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White House: President Donald J. Trump Is Taking A Historic Step To Achieve Peace In Afghanistan And Bring Our Troops Home

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(White House Press Release, February 29, 2020)

“We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home.”
-President Donald J. Trump

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

PATHWAY TO PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: President Donald J. Trump is following through on his promise and taking a decisive step to achieve negotiated peace in Afghanistan.

  • President Trump is making good on his promise to bring our troops home from endless wars overseas by working toward peace in Afghanistan.
  • Following a successful 7-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan, the United States is taking decisive steps toward a negotiated peace in Afghanistan.
  • The United States and Afghan governments will be issuing a joint declaration reaffirming our strong partnership, including our continued support for Afghan security forces.
  • An agreement has been reached with the Taliban that secures important commitments that are necessary to finally end the conflict in Afghanistan.
  • While work remains, this progress provides a historic opportunity for peace.

TAKING A WATCHFUL AND RESPONSIBLE APPROACH: Our Nation is taking a responsible approach to ending this crisis and will be watching the Taliban closely to ensure compliance.

  • Through our negotiations, America has secured strong commitments from the Taliban to permanently sever their ties to international terrorists.
  • As the agreement is implemented, we will be watching closely and making determinations about compliance based on our own judgment and the safety of our personnel.
  • We will begin reducing the number of troops, while sustaining a counterterrorism force to continue dismantling terrorist groups that seek to attack the United States.
  • The pace of removal for American troops stationed in Afghanistan is conditions based and will depend on how well the Taliban comply with the commitments they have made.

KEEPING AMERICA SAFE: President Trump is committed to keeping Americans safe from the scourge of terrorism.

  • President Trump is working each and every day to continue to keep America safe—including by rebuilding our military and combating terror around the globe.
  • We will ensure that Afghan soil can never again be used to threaten American lives.
  • We will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the American people.

BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME: After 19 years, we are finally removing American troops from endless conflicts around the globe.

  • President Trump promised to bring our troops home from overseas and is following through on that promise.
  • In Afghanistan, our service members have done important work to root out terrorism and bring peace, but it is time to bring them home.
  • Our Nation thanks the hundreds of thousands of American service members and our allies who have proudly served in Afghanistan, particularly the fallen and families of the fallen.

WORKING TOWARD LASTING PEACE: This is a historic opportunity to forge lasting peace in Afghanistan.

  • Ultimately, it is the people of Afghanistan who must come together to achieve lasting peace for their future.
  • For its part, the government of Afghanistan has committed to establishing an inclusive national team to participate in intra-Afghan negotiations.
  • The Taliban have committed to enter negotiations with the Afghan government, its political leaders, and Afghan civil society, including women.
  • Based on these announcements, we call on all sides to continue to reduce violence in Afghanistan as all sides come together to write a roadmap for their country’s future.
  • In the meantime, the United States will continue working with allies and partners to monitor the situation and preserve the gains of the last 19 years.



HSLDA Poetry Contest Now Accepting Entries through May 1


The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has announced their annual poetry contest is once again open!  This year they’re inviting students to participate in the challenge of balancing wild creativity in a moderately controlled way.

Winners receive up to $500 in prizes.

All contest profits go to HSLDA’a charitable arm, HSLDA  Compassion (, which provides grants to help make homeschooling possible for families facing hard times.

For details on how to enter, click here:

Category 1 (ages 7—10): Write a poem in which every new line begins with the exact same letter. You may choose the letter.

Maximum poem length: 20 lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.

Category 2 (ages 11—14): Write a three-stanza poem in which the first letter of each new line spells the message “SPRING IS HERE” or spells “SPRING” as three couplets.

Maximum poem length: 6 (“SPRING”) or 12 (“SPRING IS HERE”) lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.

Category 3 (ages 15—19): Write a poem in which each new line begins with consecutive letters of the alphabet. You may choose the letter you start the sequence with.

Maximum poem length: 26 lines.

Rhyme pattern: Poem should have a discernible rhyme scheme.


White House Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2020


(White House Press Release, February 29, 2020)

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

Women have influenced and advanced every facet of American life and culture. The strength, ingenuity, and spirit of our female leaders, innovators, and pioneers shape our Nation’s character, government, industry, families, and communities. During Women’s History Month, we honor the women who have changed our Nation and the world, and we reaffirm our commitment to supporting the next generation of female trailblazers and dreamers as they carry forward this distinguished legacy.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, securing the right to vote for women. This milestone in our country was made possible by the devotion, leadership, and perseverance of pioneers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The ratification of the 19th Amendment enabled women to finally have their voices counted in voting booths, paving the way for greater female participation in all levels of government. Heroes emerged like Frances Perkins, who, as Secretary of Labor, was the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position in the Federal Government, and Clare Boothe Luce, an influential journalist, playwright, Congresswoman, and the first woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad.


