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President Donald J. Trump Signs H.R. 2423, The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(Press Release)

On Monday, November 25, President Donald J. Trump signed the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act during a ceremony in the Oval Office. This new law directs the Treasury Department to issue 400,000 one-dollar silver coins in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote.


Nominations Sought for Pocatello HRAC’s 2020 Human and Civil Rights Award


(Press Release)

The City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee is seeking to honor an outstanding local resident for their work in human and civil rights.

The group is asking for nominations for its Human and Civil Rights Award. The accolade recognizes a citizen who has worked to improve Pocatello in one or more of the following criteria:

– Helped protect and advance human and civil rights of Pocatello residents
– Promoted human rights training and programs
– Worked to eradicate discrimination
– Promoted equal educational opportunity and access for all
– Worked to improve inter-group relations
– Worked to eliminate hate motivated incidents and/or harassment
– Worked to reduce violence and promote peace
– Worked to gain a greater voice for all in policy and decision-making
– Helped to eliminate stereotyping in the community
– Worked to educate others about extremists who threaten the human and civil rights of others
– Worked to promote educational opportunity for physically and/or mentally challenged individuals
– Worked to build more effective family, school, and community partnerships

The nomination form can be found at

Completed forms can be emailed to Nominations will be accepted until December 22 at 9 p.m.

Previous winners include:

2019 – Jason Byrd and Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship

2018 – Betty Moore
2017 – Hon. Rick Carnaroli

2016 – Jennifer Seaich
2015 – Billie Johnson

2014 – Roger J. Bray and Roger W. Chase
2013 – John Purce

2012 – Edgar Malepeai
2011 – Bonnie Frantz and 2Great4Hate

2008 – James Yizar
2007 – Clayton Diggie

2006 – Farhana Hibbert

For more information on the City of Pocatello’s Human Relations Advisory Committee, visit:

Special Operations Military Working Dog, Conan, Recognized at White House

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the U.S. Special Forces and Special Operations Military Working Dog, Conan, at the White House today.  Afterward, the President and Vice President, along with First Lady Melania Trump, appeared briefly in the Rose Garden with Conan.

(Press Release)

Rose Garden

12:38 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. So this is Conan — right now, probably the world’s most famous dog. I don’t think — I have to use the word “probably.” And Conan is an incredible — it’s an incredible story. I learned a lot about this particular type of dog. And it’s trained that, if you open your mouths, you will be attacked. You want to be very, very careful.
But Conan came over from the Middle East — just arrived — with some of the great people from the Special Forces that did the incredible fl- — it was a flawless attack. And al-Baghdadi is gone. But that was a flawless attack. And I just met quite a few of them.
And we just gave Conan a medal and a plaque. And it’s really — and I actually think Conan knew exactly what was going on. But a dog that is very, very special and we could maybe say — Mike, come on over. Maybe you want to say something about the type of dog and —
They were going to put a muzzle on the dog and I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent, John. So I had a choice. But, no, the dog is incredible. Actually incredible. We spent some good time with it. And so brilliant, so smart — the way it was with the Special Forces people that it worked with. And for obvious reasons, they can’t be out in front of the media.

But they did a fantastic job. Conan did a fantastic job. And we’re very honored to have Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House.

Mike, would you have something to day?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be here, Mr. President. I know you just finished a meeting with some of the very same Special Forces who completed the successful raid that took down the leader of ISIS.

But I recall, Mr. President, when you made the decision, right up there in White House.


THE VICE PRESIDENT: The day before the raid, you had talked about measures that were available to protect our soldiers. And it had been described to us, about the fact that they had dogs that could go in, in the event that al-Baghdadi had on him an explosive vest — that you put the premium on the safety of our Special Forces.

And this dog was there; suffered some injury. We were able to complete the raid without any American casualty. And so I think having the Special Forces here today, who obviously can’t come out in the public, but also having this extraordinary dog here today is all a reflection of our armed forces and the great job that they do.

But Conan is really a hero. It’s really a — it’s a real joy to be able to help welcome him here to the White House with you.

THE PRESIDENT: It’s true. And Conan was very badly hurt, as you know. And they thought maybe was not going to recover. Recovered, actually very, quickly and has since gone on very important raids.

