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Mountain Thyme and Brie Offers Great Easter Grazing

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April 6, 2020

During every big holiday, as your family gathers and waits for the ‘big meal,’ there is another pastime that’s just as much fun: Pre- and Post-Dinner grazing!

This year, why not do something extra special for the Easter holiday?

Mountain Thyme and Brie is offering their Special Easter Grazing Boxes, packed with mouthwatering treats!

Mountain Thyme and Brie Grazing Boxes come with a variety of delicious items, sure to please everyone on the guest list.  Fresh fruits, berries, triple cream brie, imported crackers, nuts, baguette breads, charcuterie meats, and, of course, chocolates, are just some of the delicious items you and your family will be able to sample.

To order your Special Easter Grazing Box, visit Mountain Thyme and Brie at:

https://www.facebook.com/mountainthymebriegrazing/

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SERVPRO®️ of Blackfoot / Pocatello Keeping First Responders Safe

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SERVPRO®️ of Blackfoot / Pocatello: Cleaning and Disinfecting to the Highest Standards.

April 6, 2020

In the battle against the coronavirus, people across the nation are stepping up to do their part, converting production facilities to the manufacture of Personal Protective Equipment, providing delivery services to ensure social distancing, and more.

In this fight, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that could harbor the potentially deadly contagion is more vital than ever.  One local company that has answered the call to arms against our unseen enemy is SERVPRO®️ of Blackfoot / Pocatello (SERVPRO®️).

To keep our first responders safe, SERVPRO®️ Professional Technicians have established a schedule and begun providing complimentary cleaning for first responder vehicles to the high standards recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  They recently cleaned the ambulances in Blackfoot, and are working to also clean the fire engines, ambulances, and police department vehicles in Pocatello.

SERVPRO®️ wants the residential and business community to know that they are available 24/7/365.  Heather Richards, Marketing Manager for SERVPRO®️ Blackfoot/Pocatello, said, “We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.”

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Richards continued, “The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus.  Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims.  While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.”

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Blackfoot/POCATELLO (208) 242-3819.

You can learn more about SERVPRO®️ of Blackfoot / Pocatello by visiting:

https://www.servproblackfootpocatello.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/servproblackfootpocatello/posts/?ref=page_internal

https://www.instagram.com/servproblackfootpocatello/?r=nametag

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Prager U. Video: Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

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April 6, 2020

Prager University today released another short video, this one addressing the question, “Why are so many Americans in prison?”

The summary for the video states, “Activist groups claim a biased criminal justice system has put too many people behind bars.  The solution, they say, is to drastically cut the prison population.  Even now, some states are using the coronavirus pandemic to double down on granting early release to thousands of prisoners.  Rafael Mangual, Deputy Director of Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute, urges caution: most people are in prison for a good reason.”

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Idaho Governor Brad Little to Host AARP Telephone Town Hall, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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(Press Release, April 7, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding COVID-19 in Idaho.  The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m.

Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/.

To see the latest news and information from the Governor, visit:

https://gov.idaho.gov/

To stay up-to-date on the latest news and advisements with respect to the coronavirus in the State of Idaho, visit: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

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Pocatello Animal Services to Facilitate Adoptions by Appointment Only

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, April 6, 2020)

Starting Tuesday, April 7, Pocatello Animal Services will begin facilitating adoptions of animals by appointment only Monday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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No more than two potential pet parents at a time will be permitted into the shelter to meet an animal and appropriate social distancing will be followed. To schedule an appointment, call 208-234-6156.

“Since closing, we’ve cleaned and disinfected the shelter as well as taken the time to develop a process that will keep the public as safe as possible,” said Josh Heinz, Pocatello Animal Services Director. “We’re looking forward to these animals finding their forever homes.”

The decision to offer appointment-only adoptions was made in consultation with Southeastern Idaho Public Health. During the adoption process, employees will be wearing masks and gloves.

“Thank you to the public for their continued support and willingness to provide homes for our shelter animals,” Heinz said.

At this time, the Pocatello Animal Shelter is not accepting stray animals or owner-surrendered animals.

