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Portneuf Valley Farmers Market: Two Weeks Remaining in Season

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October 20, 2020

The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market has two weeks remaining in the 2020 season, so now is the time to check out all they have to offer.

The Market takes place on this coming Saturday, October 24, and Saturday, October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in historic Downtown Pocatello at the Old Town Pavilion, 420 N. Main Street.

As stated on their Facebook page, “The Portneuf Valley Farmers Market brings the community of Pocatello and Chubbuck fresh produce, locally grown plants, trees and shrubs, hanging flower baskets, fresh baked goods, jams, jellies, honey and a variety of handmade arts and craft items.  Come shop the Market!  Buy local and help support over 100 local growers, artists and crafters.”

To learn more, visit the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/727348657676027/

 

Food Distribution at Holt Arena Hosted by Pocatello Christian Outreach Center this Saturday, October 24

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October 20, 2020

Pocatello Christian Outreach Center (PCOC), in partnership with the Idaho Food Bank, will be holding a food distribution event this Saturday at Holt Arena.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m., and will go until all food has been distributed.  According to Pastor Doug of PCOC, they will be providing two to three boxes of food per family, consisting of meat, milk, vegetables, cheese, and more.  Enough food will be provided to allow for several meals to be prepared for each family.  Families that can use a little help with food right now are encouraged to stop by.

To learn more about this event, or about Pocatello Christian Outreach Center, visit their Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pcocchurch.org/

 

UPDATE: New Border Wall Nears 400 Miles

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Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(Reprinted from 1600 Daily, October 19, 2020)

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

President Trump is in Arizona today, where average family incomes hit a record high and the poverty rate hit a record low in 2019 after just three years of President Trump’s pro-growth, pro-worker policies.

Arizona, much like the rest of our country, also benefited from President Trump’s commitments to secure our border and fix America’s broken immigration system.

As of today, more than 370 miles of new border wall is complete.  Just as important, the Trump Administration is prosecuting and deporting violent criminals, stopping the flow of illegal drugs, and closing loopholes that help smugglers and hurt our own citizens.

“The refugee system—set up to provide refuge for victims of war and persecution who had nowhere else to go, often on an explicitly temporary basis—had long since become a racket,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd writes.


It provided prestigious jobs in Washington for ‘resettlement experts’ and taxpayer money for glorified slumlords, while generating massive fallout for unsuspecting American communities.  Today the system has finally been returned to its proper role.”

With other strong actions from the Trump Administration, including building the border wall, apprehensions for illegal immigration dropped 70% between last May and this August.  And during the past fiscal year alone, U.S. law enforcement seized over 100,000 pounds of cocaine, 83,000 pounds of meth, 2,700 pounds of fentanyl, and more.

Illegal immigration hurts everyone. It empowers criminals, bankrolls human smugglers, and fuels transnational gangs.  It costs both legal immigrants and U.S. citizens a shot at the American Dream.  It endangers law enforcement officers, makes our communities less stable, and puts law-abiding workers and businesses at a disadvantage.

Open borders would make all of these problems worse and destroy Americans’ trust in their government.  A safe, strong country needs a safe, strong immigration system.

 

Strong Families, Strong Students goes live Wednesday

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(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, October 19, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – The web site for the new $50 million “Strong Families, Strong Students” initiative goes live Wednesday, directly supporting Idaho families and their students’ educational needs during the pandemic.

At StrongFamilies.Idaho.Gov, eligible parents can apply for $1,500 per eligible student with a maximum award of $3,500 per family.  Families can use the funds to purchase or receive reimbursement for eligible educational materials, devices, and services.

Families can apply between Oct. 21 and Dec. 8, 2020.

The State Board of Education approved the contract today with a third-party vendor to facilitate the program.

“When parents have to step in to provide instruction and equipment due to school-related closures, we see them pushed out of the work force – something that strains our economic rebound,” Governor Little said.

Governor Little’s “Strong Families, Strong Students” initiative helps ensure parents are less likely to exit the workforce or expend household resources for their children to receive the education they deserve.

“I can’t think of a better use of relief funds right now than helping families who are trying to support their students and meet their learning needs during such a stressful time.  We have heard what the priorities are, and the Strong Families, Strong Students program can make a difference by providing educational resources that will have an immediate impact and benefit for families throughout our state,” Board President Debbie Critchfield said.

 

Guest Column: U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) on The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement

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October 19, 2020

The Abraham Accords Peace Agreement – A Historic Achievement

by:  U. S. Senator Mike Crapo

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

One of the greatest world challenges of our time, without a doubt, has been the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.  Although we have seen progress at various times, lasting, concrete peace has eluded world leaders, and its attainment has eclipsed administrations.  The recent Abraham Accords Peace Agreement is a significant step in bringing this important part of our world closer together, and it is worthy of commendation.

On September 15, 2020, the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement was signed at the White House ushering in normalized diplomatic, commercial, security and other relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.  This followed the August 13, 2020, announcement of Israel and the UAE’s agreement on full normalized relations and the September 11, 2020, announcement that Bahrain also agreed to normalize relations with Israel.  Through the agreements, the UAE and Bahrain joined Egypt and Jordan in increasing the number of Arab countries with full diplomatic ties with Israel to four.  The UAE and Bahrain are also the first of the Gulf Arab states to formalize relations with Israel.

I joined 55 Senate colleagues in introducing S.Res. 709, a bipartisan resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the agreements between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain to establish full diplomatic relations are historic achievements.  The resolution:

  • Congratulates Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on reaching these historic agreements;
  • Encourages other Arab nations to establish full relations with Israel with the vision of realizing full peace between Israel and all of its Arab neighbors; and
  • Reaffirms the Senate’s strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states—a democratic Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state—living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.

The United States has had a central role in this effort.  As we recognized in the resolution, “these agreements build upon the decades-long leadership of the United States in helping Israel broker peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan and promoting peace talks between Israel and Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinians.”  Furthermore, opening ties between these three countries can not only spur economic growth and closer people-to-people relations in the region, but also help advance peace between Israel and other Arab nations.

When we think about all that is going on in our world and country, we cannot let the positive steps get buried.  I commend the Administration for being a conduit for normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain.  I hope this accord will broaden opportunities for negotiations in the region and be a means for full peace in the Middle East.

 

Scouting for Food, Community Food Drive, Saturday, October 24, Chubbuck City Hall, Other Locations

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October 19, 2020

Scouting for Food will be holding a food drive this coming Saturday, October 24.  Several locations are available in Chubbuck and Pocatello to drop off food.  Their website announcement reads:

Join us in gathering food to feed our neighbors, coworkers, friends and community.

Two Ways to help:

1. Drop off your food donations Saturday, October 24th anytime from 9:00-12:00 p.m.

directly to the  drop off sites listed below

OR

2. Make a bigger impact and sign up to collect food in your neighborhood and deliver it to the  collection drop off sites by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24th.  Let your neighbors know when you will be by, pick up their donations and deliver to the following collections sites.  (if you sign up to gather food in your neighborhood, you will receive an email from the scouts to track which neighborhoods you are doing to prevent duplication)

POCATELLO/CHUBBUCK DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Ridley’s Family Market-1000 Pocatello Creek Rd

Ridley’s Family Market- 911 Main St.

Grand Teton Council-BSA Office-2306 Pocatello Creek

Pocatello Community Charter School-995 S Arthur

Chubbuck City Hall-5160 Yellowstone Hwy.

 

Guest Video: U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) on the Importance of Farming and Ranching in Idaho

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(U.S. Senator James Risch Video Release, October 13, 2020)

BOISE, Idaho – Agriculture is a big deal in Idaho.  Gem State farmers and ranchers not only keep Idahoans fed, but people all around the world.  In honor of National Farmers Day on Monday and World Food Day on Friday, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) released the following video highlighting the importance of the agriculture industry in Idaho.

To watch the entire video from Senator Risch, click below:

 

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Protecting America’s Seniors

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(White House Press/Video Release, October 16, 2020)

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

On Friday, October 16, President Trump spoke to seniors at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center & Amphitheater in Fort Meyers Florida.

The President opened his remarks by saying, “We’re going to be talking to our great senior citizens.  That’s what I’m here for today.  We love our senior citizens.

