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A Republican-sponsored bill in the Idaho House of Representatives would require even declared Republicans to register to vote in the party’s closed presidential primary at least 90 days in advance. Currently, voters are required to register 60 days in advance of a primary.

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For tens of thousands of Idahoans looking to get ahead, the 2020 legislative session may come down to two issues: the future of Medicaid expansion and education investments in our state.

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    In the emergency department, our staff is ready to assist you when you need us. Our skilled and compassionate board-certified emergency medicine physicians and staff are trained to treat trauma of all kinds. However, some trauma is preventable. We, the staff of St. Luke’s Wood River emer…

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Killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani was an assassination, no matter what the excuse or what it is called. Assassination should never be an acceptable American practice.

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Trust in government is at an all-time low. Idaho is no exception. That’s why Caldwell Sen. Jim Rice’s proposal to increase the state sales tax from the existing 6 percent to 7 percent to fund schools will have a hard time gaining traction.

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    I am on the board of the Wood River Land Trust and lead a task force working on ways to repair the reach in the Big Wood River upstream from the entrance to Hulen Meadows, restore the pond and preserve the BLM riverfront property downstream to the Sun Peak area. The editorial in the Jan.…

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    I am concerned: The telecommunications industry is rolling out 5G wireless technology that emits radiation. Radiation is proven to cause cancer, DNA damage and a host of serious health concerns. Remember (Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Fukushima). Harm from excessive radiation is the same…

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    Many residents of the Wood River Valley are concerned about the small cell wireless antennas being deployed in our community, as this newspaper explored in recent articles. There is also the new development that the Idaho Department of Lands put a bid to place a tall cell tower on Butter…

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    The Hulen Meadows Pond should not receive one dollar of public or nonprofit support unless it remains open to the public and does not become a fenced visual amenity for a bluff-top subdivision that overlooks it.

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    How can Idaho congressmen in good conscience continue to support and defend Donald J. Trump? Wherever he goes, at home or abroad, he tracks the stench of his perceived, personal supremacy and absolute authority. Words like truth, honor, loyalty and patriotism ring hollow in his mouth. In…

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    The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight and embrace a plant-based diet.

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    On Dec. 20, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 against Idaho Power’s proposal to gut solar net metering in our state. Thank you to the PUC for standing with the public interest. Idaho Power had proposed to cut by half what it pays to solar producers for power generated onto …

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    In reading your great little paper, it seems many people around here are hung up on health.

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    My wife and I have been visiting our son who lives in Hailey for several years from Boise. Just wanted to say that we enjoy the Fourth of July parade in Hailey very much and we’re also quite impressed with the Christmas decorations throughout downtown Hailey this year. The residents and …

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court of Review is inherently anathema to an open, democratic society. It is also critical for ensuring that government does not invade the privacy of American citizens. That’s why FISA Court procedures must be fixed and scrupulously followed.

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Today’s the day New Year’s resolutions are made. Lose weight, get fit, give up unhealthy habits—blah, blah and blah. It’s the day people around the world try to reboot their lives and tweak their habits to try make life richer and more enjoyable.

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Today’s the day New Year’s resolutions are made. Lose weight, get fit, give up unhealthy habits—blah, blah and blah. It’s the day people around the world try to reboot their lives and tweak their habits to try make life richer and more enjoyable.

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At a time when our planet, our communities and our ecosystems need protection from irreversible destruction, too many “leaders” are failing us. For those of us tracking the state of our climate, December has been alarmingly filled with both dire scientific warnings and grave disappointments …

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It’s not just Santa you need to watch out for anymore. It’s not just the jolly elf who sees you when you’re sleeping and knows if you’re awake. It’s not the rotund, red-suited friend of Rudolf the reindeer who knows if you’ve been bad or good.

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The expansion of health coverage is certainly something to celebrate this holiday season. As 49,000 Idahoans and counting will have health coverage due to Medicaid expansion, we can all be grateful for the peace of mind, economic security and improved health that these families will enjoy. A…

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As a new resident of Sun Valley, I count my family very lucky to be here. In doing so, I must pay homage and give thanks to the individuals, families and patrons who have developed and preserved this extraordinary area.

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To her everlasting credit, 4th District Judge Deborah A. Bail last week torched Ada County’s paper-thin excuses for refusing to disclose public records.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have declared all-out war against Democrats because of what they characterize as unfair and baseless persecution of President Donald Trump. The actual cause of their unease is the U.S. Constitution.

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On Dec. 5, the parents of Ernest Hemingway STEAM School fifth-graders attended a meeting covering the procedure for enrollment in next year’s sixth grade. A letter was distributed that opened with the “good news” that the school “stabilized its enrollment” and “gave Blaine County parents an …

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The Idaho State Board of Education and the presidents of Idaho’s four-year institutions announced this week that there will be no increase in tuition in 2020. Last spring, I wrote in an opinion piece that tuition increases need to occur less often and pledged that the board and the president…

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A new nominee for the Scam Hall of Shame popped up in Idaho mailboxes last week. The national Republican Party’s mailer masquerades as an official U.S. Census document, but is really a fundraising piece.

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I just finished an educational and satisfying tour at the Blaine County Recycling Center with a group of middle school students from Syringa Mountain School and a member of the Environmental Resource Center. As the friendly and knowledgeable staff gave a detailed tour of the facility, the st…

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Fifty years ago this December, two friends in their early 20s drove from Seattle to Sun Valley to spend one winter skiing. That winter, we worked as dishwashers to make ends meet, and that summer we backpacked through the Sawtooths. With no grand plan, we stayed on year to year and the valle…

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It’s been over a year since the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi motioned for the trade agreement to be brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. Finally, Speaker Pelosi and congressional Democrats listened to…

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Three years into a unique presidency and on the verge of a possible impeachment, the nation would do well to remember that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not the enemy. The Russians are.

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If Idaho’s potato, beet or wheat harvests were threatened, state lawmakers would be up in arms. If the dairy and cattle industries were under siege, they would give speeches and wave bills on the floor of the Legislature. Idaho’s governor would proclaim in his annual State of the State addre…

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Reading the Dec. 4 Idaho Mountain Express (“Idaho Power dismisses lawsuit against EPA over dams”) reveals just one of the many serious travesties of our time. Shame on the EPA to allow warmer water temperatures where federally listed and protected fall Chinook salmon reproduce. Fall is a cri…

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Someone needs to write a zoning history of Blaine County and its cities. Without it, the area is doomed to reopen, reargue and relitigate density and location issues over and over.

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A little over two years ago, I walked into my classroom to begin my first year of teaching second grade in Twin Falls. The room was empty except for desks and shelves. Parents supplied some of the materials students needed. However, too many students had little or no supplies, which meant I …

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The holiday season is here, and this time of year it can seem especially difficult to be an environmental steward. The Environmental Resource Center is here to help and would like to share some of our favorite tips to get you started.