor and/or indoor public places where people can maintain social distancing as recommended by the CDC.
The men and women who’ve served in the U.S. military can add a furry friend to their life for free thanks to a local group.
Recently, the Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter decided to cover 100 percent of the cost of adopting a dog or cat through the Pocatello Animal Shelter for local veterans.
We recognize the incredible companionship an animal can provide to their pet parents,” said Kelly Boodry, President of the Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter. “Our military veterans are very deserving of this opportunity.”
Not stopping there, the Friends also chose to cover 50 percent of the adoption costs for dogs 6-years-old and older who are part of Katie’s Old Friends. Now with the discount applied, the cost to adopt a dog through the program is $65.
“We appreciate the Friends and their donors’ willingness to pay for these special programs,” said Josh Heinz, Animal Services Director. “We hope these reduced prices will help ease the financial burden for veterans and those looking to adopt older dogs – helping these pets finding their forever homes.”
Katie’s Old Friends was started in 2010 by Ed and Carol Stenson. Since then, the program has helped find homes for over 250 dogs.
All adoptions include vaccinations, licensing, collar, spay or neuter surgery, and a microchip for permanent identification.
The Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) organization and for more information on the group, visit pocatelloshelterfriends.org.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 89:11
The older I get, the more things I have to remember…the times that I’ve been blessed, and the times that are better forgotten. Although the times that are better forgotten cannot be undone, they can be lessons on what not to do or say in the future….mistakes not to be repeated. But if you are like me, sometimes it’s not easy to let loose of those memories of bad decisions, angry outbursts, shame and regret. Does God use our failures and weaknesses for His good purpose? Absolutely!
In the book of Acts, Luke tells of how the young disciple John Mark accompanies Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey in AD 47 from the Syrian Antioch church (So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. Acts 13:4). While Scripture does not give the blow-by-blow description of what happened, John Mark soon departs the missionaries and returns to Jerusalem—in other words, John Mark “bailed out” on that critical calling. Perhaps it was too hard to be persecuted for sharing the Gospel message; perhaps it was too difficult to take orders from the older missionaries; perhaps he questioned his faith; perhaps he was just homesick.
The missionary pair concluded their difficult journey and returned to Antioch a year later, then traveled to a crucial meeting with the Jerusalem Council to report of their successes and failures in spreading the Gospel. Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch with the Council’s blessings for continued missionary work, and prepared to depart on their second missionary journey. In Acts 15:36-40, we read: ”After some days, Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.’ Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to do the work. And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord.”
Barnabas’ desire was to forgive and include Mark in the second missionary journey. Paul’s response was definitely a strong opposition to taking the one “who had deserted them…” How difficult would that have been for the two men who had been through so much together—to argue bitterly and split company? All because of a failure of one young disciple? With a repentant heart, Mark must have learned mightily from his mission failure because in his lifetime, God made him a respected Christian leader. Even Paul, later in one of his prison stays and his second epistle to Timothy, asked for Mark, saying, “He is useful to me for ministry.” More importantly, our awesome God inspired Mark to write one of the four Gospels of the New Testament!
My friends, it doesn’t do any good to brood about our past sins or failures; wishing we could do something over is an exercise in futility. Each day is a new gift, and with God’s help, we are given second chances over and over again. All those times that are “better forgotten” fade away when we make Jesus the center of our existence. Our Lord has forgiven and forgotten; I praise Him for that every day. We can look forward to and live in the blessings of Christ Jesus, confident, restored, and safe in His precious presence.
Thankful in Christ’s forgiveness, Barb Lissow
Zion Lutheran Church, Burley, Idaho
Sunday Worship Sermons by Rev. Alex Lissow are now available on Zion Lutheran Burley’s Facebook page!