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My World Discovery Museum Now Open in Pine Ridge Mall


October 15, 2020

Following a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce last night, My World Discovery Museum opens to the public today, Thursday, October 15.

The museum is located in the Pine Ridge Mall, 4155 Yellowstone Avenue, Chubbuck, Idaho.  Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and the first Monday of every month from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

My World Discovery Museum features hands on play areas for children up to age 8.  It is ADA accessible.  Play areas include a makers lab, wind tunnel, a toddler farm area, a pizza restaurant, and much more.

Admission to the museum is $5.00 for children, $2.00 for adults, and free to members.  A typical visit is from 1-3 hours.

To learn more about My World Discovery Museum, visit their website at:

Watch a video of the ribbon cutting on their Facebook page at:


Pocatello Arts Council to Hold Special Meeting to Set Goals on Monday, October 19

City of Pocatello City Hall

(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 14, 2020)


In-person attendance is allowed, but due to COVID-19 guidelines, strict
social distancing measures are in place and masks must be worn.

Attendance is limited.

Notice is hereby given that the Pocatello Arts Council will convene a special meeting
at 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 19, 2020 in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 911 N. 7th
Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho for the following purpose:

To discuss and set goals for the Council.

City Hall is accessible to person with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at; 208.234.6248 or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


CDC Sets Up Webpage Offering Advice for Trick or Treating


October 14, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set up a webpage offering advice on trick or treating and other Halloween activities to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 or influenza.

To view the new webpage, visit:


Pokemon Go Community Day, October 17, Features Charmander


October 14, 2020 (Reprinted and Photo Credit:

Pokémon GO October Community Day Featuring Charmander

This month’s Pokémon GO Community Day is sure to be a hot one.  On October 17, between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in your local time zone, Pokémon Trainers will have their hands full catching Charmander—with a chance of obtaining an elusive, golden Shiny Charmander!

Evolve your Charmander into a Charmeleon and your Charmeleon into a Charizard during the event (or within two hours of its conclusion), and your Charizard will know Dragon Breath, a Dragon-type Fast Attack.

To help you on your quest to glory (and maybe a Shiny Charmander), some bonuses will be running throughout this Community Day.  For the duration of the event, you’ll earn three times the Stardust for catching Pokémon, and each Incense activated during the event will attract Pokémon for three hours.

A special Charmander Community Day Special Research story will be available in the Pokémon GO shop for US$1.  Plus, the Pokémon GO shop will also be offering an October Community Day Box, featuring an Elite Charged TM, three Super Incubators, three Star Pieces, and 30 Ultra Balls for 1,280 PokéCoins.

Happy catching and evolving!


U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) Speaks with Veterans at AMVETS Sponsored Meeting in Pocatello

U.S. Senator James Risch Addresses Veterans at AMVETS Event, October 13, 2020 (Photo Credit: Miguel Dominic)

October 14, 2020 (Photo Credit:  Teresa Vialpando Gondola)


U.S. Senator Jim Risch addresses AMVETS meeting (Photo Credit: Miguel Dominic)

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jim Risch attended a meeting of veterans, their families, and their supporters, at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building in Pocatello.  All local veterans in the area were invited to attend the meeting by AMVETS, which sponsored the event.

AVMETS Idaho Post 1 Commander Lance Kolbet began the meeting by introducing Senator Risch and presenting him with a lifetime membership in the Sons of AMVETS.  The Senator then read from prepared remarks on SB 785: “Leading the Way to Comprehensive Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention for Veterans.”

Following Senator Risch’s prepared remarks, he took questions from the audience.  Topics included civility in the current political climate, the SCOTUS confirmation hearings, and requests for help from some of the veterans in attendance who had experienced difficulties in working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  On this latter issue, the Senator had his staff, some of whom were in attendance, meet with those experiencing problems immediately following the question and answer session.

At the conclusion of the meeting Senator Risch committed to returning again next year.

To learn more about Senator Risch and how veterans and others can obtain assistance with federal issues, visit:

To learn more about AMVETS Idaho Post 1, sponsor of the meeting, visit:


U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): Judge Barrett Overwhelmingly Qualified


(Office of Senator Mike Crapo Press Release, October 13, 2020)

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, today described Judge Amy Coney Barrett as overwhelmingly qualified and dedicated to interpreting the law as written.  Crapo delivered his remarks during today’s opening session of Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett has exemplary academic and legal credentials and is preeminently qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court,” said Crapo.  “In particular, Judge Barrett’s thoughtful exploration of precedent and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis demonstrates she is both intellectual and deliberative in her understanding of law.  Moreover, it is evident she understands the role of a fair and proper judge.”

