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HSLDA: Nominate a Homeschooled Student for the Teen Servant Leadership Award

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April 8, 2020

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has announced that applications are now being accepted for the annual Teen Servant Leadership Award.

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The following information about the award is posted on the HSLDA website:

The Servant Leadership Award recognizes homeschooled teens for exemplary community service in their local area, halfway around the world, or both!  Started in 2016, this award honors students who selflessly and steadily give of their time and talents to make a difference for those who are hurting or overlooked in their time of need.

Each fall at our National Leaders Conference, HSLDA selects three students to receive $2,000 awards in appreciation of their contributions through service.  The students are then invited to address the assembly of homeschool leaders from around the country.

The evident enthusiasm of these teens and the incredible impact of their work prove that they are leaders not just of tomorrow but already of today as they inspire us to go and do likewise.  This is the meaning in the name, Servant Leadership Award.

HSLDA will cover all costs associated with travel and attending the first two days of the conference for the three winners and one parent each.

We will be accepting nominations for this award April 9 through May 9.  Any adult may nominate a homeschooled teen between the ages of 13 and 19 years old for community service performed since April of the prior year.

To learn more, or to nominate a student, visit:

https://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=270

 

Mountain Thyme and Brie Teams With New Life Nutrition Lounge for Mouthwatering Give-A-Way

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April 8, 2020

Mountain Thyme and Brie Contest to Win Free Grazing Box

Two local food/drink service businesses have teamed up to create a contest with mouthwatering prizes.

Mountain Thyme and Brie will be giving away one of their Grazing Boxes, packed with delicious treats such as fresh fruits, berries, triple cream brie, imported crackers, nuts, baguette breads, charcuterie meats, and chocolates.

New Life Nutrition Lounge will be giving away a punch card for 6 free Herbalife High Protein Scrumptious Meal Replacement Shakes, and two bottles of Herbalife Chai & Cinnamon Teas.

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Entering the contest is easy.  Simply go to the Facebook page of either business, leave a comment about your favorite part of living in SE Idaho, ‘like’ both businesses, and share the give-a-way post, tagging three friends.

The winner of the contest will be randomly selected at 6:00 p.m., MST, this coming Saturday, April 11, 2020.  (The winner must live in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area.)

Mountain Thyme and Brie can be found on Facebook at:

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

New Life Nutrition Lounge can be found on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/newlifenutritionloungepocatello/posts/

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Employment: City of Pocatello Has Fifteen Openings

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(Press Release, April 8, 2020)

The City of Pocatello currently has fifteen different positions open and posted on the jobs page of their website.  The City is seeking a Water Pollution Control Plant Operator, Sports Officials, Groundskeepers, Police Officer Recruits, Seasonal Workers, and Laborers.

To see the complete list of job openings, or to apply for a position with the City of Pocatello, visit: https://pocatello.us/546/Employment-Opportunities

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Idaho Governor Brad Little Outlines Process to Ensure Transparency, Accountability in Use of Federal Funds to Fight Coronavirus

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(Press Release, April 7, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Idaho Governor Brad Little Outlines Process to Ensure Transparency, Accountability in Use of Federal Funds to Fight Coronavirus

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today, forming his new Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to oversee the approximately $1.25 billion in federal funds that Idaho will receive to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, State Controller Brandon Woolf is partnering with Governor Little report the use of funds on https://transparent.idaho.gov/transparentidaho/Pages/home.aspx, giving all Idahoans the opportunity to see how the federal funds are used.

“This federal funding – the taxpayers’ money – must be prudently managed on behalf of all taxpayers,” Governor Little said. “I can assure Idahoans that the federal funds will not be used to create new government programs in Idaho, and we will uphold our Constitutional mandate to provide a long-term, structurally balanced budget for the people of Idaho.”

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The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee will make recommendations to ensure the federal funds are appropriately prioritized and efficiently distributed across state, local and tribal governments. It also will play a critical oversight role to ensure the federal funds are used judiciously and appropriately. The funds are expected to be available on or around April 24.

“Transparency in government spending is one of my highest priorities, and I am proud that Idaho will lead the nation in shining light on how these public funds will be used to help us fight coronavirus in the state,” State Controller Woolf said.

Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee members include:

Alex Adams, Administrator, Division of Financial Management (Chair)
Senator Steve Bair, Co-chair, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee
Representative Rick Youngblood, Co-chair, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee
Josh Whitworth, Chief of Staff, Office of the State Controller
Jani Revier, Director, Idaho Department of Labor
Tom Kealey, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce
Shawn Keough, State Board of Education member
Lisa Hettinger, Deputy Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Garden City Mayor John Evans, city government representative
Seth Grigg, Executive Director, Idaho Association of Counties, county government representative
Chantel Greene, Nez Perce Tribe, tribal government representative
Dennis Johnson, large business representative
Matt Newton, small/midsize business representative
Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, Office of the Governor

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ISU Continuing Education and Workforce Training Director Gary Salazar Communicates CEWT’s Actions Moving Forward

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(Idaho State University Press Release, April 7, 2020)

Today the Idaho State University (ISU) Continuing Education and Workforce Training (CEWT) Department released a video featuring CEWT Director, Gary Salazar, informing the public about CEWT’s response to the COVID-19 situation and communicating CEWT’s actions moving forward.

You can visit the ISU CEWT website at: https://cetrain.isu.edu/

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

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Presidential Message on World Health Day, 2020

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(White House Press Release, April 7, 2020)

Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world. Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this virus, care for the sick, and protect the health and well-being of our fellow Americans.

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Each of us should follow the simple and necessary precautions set forth in the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from the coronavirus. These guidelines include critical steps we can take to slow the spread, such as practicing social distancing, avoiding discretionary travel, following the directions of your State and local authorities, including regarding temporary closures of bars, restaurants, gyms, and other common gathering places, and voluntarily wearing cloth face coverings when out in public. Importantly, if you are showing common symptoms and feeling sick, stay home and contact your medical provider to discuss next steps in diagnosing and treating your symptoms. Additionally, older Americans and those who have serious underlying health conditions or other risk factors should take extra precautions to mitigate the risk of contracting the coronavirus. By adhering to these recommendations, as well as practicing good sanitation and hygiene habits, we are all helping win the battle against this invisible enemy.

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The coronavirus pandemic has posed intense hardships on our society, but the strength, resiliency, and compassion of the American people are far greater. Each day, we are seeing the remarkable ways in which the men and women of our great Nation are helping others. One especially critical way healthy Americans can assist in filling a critical need brought on by this pandemic is by continuing to donate blood. The American Red Cross is currently facing a dire blood shortage. If you are of good health and satisfy the eligibility requirements, the process to donate blood is safe, and your donation is needed now more than ever. To learn more about additional ways in which you can help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, please visit https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

The United States will defeat this invisible enemy. On this World Health Day, Melania and I join a grateful Nation in paying tribute to all of our doctors, nurses, healthcare administrators, researchers, scientists, educators, public health officials, and all of the extraordinary men and women who are helping diagnose, heal, inform, protect, and reassure the American people. Together, we will emerge from this challenge stronger, healthier, and more united than ever before.

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Chubbuck Boys Baseball: 2020 Season Update

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

Chubbuck Boys Baseball – 2020 Season Update

Due to the continued concerns with the COVID-19 situation and State Wide Stay at Home Order by Govern Little, our league has been trying to determine how to provide a Baseball Season for all registered players for the 2020 Baseball Season.  After looking over possible team numbers and possible dates for tryouts, begin season, and tournament dates, we have determined the following dates will be a reasonable option:

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* TRYOUTS for Chubbuck Boys Baseball will be held on Monday, May 4th, 2020 @ Cotant Park.

Tryouts are for players new to the League, players moving up into a new age Division, and players choosing not to return to the team they played on last year.

Parents, please have your players at Cotant Park between 5:30pm – 6:00pm to receive a tryout number and instructions.

Tryouts will begin at 6:00pm-8:00pm (may end sooner depending on coaches)

Players will need to dress according to the weather and bring a baseball glove for catching.

* SEASON WILL BEGIN on May 11th, 2020.

We will anticipate finishing up the games and tournament by the end of June.

Look forward to seeing everyone at Tryouts!!

** Note:  Please keep in mind that if our League has to postpone the season any further due to COVID-19 we may need to consider cancelling the season for this year, in which refunds will be issued accordingly.

Chubbuck Boys Baseball
Christopher Adams

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President Trump Issues Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources

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(Press Release, April 6, 2020)

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

On April 6, 2020, the White House released the following Executive Order from President Trump on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources (Order).

The Order is meant to help remove uncertainty regarding the right to recover and use space resources, including the extension of the right to commercial recovery.  With this Order, the President seeks to enhance partnerships between the commercial and public sectors with respect to space exploration and utilization.

The text of the Order reads as follows:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including title IV of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (Public Law 114-90), it is hereby ordered as follows:

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Section 1. Policy. Space Policy Directive-1 of December 11, 2017 (Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program), provides that commercial partners will participate in an “innovative and sustainable program” headed by the United States to “lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilization, followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.” Successful long-term exploration and scientific discovery of the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies will require partnership with commercial entities to recover and use resources, including water and certain minerals, in outer space.

