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February
Linda Sue Nash: Shane Rucker is my nephew. He lived with me in 2015. Poor kid should never have joined the Marines.
W. Gillham: I recently called the NewsBF office to seek assistance with finding a contractor to clear the snow off my parents house on Wells Street while my elderly parents were hospitalized in California.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week I was honored and humbled to introduce the Shauna Hill Post 9/11 Education Benefits Transferability Act (H.R. 1112). This legislation will correct an oversight in current law regarding benefits under the GI Bill on behalf of one of Idaho’s veterans.
Melonie: I want to say thank you to the men who came and plowed my mother in law's drive way!
Clara: I just wanted to say thank you to the guy in the truck who helped push our car onto the highway from Deep Creek Loop during the first snowfall.
Carol: Thank you to Rory and his group of five others from the Mennonite Church for getting our roof clear!
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: It’s been an amazing two weeks in Washington. Congress has moved swiftly and boldly to repeal overreaching last-minute rules from the Obama Administration, reasserting its constitutional duty to make the law and pushing back against abuse of executive authority.
District 1 Representative Heather Scott: Week #5 of the 2017 legislative session is coming to a close and legislators have been busy. To date, a total of 155 House Bills and 82 Senate Bills have been printed.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: The American electorate surprised the world in November because they were tired of their government acting as master instead of servant. The people’s message is clear: It’s time for real and lasting change.
Gerald B. Higgs: There is currently a bill pending in the Washington State Legislature sponsored by seven state senators to end Daylight Savings Time in Washington state. This has a high likelihood of passing. In the event it does, I propose that we pass legislation in Idaho that follows.
District 1 Representative Heather Scott: Citizens showed up on the Capitol steps this week to speak out against the federal-mandated Common Core in our Idaho schools.
January
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: “As the tax filing season approaches, it is critical that all taxpayers remember to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails from individuals claiming to be IRS and Treasury employees,” warns the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: I have always strongly supported protections for the unborn and I’m happy to report two big wins for the pro-life movement in the first week of the Trump Administration.
Rosanne Smith: January 6 ... January 12 ... January 14 ... January 17. This is how many times I have requested the minutes for Moyie Springs council meetings and "special" meetings held in December 2016. January 21, 2017 ... email inbox still empty ...
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Today is more important than just the inauguration of our 45th president. Today we celebrate a 220-year tradition of the peaceful transfer of power in our great nation.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: I recently wrote about the need to heed the Social Security Trustee’s warnings and shore up Social Security. Like the requirements for the Social Security Trustees to annually assess the state of the trust funds that support the Social Security program, the Medicare Trustees are also required by law to report to Congress on the state of the Medicare trust funds.
Idaho Representative Heather Scott: Monday kicked off with Governor Otter delivering the annual State of the State address. Idaho’s future is looking bright as it is going into its seventh straight year of economic growth.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: This week I moved to relieve Idaho’s overloaded federal courts by introducing a bill authorizing a third U.S. District judge in the District of Idaho. Since 2015, Idaho has had just one full-time district court judge and the Judicial Conference of the United States has declared a judicial emergency in our state.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: In its most recent report out in June, the Trustees of the Social Security trust fund provided another warning that Congress must act now to address the shortfalls of the Social Security trust fund.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: The new Republican-controlled Congress convened last week. We’re eager to work with President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office Jan. 20. My agenda has much in common with our new President’s plans and I look forward to a very productive partnership.
December
Rosanne Smith: ... Moyie Springs already has a youth center. It is called "outdoors." It involves riding bikes, walking with parents, playing in the yard with their pets and neighbors, walking to the store, sledding and many more activities.
Robin Merrifield: Thank you, Mr. Bauer, for your letter to NewsBF.com regarding the Go-On rate of Bonners Ferry High School students. First of all, we'd like to ensure the data is correctly reported. Bonners Ferry High School's "Go-On" rate for 2015 was 45%, up from 41% in 2014.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: The quiet service and giving spirit of Idahoans are among the many blessings I am counting this holiday season. A recently released study from the Corporation for Community and National Service further confirmed the prevalent service in Idaho communities concluding that Idaho ranks fifth in the nation for volunteer service.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: As 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank you for the privilege of serving the First Congressional District of Idaho. Constituents inspire me every day with their commitment to hard work, family and community.
Larry Bauer: In the "things we can do better" part of School Superintendent Pflueger's most recent Superintendent Scoop report, he did not mention the need for the district to improve the "Go On" rate. Only 40-percent of graduating students at Bonners Ferry High School will go to a tech school, community college or four year school. The military is not included in this figure.
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo: A Haskett point from the Snake River is one of the historical items from Idaho on display in the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. The museum dates the point’s creation to a remarkable 10,000-6,000 BC. The Native American tribes of Idaho — the Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Paiute — are undoubtedly a deep and central part of Idaho’s history and development.
U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador: Some Americans are so disappointed by the result of the election that they call for abolition of a 229-year-old institution that has kept our nation strong and united, the Electoral College.
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