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Speaks at White House as President Donald J. Trump Looks On

Crapo also praised Barrett’s intellect and reputation within the legal community, adding, “Judge Barrett’s remarkable resume shows she is a pioneer in the legal field.  Judge Barrett will be the fifth woman and the first mother of school-age children to serve on the Supreme Court.  Her academic scholarship and lengthy analysis of issues facing the federal courts make her uniquely well suited to serve on our nation’s highest court.”

The text of Crapo’s full statement follows, along with links to video of Senator Crapo’s statement from today’s hearing.  The confirmation hearing will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday with Crapo having an opportunity to question Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

To download video of Senator Crapo’s full opening remarks, click HERE.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Judge Barrett, welcome and congratulations on the high honor of your nomination. 

I think it is important to set the record straight on a few items.  The first attack is that we are rushing too fast, and violating rules, customs and norms of the Senate in rushing through these proceedings.  This hearing is 16 days after Judge Barrett’s announced nomination.  More than half of all Supreme Court hearings have been held within 16 days of the announcement of the nominees.  This hearing is no different.

A couple of examples:

  • Justice Stevens, 10 days;
  • Justice Rehnquist, 13 days;
  • Justice Powell, 13 days;
  • Justice Blackmun, 15 days;
  • Justice Berger, 13 days.

 These proceedings are following right along in the same process that has historically been the process of the Senate. 

So, then, the argument is made that this is an election year and the Republicans said in 2016 that in an election year, they wouldn’t move forward with President Obama’s nomination.  [There has been a vacancy] in a presidential election year 29 times.  Every single one of those 29 times, the sitting President made a nomination to replace the vacancy. 

19 of those 29 times, the parties of the President and the Senate majority were the same.  17 of those nominees were confirmed.  By contrast, of the 10 times in which the Senate was controlled by the party opposite of the President, only one time Senate proceeded to fill that vacancy.  In fact, vacancies under a divided government have not been filled for over 130 years, going back to 1888. 

Much like when the Senate exercised its constitutional right fully consistent with precedent in 2016 not to fill the vacancy when there was divided government, the Senate is today exercising its duty to move forward with processing this nomination, just like the vast majority of Senates in the past.

Any claim that his process is unusual or violates precedent of the Senate is simply false.

Other attacks suggest that the Republican members of this Committee and the President are trying to engage in court packing.  That’s a novel one.  The Senate is following standard procedure with regard to a vacancy.  My colleagues on the other side are actually proposing court packing–that statutorily changes the law to add more members to the Court. That effort should be rejected.  This is not court packing. Threatening to pass a law and change the court is court packing.

There have been standard arguments against Judge Barrett:

  • She is going to overturn all protections for women;
  • She is going to change all the laws that protect people’s health care; and
  • Everyone in this country who has a pre-existing condition or has any kind of a worry about getting support needs to worry that she’s going to be an activist Justice and go in there and change the law.

She’s not.  We all know that.  This is simply the tired, worn out argument that is constantly made every time a Republican President nominates a candidate to the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States.  It has never been true, and it will not be true with Judge Barrett.

So, then, the attack is, “Republicans don’t care about people’s health.  They won’t try to get COVID relief out.  We’re here in the Judiciary Committee hearing when we ought to be getting COVID relief passed.”

I have heard several of my colleagues say Republicans are refusing to work on helping to address the COVID crisis.  This coming from colleagues, who just a month or so ago, voted unanimously to filibuster a $500-$600 billion COVID relief package in the Senate that put money toward:

  • More small business loans;
  • Unemployment insurance;
  • Agriculture and farming assistance;
  • Postal Service assistance;
  • Education assistance at the higher education and at K-12 levels; and
  • Health care assistance for pandemic preparation and the strategic stockpiles, testing, contact tracing, vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostic developments.

 We were stopped from proceeding with this legislation by a filibuster of those who now accuse us of not wanting to try and do something.  We stand ready if you’ll simply let us go to the legislation and pass it.

