Why Mountain Home Can't Have Nice Things?

Elmore County, Mountain Home Idaho, Tourism, Economy
Last edited on February 28, 2017

A local elected official has spoken up about why the citizens of  Mountain Home, Idaho and Elmore County cannot afford to have nice things like an indoor pool. In her own word ...

"the population of Mountain Home and Elmore County is decreasing. The median income is less than the state average while the poverty level is higher than the state average." - Judy Mayne, a Western Elmore County Recreation District director in February 2017. 

What Can Mountain Home, Idaho Afford?
Mountain Home Idaho 2017 economic reality
In the last 15 months, the WECRD directors has told the citizens they cannot afford a recreation center even after taxing the residents for the last 15 years.for that new building.

This is the economic environment that new businesses and even incoming military members find themselves in when faced with the prospect of relocating to Mountain Home, Idaho now and in the future.

The full statement from Judy Mayne', director of the Western Elmore County Recreation District (WECRD):
I love to swim and value what private and public pools offer individuals, families, and communities. My family and I are big fans of our community pool. I participate in water aerobics 3-4 days/week with my daughter and friends. It's great! My 3 grandchildren take swim lessons throughout the summer and every year we rent the pool for a summer birthday party. WE LOVE the POOL!
When I first began researching pools I supported a year-round pool for Mountain Home. I couldn't understand why Stan Franks and some others said it would not work. As I became more educated on the actual costs involved in building and maintaining pools, and the patterns of use, reality sunk in and I came to the conclusion that, as much as people love the concept, this is not feasible for our community.
Pool use is seasonal for most people. The high cost to operate a pool for an additional 9 months for a limited number of people is prohibitive. In addition, the population of Mountain Home and Elmore County is decreasing. The median income is less than the state average while the poverty level is higher than the state average. Pursing this unrealistic dream of a year-round pool prevents the WECRD and the City from offering other types of recreational opportunities and facilities that benefit our community and are far less expensive to build and maintain. We have an aging public pool and efforts need to be put into assessing options to preserve this important community resource.




Link to Mayne's full statement can be found at: http://www.wecrd.org/index.php/pools


Originally published on February 28, 2017



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Owyhee Mtns Vinson Wash Outing - Public Lands

Photography, Outdoors, Owyhee County, Idaho, Desert, Public Lands
Last edited on February 26, 2017

A fork on an unnamed road in the Owyhee Mountains
A sunny, 40℉  February 2017 day in the Owyhee Mountains of southern Idaho. 
Sunshine has been a rare commodity in southern Idaho this winter. So when the opportunity presented itself, I took it and headed into the Owyhee Mountains for a pre-microadventure exploration hike.

This area about 15 miles southwest of Grand View, Idaho and about 50 miles south of Boise, Idaho and will likely be the location of a future microadventure in 2017. It's a sagebrush covered desert environment with a number of peaks to explore. And I have explored many of them since 2007. But now it's time to get out into these "deserty" mountains for a overnight camping adventures.

The two-track seen in this photograph has no name that I know of. It is only suitable for high clearance vehicles and of course ATVs, motorcycles and hiking. I walked.

This photograph was taken at 42.8234194, -116.2587694 on February 25, 2017 at 2:45 P.M. while facing west.

Peak 5141 is located at 42.826619, -116.310974 and is about two and three-quarter miles away from the photo location.

Ownership
On this exploration, I hiked a total of 4.13 miles and at no time did I step foot on anything other than public lands. From the research I have done, most of the lands within a 10 mile radius of the hike are federal lands and freely open to hiking ... no permission needed.

The next biggest land owner within a 10 mile radius of my hike is the State of Idaho. Idaho owned lands are a peculiar in that they can lock out citizens of the state when they wish and for any reason apparently. Idaho also has a long history of selling off their "state lands." For this reason, the citizens of the U.S. need to tell their representative to keep public lands open and free to all of us. Once lands are sold off to corporations or private parties, the "No Trespassing" signs and fences go up.

