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AMVETS Idaho Post 1 Invitation to Local Veterans


October 12, 2020

AMVETS Idaho Post 1 would like to extend an invitation to veterans and the veteran community to a special event on October 13th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building in Pocatello.  We are hosting U.S. Senator Jim Risch.  He has requested to meet with Idaho Veterans, family of veterans, and the veteran community on issues that are germaine to the support of veterans.  Additionally, Sen. Risch will provide an update on current issues that we face as a nation.  We have specially asked him to address U.S. Senate Bill 785: “Leading the Way to Comprehensive Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention for Veterans.”  There will be time to ask a limited number of questions to the Senator directly.  Our own Katie Purswell, Deputy Director of Health Policy for The American Legion, provided testimony on this important issue of Mental Health and Suicide.

This is not a political event or fundraiser.  We ask that during the event civility is demonstrated as we know that political tensions are high.  If you are able to attend this event, you can contact Chris Riley at (208) 220-4929 or visit the AMVETS Idaho Post 1 Facebook page to RSVP as we need a general number for attendance.

City of Chubbuck Wins Award from American Planning Association


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

The City of Chubbuck was honored with an award from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association for our Creative Community zoning district.
“Tonight we celebrate great planning and planners from across the state” said Leon Letson, Idaho Chapter President on Thursday, October 8.  The City’s Creative Community ordinance, which facilitated the creation of the Northside Crossing and Harvest Springs developments, was honored in the planning tool or implementation category.  The award “honors a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, process, or effort that has accomplished positive changes.”
Devin Hillam, Community Planning and Economic Development Director accepted the award and offered thanks on behalf of the City.  In preparation for the opening of the Northgate Interchange, which would affect both Chubbuck and Pocatello, Hillam stated that the city needed a tool that would attract “development that really fulfills the goals and objectives of our comprehensive plan.  Our Creative Community zoning district is something that we’re all excited about, it’s something that was created with a lot of input from a lot of different stakeholders and we’re grateful for all of their time.”
To learn more and to see a short video on the award, visit the City of Chubbuck’s Facebook page, here:


Guest Column: U. S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) on The Congressional Award – Challenging Youth


October 12, 2020

The Congressional Award – Challenging Youth

by:  U. S. Senator Mike Crapo

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

Young people throughout our communities working to earn the Congressional Award are challenging themselves, learning from their achievements and inspiring their peers to contribute to community and national efforts.  I had the opportunity recently to congratulate four young Idahoans, who are 2020 Congressional Award Gold Medal recipients, for the time they are spending bettering themselves and our communities.

In order to earn Congressional Award Gold Medals, youth dedicate more than 800 hours to voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration activities.  Four Idaho students earned 2020 Congressional Award Gold Medals:

  • Benjamin Levi, formerly of Nampa;
  • Katelyn Oliverson, of Franklin;
  • Michael Strong, of Meridian; and
  • Beth Wegener, of Cascade.

This year’s Gold Medal recipients identified helping the community, meeting others also striving for a better community, traveling around the state and country, the opportunity to grow personal leadership skills and the contacts, mentors and friends made among the highlights in the process of achieving this recognition.

Additionally, Idaho youth can also earn recognition for their achievements through Silver and Bronze Congressional Awards, and these levels of recognition are approved on a rolling basis.

Congress established the Congressional Award 41 years ago to recognize the achievements of American youth.  According to the program’s 2017-2018 report to Congress, more than 8.5 million hours of public service have been contributed to communities nationwide due to the program.  Youth 14 to 23 years of age earn Congressional Award recognition for achieving personally challenging goals.  Program administrators describe the process as “non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive.”  Achieving the honor is intended to be an engaging way for young people to get more involved in activities they enjoy or would like to try.  As explained on the program’s website, “You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends.  This is not an award for past accomplishments.  Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.”

Idaho has had 833 total medalists since the program’s inception in 1979.  In past years, I have had the opportunity to join my Idaho Congressional Delegation colleagues in presenting Congressional Awards to young Idahoans.  This year, more than 450 young Americans from across the country are being honored virtually, and they have collectively dedicated more than 395,000 hours to public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration activities in communities across our nation.  I was honored to have the opportunity to recognize Idaho’s Congressional Award Gold Medal recipients though a congratulations video.

I commend all of Idaho’s youth who help others and engage in community and national efforts.  You set lasting examples as you learn from your experiences and achieve your goals.  Your involvement in our communities not only expands your experience and understanding, but also strengthens other youth and our communities, state and nation.


White House Proclamation on Columbus Day, 2020


(White House Press Release, October 9, 2020)

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

More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus’s intrepid voyage to the New World ushered in a new era of exploration and discovery.  His travels led to European contact with the Americas and, a century later, the first settlements on the shores of the modern day United States.  Today, we celebrate Columbus Day to commemorate the great Italian who opened a new chapter in world history and to appreciate his enduring significance to the Western Hemisphere.

When Christopher Columbus and his crew sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on the Niña, Pinta, and Santa María it marked the beginning of a new era in human history.  For Italian Americans, Christopher Columbus represents one of the first of many immeasurable contributions of Italy to American history.  As a native of Genoa, Columbus inspired early immigrants to carry forth their rich Italian heritage to the New World.  Today, the United States benefits from the warmth and generosity of nearly 17 million Italian Americans, whose love of family and country strengthen the fabric of our Nation.  For our beautiful Italian American communities — and Americans of every background –Columbus remains a legendary figure.

Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy.  These extremists seek to replace discussion of his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries with atrocities, and his achievements with transgressions.  Rather than learn from our history, this radical ideology and its adherents seek to revise it, deprive it of any splendor, and mark it as inherently sinister.  They seek to squash any dissent from their orthodoxy.  We must not give in to these tactics or consent to such a bleak view of our history.  We must teach future generations about our storied heritage, starting with the protection of monuments to our intrepid heroes like Columbus.  This June, I signed an Executive Order to ensure that any person or group destroying or vandalizing a Federal monument, memorial, or statue is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I have also taken steps to ensure that we preserve our Nation’s history and promote patriotic education.  In July, I signed another Executive Order to build and rebuild monuments to iconic American figures in a National Garden of American Heroes.  In September, I announced the creation of the 1776 Commission, which will encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and honor our founding.  In addition, last month I signed an Executive Order to root out the teaching of racially divisive concepts from the Federal workplace, many of which are grounded in the same type of revisionist history that is trying to erase Christopher Columbus from our national heritage.  Together, we must safeguard our history and stop this new wave of iconoclasm by standing against those who spread hate and division.

On this Columbus Day, we embrace the same optimism that led Christopher Columbus to discover the New World.  We inherit that optimism, along with the legacy of American heroes who blazed the trails, settled a continent, tamed the wilderness, and built the single-greatest nation the world has ever seen.

In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as “Columbus Day.”

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 12, 2020, as Columbus Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth 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.



President Trump Speaks to “Blexit” Supporters at Peaceful Protest for Law and Order


October 11, 2020 (Photo Credit: Blexit Facebook Page)

President Trump hosted supporters of the “Blexit” movement at the White House on Saturday, October 10, as part of a Peaceful Protest for Law Enforcement.

it is estimated that thousands of supporters attended the pro-law enforcement rally in Washington, D.C., which ended with the singing of the National Anthem and chants of “USA, USA.”

To see a video of Blexit “Back the Blue” supporters singing the National Anthem, click on the video link, below:


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

To learn more about Blexit, visit their Facebook page, here:



U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) Interview on SCOTUS Nomination


(Senator James Risch Press Release, October 10, 2020)

BOISE, Idaho – Today, U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) spoke with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto about the upcoming confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

When asked whether he thought the U.S. Senate will be able to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, Senator Risch said:

“I have every confidence that we’ll get this done. I think [Democrats] forget that when the election is over, there’s still a couple months left, whatever happens in the election. If they throw the president out and every senator that’s up out, there’s still going to be votes after the election. That doesn’t stop things from going on after the election.

“They can continue to spar at this, but like I said, this is an age-old process. We know that when it comes to a vacancy in an election year, that’s happened 29 times before. My friends on the other side of the aisle are beating their breasts in indignation and talking about the new ground we’re plowing here. This isn’t new ground at all. This has happened over and over again.”

These remarks have been lightly edited for clarity.

To download the interview video, click here.

To watch the interview on YouTube, click here.


