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POW*MIA Awareness Community Fundraiser is Saturday, July 17, at Liberty Hall Event Center

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June 16, 2021

The POW*MIA Awareness Community Fundraiser is set for Saturday, July 17, at the Liberty Hall Event Center.  The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

The POW*MIA Awareness Rally and Motorcycle Rodeo, sponsor of the event, has provided the following information:

2021 Community Fundraiser

Time to Clean out the Clutter!  Donate your gently used items to the POW*MIA Awareness Association Community Fundraiser.  Items may be dropped off early at Liberty Hall:  6pm to 8pm Wednesday, July 7 or 6pm to 8pm Friday, July 16 or by appointment.

Liberty Hall is located at 325 W. Benton (corner of Benton and Main) in Pocatello.  

For questions please contact:  Nicki aka “Chops,” at 208-339-0420.

All proceeds will assist us in fulfilling our mission!

Click on the flyer, below, to visit the events page for the Community Fundraiser.

 

Sparklight Announces Summer Creative Art Contest

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June 16, 2021

Sparklight has announced the Summer Creative Art Contest for students up to age 17.

In an email, they state:

Sparklight is inviting kids to get creative with our Summer Arts Contest for a chance to win a Graphic Design Tablet all this month!

Kids up to age 17 across the 21 states served by Sparklight are invited to get their creative juices flowing this month by recreating our Sparklight logo or dynamic band in their own creative way.  This can be by painting, drawing, sculpting, crafting or otherwise – the possibilities are endless.

Parents can upload a photo of their child’s artwork, along with a short description of how the child is using Sparklight’s services to stay entertained, educated, or connect with friends and family this summer.

Summer break is an exciting time for kids to let their imaginations run wild.  Whether they’re using our service for streaming shows, doing yoga classes, learning to code or practicing a second language, there’s no limit to what high-speed internet enables families to do.

Four winners ages 1 to 17 will be selected to win a Graphic Design Tablet. Entries can be submitted through June 30, 2021.

Find the complete rules and entry form at Sparklight.com/Contest.

Idaho Lt. Governor Appoints Pete Coulson to Task Force to Examine Indoctrination in Idaho Education

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Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin (Official Photo)

(Idaho Lt. Governor’s Office Press Release, June 14, 2021)

Pete Coulson Appointed to Task Force (Photo Credit: Idaho Lt. Governor’s Office)

Boise, Idaho — Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin has appointed Pete Coulson to fill a recent vacancy on the task force to examine indoctrination in Idaho education.

“Pete’s experience and wisdom will be a welcome addition to our task force. I look forward to working with him and hearing his input on these critically important matters,” Lt. Gov. McGeachin said.

Pete Coulson has worked in school administration, social work, and numerous activities involving young people. His experience has given him valuable insight and the ability to connect with and inspire children and adults from various backgrounds and cultures.

“I am honored to be part of the Education Task Force, it is my hope to provide a perspective from my life experience to impact our students to develop critical thinking as they learn to think for themselves and build healthy relationships,” said Pete Coulson.

The second meeting of the task force will take place in the Idaho State Capitol building’s Lincoln Auditorium on June 24 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The meeting will be open to the public and will be available as a livestream as well.

 

Guest Column – IFF President Wayne Hoffman: Jim Jones Being Dishonest About the Freedom Foundation

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June 16, 2021

Jim Jones Being Dishonest About the Freedom Foundation

By:  Idaho Freedom Foundation President Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman, President, Idaho Freedom Foundation

If he were criticizing the ACLU or Planned Parenthood, Jim Jones would have had to present facts to back up his allegations before any newspaper would publish his column.  But Jones’ target was the Idaho Freedom Foundation, and when the IFF is the target of negativity, facts don’t matter much.

Jones’ article is built off of Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder’s recent comments in which he called the IFF, “one of the greatest threats we have to our democracy in our state,” without a shred of proof or context.  That makes Jones’ screed even more tantalizing for the liberal media and thus any pretense of devotion to truth unnecessary.

Winder’s quote was out of the blue, and not a single “reporter” bothered to ask Winder to be specific about what “threat” we pose.  To this day, the casual observer is left to wonder how the IFF’s anti-socialism agenda is more threatening than any number of left-of-center organizations in Idaho that are actually operating in our state and trying to dismantle America’s economic and political institutions.