And I’m honored to be here in Fort Myers to reaffirm my solemn pledge to America’s seniors.  It’s so important to me.  I happen to be a senior.  I will protect you, I will defend you, and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have.  You devoted your life to this country, and I am devoting my life to you.

My administration is working every day to give our amazing senior citizens the care, support, and respect that you deserve.  And you understand that.  We’ve worked together for a long time.”

The President then discussed his administration’s response to the coronavirus, including work on a vaccine.  “Seniors will be the first in line for the vaccine,” he said.

To watch the President’s remarks, click on the video link, below:

 

White House Proclamation on National Forest Products Week, 2020

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(White House Press Release, October 16, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)
Our Nation’s magnificent forests are a source of commerce, recreation, and pride for all Americans.  America’s woodlands are capable of producing a myriad of products and materials that bolster our economy, improve our daily lives, supply our environment with clean air, and provide countless Americans an escape to hike and relax in a tranquil and picturesque setting.  During National Forest Products Week, we appreciate the essential role forests and forest products play in our livelihood and prosperity, and we renew our commitment to maintaining these treasured woodlands for future generations.

The forest industry adds nearly $300 billion annually to our Gross Domestic Product and employs almost one million Americans.  To ensure this sector of our economy continues to flourish, my Administration is strengthening markets for wood products and incentivizing innovative manufacturing techniques.  As a result of these efforts, the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service sold 3.3 billion board feet of timber from National Forests in fiscal year 2019 — the highest output since 1997.

In addition to bolstering rural economies, our foresters use science-based forest management practices in order to promote forest health and reduce wildfire risk.  Over the past several months, our country has been particularly reminded of how devastating wildfires and natural disasters can be to our way of life and our economy.  Throughout the western United States, wildfires have scorched and destroyed millions of acres of forest, and as a result of Hurricane Laura, the timber industry suffered an estimated $1.1 billion economic loss.  This devastation has placed additional burdens on an essential industry that has been instrumental to our efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, including by working to produce safer product packaging, like the wooden pallets used to deliver critical household items such as paper products, diapers, disinfecting wipes, medications, and mask filters.  It is imperative that we safeguard our domestic supply of timber, provide economic security for our forest landowners, and maintain the viability of this critical aspect of our economy for the benefit of all Americans.

A sound forest products industry produces positive environmental benefits as well.  In order to further promote forest health and protect the environment, on January 21, 2020, I announced that the United States would be joining the World Economic Forum’s One Trillion Trees initiative, an ambitious global effort to grow and conserve one trillion trees worldwide by 2030.  Following through on my commitment, and given the expansive footprint of our Federal forests and woodlands, I signed an Executive Order to establish the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council to further the Federal Government’s participation in this effort.  To complement these efforts, I have called for the passage of the bi-partisan REPLANT Act (S. 4357), which would help address the Forest Service’s reforestation backlog and continued annual reforestation needs by removing the current $30 million annual funding cap for the Reforestation Trust Fund.

This week, we recommit to bolstering the forest products industry and to continuing to appreciate the natural resources God has bestowed upon our country.  Together with our Nation’s foresters, we can preserve our beautiful forests for every American in order to secure a future of environmental and economic success now and for posterity.

Recognizing the economic importance of the many products generated from our Nation’s forests, the Congress, through enactment of Public Law 86–753 (36 U.S.C. 123), as amended, has designated the week beginning on the third Sunday in October of each year as “National Forest Products Week” and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this week.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 18 through October 24, 2020, as National Forest Products Week.  I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate observances and activities and to reaffirm our commitment to our Nation’s forests and the products that they provide.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

 

President Trump Signs Veteran-Supporting Bills Into Law

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(White House Press Release, October 17, 2020)

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

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, the President signed into law:

S. 743, the “Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act,” which provides for the award of a Congressional gold medal to the soldiers of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as “Merrill’s Marauders”, in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II;

S. 785, the “Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019,” which amends a number of VA authorities related to helping veterans transition from military to civilian life; suicide prevention; mental health care research and oversight; mental health care staffing; and health care for women veterans; and

S. 2661, the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020,” which designates 9-8-8 as the universal telephone number of the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.