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It’s Flag Day, June 14, 2021!


June 14, 2021

Today, Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day.

Flag Day is a day of national observance for all Americans, even though it is not a federal holiday.  Americans are encouraged to display the flag outside their homes and businesses.  Flag day commemorates the adoption by the Second Continental Congress of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially designating June 14 as Flag Day.  In 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer is proud to honor the U.S. Flag today, on Flag Day, and every day.


Patriots for Liberty and Constitution to Study Federalist 73 Tonight, Monday, June 14


June 14, 2021

Patriots for Liberty & Constitution will be studying Federalist 73 tonight, Monday, June 14.

The group, led by Art da Rosa, will be meeting at Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The class is scheduled to run for one-and-a-half hours.

All who support individual freedom are invited, and encouraged, to attend.

To learn more, visit:  Patriots for Liberty & Constitution


Pocatello: Introduction to Inflatable Kayaking Class Offered


June 14, 2021

The City of Pocatello has announced the class, Introduction to Inflatable Kayaking.

The post announcing the class states:

“Inflatable kayaking is much easier to learn than its hard shell cousins.  The equipment is affordable, easy to transport and easy to store.

Take this 3-part class to better understand the benefits, limitations, uses and skills necessary for inflatable kayaking.  Each class is half-instructional and half-practical application on the water.  Instructions to each location will be given to participants via email.

  • Part 1 a flat-water experience with equipment and paddle basics held at the wellness complex.  Skills include assorted paddle strokes, getting in and out and equipment selection.
  • Part 2 is moving water fundamentals on an easier stretch or water.  Skills include eddy hopping, ferries and bracing.  Location: TBA depending on flow.
  • Part 3 is held on faster moving water and includes obstacle avoidance, running small rapids and evaluating rapids from the bank.  Location: TBA depending on flow.  You can skip a basic session for the advanced stuff with instructor approval.

For more information, visit:  Introduction to Inflatable Kayaking


Guest Column – Greg Pruett: It’s Time for Idaho Republicans to Get in the Trenches Against Liberals


June 14, 2021

It’s Time for Idaho Republicans to Get in the Trenches Against Liberals

By:  Idaho Dispatch Editor/Reporter Greg Pruett

Idaho Dispatch Editor/Reporter Greg Pruett

In a perfect world, the Republican Party would be united against the radical left here in Idaho.

We would be fighting the Democrat’s ever-evolving liberal agenda.  The “wokeness” the Democrat Party is pushing right now is difficult to keep up with.

No matter how much we wish Idaho could stay out of the liberal madness, they are a very active and vocal group that should have no power in Idaho.

Sadly, too many Republicans are stuck in their 80’s mentality where they believe if they are “nice” or negotiate with these leftists that somehow they will be left alone.  They would be wrong in that assumption.

What Idaho really needs from the Republican Party is a bunch of bare-knuckle fighters who will stand up to the liberals and fight back.

Not only do Republicans need to fight back, but we also need to show no mercy when it comes to protecting liberty and freedom in Idaho.

Long gone is any semblance of reasonableness with people who think it’s okay to kill babies if they are “accidentally” born.  We live in a world where we are supposed to “trust the science” of liars like Dr. Fauchi, but somehow we are not supposed to believe that there are only two biological sexes.

Liberals have even silenced the feminist movement, which has taken a backseat while biological men compete in women’s sports and unfairly win prizes that should have gone to women.

The “woke” left is eating their own at a rapid rate, and there is no stopping it unless people stand up and tell them “enough is enough!”

How long will you sit by because you are afraid of the liberal keyboard warriors?  Are you willing to risk anything to stand up to them?

Think about the men who put their names on the Declaration of Independence.

They did not sit back in the face of growing tyranny from a king thousands of miles away.  Instead, those men signed one of the most important and incredible documents ever penned by man.

In reality, they signed their death warrants because had the colonists not won the war, they would have all been executed for treason.

And yet, some leftists on Twitter will start a campaign to cancel something you enjoy or some company that did the right thing, and too many Americans won’t stand up to the liberals because they fear they are next.

Rather than sitting back and doing nothing, it’s time to get in the trench and fight back with more ferocity than they are fighting us.

Let’s take a moment and look at how Idaho’s governor, Brad Little, and Florida’s governor, Ron Desantis, handled the ban on men playing in women’s sports.

Little signed the bill the legislature put on his desk, but it wasn’t something he was pushing for and wasn’t something he was vocal about.  So instead, Little signed the bill and gave a brief explanation of it.

