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U. S. Senator James Risch (R-ID) Comments on Supreme Court Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett


(Office of Senator Risch Press Release, September 26, 2020)

BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) made the following statement regarding the nomination of Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court:

Congratulations to Judge Amy Coney Barrett for this high honor. Judge Barrett has a reputation as an exemplary jurist and Constitutionalist, and I look forward to meeting with her to learn more about her judicial philosophy.”


Chubbuck Mayor’s Blog: Chubbuck Police Department Achieves Accreditation

Chubbuck Police Department

(City of Chubbuck Video Release, September 25, 2020)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England’s latest video blog provides an update on the Chubbuck Police Department, including the news that the City of Chubbuck Police Department has achieved accreditation with through the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association.

To see the latest video, click on the link, below:


Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(White House Press Release, September 26, 2020)

President Donald J. Trump (Official White House Photo)

On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.

Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.

The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great.  Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God.  As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”  As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.

Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility.  With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.


Pocatello Police Department Issues Critical Incident Report


(Pocatello Police Department Press Release, September 25, 2020)

The Pocatello Police Department has released the following Critical Incident Report:

At approximately 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of East Maple St. for a report of a residential burglary.  The homeowner stated that the suspect, a male in his 20s, went into the garage of the residence and took two firearms.  The homeowner confronted the suspect and the suspect threatened the homeowner with a firearm.  The suspect then fled with the firearms and was determined to be an ongoing threat to neighborhood.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., while officers were investigating the earlier incident, officers received information the suspect, identified as a 28-year-old male, was in the 1500 block of Pocatello Creek Road.  The suspect was confronted by officers and in the ensuing confrontation, officers fired their weapons.  Once officers determined there was no longer an ongoing threat, they secured the area, rendered first aid to the suspect, and requested emergency medical services personnel respond to the scene.  Emergency medical services personnel transported the suspect to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment.  His condition is unknown at this time.

The incident is under investigation by the East Idaho Critical Incident Task Force led by the Bonneville County Sherriff’s Office.

There are no further risks to residents.

The Pocatello Police Department will not be offering any further comments at this time and members of the media are asked to direct their questions to the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.


President Trump Nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court


September 26, 2020

Today, President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  The move was widely anticipated in recent days.

To view the announcement, and to hear remarks from Judge Barrett, click on the video link, below.


Idaho Governor Brad Little Issues Statement on Firefighter’s Death, Flag Half-Staff Directive


(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, September 23, 2020)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued the following statement today:

“Tragically, a firefighter died when the single engine air tanker he was flying crashed during initial attack operations on the Schill Fire near Emmett Tuesday.  Our hearts are heavy.  The death of a firefighter is felt deeply and emotionally in the firefighting community.  Pray for comfort for the pilot’s family and colleagues, and please do your part to prevent needless wildfires.  I am ordering American flags and State of Idaho flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the brave firefighter who lost his life protecting others.”

The Governor’s Flag Directive reads as follows:

Please be advised that flags should be lowered to half-staff starting Thursday, September 24, 2020, for the death of Ricky Fulton, a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.
The flags will be at half-staff Thursday, September 24, 2020, until the day following the memorial service, per Idaho Code 67-820.
Once that date has been established, we will send out another notification.
American flags and State of Idaho flags shall be flown at half-staff from Thursday, September 24, 2020, until the day following the memorial service.


Zoo Idaho Announces Zoom Classes, Every Wednesday in October


(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 23, 2020)

Join Zoo Idaho every Wednesday in October at 1:00 p.m. for fun zoo classes on Zoom!
Participate in real time and meet some of our native wildlife.
Featured themes in order: mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. This is a great opportunity if your child is enrolled in online or home schooling.
Advanced registration required.



Guest Column: Idaho Governor Brad Little on Supporting Small Business


September 23, 2020

Together, Idaho and President Trump are Taking Action to Support Small Business

By:  Idaho Governor Brad Little

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

It’s National Small Business Week, a fitting time to reflect on the ways President Donald Trump and the State of Idaho are supporting small business – the backbone of our economy.

We’ve been working with President Trump and his administration to put people over paperwork by reducing the volume and cost of regulation.

President Trump created the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation to extend his historic regulatory reform to every level of government.  The initiative aims to cut regulations and costs, advance occupational licensing reform, and better align state and federal regulations to support small businesses above all.

President Trump targeted the behemoth National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, for change.  Idaho’s congressional delegation and I wholeheartedly backed his effort and will do everything we can to support the transformation, which enables much-needed transportation and land management projects to move forward more quickly while maintaining necessary environmental protections and public input.

Exceeding his own 2-for-1 promise, President Trump has cut eight regulations for every new significant rule, saving American households an estimated $3,100 each year.

Idaho has done our part, too.  We became the least regulated state in the nation last year when we cut and simplified 75-percent of regulations in a matter of months.

And our work isn’t done.  My Zero-Based Regulation plan earlier this year ensures Idaho regulations remain streamlined and simple moving forward.

All these steps prevent small businesses from wasting time and money on compliance costs, enabling more resources to go toward innovation and creating jobs.

I was pleased to join President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House this summer to continue our shared push for regulatory reform to support small businesses.

In Idaho’s response to the pandemic, we’ve also been in lockstep with the President.

From contact tracing to expansion of testing to our Idaho Rebounds plan, we have followed the President’s guidance and leadership and implemented response measures that have protected lives and put Idaho in a leading economic position amid the global pandemic.

Idaho also has benefitted from close and regular communication with the Trump Administration as we navigate the best ways to allocate our federal coronavirus relief dollars to respond to the pandemic and accelerate a strong economic rebound.

Those strong relationships have resulted in the availability of Idaho Rebound cash grants to small businesses, Return to Work incentives to get workers back on the job safely, unemployment tax savings for small businesses and other employers next year, and a public safety initiative that ensures local communities are prepared to respond to the pandemic and provides a 10-20 percent reduction in property taxes this year across participating cities and counties.

All these steps support our number one employer – small businesses.

Idahoans can expect continued partnership between the state and the President moving forward to ensure a strong and smart pandemic response and the continuation of conservative principles of governing.

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PragerU Video: What’s Wrong With Wind and Solar?


September 14, 2020

PragerU has released their latest video, entitled, “What’s Wrong with Wind and Solar?”

In the video, “Mark Mills, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, analyzes the true cost — both economic and environmental — of so-called green energy.”

Learn what the science, physics and chemistry, have to say about the limits of wind and solar energy by watching the video.  Click on the image, below:


Editorial: Actions Speak Louder Than Words


September 7, 2020

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By:  John Crowder

John Crowder, Publisher, Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer

Today is Labor Day.  It’s a day to celebrate the workers of America, those who have helped our country to become the greatest nation on earth by showing up every day and getting the job done…whatever that job might be.

Labor Day also marks a political milestone.  It is the unofficial start to campaign season, as those running for elected office ramp up operations to get their message out to voters.

Unfortunately, now more than ever, it is also the time when disinformation, lies, and omissions are pushed on social media and on “news” programs.

We have already seen this with the latest smear of President Donald Trump in a recent magazine article.  In the article, it is claimed that the President is disdainful of veterans, and that he made remarks indicating such.  Those pushing this ridiculous narrative Ignore the fact that several people who were present where this supposedly took place have said the story is false, and that people with no love lost for Trump have discussed the event in depth and provided a completely different story.

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The sad fact is, leftists in this country hate the President, hate America, hate law enforcement, and, if you support any of them, they hate you.  They also hate the military, which makes the narrative they are pushing even more absurd, as they stake their claim for righteous indignation.

But we do not need to wonder who to believe.  As the adage states, “Actions speak louder than words.”  When you hear statements…and you’ll hear a lot more of them…about the President saying this or that, stop for a moment, and consider the actions of those making the claims, and compare them with the actions of the President.

President Trump has been the greatest friend to men and women who are serving, and who have served, in the military that they have ever had.  Just a few of his accomplishments include:

  • Supporting military spouses with increased job opportunities
  • Supporting veterans’ access to educational opportunities, including online classes and STEM
  • Dramatically improving the quality of care at the Veterans Administration
  • Investing heavily in rebuilding the American military
  • Signing into law the largest military pay raise in a decade

Trump’s opponents also have a record.  A record of lying to a FISA court to obtain bogus warrants on members of Trump’s campaign team (including veterans), a record of lying about a “Russian conspiracy,” a record of lying about, and impeaching the President on, the Ukraine hoax, lying about Trump statements, and running a nonstop “orange man bad” narrative with their propaganda arm, the mainstream media.

Behind this latest nefarious hoax are two things.  First, as I have already mentioned, is an intense hatred of the President and those that support him.  Second, a desire to put doubt in the mind of Trump supporters, those who can see with their own eyes what the President has done for them, and to suppress their votes.

So, no matter what you hear over the next two months, remember the adage, “Actions speak louder than words,” then take a minute to look at what actions each side has taken.  Your choice will be clear.