U.S. Marine Robert Holmes in Afghanistan

We’ve put a lot of work into building relationships in Afghanistan, and we can’t stop now

BY: - September 10, 2021

Shona ba shona. When Master Sgt. Robert Holmes was a Marine in Afghanistan, this is the phrase he would use again and again to strengthen relationships with his Afghan counterparts: interpreters, military police and Afghan service members. Holmes said they all wanted the same thing: to make whole a country at war for longer than […]

Embassy Of Afghanistan In Washington DC

Words of advice to my brothers and sisters who served in Afghanistan

BY: - September 9, 2021

Originally published on Aug. 21, 2021 in The Hill Having served in Vietnam in 1968-1969 and had my heart broken by the precipitous fall of the South Vietnamese government in 1975, I have a sense of how our veterans who served in Afghanistan must be feeling now. How could a good and generous country like […]

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Recreation tips: How to keep our popular South Fork Boise River corridor clean and beautiful

BY: - September 8, 2021

The South Fork of the Boise River is a scenic and popular place to go fishing, camping and whitewater rafting. It’s got a blue-ribbon rainbow trout fishery, lots of camp sites, and a challenging whitewater canyon. With a steady stream of new people moving into the greater Boise area, public use is increasing in the […]

Kootenai Health classroom converted into COVID unit

30 Idaho health organizations: Our health care workers can do this, but we need your help.

BY: - September 3, 2021

Idahoans, we need your help. On behalf of 30 health care groups representing thousands of providers at every level across the state, we want to express our alarm at what we are witnessing now, and let you know what you can do to help.   First, health care providers are a diverse group of people. Some […]

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$1.4B surplus is Idaho’s ‘historic opportunity’ to fund education, build skilled workforce

BY: - September 2, 2021

What if one of Idaho’s companies received a $1.4 billion windfall? Many business leaders would invest it to make their companies more profitable for years to come. Well, Idaho is sitting on a $1.4 billion-surplus, and it has a historic opportunity to invest that money to create greater prosperity for this and future generations of […]

The Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise on March 23, 2021.

Idaho’s defense of unconstitutional initiative bill cost taxpayers another third-to-half a million

BY: - September 1, 2021

The Idaho Supreme Court delivered a resounding blow for democracy of, by and for the people on Aug. 23, declaring the Legislature’s bill to throttle the initiative and referendum to be unconstitutional. Although many people, including five former Idaho attorneys general, had warned that the legislation, Senate Bill 1110, was violative of the Idaho Constitution, […]

Idaho State Capitol building's dome

Redistricting process may put Southern Idaho Democrats — especially in Blaine County — at risk

BY: - August 30, 2021

The new census data for Idaho was released this month, and for Southern Idaho, there’s likely to be more pressure on the Democratic island of Blaine County and District 26 which could well tip to Republicans in coming elections.  The reason is in the numbers. The Wood River Valley, with its traditional Democratic representation in […]

St. Luke's patient receives vaccine

Idahoans are tough. We can protect our freedoms by fighting our common enemy: the coronavirus.

BY: , and - August 27, 2021

The valiant struggle of today’s health care workers against the coronavirus hearkens back to one of the toughest enemies George Washington faced while fighting for American independence: variola, the smallpox virus. Smallpox was decimating the ranks of the Continentals in 1776, threatening our fight for freedom. Despite misgivings of the Continental Congress, Washington ordered a […]

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FDA approval of COVID-19 vaccine may prevent looming hospital capacity crisis

BY: - August 24, 2021

Late last week, Idaho stood up its first Medical Operations Coordination Cell calls in response to COVID-19. The name may sound innocuous, but it could be the most ominous action taken so far by our health care system during this pandemic. To deal with the expanding overflow of patients, hospitals and EMS leaders are working […]

Congressman Mike Simpson

The content of Simpson’s salmon plan has been at forefront. But its character may matter even more.

BY: - August 24, 2021

Editor’s note: This piece includes numbered footnotes (*1, *2, *3, etc.) to maintain the structural integrity of the guest columnist’s original work. You can find the corresponding information at the end of this column. The beat goes on to salmon extinction in Idaho and northeast Oregon.  New evidence is constant. A few Snake River sockeye […]

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Idaho-grown lawyer nominated by President Joe Biden to become next U.S. solicitor general

BY: - August 18, 2021

President Joe Biden has nominated a native Idahoan, Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar, to serve as next Solicitor General of the United States. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would be the second woman to head that office. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who served from 2009 to 2010, was the first. Prelogar would be the […]

A house for sale in the North End of Boise on March 21, 2021.

We must address our housing crisis. Funding Idaho’s trust fund for first time is a way to start.

BY: - August 11, 2021

Idaho continues to make national news for its booming real estate market as people flock to the Gem State in droves, causing home values and rental costs to skyrocket.  As a result, people who’ve lived here for generations are being forced to move to other states. In some cases, Idahoans are losing their housing and […]