Throughout our history, women have also been pioneers in fields like science, medicine, and engineering. Bessie Coleman, the world’s first civilian licensed African-American pilot, and Marie Luhring, the first female truck designer, changed the way we think about aviation and transportation. Saint Katharine Drexel selflessly served those in need and left an indelible mark on nursing and education. NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who passed away just a few days ago, was behind some of the brilliant work that made possible the first manned spaceflights by United States astronauts. And just last year, two brave American astronauts, Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, made history by conducting the first all-female spacewalk outside of the International Space Station.

My Administration is committed to empowering all women across the Nation and around the world to continue pursuing their dreams and lifting humanity to new heights. As President, I have championed policies that create economic prosperity and opportunity, enabling women to thrive as workers, parents, consumers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors. In 2019, women comprised 71 percent of the net increase in employment, the female unemployment rate reached near historic lows, and women for the first time made up the majority of the college-educated labor force. I have also signed into law legislation securing historic levels of funding for child care so that both women and men can better provide for their families, secure in the knowledge that their children are being well-cared for. In addition, we secured the first tax credit for employers who offer paid family leave for those earning $72,000 or less and doubled the child tax credit, benefitting nearly 40 million American families, who received an average of $2,200 in 2019. In December 2019, I was also pleased to sign legislation providing for 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all Federal employees. To drive this effort further, I have also called on the Congress to pass a nationwide paid family leave program.

On the international front, last year I signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum to direct my Administration to prioritize global women’s economic empowerment through the first ever whole-of-government effort dedicated to this issue: the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative. To date, W-GDP has reached 12 million women through United States Government programs and partnerships, with a goal of reaching 50 million women by 2025. W-GDP’s efforts help secure a place for women to thrive and to lead their families, communities, and nations into new arenas of excellence.

This month, we pause as a Nation to pay tribute to the women who strengthen and enrich our society through civic action, devotion to family, and tireless dedication to community, innovation, peace, and prosperity. We pledge also to continue fighting for the further advancement of women in our society and around the globe, living up to the promise of our Nation’s founding.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2020 as Women’s History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


White House Proclamation on Irish-American Heritage Month, 2020


(White House Press Release, February 29, 2020)

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

During Irish-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the countless achievements of Irish Americans and recognize the remarkable contributions they have made to our Nation’s character, culture, and prosperity. From America’s earliest days, Irish Americans have proven themselves to be confident, fierce, tough, and faithful. They never give up, and they never give in, embodying the indomitable spirit that drives us as a people. This month, we recognize their efforts to help build a stronger, prouder America, and we acknowledge the steadfast relationship we have with the Emerald Isle.

Irish Americans have played a critical role in our Nation’s history and have made significant contributions to our military, government, and economy. During the Revolutionary War, General Henry Knox, the son of Irish immigrants, helped lead General George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River. Years later, more than 150,000 Irishmen fought to preserve our Union during the Civil War, shedding their blood so that others would experience the blessings of liberty. And one of our most famous buildings, the White House, was designed by Irish architect James Hoban, who came to the United States after the Revolutionary War. From business and politics to film and music, Irish Americans have risen to distinction and helped move our Nation forward.

As we honor the many ways in which Irish Americans have enriched our country, we acknowledge the enduring relationship the United States has with Ireland. This longstanding relationship is only growing stronger thanks to our robust economy. Approximately 700 American businesses have a presence on the Emerald Isle and account for 20 percent of the country’s employment. Through our common bond of culture, language, and interests, Ireland provides a great opportunity for our businesses looking to invest in Europe. Likewise, approximately 450 Irish companies are represented in the United States. These companies employ more than 100,000 workers and have invested nearly $150 billion in our country.

This month, as we celebrate the vibrant heritage and culture of Irish Americans and partake in St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17, we pay tribute to the tenacious Irish spirit. We admire the devotion, faith, and resilience of the more than 31 million Irish Americans who help our country flourish, and we look forward to a continued strong and enduring friendship with Ireland for years to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2020 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to celebrate the achievements of Irish Americans and their contributions to our Nation with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.




Tom Steyer Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Nomination Race


After a third place showing in South Carolina, and having won no delegates in primaries and caucuses to date, billionaire climate change and pro-impeachment activist Tom Steyer has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President.

Steyer began his campaign for his party’s nomination for President on July 9, 2019, with a campaign video posted to Twitter.  It is estimated that he spent about $20 million on his campaign.

To see Steyer’s letter to supporters announcing the suspension of his campaign, visit:


Pocatello: Mayor Blad’s March Newsletter Talks 2020 Census, Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair


(March 1, 2020)

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad (photo credit: City of Pocatello website)

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad’s monthly newsletter for March, 2020, has been posted on the City website.  The newsletter can also be found at the Marshall Public Library.