Uncertainty regarding the right to recover and use space resources, including the extension of the right to commercial recovery and use of lunar resources, however, has discouraged some commercial entities from participating in this enterprise. Questions as to whether the 1979 Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the “Moon Agreement”) establishes the legal framework for nation states concerning the recovery and use of space resources have deepened this uncertainty, particularly because the United States has neither signed nor ratified the Moon Agreement. In fact, only 18 countries have ratified the Moon Agreement, including just 17 of the 95 Member States of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Moreover, differences between the Moon Agreement and the 1967 Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies — which the United States and 108 other countries have joined — also contribute to uncertainty regarding the right to recover and use space resources.

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Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law. Outer space is a legally and physically unique domain of human activity, and the United States does not view it as a global commons. Accordingly, it shall be the policy of the United States to encourage international support for the public and private recovery and use of resources in outer space, consistent with applicable law.

Sec. 2. The Moon Agreement. The United States is not a party to the Moon Agreement. Further, the United States does not consider the Moon Agreement to be an effective or necessary instrument to guide nation states regarding the promotion of commercial participation in the long-term exploration, scientific discovery, and use of the Moon, Mars, or other celestial bodies. Accordingly, the Secretary of State shall object to any attempt by any other state or international organization to treat the Moon Agreement as reflecting or otherwise expressing customary international law.

Sec. 3. Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Transportation, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the head of any other executive department or agency the Secretary of State determines to be appropriate, shall take all appropriate actions to encourage international support for the public and private recovery and use of resources in outer space, consistent with the policy set forth in section 1 of this order. In carrying out this section, the Secretary of State shall seek to negotiate joint statements and bilateral and multilateral arrangements with foreign states regarding safe and sustainable operations for the public and private recovery and use of space resources.

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Sec. 4. Report on Efforts to Encourage International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. No later than 180 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall report to the President, through the Chair of the National Space Council and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, regarding activities carried out under section 3 of this order.

Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
April 6, 2020.

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1600 Daily: By the Numbers – A Massive Nationwide Response

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(White House Press Release, April 6, 2020)

1600 Daily, a White House News Publication, wrote the following today with respect to the American response to the coronavirus:

When the world has faced trying times, Americans have never failed to rise to the occasion. The Coronavirus pandemic is and will be no exception.

“We have the best doctors, the best military leaders, and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world,” President Trump said yesterday.  “And we’re orchestrating a massive federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen or done.”

Here’s what just part of that response looks like, by the numbers:

  • By tomorrow, the Federal Government will have deployed over 3,000 military and public health professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other parts of our country most affected by Coronavirus.
  • In the last 7 days, FEMA has airlifted crucial supplies and protective equipment from every corner of the Earth.  Since last Sunday, cargo planes have delivered nearly 300 million gloves, almost 8 million masks, and 3 million gowns.
  • The government is delivering an additional 600,000 N95 masks to New York City to support its public hospital system, as requested by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Another 200,000 will be delivered to Suffolk County on Long Island.
  • Over the last 48 hours, FEMA has delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey.  In addition, Louisiana has received 200, Michigan has received 300, and Illinois has gotten or will get 600 to address potential hotspots.
  • As of yesterday, the United States has tested and given results to 1.67 million people—far more than any other country on Earth.

In addition to these public health actions, President Trump has worked with Congress to prioritize the economic needs of American workers and small businesses.  The $2+ trillion CARES Act signed into law on March 27 provides qualifying families with $2,400 in tax-free payments, along with an additional $500 for each child.

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The Paycheck Protection Program, which launched Friday, approved more than 17,500 loans valued at over $5.4 billion on its first day.  These loans, intended to keep more Americans employed, are 100% forgivable if used for qualifying expenses and if all employees are kept on payroll.

America is thankful to every family making sacrifices for the good of our country during this time—and especially to the healthcare workers fighting this virus and saving lives each and every day.

“In the days ahead, America will endure the peak of this terrible pandemic,” President Trump said.  “Our warriors in this life-and-death battle are the incredible doctors and nurses and healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight.  We pledge to them our eternal gratitude and everlasting support.”

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Idaho Governor Brad Little to Answer Questions on COVID-19 Live on Idaho Public Television, Thursday, April 9, 2020

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(Press Release, April 6, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Idaho Governor Brad Little will answer questions about COVID-19 in Idaho LIVE on Idaho Public Television at 8 p.m., on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The question and answer session with the Governor will be airing on Idaho Public Television and online at:

https://www.facebook.com/idahoptv/

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://pocatellochubbuckobserver.com/.

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