Nonetheless, because Jones’ commentary is based on lies built on Winder’s lie, a response is in order.  For example, contrary to Jones’ words, no one has accused the IFF of playing a “disruptive role” in the 2021 legislative session, not even Winder.  Jones also goes on to say, without evidence, that the IFF and organizations like it nationwide are engaged in “cultural warfare.”  But the biggest lie of them all is that the IFF made an unsubstantiated claim about indoctrination of Idaho’s school students from pre-kindergarten to college.  In fact, the IFF has produced mountains of data on what’s happening at Boise State University, the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Lewis-Clark State College, including two reports that dive deep into the inner workings at BSU and the U of I.

We’ve also documented ways in which the Idaho public K-12 education system is designed to support critical race theory and social justice.  We’ve supplied evidence of sharply left-of-center propaganda being disseminated in classrooms and teachers’ lounges throughout the state.  Every week, we uncover new ways young people are being coerced into supporting socialism and its related objectives.

Yes, the IFF, as Jones put it, “has established itself as one of the most powerful drivers of policy in the state of Idaho over the last several legislative sessions.”  That’s a function of having amassed a lot of credibility over the last dozen years.  We do two things really well:  We research the issues confronting our state, and then we communicate our findings.  In this case, we’ve focused like a laser on the failures of the government education system, and we made sure that lawmakers and the public were aware of the truth, not just what the education special interests wanted them to hear.  I wish there were no indoctrination of Idaho students taking place.  But the facts say something else.

Critical race theory and social justice remains baked into our education systems, despite the actions of the 2021 legislative session.  Jones either knows it’s true and is being dishonest about it, or he’s chosen to be oblivious to reality.

We’re on a mission to save our state from socialism.  And right now, the greatest part of that mission is stopping Idahoans from being forced to pay for a socialist education system that is more obsessed with skin color and pronouns than it is with reading, writing, and math.  Jones and his ilk can rant about it all they want, but another unavoidable fact:  We’re just getting warmed up.

 

Chubbuck Mayor’s Blog Posted, June 11, 2021

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(City of Chubbuck Video Release, June 11, 2021)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England has released his Mayor’s Blog video for June 11, 2021.

As noted on the video description, “Update Includes: City Hall Open House, Movies in the Park, and Chubbuck Days.”

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

 

CDC Continues to Enlist Citizens to Push Experimental mRNA Vaccine; Encourages Joining the, “COVID-19 Community Corps”

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June 15, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing to enlist citizens to convince neighbors and friends to receive the experimental COVID mRNA vaccine.

Through July 4, the “National Vaccine Month of Action” has been declared, with the, “We Can Do This” campaign being the prime driver to push vaccinations.

In an email sent out earlier this week, they say:

Through July 4th, the We Can Do This Campaign is mobilizing national organizations, community-based partners, influencers, celebrities, athletes, and thousands of volunteers across the nation to empower their communities and get more people vaccinated.

How You Can Help

  • Host In-Person or Virtual Events
  • Promote ways to get vaccinated
  • Join the COVID-19 Community Corps

 

Lillian Vallely Youth Foundation Created

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(Lillian Vallely Youth Foundation Press Release, June 14, 2021;  Photo Credit:  Lillian Vallely School)

The Lillian Vallely School for Native American elementary school children closed in May 2020.  It’s beautiful buildings and campus were sold to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for their educational programs.  In its place the Lillian Vallely Youth Foundation was created.  The Foundation has exactly the same mission, but without the need to support bricks and mortar.

The school welcomed children for over twenty years, furnishing academic, cultural, and basic values instruction.  It gave students confidence to succeed in two cultures.  LV School closed because Covid 19 made fund raising critically difficult.  Actually, this has been a blessing.  Using the assets from the sale of the school, the Foundation has reached out to school districts, independent educational institutions, even families to assist them with funding new and existing Native American educational programs.  The LV Youth Foundation is amazing in its flexibility and incredibly efficient.  LV Youth Foundation welcomes contributions and 99% of the moneys received go to the youth.  That is amazing!  See the website, lvyouthfoundation.org, for more details and to support the Foundation.  It is a 501 c3, tax deductible, organization.