I’m glad Little signed the bill, and I hope that his administration gives a vigorous defense of it in the courts, but he needed to be much more vocal in his defense of the law and show leadership in telling the liberals we weren’t going to back down.

On the other hand, Ron Desantis was very vocal and gave a public defense of Florida’s law banning men from playing in women’s sports.

It seems as though states with a lot more of the “woke” crowd understand what it takes to stop them.  They know that the only way to attack the liberal agenda is head-on, in a culture war that we can’t afford to lose.

There are far too many Idaho Republicans that want to focus on the next dinner, parade, or pow-wow and do not have their sights on stopping the takeover of Idaho by liberals and their vast resources.

It’s okay to hold events, enjoy the company of your fellow Republicans, and raise some cash.  However, can we use that time to figure out the best way to keep Idaho’s government limited, figure out how to take on the Democrats, and determine how to use the party money toward that end.

The radicals in Idaho have been attacking me for years, and I don’t care.

I am not going to stop fighting for liberty in Idaho.  I will not back down at the threat of physical violence or “cancel-culture.”

The question is, will the Idaho Republican Party as a whole follow suit and stand up to the liberals as well?

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared on, which can be seen, here:

The Idaho Dispatch, at which Greg Pruett is the primary reporter and editor, can be found, here:  Idaho Dispatch


Columnist Art da Rosa: Haym Salomon

(Photo Credit: Haym Salomon Center FB Page)

June 13, 2021 (Photo Credit:  Haym Salomon Center FB Page)

Haym Salomon

by:  Columnist Art da Rosa

Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer Columnist Art da Rosa

In downtown Philadelphia, you can find the bronze statue of three patriots standing side by side; George Washington, Robert Morris, and Haym Salomon.  Washington is well
known in the history of our nation.  Robert Morris is a signer of the Declaration of
Independence.  But, who is the third person standing to the left of Washington?  Why are we honoring Haym Salomon?

Salomon was a Polish Jew who came to America seeking freedom and fleeing the rise of antisemitism in Europe.  He was a banker and a broker.  Through shrewd investments and industry, Salomon soon became one of the wealthiest men in America.

When the Revolutionary War broke out, the Signers fled, contributing however they could to support of the new American nation.  Under the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, Robert Morris was assigned as a member of the Committee of Safety to supervise defenses and finance the war.  The Continental Congress had no real power at the time.  Financing a war was a major challenge.  Morris was well aware of this fact.  Morris enlisted Haym Salomon for help.

The Continental Congress did not have the ability to collect taxes.  Solomon relied on personal contacts for fundraising.  He also opened up his wallet, and he gave.  And he gave.

Still, the initial stages of the Revolutionary War were not going well for the newly formed nation.  The Americans were losing on all fronts.  Although Washington was an inspirational leader, admired by his troops, the army was poorly equipped, ill-fed, and discouraged.  The outlook was bleak.  It was at this critical moment that George Washington went to pray at Valley Forge.  Washington asked for divine intervention, a miracle.

George Washington praying (Photo Credit: George Washington FB Page)

The miracle did come.  General Washington sent for Haym Salomon.  By that time,
Salomon had given just about everything he had. Still, he accepted the call.  He again sought to raise funds for the war effort.

“Would you lend money to the war effort?” Salomon asked.  The war was going poorly.  The young nation had no collateral to give.  Nothing of value to offer.  Salomon was not able to secure any more loans.

Not wanting to let Washington down, Salomon asked, “Would you lend money to me, then?”  Salomon raised $650,00 for Washington; over $10 Billion in today’s money.

With the influx of cash, gun powder was purchased.  Shoes for the soldiers were provided.  And America won the Revolutionary War.

However, at the end of the war, Salomon had to repay the loans that he had secured.  He spent time in prison for late payments, and he died penniless.

Haym Salomon should forever be remembered for his public virtue and his love for freedom.

It has been two and half-centuries since the Declaration of Independence was written.  Many claim that America is headed for more difficult times.  Even so, we can draw strength from the Founding Fathers of our Nation.  We may not be asked to sacrifice as much as they did, but we can learn from, and emulate, their examples.