For more information on Pocatello Animal Services or to view adoptable pets, visit https://pocatello.us/150/Animal-Services.

City officials encourage all residents to take precautions to protect themselves from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Additional information on ways to help prevent the spread of the disease can be found at https://siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php, https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/, and https://www.cdc.gov/.

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Guest Column: U.S. Senator Mike Crapo on ‘The American Spirit-Confronting COVID-19 Head On’

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April 6, 2020

The American Spirit-Confronting COVID-19 Head On

by: U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

(U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, official photo)

As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution—the American spirit at its best.

Our public health providers, including doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, laboratory technicians, emergency medical technicians and others, are working diligently to mitigate the spread of the virus and treat those affected. Their strength and skill are central to an effective response, as they work tirelessly to treat patients, identify therapeutic medications and develop vaccines. Public and private laboratories are also increasing the ability to address testing needs.

Individual Idahoans have been stepping in to help neighbors, those struggling with lost jobs and wages, and banding together as communities to fill the needs and keep others afloat. Idahoans have donated masks, gloves, food and other resources. They have opened their doors to offer shelter for those in need. Volunteer firefighters have shopped for vulnerable residents. Student groups have helped restock grocery shelves and handed out food at a local foodbank. Many school districts are providing free lunches to feed hungry students while schools are closed. Educators have provided resources for students to continue learning while at home.

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Local small businesses are collaborating to provide the ventilators, hand sanitizers, protective gear and other medical equipment our health care providers need. Our food service providers and grocers have come together with their communities to find ways to meet demands and limit exposures. Many businesses have also reached out to say they are keeping workers on payrolls, despite strain from severely reduced operations or closures. We are hearing from small businesses whose entire livelihoods are on the line. Thousands of mom and pop restaurants, barber shops, hardware stores, and stores that have served their towns for generations are days away from shutting their doors for good, taking with them scores of local jobs and their immeasurable community value.

The situation we find ourselves in today as COVID-19 impacts our state, the nation, and the world, demands bold and immediate action to save the economic future of Idahoans and our great country. We have worked with our colleagues in the Senate and the Administration over the last several weeks to provide needed resources to health care providers, bolster states’ responses, advance research to develop a vaccine, fund community health centers and provide for other emergency response mechanisms. We have worked to secure meaningful relief for Idaho’s small businesses, workers and families to help businesses keep their doors open and keep employees on the payroll.

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The legislation we have passed is by no means perfect. The price tag on these emergency bills is sobering, and we must redouble our efforts to lower the federal deficit. However, right now, Idahoans need a lifeline. The CARES Act, along with the two previous coronavirus emergency bills approved in March, will deliver rapid assistance to small businesses through low-interest business loans that can be used to pay employees, cover utilities, pay a mortgage and much more. The legislation also extends direct assistance to workers and families in the form of direct checks, while greatly expanding our ability to deploy resources and medical supplies to the health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic.

We have considerable work ahead to minimize this health threat and ensure families and small businesses thrive. The immense fortitude we are seeing in all sectors of our communities is at the heart of the American spirit propelling our nation’s response and ensuring our recovery.

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The Mike Drop: A Senate Update From Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, April 5, 2020

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(Press Release, April 5, 2020 / Photo Credit: Office of Senator Mike Crapo)

A Message of Thanks

(U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, official photo)

Fellow Idaho Senator James E. Risch and I issued a joint guest column regarding the innovation and compassion we are seeing as Idaho communities confront the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19. The following are some excerpts from that column.

As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has spread across our world, our communities have confronted this unprecedented challenge head-on. In the face of adversity, we are seeing innovation and compassion from those working hard to contribute to the solution—the American spirit at its best.

Our public health providers, including doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, laboratory technicians, emergency medical technicians and others are working diligently to mitigate the spread of the virus and treat those affected. Their strength and skill are central to an effective response, as they work tirelessly to treat patients, identify therapeutic medications and develop vaccines. Public and private laboratories are also increasing the ability to address testing needs.