The Board of Directors for the Foundation includes dedicated Native Americans and others
from Idaho and Arizona.  Donors come from all over America.

For more information, contact Doug Eddington, Board President, at (208) 680-7533.

 

Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin Speaks to Young Idahoans About Government, Capitalism, Freedom, and History at the NW Liberty Academy’s Liberty Symposium

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June 15, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

Last weekend, students attending the NW Liberty Academy’s Liberty Symposium heard from several prominent speakers, including Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin.

McGeachin said of her talk, “This last weekend, I spoke at the Northwest Liberty Symposium held by the Northwest Liberty Academy.  It was wonderful to see so many young Idahoans who have taken an interest in learning about our system of government, capitalism, freedom, and history.

I spoke about the executive order, our education task force, and the unique roles of the Lt. Governor’s office in both the legislative and executive branches of government.  I also spoke about the efficiency committee I chaired during my first years serving as Idaho Lt. Governor.

Thank you to Alan and Elizabeth Hodge for the invitation to participate in the Symposium and for their hard work and commitment to putting on this event every year.”

The Liberty Symposium is an annual event, just one of several educational programs put on by the NW Liberty Academy.  It features personal sessions with members of the Idaho Legislative, Executive, Judicial Branches, and Congress.  It is designed for students age 12 and up.  The cost, this year $200 with early registration, includes a room, meals, and all event materials.  Parents may attend free of charge, but are asked to pay a small fee if staying overnight.  This year’s event was held at Boise Bible College.

NW Liberty Academy is sponsored by the White Pine Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan Idaho Corporation dedicated to educating people about Free Market principles.

To learn more, visit:  NW Liberty Academy

 

Mark it on Your Calendars: POW*MIA Awareness Rally & Motorcycle Rodeo is July 23 & 24, 2021

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June 15, 2021

Mark it on your calendars.  The 21st annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally & Motorcycle Rodeo (Rodeo) will be held on Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The popular annual motorcycle rodeo (typically over 3000 people attend over the two-day event) begins on Friday at 1:00 p.m.  At 3:00 p.m. the world’s largest POW*MIA flag raising takes place.  At 4:00 p.m. the Stasia acrobats perform, at 6:00 p.m. a flag retirement ceremony takes place, and at 8:00 p.m. the crowd can enjoy the Scarlet Rain Concert & Illumination Manipulation Pol Light Show.

On Saturday, begin your day with breakfast at the campground for $5.00 per plate, then watch the motorcycle rodeo events taking place throughout the day.  In the evening, listen to the music of Cold Dark Whiskey while watching another light show.

The cost is $15 per person to attend both days.  Veterans and children under 13 attend free, while children ages 14-18 can attend for $10.

For more information, click on the flyer, below:

Pocatello Regional Airport Debuts Redesigned IFlyPocatello.com

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, June 14, 2021)

Pocatello Regional Airport’s online home has a new look.

Recently, the airport launched a redesigned IFlyPocatello.com.  The revamped site is a cleaner design, more mobile-friendly, and features improved navigation to where each page on the site is no more than two clicks away.

“As travel continues to ramp up, we want to make sure it’s as easy as possible for travelers to find the information they need to make their flight decisions,” said Alan Evans, Pocatello Regional Airport Manager.  “The new IFlyPocatello.com does just that by having the pages more accessible for users.”

Travelers to and from Pocatello are offered a series of free perks including the most popular, free parking.  Other amenities offered at no charge include Wi-Fi, a book sharing center courtesy of the Friends of the Marshall Public Library, a self-serve shoe-shine station by Meyers Shoe Repair, a purified water refill station from Culligan Water Conditioning of Pocatello, complimentary coffee, and a children’s play area provided by Pocatello Regional Airport.

“We encourage everyone to give us a look when they’re making their travel plans,” Evans said.  “We know we may not be the right fit for every traveler every time.  However, there are a lot of times you can save time and money by flying to or from Pocatello.  Plus, our regular flyers tell us it’s always a more relaxing experience than flying out of the big airports.”

The site was developed by Pocatello firm Rave Communications.

For more information on Pocatello Regional Airport, visit IFlyPocatello.com or like the Airport’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PocatelloRegionalAirport.