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Pocatello’s POW*MIA Awareness Association: Honoring American Heroes


April 13, 2021

Pocatello’s POW*MIA Awareness Association is all about supporting the American heroes, too often forgotten, that fought for the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans.  The nonprofit organization is dedicated to the financial support & public awareness of the Prisoner of War*Missing in Action (POW*MIA) issue, Idaho State Veteran’s Home in Pocatello, and special charities in the local community that need their support.

The group is very active in the local community, and has a hard-working, dedicated membership, that also knows how to have fun.  One of the most popular annual events they hold is the POW*MIA Awareness Association Rally and Motorcycle Rodeo.  Planning is currently underway for the 21st annual event, which will be held at the Bannock County Event Center – Fairgrounds on July 23 and 24 this year.  This is a fun event for the whole family, and is not to be missed!

If you are interested in being part of this organization, or just want to learn more about them, plan to attend their monthly meeting, this Friday, April 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hall Event Center, 325 W. Benton Street in Pocatello.  Prospective members can learn more about the group, here:

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Idaho Freedom Foundation Posts Video With Urgent Request for Action


April 13, 2021

The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) posted a video yesterday featuring IFF President Wayne Hoffman making an “urgent request for action.”

In the video, Hoffman discusses the current fight in the Idaho legislature over funding for Idaho institutions, supported with Idahoans tax dollars, that are promoting and/or advocating for the social justice agenda.

To see the video, click on the image, below:


Pocatello’s Glass Recycling Program Collects 1,000,000 lbs. of Glass


(City of Pocatello Press Release, April 13, 2021)

Over 500 tons of glass are getting a second life thanks to the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department’s glass recycling program.

Recently, crews picked up a load of glass from one of the 12 glass drop-off bins located around Pocatello and pushed the scales just over 1 million pounds, or 500 tons, of material collected.

“We are pleased with the citizens of Pocatello showing their enthusiasm for recycling,” said Tom Kirkman, Deputy Public Works Director for the City of Pocatello.  “The glass recycling program has been a great success and those who participate should be proud of their efforts in helping to protect the environment and reduce the amount of waste taken to the landfill.”

The glass recycling program started in June 2018 and is possible through the City’s partnership with Momentum Recycling.  After citizens throw their glass into the bin and it’s picked up by Sanitation crews, it’s stored in a holding area before heading to Momentum Recycling’s facility.  Once it’s with Momentum Recycling, they turn the glass into cullet – small pieces of glass ranging in size from small rock to a powder – and use it to make fiberglass insulation, bottles, bricks, sandblast media, and more.  In 2019, the program earned a City Achievement Award from the Association of Idaho Cities.

“We’re excited to see glass recycling in Pocatello reach this important milestone,” said John Lair, President & CEO of Momentum Recycling.  “Our goal is to recycle as much glass from the Intermountain region as possible, and the program in Pocatello is a major contributor to this effort.  We applaud the citizens of Pocatello for their commitment to recycling.”

“We are encouraged by residents’ participation and are hopeful that the program will continue to expand to more locations in Pocatello,” Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director, said.  “Sustainability and protecting the environment are priorities for the City of Pocatello.”

For a list of glass drop-off bins stationed around Pocatello and more details on the program, visit

Additional information about the other programs and services offered by the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department can be found at


Today is Last Day to Apply for This Summer’s Citizen Police Academy with the Pocatello Police Department


April 12, 2021 (Photo Credit:  Pocatello Police Department FB Page)

Today is the last day to apply for the next Citizen Police Academy to be put on by the Pocatello Police Department.  The class, open to 30 residents, will take place from May 4 to June 22.

To learn more, click on the image, below, to read an earlier article describing the class.



Pocatello Arts Council Seeks Artists for Digital Exhibition


(City of Pocatello Press Release, April 12, 2021)

Local artists looking to publicly display their work are getting their chance thanks to the Pocatello Arts Council.

The group is currently accepting entries for a digital exhibition that will be hosted on their website,, and looking to highlight two-dimensional works such as paintings, photography, mixed media, sketches, and more.  The theme of the exhibition is “Off the Beaten Path.”

There is no cost to enter.  Entries are limited to one submission per person and the artist must be a resident of Pocatello.  Entries must be family-friendly and include the title of the work, medium, size, and zip code.  Artists can also include a biography and contact information; however, it is optional.

Entries are due no later than April 30 and can be sent to in .jpg format and 72 dpi resolution.

The Pocatello Arts Council will select the works to be displayed at their May 3 meeting at 6:30 p.m.  Artists whose work is selected will receive an email notifying them of the Arts Council’s selection.

The selected entries will be displayed on the Pocatello Arts Council website starting May 7.

Artists with questions about the exhibition can contact Paige Weber via email at

For more information on the digital exhibition, visit

Established in 1991, the mission of the Pocatello Arts Council is to strengthen artistic ventures, expression, and community participation throughout the city through advocacy, grants, networking and promotion, and event sponsorship.