Now, about Judge Barrett.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett has exemplary academic and legal credentials and is preeminently qualified to serve on our Supreme Court.  Following her graduation from law school, Judge Barrett clerked for both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.  At the Supreme Court, she clerked for none other than the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Upon receiving her nomination to the Supreme Court, Judge Barrett reflected on her clerkship for Justice Scalia, citing his “incalculable influence of [her] life.”   She also stated that, “his judicial philosophy is [hers] too [and that] a judge must apply the law as written.”

That’s what we need in our next Supreme Court Justice.

“Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold.” 

Should we not take her at her word? 

A judge, Supreme Court or otherwise, must be dedicated to interpreting the law as written, with an unparalleled commitment to our Constitution.  I have seen nothing that would indicate she is not telling the truth when she says that is her view of how a judge should conduct themselves.

I have met several Supreme Court nominees in my service in the Senate.  Throughout, I have continued to maintain that an emphasis on following the law and upholding our Constitution must be a central characteristic of the justices selected for this highly-influential federal branch. 

Judges have a great responsibility to carefully exercise their authority within the limits of the law.  Our court system has the responsibility to preserve our constitutional rights, ensure a limited government and provide speedy and fair justice. 

Following her clerkships, Judge Barrett spent time in private practice before beginning her tenure as a law professor.  Her academic scholarship and lengthy analysis of issues facing the federal courts make her uniquely well qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court. 

In particular, Judge Barrett’s thoughtful exploration of precedent and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis demonstrates she is both intellectual and deliberative in her understanding of the law. 

Moreover, it is evident she understands the role of a fair and proper judge.  In September 2017, Judge Amy Coney Barrett came before the Senate Judiciary Committee after being nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  During that hearing, she repeatedly expressed her commitment to independent and unbiased decision-making.  I was proud to support her confirmation to the Court of Appeals both in Committee proceedings and on the Senate floor.

Judge Barrett’s remarkable resume shows she is a pioneer in the legal field.  Judge Barrett will be the fifth woman and the first mother of school-age children to serve on the Supreme Court.  Judge Barrett, in many ways, is the ideal candidate to fulfill this current vacancy.

Mr. Chairman, I look forward to hearing more from the nominee about her experience and judicial philosophy.  The next few days will prove invaluable as we discuss with Judge Barrett, at length, the proper role of a judge in our legal system. 

I look forward to this hearing.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. 


Pocatello HPC to Host Historical Tour and Scavenger Hunt at Mountain View Cemetery


(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 13, 2020, Photo Credit: City of Pocatello)

The City of Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission is inviting you to learn about Pocatellans from years gone by.

The group will host its Fifth Annual Scavenger Hunt at Mountain View Cemetery starting at Brady Chapel Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  During the event, participants will look for gravesites of notable Gate City citizens.  For those wishing to contribute, donations of any amount will be accepted at the event with proceeds going towards efforts to restore Brady Chapel.  The first 200 donors who successfully complete the scavenger hunt will receive a free small ice cream cone and a chance to win a $5 or $10 gift certificate from Tastee Treet.

“This event provides a fun and interactive way for families and individuals to learn of the notable actions of past Pocatellans and their contributions to the identity and history of our City,” said Jim Anglesey, Staff Liaison for the Historic Preservation Commission.

Admission is free to the public, and officials ask that all attendees respect the cemetery and those who are interred there.

A food truck will be onsite, and 20 percent of sales will be donated to the restoration of the Brady Chapel.

“The goal of the Historic Preservation Commission is to raise enough funds from now until the beginning of 2022 to completely preserve and restore the Chapel before its 100th– anniversary rededication in 2022,” Anglesey said.  “Once the Chapel is completely restored, it will be available as a venue for events such as funerals, weddings, receptions, and other similar events.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear face coverings when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

For more information on the Historic Preservation Commission, visit:

Mountain View Cemetery is accessible to persons with disabilities. However, Brady Chapel is not accessible to persons with disabilities.  Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


1600 Daily: Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin


Reprinted from 1600 Daily, October 12, 2020 (White House Official Photo)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett Speaks at White House as President Donald J. Trump Looks On (White House Official Photo)

The Senate began its confirmation hearings this morning for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Just yesterday, the nonpartisan American Bar Association (ABA) gave Judge Barrett its highest rating of “well qualified” in a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Senate Democrats have called the ABA the “gold standard” in rating judicial nominees.