The front page article on the newsletter is about the 2020 Census.  Mayor Blad provides background on the Census, and explains why it is so important that residents of Pocatello and surrounding communities put in the ten minutes it takes to complete it.  Blad says,  “The answers you provide [on the Census form] help determine how much funding federal programs utilized by you, your friends and your neighbors get each year.  In Bannock County, that amounts to over $2,200 per person per year according to a George Washington University study.  This money helps our schools, builds roads, provides health care, assists small businesses and much, much more.”

Blad also notes that the answers from the Census help us economically, as businesses use Census data when deciding where to locate.

Mayor Blad also discusses the 2020 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair, coming to Caldwell Park April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To read the Mayor’s Newsletter, visit:



Animal Crossing New Horizons Coming on March 20


by: Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer Gaming Columnist Eddy Crowder (Photo Credit: Animal Crossing Facebook Page)

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a game coming out on Nintendo switch on March 20th 2020.  Animal crossing New Horizons is a game where you go to a deserted island and start to live a new life on that island.  With the help of talking animals on the island you can turn it into a wonderful place where other animals, called villagers, will want to live!

In Animal Crossing New Horizons, you can do things like collect bugs, fish, and fossils. There is a museum that you will be able to complete by donating these things, or you can sell them to earn bells, which is one of the currencies in the game.

Another thing that you can do is build and expand your own house.  You start off with a tent but as you collect more bells you can upgrade to a house.  Once you have a house you can expand it with more bells to be able to have more space and put more furniture in the house.

You can find resources on the island and use them to craft tools, like fishing rods, that will be useful to you on the island.  Resources can also be used to craft things like furniture that you can put outside, or in your house.

With resources and bells you’ll be able to build bridges and slopes to make it easier to get to places on the island.  Eventually, you’ll also be able to build shops and homes for villagers to live on your island.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a fun game that you can play by yourself, or with family and friends!  You can relax and work at your own pace to make your island a great place to live!

To learn more, visit:



Pocatello Police Department Investigating Shooting, Suspects Wanted


(Pocatello Police Department Alert, 3/1/2020, 5:47 a.m.)

On 03/01/2020 at 1:24 a.m., Pocatello Police Department officers responded to the 4500 block of S. 5th Avenue after dispatch received a report that a man had been shot.

Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and discovered that a 41-year-old man had already left the scene in a private vehicle to seek medical treatment. During officers’ investigation, they discovered the man had been shot in the face. Officers interviewed witnesses and checked several locations for the suspects who were not located.

The suspects are identified as 20-year-old Mason Reid Gonzales and 22-year-old Mitchell John Gonzales. They were armed with a handgun and it is unknown if they are in possession of any other weapons. Mitchell has a warrant out of Bannock County for Domestic Battery.

If you have any information about the incident or know of the suspects’ location, contact the Pocatello Police Department at 208-234-6100. Do not approach the subjects, as they are considered armed and dangerous. In the case of an emergency, call 911.






Biden Wins Decisively in South Carolina


February 29, 2020 (Updated 3/01/2020, 7:00 a.m. MST)

Today, Former Vice President Joe Biden achieved a decisive victory in the  Democratic primary in South Carolina.  Biden far outperformed the average of polls which showed him ahead of Sanders by about 13%, and pundits who, over the last few days, had questioned whether or not he would be able to achieve a double digit win over second place finisher Senator Bernie Sanders.  Instead, with all of the votes counted, Biden received 48.45% of the votes cast, besting Sanders, who received 19.91% of the vote, by almost 30%.

In the South Carolina contest, Biden has so far picked up 33 delegates in the state, vs. 11 for Sanders, catapulting him into second place in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  No other candidate has so far been awarded delegates in South Carolina.  Tom Steyer placed third with 11.33% of the vote, and all other candidates finished in single digits.

Total delegates committed now from primaries and caucuses to date stands at 56 for Sanders, 48 for Biden, and 26, 8, and 7 for other contenders Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar, respectively.

During his victory speech, Biden acknowledged the recent endorsement he received from long-term South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn as having been critical to his success.

To see the victory speech delivered by Biden, click on the link, below:

Pocatello: Local Government Meetings Scheduled for Week of March 2


(City of Pocatello Press Release, February 28, 2020)

Monday, March 2

City of Pocatello & Fire Union Arbitration
9:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Pocatello Arts Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Paradice Conference Room

Tuesday, March 3

City of Pocatello & Fire Union Arbitration
8:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Poky Portneuf Paddle Meeting
12:00 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

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

Wednesday, March 4

Special Pocatello Development Authority Meeting
11:00 a.m., Paradice Conference Room

Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair Committee Meeting
12:00 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Thursday, March 5

City Council Budget Meeting
9:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Special City Council Meeting
4:30 p.m., Paradice Conference Room

City Council Clarification Meeting
5:30 p.m., Paradice Conference Room

City Council Meeting
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Friday, March 6

No Meetings Scheduled