Commissioner Jeff Hough, Mayor Kevin England, to Address Community Town Hall, Tonight, Monday, April 12, 2021


April 12, 2021

Tonight, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Bannock County Commissioner Jeff Hough and Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England will be speaking at a Community Town Hall Meeting.  The two will be discussing current local and state issues.

The meeting will be held at Chubbuck City Hall, 5160 Yellowstone Avenue.  All are invited.


Letter Writer Seeks Support for HB140, the “Medical Consumer Protection Act”


April 11, 2021

The Next Wave of Segregation

Dear Editor,

Various corporate franchises are touting their plans for a Vaccine Passport.  This passport will be awarded to the patrons who go along with whatever the medical elites recommend.  Right now, they are recommending that all need to get the current experimental COVID
Vaccine.  There will be no exceptions.  Since when do the corporate elites get to dictate medical decisions?  If they can do this, what else will they be requiring?

Governor’s DeSantis of Florida and Abbott of Texas are not putting up with the Vaccine Passport plan, and have set in motion plans to protect their citizens.  They are not going to allow Floridians and Texans to be segregated into the haves and the have nots.  So now, the run of the mill politicians are looking for cover, enter Idaho Governor Brad Little.  He
quickly sewed on a fig leaf and called it good.  His plan will allow for the segregation of Idahoans in most instances, because his plan cannot guarantee that individuals would be able to acquire common life-sustaining goods and services available to the public.  Most hospitals, airlines and other such businesses receive government funding and are hybrids, not private businesses.  These public/private partnerships will be the ones who will have the ability to segregate the masses, but do they have a right to do this?

Representative Pricilla Giddings has a plan that needs to be acted on this week.  She is not going to let these public/private partnerships withhold life-sustaining goods and services from Idaho citizens.  Call your Representatives now and demand to give her Bill HB140 a hearing!  Finally, let Governor Little know that you are on to him!

Diane Wheeler

Sandpoint, Idaho

Editor’s Note:  You can read an analysis of HB 140 by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, here: 

House Bill 140 — Medical consumer protection, vaccines


Pocatello City Calendar, April 12 – 17, 2021


(City of Pocatello News Release, April 9, 2021)

Monday, April 12

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

Human Relations Advisory Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m., Council Chambers

Tuesday, April 13

Pocatello Regional Airport Commission Mtg.
12:00 p.m., Airport Conference Room

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

Old Town Connection Trail Bid Opening
2:00 p.m., Paradice Conference Room

Sister Cities Committee Meeting
5:15 p.m., Council Chambers

Wednesday, April 14

Golf Advisory Committee Meeting
1:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Commission Clarification Meeting
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
6:30 p.m., Council Chambers

Thursday, April 15

Special City Council Meeting
2:00 p.m., Council Chambers

City Council Clarification Meeting
5:30 p.m., Council Chambers

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

Friday, April 16

Pocatello Regional Transit Coach Bid Opening
2:00 p.m., Paradice Conference Room

Saturday, April 17

MYAC Essential Needs Drive
10:00 a.m., Police Substation
800 Yellowstone Avenue


It’s Dispatcher Appreciation Week, 2021


April 12, 2021

The week beginning April 11, 2021, is Dispatcher Appreciation Week.  it is a special week set aside to show appreciation for America’s Emergency Services dispatchers.

Emergency dispatch centers are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Dispatchers are always at the ready to answer your calls and direct the correct emergency services workers to respond in the event of an emergency.

The North Bannock Fire Department (NBFD) recognized our local dispatchers with a post noting the five dispatch centers in the region and thanking them for their work.  They said, “Did you know that our region has five Dispatch centers?  Bannock County Sheriff‘s office, Pocatello, Chubbuck, Idaho State Police, and Fort Hall.  The Pocatello communications center dispatches Pocatello Police, Pocatello Fire, Bannock County Ambulance including sub stations in Downey, Lava, and Inkom, as well as Animal Control.  Thank you for a job well done!  (See the NBFD post on their Facebook page, here:  NBFD, FB)


Franklin Graham on Donald Trump: “He put America first, not his own interests. I’ve never seen anyone work harder.”

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

April 10, 2021

Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Photo Credit: Franklin Graham FB Page)

After Leftist news outlets and their supporters made light of President Donald J. Trump losing money while serving in office, Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse & Billy Graham Evangelistic Association set the record straight for his 9.6 million followers on his social media yesterday.

Responding to an article posted at USATODAY.COM, Graham said, “President Trump did not even take a salary when he was serving as president—he gave it all back.  So many politicians leave office with far more money than when they came into office.  This report says President Trump also dropped about $1 billion in wealth during those four years while he served.  Donald Trump became president not to make money or to put his hand in the till, but to do his best to preserve the great things about this nation for future generations.  He put America first, not his own interests.  I’ve never seen anyone work harder.  Thank you President Trump for your sacrifice and service to this nation.

You can follow Franklin Graham’s Facebook page, here: