Fall migration is only just beginning and already we are seeing roadkill numbers rising on U.S. Highway 20. In the beginning of August, we had two moose killed on the Ashton Hill. Both were females, and one had engorged udders indicating she was likely pregnant or nursing. And just recently,…

Boise State University is now inviting its faculty and staff to attend a series of trainings on “white privilege” from an author who believes all white people are latent racists. The program consists of seven sessions, for which attendees earn credit as part of the school’s “diversity” program.

Dear Editor,In January, 1998, after a young mother tragically chose an unthinkable outcome for her baby, Sheila Powell, Roberts, saw a need for young moms facing unplanned pregnancies. She followed through with her vision, joined forces with others who have a heart for young mothers and thei…

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Over the summer, numerous “hearings” have been held on the Idaho Core Standards. Educators from across the state showed up to testify in defense of our Idaho Core Standards. These Idaho Core Standards were written by highly skilled Idaho teachers and are used to ensure our students have the …

The Idaho State Board of Education held hearings in August about Common Core education standards. Comments made by attendees prove that parents, students, business owners and even some educators are not entirely supportive of the standards that Idaho adopted almost a decade ago.

One day when I was in my mid-teens, I was helping an older lady from our community. Leona was a widow and almost 90. She lived alone and still took care of herself. But there was some yard work that was hard for her to do, so my parents would send me to help her now and then.

Kudos to the U.S. Forest Service if they are going to spend $25K to study wildlife vehicle collisions (WVCs) in the Island Park area. Highway 20 bisects the Cariboo-Targhee National Forest in Island Park, so it’s smart for USFS (and the Idaho Transportation Department). Of course they would …

This time of year, as students head back to school, my mind often turns to football. I loved sports, but due to the amount of work on the farm, my father had a rule that we could only be in one sport each year. My brothers and I traded turns being in sports and doing the chores. But since I …

I would like to address the uninformed lady from Hamer who commented on my picture with an animal I harvested in Africa. First off I want to apologize for kind of misleading you. I didn’t “shoot” just two animals , I shot 11. We did eat some of the meat while there, but the bulk of it went t…

Idahoans fed up with skyrocketing property taxes hope state lawmakers will step in and offer relief. But raising the homeowner’s exemption, which reduces the taxable value of owner-occupied residences, is not the answer and never has been. Raising the exemption only shifts the rising tax bur…

2019 was again, a huge community event. We had one of our biggest turnouts for the fair. We had a record number of 4-H and FFA youth showing animals. The commercial building was full of displays and exhibits. Entries included garden crops, artwork, quilts, youth projects and cooked goods.

I sure hope that Greg Eames of Menan is planning to eat the "wildebeest" and the "nyala" that he killed  while over in South Africa this summer. Looking at the picture in the Star, it appears that he killed them just for the "sport of killing" ... something I have never understood ... nor wi…

Last week I stopped for a road-killed moose on the shoulder of US-20 south of Island Park, pulling off in a safe turnout. In life she would have been a beautiful animal. She had a sleek coat, and full udders indicating she was nursing. Her calf was undoubtedly orphaned by her death.When I co…

Our community has a moose problem. This time of year, moose start to move into our yards, eating fruit from our trees and vegetables in our gardens. Oh, they do it the rest of the year, too, but it is most prevalent in the fall. That is why a bunch of the men gathered around before church to…

Idaho Education news reported two weeks ago that Governor Little’s K-12 Education Task Force Co-Chair, Bill Gilbert, has a plan to improve Gem State education outcomes: Make the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) scores the sole measure used in holding schools and districts “accountable” for stud…

Writing recently in the National Review, Peter N. Kirsanow, an attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights, calls for an end to segregationist activities on college campuses across the country. He notes that they have done nothing to reduce the student achievement gap and have…

Over the last two years, Congress and the Administration have taken a number of actions to reduce burdensome and unnecessary regulations, as well as slow the massive growth of new regulations. Through a combination of issuing executive orders, utilizing the Congressional Review Act to overtu…

I’m concerned about the amount of knowledge lost over summer vacation. I feel that instead of having one big break, the School District should divide the summer break into the school year. So then we have the same amount of vacation days, but we remember more of what the educators are teachi…

Joe, my roommate, and his fiancée, Rochelle, came into our apartment. Rochelle came into the kitchen where I was. “Daris, would you be willing to go out with my sister?” she asked.

Nearly everyone has received those calls in the middle of dinner, in the middle of getting kids to sleep or in the middle of trying to finish a project. We stop what we are doing. We hurry to answer the phone only to hear a long pause followed by an automated voice trying to defraud us of ou…

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In a lot of ways, it’s been a rough year to be an Idahoan. In the last several months, citizens have had to fight to preserve their most basic constitutional rights.