Judge Barrett’s outstanding record makes her the perfect candidate for the Court:

  • She graduated top of her class from Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
  • She has extensive experience across private practice, academia, and public service, including 3 years on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • She has earned widespread bipartisan respect, such as when every full-time member of Notre Dame Law School faculty wrote in support of her confirmation to the Circuit Court in 2017. She has taught at the law school since 2002.
  • As a mother of 7, Judge Barrett would bring an important perspective as the first mother of school-aged children ever to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Most important, as a federal judge, Barrett has already worked faithfully to uphold our Constitution as written.  “Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold,” Judge Barrett said upon accepting President Trump’s nomination for the Court last month.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Judge Barrett’s exceptional qualifications during his opening statement this morning.

“I would like the world and the country to know more about Judge Barrett,” he said. “I’m proud of what you’ve accomplished. I think you’re a great choice by the President.”

President Trump was clear about why he chose Judge Barrett for this moment.  “To maintain security, liberty, and prosperity, we must preserve our priceless heritage of a nation of laws,” he said.  “And there is no one better to do that than Amy Coney Barrett.”

📖 Judge Barrett will serve the American people with honor and distinction


Employment: City of Pocatello Seeking Airport Operations Specialist, Other Positions Open


(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 12, 2020)

The City of Pocatello has announced that they are seeking an Airport Operations Specialist.  The job announcement reads:

City of Pocatello, ID

Airport Operations Specialist

Pocatello Municipal Airport | Pocatello, ID


The Airport Operations Specialist performs a variety of safety, security, maintenance and administrative duties in compliance with federal, state, county and city regulations to ensure the safe, secure, convenient and efficient operations of the airport.  The job represents the airport to the public, airlines and airport businesses providing information and assistance when needed.   The job will monitor airport runways and facilities to ensure safety and other hazards are identified and that measures are taken to mitigate problems identified.  The job also assists with minor housekeeping and maintenance of the terminal and other facilities, performing general landscaping duties such as mowing, watering, pruning and trimming and snow removal.      

The job requires knowledge of the operation of power tools and light equipment such as mowers and trimmers, tractor and snow blowers.   It requires specialized knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airport maintenance standards and field condition reporting requirements and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations related to airport operation and security.   

The job requires the ability to maintain a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with elected and appointed officials, other City employees, other organizations, and the general public.

The work environment is a public airport environment that may include exposure to adverse weather conditions, aircraft hazards, moving vehicles and heavy equipment at the job site, and hazards involving the use of power tools and equipment. The noise level is generally moderate but with occasional exposure to noisy and/or loud equipment. 

The job is an on-call position, responding to emergency and/or weather-related situations and requires 30 minute response to the job site as necessary.

To learn more about this and other positions with the City of Pocatello, or to apply, visit:


Presidential Message on the 245th Birthday of the United States Navy


(White House Press Release, October 13, 2020)

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

As Commander in Chief, I send my sincere gratitude to our Nation’s sailors on the 245th birthday of the United States Navy.  Today, we celebrate the Navy’s unmatched position as the world’s preeminent naval power, and I encourage all Americans to reflect on the heroism of our patriotic sailors and the countless sacrifices they have made for our country throughout our history.

In 1775, the Continental Congress formally established the Continental Navy.  Since its inception, the Navy has grown from two armed vessels into the most effective seafaring force in the history of the world.  From the earliest days of our Nation and throughout the many conflicts we have faced, the United States Navy has valiantly protected our homeland, brought justice to our enemies, and ensured that the passageways of the seas remain open and accessible to American commerce.

Over the last year, we have added state-of-the-art warships to our fleet, revitalized our personnel and assets to meet current threats, and deployed our Navy’s mighty power to help meet today’s challenges.  In March, I sent two Navy Mercy-class hospital ships, the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, to the front lines of our battle with the coronavirus.  The Navy’s medical teams on board displayed immense bravery in the face of this invisible enemy, and I commend them for their service and dedication.  Their resolve and willingness to rapidly adapt to the challenges facing the American people and our homeland are testaments to all of our Nation’s sailors, who are forged by the sea and serve with honor, courage, and commitment every day.

Today, I wish a happy birthday to our Navy and join a grateful Nation in thanking every Sailor—past and present—for their hard work, sacrifice, and patriotism.  May God bless you and keep watch over those in peril on the sea, and may God bless the United States of America.