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Toys for Tots Volunteers Return to AMVETS Monthly Breakfast, Saturday, December 4th


November 26, 2021

Once again, you can help support the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots program by attending the AMVETs Monthly Breakfast, Saturday, December 4.  The breakfast is held at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Avenue.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

The monthly breakfast, a staple in Pocatello, is held on the first Saturday in every month.  It includes eggs, hash browns, bacon, two kinds of sausage, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, coffee, and orange juice.

Members of the local chapter of the Marine Corps League will be working at the dinner for tips and donations.  This month, one unwrapped toy equals one free breakfast!

Kids under 5 eat free!

For more information, view or click on the image, below, to visit the AMVETS FB page.


East Idahoans to Protest Vaccine Mandate, Saturday, November 27


November 26, 2021

East Idahoans are scheduled to protest the onerous vaccine mandate on Saturday, November 27.  Protests are scheduled to take place in Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, and Pocatello.


Idaho Speaks: Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley Discusses Runoff Election

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November 26, 2021

Episode 117 of the Idaho Speaks podcast, recently posted, features Pocatello Mayoral Candidate David Worley discussing the November 30th runoff election.

The podcast description reads, “David Worley sits with Idaho Speaks to talk about his effort in the mayor runoff election for Pocatello Idaho.  We talk about taxes, government over regulation and ways to solve the financial challenges facing the city.  We also talk about citizens constitutional rights and a potential lawsuit and racketeering charges bring brought against the city by a local family who claims unfair treatment.  Most importantly, we talk about what David would do as the new Mayor of Pocatello to lower the overall tax budget on citizens.”

Listen to the podcast, here:

David Worley running for Mayor of Pocatello Idaho Talks About Run Off Election


True Idaho News Launches New Podcast

"True Idaho News was founded to counter the massive amount of spin and false information published by “mainstream” media, as well as expose corruption wherever it is found."

November 26, 2021

Daniel Bobinski, Host of the True Idaho News Podcast (Photo Credit: Daniel Bobinski FB)

True Idaho News, dedicated to correcting, “the misinformation and spin, giving you truth so you know what’s REALLY going on in Idaho,” has launched the True Idaho News Podcast.

The announcement posted by True Idaho News about the podcast states, “It’s official.  The True Idaho News Podcast has launched.  During the debut episode, the hosts pulled no punches in discussing the recent legislative session, legislators in Canyon County who claim the Republican label but don’t live up to it, and the farce that passed as an “ethics” committee hearing that resulted 49 legislators voting for a lie.

In the opening moments of the first show, True Idaho News editor Daniel Bobinski said,

“I intend to cover Idaho news and even national news on this show, and I’ll do so more like an opinion piece.  We’ll cover the facts, but we’re also going to offer a whole lot more insights and thoughts in a way that you really can’t do on the printed page.”

Bobinski continued:

“I sit down sometimes to write a story, or have someone write a new story, and we’re looking at the facts of the story.  And sometimes you want to interject your thoughts or opinions about that stuff, but it’s just not appropriate in the ‘news’ format.  Yet, you want to be able to convey what’s really going on.  That’s part of the purpose for this podcast.”

Bobinski’s co-host for the debut episode is Josh Gibbons, a political campaign consultant, owner of Spire Visuals (video production), and a podcaster in his own right.  Gibbons hosts the “Whats Happening Idaho” podcast.

Bobinski says he values Gibbons’ insights and intends to have him as a regular co-host on the show.”

Learn more about the True Idaho News podcast, here:

‘True Idaho News Podcast’ Debuts, Offers Unfiltered News and Opinion


Pocatello’s Historic Preservation Commission Meeting set for Wednesday, December 1st


November 26, 2021

Pocatello’s Historic Preservation Commission is set to meet on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will take place in the City Council Chambers, 911 N. 7th Avenue.  The notice of public meeting states that, “In-person attendance remains limited.  Due to COVID-19 guidelines, social distancing measures are still in place.  Masks/Face Coverings are required.”

Items to be considered/addressed include providing feedback on 120 N. Arthur Avenue (the old U.S. Bank building), the Brady Chapel Centennial Campaign Plan, and Downtown Historic District engagement.  A training session on Idaho’s open meeting laws is also scheduled.


Carrie Semmelroth appointed to District 17 legislative seat


(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, November 24, 2021)

Carrie Semmelroth (Photo Credit: Carrie Semmelroth FB)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little appointed Carrie Semmelroth of Boise to the District 17 Senate seat vacated by Senator Ali Rabe, who moved to a different district.

Semmelroth works in the College of Education at Boise State University.  She earned her Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) with a focus on Special Education from Boise State University.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, both from Boise State University.

Semmelroth is a Democrat who will serve out the remainder of Rabe’s term, which ends at the end of 2022.  When a legislative seat is vacated midterm, the political party of the legislator who left the seat submits recommendations for replacements to the Governor for consideration.


Notice of Pending Lawsuit: Rupp Family Trust vs City of Pocatello & Mayor Brian Blad


The Idaho Freedom Coalition has published the following notice regarding the pending Rupp Family Trust lawsuit against the City of Pocatello & Mayor Brian Blad:

“Out of State” Donor on Why he Supports David Worley


November 26, 2021

Dave Worley contacted me about ISJ’s article where his opponent called my donation a “red-flag” – what a shame that is because my family worked really hard for that money!  I finally had the opportunity to show MAJ Worley I believed in him as much as he believed in me, and someone wants to drag it through the mud.  I want to be clear – MAJ Worley’s empathetic and effective leadership inspired all of us.  I served as a junior officer under his guidance and development for 8 years.  His integrity, energy and enthusiasm for service to the country’s cause was so encouraging, that I know any town would be lucky to have him.

Additionally, I wanted to make sure he knew how much I appreciated him with as big a donation as my family could afford.  Please do not degrade the Lynde family into some image of a faceless corporation or shadowy investor.  And please don’t manipulate my family’s gift into something negative, shady, or sleezy – it was a heartfelt gesture from my family to his.  I have no self-serving plan for your town; I would have given just as much money to my former mentor if he was from Kansas or Maine.  I hope the people of Pocatello see it instead as an indication of just how much all of us at the Red Dragon Battalion miss MAJ Worley.

Go get ‘em MAJ Worley – we believe in you!

Sincerely,Ben Lynde of Barboursville, VA


McCammon Officer Involved Shooting Found to be Justified


(Bannock County Press Release, November 24, 2021)

The Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office has determined that the officers involved in the shooting near McCammon on Oct. 13, 2021 were justified in their use of deadly force.

Prosecutor Steven Herzog reviewed the Critical Incident Task Force Memorandum on Nov. 10, after the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office concluded the investigation.

Below is a summary of Prosecutor Herzog’s review of the Critical Incident Task Force Memorandum, which can be viewed via public records request.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13 at about 3:24 p.m., a Caribou County sheriff’s deputy made contact with a man later identified as Buddy Byron McKenzie, 41, of Washington.

McKenzie was parked in his vehicle outside of a home on South 2nd East in Soda Springs when the deputy approached him.  McKenzie provided the deputy with a false name before fleeing in his truck.

The deputy pursued McKenzie with his emergency lights flashing and siren blaring until they reached the side of the John Adams auto dealership.  The deputy brought his patrol vehicle in the direct path of McKenzie’s truck, with the vehicles facing each other.  McKenzie then fired at the deputy.

McKenzie then fled westbound on Highway 30 towards Bannock County with speeds ranging from 65 mph to over 100 mph.  McKenzie drove recklessly into oncoming traffic, nearly causing several accidents putting multiple lives at risk.

Multiple marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles chased McKenzie with emergency lights and audible sirens activated.  Caribou County law enforcement requested assistance from the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, who requested Idaho State Police to respond as well., protecting Freedom of Speech for Conservatives in Idaho

McKenzie appeared to have fired on pursuing officers during the chase.

During the pursuit, McKenzie called 911 and was connected to the Caribou County Dispatch Center.  McKenzie stated he was armed, had shot at police, and was going to attempt to cause a head-on collision and kill someone if police did not back off.

During the pursuit on Highway 30, an Idaho State Police trooper attempted two pursuit intervention techniques (or PIT maneuvers) and was finally able to stop McKenzie near E. Merrill Road in McCammon.

McKenzie’s truck stopped on the bridge where law enforcement vehicles from four different agencies surrounded his vehicle, attempting to communicate with him with their guns drawn.  Law enforcement gave him orders to drop his firearm and gave him time to do so.

After a few moments of further communication, McKenzie pointed his weapon in the direction of an officer.  Nine law enforcement officers then discharged their firearms at McKenzie.

McKenzie had a felony warrant for attempted first-degree murder, among other related charges, out of Yakima County for shooting a woman in a casino, although that information was not known to law enforcement at the time of the incident.

The investigation concluded that given the threat McKenzie posed to law enforcement and the public, use of deadly force was warranted under Idaho law.


Christmas in the Night Time Skies, Saturday, November 27, at Bannock County Event Center


November 24, 2021

The 31st annual Christmas in the Night Time Skies is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday, November 27, at the Bannock County Event Center.

Chili and hot dogs will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with fireworks set to begin at 8:00 p.m.

Admission to the event is one or more new toys per family.  The toys are distributed to children by the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots Foundation.