The benefits of living in rural Idaho communities are abundant — easy access to outdoor activities, strong sense of community, great places to raise children, neighbors banding together in times of need or to celebrate accomplishments and much more. But, some dealing with trying to pay high …

I was living in a community that decided to run a memorial exhibit on the Holocaust. I felt it would be a good learning experience for my family and me. When we reached the exhibit, we each randomly drew a name according to our age and gender. We put on a tag with that name, and we were supp…

Lewis had fought through World War II in the Pacific. He had seen many of his friends die, and he had himself been wounded. So when he was assigned as a guard at the war crimes trials in Japan, hatred burned in his heart for those he felt had been the cause of this destructive war.

Idaho’s cowboys and cowgirls have a lasting legacy in our great state, where personal responsibility, strength, hard work, integrity and determination are deeply rooted. Resourceful men and women helped build the Idaho we know today and continue to advance a time-honored tradition of living …

Shortly after 28 Republican legislators let Boise State University President Marlene Tromp know they’re concerned the school is using student and taxpayer dollars to advance an openly leftist agenda, top college officials and Idaho’s legislative Democrats made it absolutely clear there’s not…

Over the last decade, we have experienced a digital revolution that sees people using the internet to manage more of their daily lives. Mobile applications, social media and search engines have become everyday tools, but their usage is accompanied by a shocking amount of hidden data collecti…

“We need to end the government monopoly in education by transferring power from bureaucracies and unions to families.” This sentiment expressed by Jeb Bush, 43rd Governor of Florida as well as son and brother to two former presidents, reflects the reason the charter school movement began in …

After arriving home from a wrestling meet at one o’clock in the morning, my friends asked for a ride. We soon realized that the mechanic who had worked on the wiring in my pickup had mixed things up. However, once we knew what each switch did, we felt confident we could still make our way home.

When we think of what it means to be healthy, we often think of physical health — maintaining an optimal weight, eating well and not having any ailments slowing us down. However, the definition of “healthy” includes not just physical but also mental and emotional wellbeing. Distressing stati…

House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill contend that Julie Ellsworth is a squatter in the Statehouse. They say the newly-elected Idaho state treasurer has been served an eviction notice but refuses to comply. They’ve sued Ellsworth so the House can take over the treasurer’s o…

My daughter was in her mid-teens—those years when young people think that their parents don’t know too much. She chafed at the requirements of home, having to do chores, having a set time for bed, and eating what everyone else in the family ate instead of getting to choose for herself. She a…

Almost nine years after Idaho adopted Common Core, state officials still can’t say whether the supposedly-more-rigorous education standards have made a positive difference. Worse, mounting evidence from across the country shows the standards are nothing short of a disaster.

Every July 4 we celebrate the establishment of our nation and the values that created it. The freedoms that our inspired founders affirmed in the Declaration of Independence, and upheld in our Constitution, are the guiding principles of our Republic. The Declaration proclaims, “We hold these…

When I was in high school, I had a little pickup that I drove everywhere. But one day it started smelling like burning plastic. After further inspection, I found that some of the wiring had shorted and melted.

The State Board set the end of June for the Gem State’s teachers to submit Master Educator Portfolios in the hopes of earning their black belts. I am hopeful that many teachers in Idaho will be dutifully awarded this distinguishment as those portfolios are evaluated.

On Sundays I often try very hard to have "good thoughts" in my mind on my way to church. But it’s hard.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is truly special. It is perhaps the last intact mountain ecosystem left in the contiguous United States which has a full complement of wildlife ranging from apex predators to the smallest hummingbird in the country. The Upper Henry's Fork Watershed is a crit…

After the Teton Dam broke and water flooded the valley, we all worked long, hard hours to rebuild our lives, homes, and businesses. While my brothers often went out to help in the flood area, I was left home to take care of the chores there. My father also had me help the mechanics who worke…

“Ninety-seven percent of land in Custer County is state and federally owned and exempt from taxation,” explained Custer County Commissioner and Idaho Association of Counties Public Lands Committee Chairman Wayne Butts. “Counties and schools like ours can’t operate without federal forest payments.”

After reading Bob Ziel's letter in the June 5 newspaper, it reminded me of something my father once said. My father speaking as a Mormon, born and raised in the city of Rigby, Idaho. Namely, he once said, "Mormons are Gullible..."

I was a young, married college student. My wife and I had one small daughter, and every day after school I went to the job board on campus to find work to earn money for my little family. People called in jobs they needed filled, and the secretary posted them on the job board. It was always …

tOur flag is a powerful image of our national strength and American principles. The flag has stood on the Moon. Determined American soldiers raised our flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. It was flown on buildings after the September 11 attacks. The coffins of our best and bravest, who paid …

Though their population has increased, there are fewer Idaho teenagers in the workforce than there were 20 years ago. In 1998, more than 25,000 Idahoans between the ages of 14 and 18 were employed, two decades later, about 24,500 Idaho youngsters earn a paycheck, according to government data.

One of the ways we can honor fallen heroes beyond Memorial Day is by making certain that the benefits they more than paid for to ensure the wellbeing of their families after their death are fulfilled. I co-led the introduction of the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act that will correct an …

John, one of my roommates, had never learned to cook. His family had always had a lot of money and servants. But just before he came to college, his family had had a major setback and lost almost everything. He not only had nonexistent culinary skills, but now he had very little money.