Individual Idahoans have been stepping in to help neighbors, those struggling with lost jobs and wages, and banding together as communities to fill the needs and keep others afloat. Idahoans have donated masks, gloves, food and other resources. Local small businesses are collaborating to provide the ventilators, hand sanitizers, protective gear and other medical equipment our health care providers need. Our food service providers and grocers have come together with their communities to find ways to meet demands and limit exposures.

We have considerable work ahead to minimize this health threat and ensure families and small businesses thrive. The immense fortitude we are seeing in all sectors of our communities is at the heart of the American spirit propelling our nation’s response and ensuring our recovery. My thanks to all Idahoans and Americans stepping up to these and other challenges in order to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities.

5 FAQ and Answers

  1. What are the new federal and state tax filing deadlines?

The New Federal Tax Filing deadline is July 15, 2020. The Idaho State Tax Filing deadline is June 15, 2020.

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2. How can small businesses apply for an Economic Injury Disaster loan?

The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

3. How can small businesses apply for the Paycheck Protection Program?

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. More information can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses and here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.

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4. When will I receive a CARES Act recovery check?

The best way to ensure you receive a recovery rebate is to file a 2019 tax return if you have not already done so. This could be accomplished for free online from home using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program (https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free). The bill also instructs the IRS to engage in a public campaign to alert all individuals of their eligibility for the rebate and how to receive it if they have not filed either a 2019 or 2018 tax return. Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

5. What is the Employee Retention Credit?

Any employer, regardless of size, is eligible for the credit during the calendar year 2020 if the business: (1) is fully or partially suspended due to a governmental order related to COVID-19, or (2) experiences a significant decline in gross receipts (i.e., a reduction of 50 percent of gross receipts from the same quarter in 2019). The credit also applies to tax-exempt organizations if the operation of the organization is fully or partially suspended due to the circumstances described in (1) above. The credit generally does not apply to governmental employers, including the U.S. Government, state and local governments, or any agency of the foregoing. For more information visit Employee Retention Credit FAQs, here: https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/cares-act-employee-retention-credit-faq.

Helpful Links

Idahoans can continue to find updated information from Governor Little’s central information portal at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

Additional national guidance and information can be found through the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

For additional assistance and to keep up with what the Senate is doing please see my website at https://www.crapo.senate.gov/services/covid19.

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Looking For Easter Gifts? Christian Book Distributors Has All Things Christian

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Are you looking for Easter gifts?  Would you like to find items that reflect the meaning of this Christian celebration?

Christian Book Distributors (CBD) is your one-stop-shop for ‘All Things Christian.’  Yes, they have books, from Bibles to devotionals to children’s stories.  But they also have much more!  Gifts and Home items?  CBD has them.  Toys and Crafts?  CBD has them.  Music and DVD’s?   CBD has them.

No matter what you’re looking for, if it’s Christian, you can find it on the CBD website.  To see all they have to offer, click on the link, below:

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Walmart Institutes Changes to Shopping Process to Encourage Social Distancing

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April 3, 2020

By:  Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need.

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We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid leave policies; closing our stores overnight for cleanings and restocking; installing sneeze guards and social distance markers in stores; beginning temperature checks; and starting to make gloves and masks available to associates who want them.

While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people. We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines. We’re also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control – which has created some confusion regarding shopping.

To promote health, safety and consistency for our associates and customers in this environment, we’re taking some further steps for our U.S. stores:

Regulating Store Entry

Starting Saturday, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.

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To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning.

Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.

Shopping Inside the Store

We’ll also institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of our stores, using floor markers and direction from associates. We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered, which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.

We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.

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Chubbuck Mayor Kevin Englad Video Blog: Latest Coronavirus Information

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(Chubbuck Video Posting: April 3, 2020)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England released his latest video blog updating residents on the latest City news surrounding the coronavirus.

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Mayor England had the opportunity just days ago to hear from the White House.  On the call were one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Larry Kudlow, he Director of the United States National Economic Council.  The mayor relates what was learned from that conversation and other conversations he’s had regarding the virus over the last week.

Mayor England encourages residents of Chubbuck and surroundings to continue to be team players, to help mitigate the possible impact of the coronavirus.  He also asks that the video be shared with others.

The view the Mayor’s eight-and-a-half minute video, click on the link, below:

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