As you know, we captured 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate. When I took office, we had almost nothing. It was as though they were just forming again, and now it’s 100 percent. And we have done a lot of work since then. We have done a lot of work since the raid. Certain things have happened that are very important. So we’re in very good shape. We’re in very good shape.

We’ve had a lot of help, too, from other countries. We’ve had a — we’ve really done a job.
I just want to thank you all. So, this is a special time for Conan. And we really appreciate it. And I was told about the breed. I was told about Conan himself. And Conan is a tough cookie. And nobody is going to mess with Conan.

I asked one question. I said, “So, what chance, with Conan…” I got to see how fast Conan can move. I said, “What chance would a strong man have — really strong, tough, a fighter — what chance would this person have against Conan, without the guns? What chance?” And I guess the answer, pretty much, was “none.” He would have no chance. So, it’s amazing.

And yet, you see how beautiful and how calm, during a situation like this, is. And you’re very lucky he doesn’t — he’s not in a bad mood today, Jeff. (Laughter.) Not in a bad mood. You’re safe. Anyway.

So I want to thank you all. Thank you very much. And this is a great honor to have Conan here. A great honor to have the Special Forces here. They’re in the Oval Office.

Q Do you want to adopt the dog, Mr. President?

Q Is Conan retiring?

THE PRESIDENT: I love this dog. No, Conan is not retiring yet. Conan is primetime, age-wise. Primetime. I asked that question.

They go for about six years — like an athlete. Six years. They start — they like to get them at one and a half or two years old, and they’ll go for about six years from that time. After that, it happens where maybe the reflexes aren’t quite as good. You know, things like that happen. It would never happen to us. But the dog, primetime, is those six years after two. And they’re very special dogs. They’re very hard to get. This particular dog is — this is the ultimate fighter, ultimate everything.

Ultimate in terms of sniffing drugs. We have a — we’ve spent a tremendous amount of money on drug equipment at the border. And I was talking to the people, and I say, “Well, is there anything better than this equipment?” “No, sir. The only thing better is a dog.” A dog — this type of dog, exactly, because it’s a certain type of dog. And it’s pretty amazing. But they are really better.

We had a case where we had drugs in a — the cylinder of a car. And it was undetectable by this very expensive machinery, which is really amazing machinery. But still, it was undetectable. The dog came in — wah, jumped on the hood, pointing — you know. Opened the hood and knew exactly. It’s incredible, the sense of smell or whatever it may be — probably sense of smell.

So they’re incredible animals. And thank you all very much.

Q Do you have confidence in Mick Mulvaney, Mr. President?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I do. Yes. Of course.

Q Melania, do you want to adopt the dog for Barron?

THE FIRST LADY: No. (Laughter.)


12:44 P.M. EST




Calvary Chapel Christian School Raffling TobyMac Concert Experience


Calvary Chapel Christian School of Pocatello is raffling a TobyMac Concert Experience, with the drawing to be held following the school’s annual Christmas Program on Wednesday, December 18.

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, at the Vivint Center in Salt Lake City.  The prize includes four concert tickets and $100 for gas/hotel expenses.

Tickets, which are $5.00 each or five for $20.00, can be purchased anytime up to December 18 at the school office, 1633 Olympus Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201.

Pocatello Regional Transit’s Tour of Lights Planned for December 12 and 13


(Press Release)

Pocatello Regional Transit’s (PRT) most festive bus rides of the season are returning.

Tickets for PRT’s annual Tour of Lights go on sale at 8 a.m., Monday, December 2 for this year’s tour to take place December 12 and 13. During the Tour of Lights, PRT’s buses will be taking a drive around Pocatello and Chubbuck to highlight the two cities’ premier holiday decoration displays. Because of the tour’s growing popularity, PRT is adding an additional bus this year for tour-goers.

“The spirit of the holidays radiates throughout the buses as participants mingle and sing carols,” said Skyler Beebe, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “2019 marks our 32nd year offering the event, and over the years, riders young and old have returned annually to make the tour a part of their holiday traditions.”

