The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community (current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel) before the U.S. Congress, holds an annual Americanism Essay Competition open to students in grades 7=12. Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch before the December 1st deadline. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes.
The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place). Each national winner will receive an attractive plaque citing his/her achievement, and every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition.
Local students who wish to submit essays for the competition should send them, postmarked no later than December 1, to the nearest branch, located in Nampa, Idaho, at:
FLEET RESERVE ASSN.
GEM STATE BRANCH 382
1012 ELEVENTH AVE NORTH
NAMPA, ID 83687-6703
To learn more about the competition, obtain a copy of the rules and the required cover sheet, and to read winning essays from previous competitions, go to:
On Tuesday, November 26, President Donald J. Trump issues an Executive Order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.
President Trump stated, “It is my honor to sign an executive order — we’re going to be doing it right now — to address a tragedy facing Native American communities: the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in particular women and children. It’s a tremendous problem. It’s been going on for a long time — many, many decades, beyond that. And we’re going to address it. We’ve addressed it very strongly.
We’re grateful to be joined by Attorney General William Barr, Secretary David Bernhardt, other members of my administration, and several terrific Native American leaders. These are great leaders.
The statistics are sobering and heartbreaking. Recently, more than 5,000 Native American women and girls were reported missing in a single year. While the majority return home or are found, too many are still missing and their whereabouts are unknown — and they usually don’t find them.
One study showed that Native American women in certain tribal communities are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the average American. The victims and their families deserve action. And this should have happened many years ago.
With my order today, we’re launching Operation Lady Justice — an interagency task force led by Attorney General Barr and Secretary Bernhardt to develop an aggressive, government-wide strategy to end this terrible situation. The Department of Justice will also be issuing grants to improve safety in Native American communities.
We will leverage every resource we have to bring safety to our tribal communities, and we will not waver in this mission. We’re taking this very seriously. This has never been done before. And I’ve seen it, just by reading and watching the news — it’s a very serious problem. It’s a horrible problem.
This is only the latest action my administration has taken to support American Indians and Alaska Natives. I signed legislation restoring benefits that were unfairly taken away from Alaska Natives serving in Vietnam. In March, I launched an initiative to improve the health and safety of children in the care of Indian Health Service. And in September, we hosted the first-ever National Tribal Broadband Summit. And earlier this month, the White House hosted the first-ever Native American Veterans Conference. Some of the folks in the room were there.
With Operation Lady Justice, we will bring new hope to Native American communities across the nation. We will deliver justice for the victims, closure for the families, and safety to those in harm’s way. And on behalf of every missing or murdered Native American woman and child, I am going to sign this order, and it will be a great honor to be signing this order. And thank you all for being here. Thank you very much.”
The signing of the Executive Order can be viewed, here:
On Monday, November 25, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the historic H.R. 724, The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. This marks the first time that cruelty to animals has been recognized as a federal crime.
President Trump remarked, “This commonsense legislation restricts the creation and distribution of videos or images of animal torture. It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty, which are totally unacceptable in a civilized society.”
On Monday, November 25, President Donald J. Trump signed the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act during a ceremony in the Oval Office. This new law directs the Treasury Department to issue 400,000 one-dollar silver coins in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote.
The City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee is seeking to honor an outstanding local resident for their work in human and civil rights.
The group is asking for nominations for its Human and Civil Rights Award. The accolade recognizes a citizen who has worked to improve Pocatello in one or more of the following criteria:
– Helped protect and advance human and civil rights of Pocatello residents
– Promoted human rights training and programs
– Worked to eradicate discrimination
– Promoted equal educational opportunity and access for all
– Worked to improve inter-group relations
– Worked to eliminate hate motivated incidents and/or harassment
– Worked to reduce violence and promote peace
– Worked to gain a greater voice for all in policy and decision-making
– Helped to eliminate stereotyping in the community
– Worked to educate others about extremists who threaten the human and civil rights of others
– Worked to promote educational opportunity for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals
– Worked to build more effective family, school, and community partnerships
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the U.S. Special Forces and Special Operations Military Working Dog, Conan, at the White House today. Afterward, the President and Vice President, along with First Lady Melania Trump, appeared briefly in the Rose Garden with Conan.
12:38 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. So this is Conan — right now, probably the world’s most famous dog. I don’t think — I have to use the word “probably.” And Conan is an incredible — it’s an incredible story. I learned a lot about this particular type of dog. And it’s trained that, if you open your mouths, you will be attacked. You want to be very, very careful.
But Conan came over from the Middle East — just arrived — with some of the great people from the Special Forces that did the incredible fl- — it was a flawless attack. And al-Baghdadi is gone. But that was a flawless attack. And I just met quite a few of them.
And we just gave Conan a medal and a plaque. And it’s really — and I actually think Conan knew exactly what was going on. But a dog that is very, very special and we could maybe say — Mike, come on over. Maybe you want to say something about the type of dog and —
They were going to put a muzzle on the dog and I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent, John. So I had a choice. But, no, the dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. And so brilliant, so smart — the way it was with the Special Forces people that it worked with. And for obvious reasons, they can’t be out in front of the media.
But they did a fantastic job. Conan did a fantastic job. And we’re very honored to have Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House.
Mike, would you have something to day?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be here, Mr. President. I know you just finished a meeting with some of the very same Special Forces who completed the successful raid that took down the leader of ISIS.
But I recall, Mr. President, when you made the decision, right up there in White House.
THE PRESIDENT: Yep.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: The day before the raid, you had talked about measures that were available to protect our soldiers. And it had been described to us, about the fact that they had dogs that could go in, in the event that al-Baghdadi had on him an explosive vest — that you put the premium on the safety of our Special Forces.
And this dog was there; suffered some injury. We were able to complete the raid without any American casualty. And so I think having the Special Forces here today, who obviously can’t come out in the public, but also having this extraordinary dog here today is all a reflection of our armed forces and the great job that they do.
But Conan is really a hero. It’s really a — it’s a real joy to be able to help welcome him here to the White House with you.
THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. And Conan was very badly hurt, as you know. And they thought maybe was not going to recover. Recovered, actually very, quickly and has since gone on very important raids.
As you know, we captured 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate. When I took office, we had almost nothing. It was as though they were just forming again, and now it’s 100 percent. And we have done a lot of work since then. We have done a lot of work since the raid. Certain things have happened that are very important. So we’re in very good shape. We’re in very good shape.
We’ve had a lot of help, too, from other countries. We’ve had a — we’ve really done a job.
I just want to thank you all. So, this is a special time for Conan. And we really appreciate it. And I was told about the breed. I was told about Conan himself. And Conan is a tough cookie. And nobody is going to mess with Conan.
I asked one question. I said, “So, what chance, with Conan…” I got to see how fast Conan can move. I said, “What chance would a strong man have — really strong, tough, a fighter — what chance would this person have against Conan, without the guns? What chance?” And I guess the answer, pretty much, was “none.” He would have no chance. So, it’s amazing.
And yet, you see how beautiful and how calm, during a situation like this, is. And you’re very lucky he doesn’t — he’s not in a bad mood today, Jeff. (Laughter.) Not in a bad mood. You’re safe. Anyway.
So I want to thank you all. Thank you very much. And this is a great honor to have Conan here. A great honor to have the Special Forces here. They’re in the Oval Office.
Q Do you want to adopt the dog, Mr. President?
Q Is Conan retiring?
THE PRESIDENT: I love this dog. No, Conan is not retiring yet. Conan is primetime, age-wise. Primetime. I asked that question.
They go for about six years — like an athlete. Six years. They start — they like to get them at one and a half or two years old, and they’ll go for about six years from that time. After that, it happens where maybe the reflexes aren’t quite as good. You know, things like that happen. It would never happen to us. But the dog, primetime, is those six years after two. And they’re very special dogs. They’re very hard to get. This particular dog is — this is the ultimate fighter, ultimate everything.
Ultimate in terms of sniffing drugs. We have a — we’ve spent a tremendous amount of money on drug equipment at the border. And I was talking to the people, and I say, “Well, is there anything better than this equipment?” “No, sir. The only thing better is a dog.” A dog — this type of dog, exactly, because it’s a certain type of dog. And it’s pretty amazing. But they are really better.
We had a case where we had drugs in a — the cylinder of a car. And it was undetectable by this very expensive machinery, which is really amazing machinery. But still, it was undetectable. The dog came in — wah, jumped on the hood, pointing — you know. Opened the hood and knew exactly. It’s incredible, the sense of smell or whatever it may be — probably sense of smell.
So they’re incredible animals. And thank you all very much.
Q Do you have confidence in Mick Mulvaney, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I do. Yes. Of course.
Q Melania, do you want to adopt the dog for Barron?
Pocatello Regional Transit’s (PRT) most festive bus rides of the season are returning.
Tickets for PRT’s annual Tour of Lights go on sale at 8 a.m., Monday, December 2 for this year’s tour to take place December 12 and 13. During the Tour of Lights, PRT’s buses will be taking a drive around Pocatello and Chubbuck to highlight the two cities’ premier holiday decoration displays. Because of the tour’s growing popularity, PRT is adding an additional bus this year for tour-goers.
“The spirit of the holidays radiates throughout the buses as participants mingle and sing carols,” said Skyler Beebe, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “2019 marks our 32nd year offering the event, and over the years, riders young and old have returned annually to make the tour a part of their holiday traditions.”
Tickets are $5 per person and free for toddlers who are able to sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap. Tickets can be purchased at PRT’s Transit Center, 5815 South 5th Avenue, starting December 2, and must be purchased at least one day prior to the desired tour day. Seating is limited for the tour, which has sold out during previous years. On each night of the tour, boarding begins at 7 p.m. with buses departing from Pocatello City Hall promptly at 7:30 p.m. and returning around 9 p.m.
The tour can accommodate groups by special arrangement, which may be made by contacting Pocatello Regional Transit at 208-234-ABUS (2287) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on all the services offered by Pocatello Regional Transit, visit pocatellotransit.com via the ‘Home’ link:
Pocatello Regional Transit buses are accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at email@example.com; 208.234.6248 or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.