Pocatello: Road Closures/Traffic Report for Week Beginning June 14, 2021


June 13, 2021 (Photo Credit:  City of Pocatello)

The City of Pocatello has posted the Road Closures & Traffic Report for the week beginning June 14, 2021.  Highlights include:

  • Street Sweeping:  Various locations
  • Patching potholes and curb lines requiring possible lane/road closures
  • Water Line Installation:  Replacement of the water main line on Jefferson Avenue
  • Jetting Sewer Lines:  Throughout the City
  • Signal Work:  Signal maintenance at Pole Line Rd./W. Cedar Street

To view the complete report, visit:  Pocatello Traffic Report Week of June 14, 2021


Pocatello Community Recreation Center Announces Tween & Teen Summer Program

(Photo Credit: Pocatello Community Recreation Center FB Page)

June 12, 2021  (Photo Credit:  Pocatello Community Recreation Center FB Page)

The Pocatello Community Recreation Center has announced the 2021 Tween & Teen Summer Program.

The statement on the City’s website reads:

“It can be hard to figure out what to do with kids during the summer that are too old for daycare and too young to be left unsupervised every day.  We take kids from 8-5 and go out in the community to do a different outdoor activity each day.

Activities include rock climbing, swimming, biking, hiking, tubing, museums, canoeing, disc golf and more.  The Teen program features an overnight raft trip.  The Tween program has a raft trip done in a single day.

This is a great chance to unplug from devices for a day or two. Tweens can sign up for Mondays, Wednesdays or both and Teens can sign up for Tuesdays, Thursdays or both.

PARENT MEETING: Via YouTube Video”

For more details, visit:  Pocatello Community Recreation Center Tween & Teen Program

Ross Park to Offer Sensory-Friendly Family Swim Day, Saturday, June 19


(City of Pocatello Press Release, June 12, 2021)

Ross Park is excited to offer Sensory-Friendly Family Swim Days for families who include members with sensory needs.  Join us for a more relaxing, quiet, and sensory friendly morning of swimming where the crowd will be smaller, the environment accepting and the noise level lessened by turning off our kiddie pool water feature.  The concession stand will be open for snacks and beverages.
Please Note: Anyone who is not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper AND plastic pant.  Only Coast Guard Approved Lifejackets and puddle jumpers are allowed.  Absolutely NO air-filled inflatables/water wings are permitted.



Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin Defends Due Process, Free Speech; Calls Out Biased Media Mischaracterizations


June 12, 2021

Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

In a post to her Facebook page this morning, Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin issued a statement in which she defended due process and free speech while calling out the biased media mischaracterizations promulgated by mainstream media outlets and big tech companies pushing a liberal narrative.

McGeachin statement reads:

As a former Idaho State Representative and current Lt. Governor, I have watched the media at all levels ignore human rights when it doesn’t fit their “narrative.”  Defending these rights used to be a bedrock principle among liberals, but no more.  Now it is a conservative issue.

I will defend all Idahoans’ rights to due process and free speech, whether an individual is accused of right-wing extremism or protesting for equality under the law. Nobody is excluded from our civil rights as enshrined in our country and state constitutions. Conversely, if you break the law, then you should be held accountable by an unbiased justice system that seeks truth and legitimate justice on behalf of victims.

The mainstream media and big tech companies would have you believe otherwise. That’s why they de-platform citizens and groups who they don’t agree with. The media will continue to mischaracterize my fight for due process for all citizens to create confusion and sow discontent. The media spin could not be further from the truth.

All Idahoans deserve equal treatment under the law regardless of their race, sex, or political affiliation. When the media chooses to mischaracterize my actions, let it serve as a stark reminder of just how far they’ve strayed from their job to serve as a meaningful check against power and its abuses.

These media attacks are a badge of honor they have bestowed upon me and a vigorous source of strength to continue this fight for equal justice under the law. I encourage all Idahoans to join me in the ongoing fight to Make Idaho Free Again!
Editor’s Note:  Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin is a candidate for Idaho Governor.  You can read more about her campaign by clicking on the image, below: 


Pocatello City Calendar, June 14-18, 2021


(City of Pocatello Press Release, June 12, 2021)

Monday, June 14

Human Relations Advisory Committee Meeting
5:30 p.m., Council Chambers

Tuesday, June 15

CDBG Advisory Committee Meeting
12:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Site Plan Review
1:30 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

Library Board Meeting
4:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Wednesday, June 16

Pocatello Development Authority Meeting
11:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Senior Building Ad-Hoc Committee Meeting
2:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Historic Preservation Commission
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Thursday, June 17

Fire Union Negotiations
9:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
12:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Friday, June 18

No Meetings Scheduled