Tickets are $5 per person and free for toddlers who are able to sit on a parent’s or guardian’s lap. Tickets can be purchased at PRT’s Transit Center, 5815 South 5th Avenue, starting December 2, and must be purchased at least one day prior to the desired tour day. Seating is limited for the tour, which has sold out during previous years. On each night of the tour, boarding begins at 7 p.m. with buses departing from Pocatello City Hall promptly at 7:30 p.m. and returning around 9 p.m.

The tour can accommodate groups by special arrangement, which may be made by contacting Pocatello Regional Transit at 208-234-ABUS (2287) or via email at

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Pocatello Regional Transit buses are 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.

Correction: Sanitation Collection to be Delayed Due to Thanksgiving Holiday


(Press Release) CORRECTION

Thursday and Friday’s garbage, recycling, yard waste, and leaf collections for Pocatello residents will be delayed by one day because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste, and leaves will not be picked up Thursday, November 28, so residents with a Thursday pickup are asked to place their autocarts and leaves that have been placed in compostable bags out for pickup Friday by 7 a.m. Residents with a Friday pickup are asked to place their autocarts and compostable bags out Saturday by 7 a.m. The change in schedule will not affect pickups earlier in the week.

The Sanitation Department will resume their regular pickup schedule beginning Monday, December 2.

Officials would also like to remind residents that the Bannock County Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving.

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Stossel in the Classroom Essay Contest Now Open


John Stossel, former host of Stossel, a talk show highlighting his Libertarian viewpoint on current issues, has announced the opening of this year’s Stossel in the Classroom Student Essay Contest for 2019-2020.

This year’s contest focuses on income inequality, as stated on the Stossel in the Classroom website:

“Essay Topic

Income inequality is a hot button issue in America today. The super rich are blamed for taking so much, leaving the rest of Americans with so little—but is that true? Do millionaires and billionaires hurt the rest of us, or do we all benefit from the wealth they create? Watch John Stossel’s video below and write a 500-1,000 word essay examining income inequality. Is it fair? How does it impact people’s lives? Should we do something about it?”

The essay competition is open to students ages 12 to 18 residing in North America and Hawaii.  Students can win cash prizes up to $2500, with winners to be announced in April of 2020.

For more information about the contest, visit:

The contest video can be seen here:



Know Your Local Government: Pocatello Standing Advisory Committees


Pocatello: Standing Advisory Committees

Mayor & City Council Advisory Committees

The City of Pocatello has 18 standing volunteer citizen advisory committees. While each committee has a specific mission, the overall purpose is for citizens to advise the Mayor and Council on issues of importance to the community.

Every advisory committee is open to individuals living inside the Pocatello city limits and many boards are open to residents as young as 16 years old. There are also a few opportunities for those living in the Area of City Impact. Applications are accepted at any time and are kept on file for 1 year in case of a resignation or other unanticipated occurrence.

Pocatello’s 19 advisory committees are listed below.  The number of vacancies, if any is noted next to the Committee name.

To apply for an advisory committee vacancy, fill out and submit an Advisory Committee Application, which can be found here:

For additional information, you can email:

Americans with Disabilities Act Grievance Committee (2)

Animal Shelter Advisory Board

Child Care Advisory Committee

Civil Service Commission

Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee

Construction Board of Appeals and Review

Golf Advisory Committee

Historic Preservation Commission

Housing Alliance and Community Partnerships (1)

Human Relations Advisory Committee (1)

Library Board

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Planning and Zoning Commission

Pocatello Arts Council

Pocatello Development Authority

Pocatello Regional Airport Commission

Pocatello/Chubbuck Mayors’ Youth Advisory Council (open)

Sister Cities Committee – African Subcommittee (8)

Sister Cities Committee – Japanese Subcommittee (2)



Pocatello Night Lights Parade Takes Place Friday, November 29


The annual Pocatello Night Lights Parade is scheduled to take place next Friday, November 29, beginning at 6:30 pm.  The parade, with the theme, ‘A Night So Bright,’ will wind through Old Town Pocatello from 3rd and East Center Streets, travel under the Center Street Underpass to the Yellowstone, then turn to travel north on Main Street to the Old Town Pavilion.  Hundreds of floats are expected, and they will have candy and treats for children viewing the parade.

For more information, see the Old Town Pocatello events calendar, here: