Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Attended a fundraiser at Homedale Sporting Clays Friday morning before our Off-Highway Vehicle Task Force. We've made some good progress in trying to simplify trail maintenance stickers for OHVs vs. full registrations. Also learned yesterday many people don't know that with a "Restricted Use" OHV plate, you can drive your OHV (ATV, UTV, Motorbike) on all streets NOT specifically closed by a public meeting of your city, county, BLM or Forest Service. You can not drive a Restricted Use plated vehicle on State Highways or Freeways. (This was done by H602 in 2008)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

MO just passed a bill to make teaching gun safety optional in schools, I'd like to make it mandatory in Idaho, thoughts?bit.ly/UdonaX

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thanks to Russ Duke, Dir of Central District Health, for meeting with me today. I now have a much better understanding of the District's funding mechanisms and contractual relationships with Health and Welfare and DEQ for the services they provide. If only we could get the good parts of WIC and SNAP programs (Cards from SNAP and types of food purchase limits from WIC, both run by the Federal Dept. of Ag) we would end up with a very trackable program that would help get people healthier and ensure proper food is being purchased with the SNAP cards. (SNAP = Foodstamps)

I've been asked by a number of Meridian folks about the issue of the Meridian Animal Shelter, here's a great update: bit.ly/1arahwW

Monday, July 8, 2013

An excellent read about leadership, types of "power" and the privilege to lead, worth 3 min of your time! onforb.es/14kRNqL

Friday, July 5, 2013

Honored to speek today to many forgotten war heroes of the Vietnam Helo Pilot's Association at their annual reunion. We can't let what happened to them happen again, they didn't get the thanks or attention they needed when transitioning "back home"... If you see someone who served in Vietnam, please thank them for their service! chumly.com/attachment/13178788

Thursday, July 4, 2013

No matter our faults or issues, America is still the greatest, most generous nation the world has ever seen. We must always focus on making it even better and not tearing her down. Happy Independence Day to all that keep her safe and enjoy her fruits of freedom!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy birthday Idaho! 123 years young today... Esto Perpetua! The words are traced back to the Venetian theologian and mathematician Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623), also known as Fra Paolo. The day before his death he had dictated three replies to questions on affairs of state, and his last words were "Esto perpetua" reportedly in reference to his beloved Venice and translated as "Mayest thou endure forever!" When the designer of the Idaho state seal Emma Edwards Green described the motto on the seal, she translated it as "It is perpetuated" or "It is forever".

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Too many have forgotten why we celebrate "July 4th", who's got the best plans for celebrating our upcoming "Independence Day"?