Private property is the last ownership category in this area. Most of the private lands in this area are located in the river/creek valleys and are mainly ranch lands.

Directions to the photo location from Grand View Idaho
Turn left onto ID-78 E 2.1 mi  Slight right onto Mud Flat Rd/Shoofly Rd  Continue to follow Mud Flat Rd 15.7 mi  Turn right onto Oreana Loop Rd/Poison Creek Cutoff 2.7 miles. Look for a two-track dirt road on the left.



Originally published on February 26, 2017


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Mountain Home Idaho and Urban Blight

Mountain Home, Business & Tourism
Last edited on February 24, 2017

Urban Blight On Displayed

Click the photo for a better version of the Mountain Home, Idaho blight

There are cities in the rust belt of the U.S. where enterprising individuals are making a living by taking tourists on "urban blight tours." All the while, there are quasi-government agencies using your tax dollars to fight that urban blight. The yin and yang of this reality is interesting considering Mountain Home, Idaho is considering marketing the city's abundant urban blight as a mid-century modern attraction.

I personally don't believe the mid-century modern rebranding and marketing effort will be successful. I've been wrong before. But, what say you? Would the mid-century modern urban blight draw you or your company into Mountain Home, Idaho? Remember, the modern and growing city of Boise is just 45 miles away.


Location / Address / Coordinates of the Photograph
Approximately one-half mile from the core downtown business district in Mountain Home.

800 South 3rd West Street
Mountain Home, ID 83647

Coordinates: 43.124541°, -115.692482°


Definition
Urban decay (also known as urban rot and urban blight) is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. It may feature deindustrialization, depopulation or changing population, restructuring, abandoned buildings, high local unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and a desolate, inhospitable city landscape. Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_decay


#MountainHomeIdaho, #Vacation, #LoveToTravel, #travel, #instatravel, #travelgram, #tourist, #tourism, #vacation, #traveling, #trip, #business, #Blight, #InDecline


Originally published on February 24, 2017



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Mountain Home Idaho - A New Mid-Century Modern City?

Mountain Home Idaho & Travel
Last edited on February 24, 2017

The city has been told by an internationally renowned tourism expert it should think about rebranding as "mid-century modern" city to draw in tourists and visitors. Why? Because of the abundance of mid-century modern signs and architecture in the area.

"This city has been going downhill since we retired here in 1998." - Leana Crosby

Of the six hotels in Mountain Home, three were likely built during the mid-century era of 1933 though 1965. I can speak personally of only two of the three mid-century modern hotels will only say "ewwww."

Mountain Home, Idaho - A New Mid-Century Modern City In Decline
This hotel property is located just one-half mile from Mountain Home, Idaho's downtown core business district.
Coordinates: 43.125396°, -115.692060°
Link: https://goo.gl/photos/afHXs1td2jt6Azs59

If the best concept for rebranding the town of Mountain Home, Idaho is embracing the "old ewwww" and the city actually takes that expert advice, then they have other mid-century modern hotels projects that are hammer-and-nail ready. The only thing missing is the private investment into making that mid-century modern dream a reality.

Wikipedia says: "Mid-century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term, employed as a style descriptor as early as the mid-1950s, was reaffirmed in 1983 by Cara Greenberg in the title of her book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style that is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement. Credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-century_modern

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Originally published on February 23, 2017


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Empty Street in Mountain Home Idaho

Mountain Home, Idaho
Lasted edited on February 22, 2017

Mountain Home, Idaho has been said to "have a vibrant downtown." They also say its "core business district is coming back" and they are on the edge of greatness. But take a look at the empty streets and lack of pedestrian traffic during the peak business hours.

The Empty Streets
The core business district streets of Mountain Home, Idaho during a warm February 2017 afternoon.
For a larger version of the photograph: https://goo.gl/photos/jCBULnmvVMXDtUqs8

An international tourism expert said "all roads lead out of Mountain Home, Idaho" during his visit in 2016. Nothing has changed.

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Originally published on February 22, 2017



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Part 2 - State Representative Asked To Investigate Voter Fraud

Idaho State Government and State Politics
DRAFT - Last update on February 19, 2017

"There has been no significant voter error or fraud in Idaho." - Brent Hill, President Pro Tempore of the Idaho State Senate on February 17, 2017

Two sides to every fraud claims


As I moved forward with my with my quest to get my state officials to either investigate or disavow President Trump's on-going claim of massive voter fraud, I wanted to document the actions our elected representatives and state employees are taking on the issue.

The response I received from one state representative will send me in a new direction. So come back in the later parts of February 2017 to see where this mess is going. Search for the keyword "fraud."

The Background
In Part 1 (here is the link) of my "State Representative Asked To Investigate Voter Fraud" post, I wrote about why I am challenging my state representatives to start an investigation into President Trump's massive voter fraud allegation.

As citizens of the U.S. we should be concerned whether the process we use to elect individuals who will be making critical decisions for us isn't compromised. Pretty basic, yet extremely important stuff ... yes? And the leader of this country is insisting that process has been compromised. Shouldn't our elected officials, at all levels of government, investigate that serious claim?

Here are the responses I have received from my request of an investigation ...

#1. On February 13, 2017 at 8:20 A.M. Representative Christy Zito responded with this short response:
"I am going to the Secretary of State to find out"

#2. On February 17, 2017, Senator Brent Hill responded to my inquiry with the following:

Dear Mr. Bondy,
Thank you for your email expressing your concerns over possible voter fraud in Idaho. I have met with Idaho’s Secretary of State, Lawrence Denney, who has indicated that his office has indeed investigated and reviewed the last General Election and has determined that there has been no significant voter error or fraud in Idaho. Obviously, we cannot vouch for practices or problems in other states, but Idaho runs a very clean ship.

I hope that helps to alleviate some of the concerns with which you are dealing.

Thank you for your interest in this important issue.

Brent Hill

Home: 
1010 South 2nd East
Rexburg, ID 83440
208-356-7495
Capitol: P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0081
208-332-1300


My Preliminary Conclusion: Of the seven state representatives I contacted about the possible "massive voter fraud" issue, only two of those elected officials took the time to respond to me. Because of the weak responses I received over this concern, I have to conclude the following:
  • Our state representatives in Idaho believe almost any other issue is more important to them than President Trump's claim that massive voter fraud occurred during the 2016 general election. 
  • Or it's possible our state representative don't have the intestinal fortitude to notify our federal officials that they believe President Trump is wrong about massive voter fraud, at least in Idaho. A statistically impossibility if massive voter fraud did occur as the president claims. 
  • There is voter fraud happening in Idaho and at least one elected official (Senator Brent Hill from Rexburg, Idaho) finds it insignificant and possibly acceptable. The other six representative are apathetic to voter fraud, based on their response, actions or lack of response.
  • Instead, some Idaho officials are downright "whizzingly" scared over the miniscule probability that our federal government is trying to “nationalize our state elections” and/or influence the Idaho's election process.
Seriously ... the Idaho Secretary of State is concerned about an incident involving a U.S. government owned computer that pinged an Idaho election website... a website that contains no sensitive voter information. This pinging, they seem to believe, could turn into a brutal and rapid U.S. gubment take-over? Yet, these same official aren't concerned when the CIA and FBI insist that the Russian government influenced the 2016 election. http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article132848459.html

Representative Ambivalence


Where Next? To the Idaho Secretary of State: I certainly cannot allow voter fraud ambivalence to creep into our present or future elections. Because of my strong feelings about voter fraud, I will be asking for information regarding the investigation our Secretary of State's office conducted recently and likely try to obtain documentation on the voter fraud Senator Brent Hill indicates they uncovered. From the linked article above, there is likely only three case of verifiable voter fraud in the last election. But I'm willing to ask the tough questions of my government that even my elected officials won't.

The information in this post is current only up to the originally published date on Sunday, February 19, 2017. However some editing may be accomplished in the future to improve the readability of the post.

Originally published on Feb. 19, 2017.


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Twitter and the Sweden Incident

Creativity and Humor
Last updated on February 19, 2017

After President Trump clumsily tried to tell the world about how dangerous he thinks conditions are in Sweden after allowing refugees into their country, an extremely humorous tweet storm developed.

Here is one that is laugh-out-loud funny. The use of phrase "Hurby Flurby Schmurby" just made my day and I have no clue what it means but understand where the author was going with it.

Just Laugh

For some background information on this tweet use #SwedenIncident or read one of the many news stories. Here is the first one I saw on a google search.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/19/sweden-has-no-idea-what-trump-meant-when-he-said-you-look-at-whats-happening-in-sweden/?utm_term=.030a82d95e98

Published on February 19, 2017




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Coal Waste In Our Waterways Isn't A Choice

Environment and Government
Lasted edited on February 18, 2017

Pristine creeks like this one in Idaho need protection in perpetuity 


For better or worse, On February 16, 2017, our government repealed a law that was protecting some of this nation's waterways from coal mining waste.
I certainly hope the creeks, streams and/or rivers I will be fishing and swimming in during the rest of my life are not affected by this change. And if your domestic water source is one of the waterways that just lost some protection from that coal mining waste, I suggest you start writing your representatives to see if they can help.
From the research I have done on this bill, I believe the actions of our lawmakers and President Trump on this issue were irresponsible and reckless. 

Supporting Documentation

H.J.Res.38 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. 

This joint resolution nullifies the Stream Protection Rule finalized by the Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 20, 2016. The rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites.



The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2017
Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.J. Resolution 38

Roosevelt Room 

3:43 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Okay.  We had an exciting news conference before.  And some people loved it.  I think nobody hated it, but it was -- I think it was very productive.  And thank you all for being there, that was very nice.  And thank you, all of the wonderful politicians, but -- right, Mitch, especially the miners that are with us, right?  So I just want to thank you.  Seriously.  (Applause.)  We appreciate it.  We appreciate it very much.

And this is our second bill signing this week as we continue to work for the American people.  This is H.J. Resolution 38, and that will eliminate another terrible job-killing rule, saving many thousands of American jobs, especially in the mines, which I’ve been promising you.  The mines are a big deal.  I’ve had support from some of you folks right from the very beginning, and I won’t forget it.  I went to West Virginia and I -- we had 17,000, 18,000 people that couldn’t get into that big arena, right?  You were a few of them.  But that was some day and some night.  

I want to thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop -- thank you, Rob -- and Representative Bill Johnson, who worked very hard on this bill.  And they really did, they worked very hard.  This was a tough one.

I also want to thank the great members of Congress who have joined us today.  We have a lot of them.  In eliminating this rule, I am continuing to keep my promise to the American people to get rid of wasteful regulations that do nothing -- absolutely nothing -- but slow down the economy, hamstring companies, push jobs to other countries -- which is happening all over, although I must tell you, we’ve stopped it.  You’ve seen all the factories, all the plants that are moving back.  They’re going back to a lot of places.  So you know that, right, fellas?  They’re moving back fast.  Ford, General Motors, Fiat -- so many.  Very happy.

Compliance costs for this rule would be over $50 million a year for the coal industry alone, and it’s unnecessary.  I want to also thank the incredible coal miners who are with us today.  I think we can maybe thank them the most, right, for -- political leaders.  (Applause.)  You folks have put up with a lot.  And you know, in other countries, they love their coal.  Over here, we haven’t treated it with the respect it deserves.  Even for defense, having that coal is a very important thing for us.  So I want to thank you all.

This rule we’re eliminating it’s a major threat to your jobs, and we’re going to get rid of that threat immediately.  We’re going to fight for you like I promised I would in the campaign.  And you were very good to me, and I’m going to be even better to you, I promise you that.

And we’re going to fight for, also, low-energy prices for all Americans.  There’s a spirit of optimism rising across the country.  It’s going to continue to grow as we sign more and more bills.  We’re going to make our nation more than competitive -- not just competitive, we’re going to be more than competitive.  And we’re going to win at many, many industries.  We’re already starting back with the automobile industry.  We had the airline industry in the other day.  They have rules and regulations that by the time they get through it, it’s -- nothing left, and they have to get rid of a lot of jobs.  We had a great meeting, actually.

We had the unions in.  We had the workers in.  We had a lot of people in, and they were all very excited about what’s happening.  And I haven’t looked yet at the stock market, but it’s been going up at record clips.  We have a tremendous streak going on.  And that’s only because of the optimism.  They feel the optimism.  And that optimism is creating a lot of jobs.

So it’s an honor to have everybody with us, and, in particular, the miners.  We appreciate everything you’ve done, fellas.  Thank you very much.  

Would anybody like to say a few words?  How about one of the miners saying a few words?  I hear these guys all the time.  I hear Rand all the time.  (Laughter.)  Come on.  Who’d like to -- come on, Mike.

MR. NELSON:  President Trump, we thank you very much for everything you’ve done for us.  Everything that you’re doing for our industry is very much needed.  I’ve been mining in this industry for 40 years, and this is a very exciting time for our industry.  Thank you very much.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.

SENATOR MANCHIN:  Tell him where you’re from, Mike.

MR. NELSON:  I’m from Morgantown, West Virginia, but I work at the Marion County Coal Company.

THE PRESIDENT:  How did I do in that area?

MR. NELSON:  Oh, you did great.  (Laughter and applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Good.  Good.  Say something.

CONGRESSWOMAN CAPITO:  Well, President Trump --

THE PRESIDENT:  You’re a -- you represent.

CONGRESSWOMAN CAPITO:  Yes.  Representing West Virginia as the Senator, and Senator Manchin and I, and we have our congressional delegation here -- Congressman Jenkins, Congressman McKinley, and Congressman Mooney.  This is a lifeline to us, and these miners, they mine in West Virginia.  It’s a source of pride for us as a state that we’ve been able to power this country, and that we’ve had the opportunity to provide the energy to this country.  And thank you for being a partner with us and being a leader, President Trump, in this.  We believe in this, and we believe in your commitment to making sure American miners get back to work.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.) 

SENATOR PAUL:  This is a big day for Kentucky.  We want to thank President Trump for getting rid of this job-killing regulation.  It was scheduled to cost us thousands of more jobs.  Nobody seemed to care about Kentucky, but I can promise you, Eastern Kentucky voted about 75 percent for Donald J. Trump.  (Applause.) 

SENATOR MANCHIN:  Let me just say something very quickly.  There’s not a miner here that’s not an environmentalist.  So when people say that we don’t want to do the right thing -- there’s a balance between the environment and the economy, these miners would be the first ones to tell you.  They’re out in the woods, they’re hunting, they’re fishing, they’re doing everything possible.  All they want is the respect that -- basically they’ve given us the country we have because of the hard work of them and their fathers and grandfathers and all of their family has done.  
So I’m so proud.  These are all West Virginians too.  Makes it even prouder for all of us.  So thank you.  God bless you.

LEADER MCCONNELL:  Well, Mr. President, you know that the last eight years brought a depression -- a depression -- to Eastern Kentucky, and our folks are so excited to have a pro-coal President.  And we thank you so much for being on our side.  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Anybody else?  Come on.  Sure.  Absolutely.  You deserve it.

LEADER MCCONNELL:  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT:  You deserve it.  Come on up.

PARTICIPANT:  Well, Mr. President, this is an example of what you talked about so much during your campaign.  This is what is going to make America great again.  This is the legislative branch and you working together to keep the promise that you made to put coal miners back to work and to save the coal industry.  If we had not overturned this rule, we were looking at nearly 70,000 jobs across the country, and about 80 percent of our coal reserves being unavailable.  So thank you for your willingness to work with us to get this done.  It’s very, very important to the coal miners of this country and to our electricity grid.  Thank you, Mr. President.  (Applause.) 

PARTICIPANT:  As a 45-year miner, I’m very proud to be in this historic building, and I am very proud to be here with my President of the United States, who keeps his word.  And we thank you very much, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  It’s a great honor.  (Applause.)

So I want to thank everybody.  And tell your friends back in West Virginia and Kentucky and all the other places where we worked -- Wyoming --

SENATOR HEITKAMP:  North Dakota.

REPRESENTATIVE JORDAN:  Ohio.

THE PRESIDENT:  North Dakota.  Ohio.

REPRESENTATIVE LAMBORN:  Colorado.

THE PRESIDENT:  You’re right about that.  They have been fantastic.  Everybody’s been -- actually, everybody’s been great, and we appreciate it very much.  Special people.  Special workers.  We’re bringing it back, and we’re bringing it back fast.  We didn’t have to wait a long period of time.  It’s been very few days since I’ve been here, and I think this is long ahead of schedule, right?  Wouldn’t you say even --

SENATOR MANCHIN:  Absolutely.

THE PRESIDENT:  Even you might say -- (laughter) -- this is about four years faster than they thought would have happened.  So it’s my honor.  And, fellas, go back to work, all right?  I think we’ll take them into the Oval Office, right?  Let’s take them into the Oval Office.  Let’s have a little tour, okay?  They’ve probably been there many times before.  (Laughter.)  Come on.  Come with me.  Good.  

Thank you, everybody.  Thank you, very much.

AIDE:  Sign the bill here. 

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh.  (Laughter.) I could have gotten away with it.

PARTICIPANT:  It’s the important part.

(The President signs the bill.)

END
3:53 P.M. EST



Originally published on February 17, 2017


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Hyperbole Doesn't Keep Us Safe

Media and Journalism

Last edited on February 16, 2017

Hyperbole Doesn't Keep Us Safe 



For the first time in many years, an abundance of snow has fallen on southwestern Idaho. However, during the first part of February 2017, warm weather returned to Idaho causing much of that snow in the lower elevations to melt. That snowmelt has resulted in some small streams and creeks to overflow their banks causing roadbed to erode and many news reports of localized flooding.

"It takes just six inches of moving water to knock down a human being."

The old newspaper adage "if it bleeds, it leads" holds true in both large cities outlets as wells and small town newspapers across the globe. And the Idaho media has done a keen job covering the flooding and temporary road closures. As of February 13, 2017 the excess water and flooding is on the decrease.

Hyperbole Hurts?
Sometimes it's hard slow down the flow of blood coming out of that "if it bleeds, it leads" news culture when it comes to reporting on stories of flooding. It's even harder when the events occur over an extended period of time. But the media should realize hyperbole, especially the kind that gets repeated so often that it has become an "alternative truth," doesn't enhance the credibility of their honorable profession. I can honestly say we are currently living in an age where that hyperbole is actually helping to accelerate the decline of the newspaper industry.



Six inches of killer water?
What prompted me to write this story? I just read a newspaper editorial that states "It takes just six inches of moving water to knock down a human being." Why do newspaper reporters find it necessary to use obscure old wives tales whenever streams and rivers overflow their banks?

I have had years of practical experience walking across streams, creeks and rivers that were six inches deep and, many time, much deeper than that. I can safely say six inches of moving water has never even come close to knocking me down ... ever. Even when crossing a six inch deep creek with whitewater/small rapids and a stream bed of slimy, uneven rocks and tree branches to trip me up I never has a concern. Heck, I wouldn't even unhook my backpack waistband when crossing a six inch deep, fast moving creek. It's not really an obstacle to most humans beings. And we usually write from a "most human beings" perspective if we are going to resonate with the largest audience possible.

My normal hip-deep in water environment when fishing - Sept. 2016


Perspective
Six inches of water to me, a six-foot man, barely makes it above my ankles. Go ahead and pull out your tape measure and measure that six inch point on your leg. No, really ... go ahead and do it just so you know how ignorant it sounds to say "It takes just six inches of moving water to knock down a human being." Yes, I understand for a small child, six inches of moving water will be a big challenge to walk through and they likely will get knocked down. But not healthy normal adults.

Don't Fall For The Hype 
If you ever get involved in a flood event, use your common sense to avoid a dangerous situation. And when reading news of any kind, use your common sense (and a tape measure) to avoid being drawn into the sensationalism tactics some media members use to keep you actively engaged in a waning storyline.

Originally published on February 16, 2017


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State Representative Asked To Investigate Voter Fraud Part 1

Idaho State Government and State Politics
Last edited on February 13, 2017 

Since about January 23, 2016 President Donald Trump has claimed that three to five million illegal votes were cast during the 2016 election. It is time for our other elected official to investigate this very serious charge.

Did it happen and are Blanksma, Zito and Brackett lazy? I asked.


It seem rather odd that three weeks into President Trump's first term that no U.S. or State Representative has moved forward with an investigation of his massive voter fraud charges. Could it be our elected leaders do not care that about massive voter fraud or is it possible they don't believe the President of the United States.

Let's find out, at the Idaho State level, what our lawmakers will do when asked to start an investigation into this massive voter fraud issue. It will be interesting.

The Email To My Representative Asking To Investigate
On February 12, 2017, I sent the following email to my state representatives and selected leadership officials.


// Start Copy & Paste //
Subject: Please Investigate the Massive Voter Fraud  Tim Bondy 

Being a citizen of the Idaho's 2nd Congressional District, Idaho Legislative District 23 and a legal resident of Elmore County, Idaho, I believe it is your sworn duty to immediately, fully and very publicly investigate President Trump's claim that massive voter fraud occurred during the 2016 elections.

On January 23, 2017, at a While House meeting with congressional leaders, President Trump said that between three and five million illegal votes were cast during the 2016 election. Obviously, the President of the United State used the full powers of various intelligence and law enforcement agencies to research this claim of massive voter fraud.

In another policy communications news release on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, President Trump said he was going to “be asking for a major investigation into voter fraud, including those registered to vote in two states.” On that same day, the chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the “prime jurisdiction” to investigate alleged voter fraud is at the local and county levels. The chairman went on to say there is a federal function [to investigate] since states set voting laws and certify the tallies.

And just this week (Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017), White House policy adviser Stephen Miller said “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud.” It is obvious to all citizens that President Trump is now looking to individual states and more localized agencies to fully investigate this real and present danger to our nation and its voters.

I do not believe the United States of America can leave anything to chance when it comes to our democratic process and expect your investigation into this massive voter fraud to be all-encompassing. We can leave no stone unturned nor allow one illegal vote to mar our republic that so many fought and died for. Our goal is to make this country great again but with the entire 2016 election being called into question by President Trump, it's hard to see to this country ever achieving that goal.

When do you think the investigation into the massive voter fraud will begin?

Sincerely,

-S-

Tim Bondy
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Mountain Home ID 83647
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cc: [Transmitted on Sunday, February 12, 2017 to the following] Senator Bert Brackett / bbrackett@senate.idaho.gov , Representative Megan Blanksma / mblanksma@house.idaho.gov , Representative Christy Zito / czito@house.idaho.gov , President Pro Tempore of the Senate Sen. Brent Hill / bhill@senate.idaho.gov , Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Scott Bedke / sbedke@house.idaho.gov Majority Leader Sen. Bart Davis / bmdavis@senate.idaho.gov , Majority Leader Rep. Mike Moyle / mmoyle@house.idaho.gov

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Here are the email addresses I sent my letter to on February 12, 2017:
bbrackett@senate.idaho.gov; mblanksma@house.idaho.gov; czito@house.idaho.gov; bhill@senate.idaho.gov; sbedke@house.idaho.gov; bmdavis@senate.idaho.gov; mmoyle@house.idaho.gov

Thanks,

Tim Bondy

Originally Published on February 12, 2017.

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