President Trump Signs Two Acts Dealing With the Tragedy of Missing and Murdered Native Americans


(White House Press Release, October 10, 2020)

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

President Donald J. Trump was the first president to formally recognize the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Native Americans, when he issued a Proclamation in May of 2019 drawing attention to this issue.  Today, he proudly signed into law S. 227, Savanna’s Act, which directs the Department of Justice to develop law enforcement protocols to address the issue, and S. 982, the Not Invisible Act of 2019, which directs the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to establish a joint commission on violent crime within and against the Native American community.  These two bills reinforce many actions the President has already undertaken to fulfill his promise that Missing and Murdered Native Americans are no longer forgotten.

Native American communities are facing a crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in particular women and children.  One study found that Native American women in certain tribal communities are ten times more likely to be murdered than the average American.

President Trump took decisive action to combat this tragedy.  On November 26, 2019, he signed an Executive Order establishing the Operation Lady Justice Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, which developed an aggressive, government-wide strategy to combat the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, specifically women and children.

Since its launch, in coordination with tribal communities, the Operation Lady Justice Task Force has opened six cold case offices across the country, conducted 12 regional consultations, and hosted numerous listening sessions, to ensure that the work of the Task Force is shaped by the voices and experiences of the Native American community.  The Task Force established teams to investigate cold cases and a centralized website to provide resources and announcements for the public.  It is currently working to develop model protocols for handling missing and murdered cases.  The Task Force is also now preparing to integrate the directives in Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act into its current work streams.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is supplementing the Task Force’s efforts by providing critical funding to improve public safety and serve victims of crimes in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  Just recently, DOJ announced $295.8 million in grants to tribal governments across the country.

The Trump Administration has made it a priority to address issues facing Indian Country.  Earlier this year, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided $8 billion to address COVID-19 preparedness, response, and recovery needs and programming to support American Indians and Alaska Natives—the single largest programmatic investment in Indian Country in the history of our Nation.  The President also executed an agreement with Finland to repatriate culturally important remains and artifacts to the Pueblos and tribes with heritage in the Mesa Verde region.  Finally, the President launched the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health System, which recently released a report examining systematic problems – and solutions – in the Indian Health System that resulted in failures to protect children.

President Trump looks forward to continuing this Administration’s partnership with Indian Country through implementation of these laws and the ongoing work being done by the Operation Lady Justice Task Force.


City of Chubbuck Requests Residents Respond to Surveys on Downtown Area, Christmas Lights


(October 11, 2020)

The City of Chubbuck has posted two surveys online, and is requesting that residents participate in the surveys.

The first survey is entitled, “A Clean and Green ‘Downtown’ Area.” It focuses on street fixtures for downtown Chubbuck.  On the opening page of the survey it reads, “We really appreciate your time in completing this survey and other surveys for the City. Although the topics of sidewalk planters and trash receptacles aren’t the most exciting to everyone, your opinions will help make a difference.

As you know, with the current pandemic and social distancing requirement, in-person meetings are not possible. However, online platforms such as this survey allow many more people to give input at their own convenience.

The formatting of this survey has also improved over previous surveys. It should take 5 to 7 minutes.”

The second survey is entitled, “Christmas Lights Survey.”  This survey asks the participant to rate Christmas decoration options for the City of Chubbuck, and can be accessed, here:

New Classes with Idaho State University Continuing Education and Workforce Training Starting October 14


October 10, 2020

New classes with Idaho State University’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training begin starting October 14.

Some of the latest classes being offered include:

Growing Microgreens – 10/14

Sports Massage – 10/17

Intermediate Photography – 10/20

Yoga – 10/26

To learn more and to see the full list of offerings, visit:–B_gQUCq3uLEEEe1ogf_yHDLlUvDb2YLRXJlm3fzk2bIzd5BjwWj837sRHg8lsvSpF1F6_yL9DWGH2J92nb-15fI9XNQ&utm_content=96803067&utm_source=hs_email


Pocatello City Council Meeting Agendas for Thursday, October 15 Posted

City of Pocatello City Hall

(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 9, 2020)

The City of Pocatello has posted the City Council agendas for meetings scheduled on Thursday, October 15, 2020.  The regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 911 N. 7th Avenue.  It will be preceded by the City Council Clarification Meeting and the City Council Work Session, taking place earlier in the day.

To see the agendas for all three meetings, visit: