Judy was really sick, and she didn’t get better. Finally, her husband, Kent, decided she needed to go to the hospital.

Saving for retirement is important but often difficult, especially when faced with the increased uncertainty of the pandemic. When paychecks have to cover mortgages, rent, car payments, food, utilities, gas, college and other important obligations, steady retirement savings is often challeng…

Americans have a constitutional right to a fair and speedy trial, but the Idaho Supreme Court is arguably denying justice for thousands of Idahoans by suspending jury trials indefinitely, using Covid-19 as an excuse. There’s no telling when juries will again be empaneled, but the Supreme Cou…

My mother is almost ninety-five and hard to buy gifts for. She always says, “Don’t buy me things. I probably have everything I need, and if I don’t, I will get it when I need it.”

Andrew lay in the hospital bed trying to remember what had happened. Gradually it started to come back to him. His unit had come under heavy German bombardment as they fought their way east of Paris. Everyone had rushed for cover. The American forces had responded with a bombardment of their own.

As we head into the Christmas holiday season and the watch 2020 come to a close, I must admit that I’m feeling a bit of sadness – and a little bit of joy – contemplating the departure of two very valuable long-time members of the Idaho Water Resource Board – Vince Alberdi of Kimberly and Joh…

The world of Zoom is interesting. Being in education, I have had a fair amount of training on Zoom. Some of that training has centered around what happens if someone hacks or bombs your Zoom session. I was grateful a couple of weeks ago for that training.

I understand in Biden's acceptance speech, he asked for unification among Trump supporters. That was offensive. How can you ask me to respect your president when you have spent four years disrespecting my president ? Four years ago Trump asked for unity. Congressional members of the Democrat…

I am a resident of Rigby, and having spent nearly all my career in local government, I think qualifies me to make an observation here. I have attended a few city council meetings and have become aware of some of the issues with which Rigby has to deal. During this COVID situation, it appears…

Central Fire District, with the kind citizens of Jefferson County and the surrounding area, have rocked it again this year with its patented 8th annual Heap the Helmet campaign. Each year for the past eight years, the Central Fire EMTs and Firefighters have set up in Broulim’s parking lot an…

Over the last couple of years, Congress has ushered in a new chapter in U.S. nuclear energy by enacting legislation promoting nuclear innovation. The advancement of clean, reliable nuclear energy is paramount to maintaining the United States’ eminence in nuclear power, research and innovatio…

When we visit our children, one thing I really enjoy is pizza and movie night with my grandchildren. It usually gives their parents time for a date, and it gives my wife and me time with our grandchildren. I always buy the pizza and the pop and rent the movie.

It was the early 1980s, and the International Olympic Committee had been doing drug testing for some time. Though the National College Athletic Association hadn’t yet implemented similar measures, there was talk of it possibly coming. It was against this backdrop that Martin walked into the …

Idahoans have endured a lot over the last year. On both an economic and personal level, we have collectively been through more hardships in 2020 than in any other year in recent memory. In spite of these many adversities, I have seen great courage and resilience among Idaho’s people. It has …

Before the election I saw internet pictures of people putting plywood over store windows in an effort to save their businesses from all the rioting expected if Trump won the election. It, of course, didn't happen and I congratulate Trump voters. They, like me, may have been disappointed and …

One thing I love about working at the university is the young people I have the opportunity to associate with. We recently had two young ladies spend a lot of time in our home. One of them, Laura, was in my math class. The other, Kathy, was one of my wife’s Elementary Music Methods students.…

The pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of how we live, work, recreate and celebrate. From mundane tasks to once-in-a-lifetime events to medical emergencies, our engagement has been drastically changed.

In this turbulent political and social unrest era in our history, I sure am glad and grateful to be living in Idaho. While government in the Gem State isn’t perfect, compared to some other states it’s clean and scandal free of voter fraud.

Some of us were visiting after church, and since Thanksgiving had just passed, the topic of conversation turned to turkeys. Our neighbor had one that had become rather mean. He was telling about it and how he would never raise a turkey again.

WWII veteran, Mayor Keith Scott (deceased) had a large impact on the city of Rigby and Jefferson County. He served in the Army, specifically under General George Patton in "The Battle of the Bulge" in Europe, 1945. Many lives were lost in this battle.

I, like Grant Hunter, wholeheartedly applaud what President Trump has accomplished for America. And to those DEMS out there…take time to do some research and learn about all the records in unemployment/job growth/minority support, etc. that the Trump administration has achieved. NO other pre…

In Idaho, we do not have to look far for good works. So many Idahoans work hard to lift burdens and brighten the days of others. This year’s Spirit of Freedom: Idaho Veterans Service Award recipients are a reminder of the great Idahoans who make our state such a wonderful place to live.

It appears Biden has won. One prominent Republican senator has predicted that the Republicans will probably never again win a presidential election. Future voters coming out of our public schools and universities seem to have accepted socialism as the new normal. Biden says he wants to unify…

Thanks Jefferson Star manager Earlene Poole, reporter Samantha Vanderwalker, writer Tiffany Zweifel and anyone I may have missed, for the excellent additional insert in The Jefferson Star on Nov. 11, 2020.

I have the smartest grandchildren. Of course, all grandparents think they do, but I really do. My daughter and her family came to spend a few weeks with us in the summer, and I quickly learned how smart my grandchildren are. Of course, part of intelligence is a matter of curiosity, and it wa…

We knew the COVID-19 pandemic would affect enrollment at Idaho’s public higher education institutions this fall. But now that the numbers are in, we at the State Board of Education are feeling rather optimistic.

Self-governance guides our nation. Our country’s Founders affirmed its central role in the formation of our country in the Declaration of Independence when they asserted that to secure our freedoms our government must derive its just powers from “the consent of the governed.” Voting is an im…

Have you ever had what you considered was a good idea, only to have it backfire? Something that happened recently because of the Covid virus is a case in point.

It has been known since early spring that the dreaded COVID-19 virus is less virulent, spreads less, and is less infectious in K-12 children than viruses that cause seasonal flu. If you are a teacher who is less than 70 years old, you have a 99.9% chance of recovering if you become infected.…

I am grateful to Idahoans who share their views with me about issues or legislation needing congressional attention. Bob and Carmelita Jones with the Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary recently asked that I consider co-sponsoring S. 514, the Deborah Sampson Act. This legi…

I had watched my student, Colleen, grow strong as she worked through her divorce and started a new life for herself and her two children. So I was surprised the next semester when she came into my office crying. She flopped into a chair and spoke through her tears.

One of the greatest world challenges of our time, without a doubt, has been the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Although we have seen progress at various times, lasting, concrete peace has eluded world leaders, and its attainment has eclipsed administrations. The recent Abraham Accords …

Though Lenny had won the last round with his uncle the previous Halloween, when he asked me if I wanted to be in on his next prank, I declined. From my record of the pranks over the years, his uncle had more wins than Lenny did. But Lenny knew he could count on Butch and Buster, and, true to…

Gov. Brad Little recently announced that the state is on track to end the fiscal year with a budget surplus of more than half a billion dollars, or roughly 14 percent of the state’s general fund budget. That admission potentially added a whole new level of complexity to an already daunting p…

I, Jim W. Tarpley, sincerely wish to apologize to the Jefferson Star, Earlene, and the reporter that interviewed me, and my son on the phone.

When Hitler took over Germany, he controlled the schools with propaganda, organized the youth to right perceived wrongs, created shortages, closed churches and controlled citizens comings and goings. He proclaimed Germans as the superior race. None of that was right but it sounds very famili…

I've heard it said that Joe Biden is a nice old man and, if elected, will sit in his cell in the White house wearing a mask. He will say nice politically correct things to make people feel good. The country will be run by Kamala Harris and the Bernie Sanders wing of the party. I feel Biden i…

I just want to tell everybody what a wonderful School District I live in and have the pleasure of being a Trustee in! I'm thankful my job allows me the flexibility to effectively volunteer (school board members are not paid) and work.

Next legislative session, city and county officials and their hired lobbyists will arrive at the Capitol to object to property-tax relief. I hope they get laughed out of the building. Local officials’ handling of Gov. Brad Little’s proposal to provide a one-time property-tax cut to Idahoans …

There are only a couple of jobs that I really hate to do, and I have been working on one of them this month. I am getting old enough so that I don’t brand cattle anymore, so I was doing the other job I hate—painting the house.

It has been an honor serving on the Eastern Idaho health board as the representative from Jefferson County with the seven other county representatives and a resident doctor who also has a Master’s degree in public health. I have enjoyed it despite our current situation. I don’t think anyone …

The 2020 wildfire season has been one of the most active on record. So far, 44,174 wildfires have burned 7.1 million acres, with over five million acres in California, Oregon and Washington alone. In Idaho, 15 wildfires have burned more than 200,000 acres so far.

David, an old high school friend, sat by me at a football game. After we watched the opening kickoff, he turned to me and asked, “How did you end up becoming the kickoff person for our high school team? That seems unusual for a lineman.”