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This letter was submitted to the Teton Valley News by the newly-formed Housing Crisis Task Force.

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A month ago I co-authored an op-ed about lifting of our local mask mandates. We stated “Our philosophy of government dictates that when the reason for a mandate has passed, the government should remove it.” We proposed a two step test for lifting of the mandates: 1) That all adults have acce…

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Who is tired of wearing a mask? We certainly are! We have a new appreciation for nurses, dentists, and doctors who wear masks daily in their professions, even before COVID.

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As many of you know, Teton County’s Land Development Code (LDC) was initially adopted in 1979 and was written for a valley of less than 3,000 people. Our current zoning map, for the most part consisting of just two zones, dates from the mid-1990s. The LDC has been amended countless times ove…

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Westerners know that water is one of our most precious natural resources. Healthy rivers and streams are essential for our communities, agriculture, and fish and wildlife. In the Centennial Mountains of eastern Idaho, there is an emerging threat to these resources. The Kilgore Mine is under …

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The Senate State Affairs Committee convened at the beginning of this week to hear Senate Joint Resolution 101 (SJR 101). SJR 101 is a proposed constitutional amendment to the Idaho Constitution to prohibit the production, transportation, sale, delivery, dispensing, distribution, possession a…

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As the 66th Legislative Session begins, I note we are blessed to live in Idaho. Many capitol buildings across the nation are closed to the public because of the unrest and the COVID pandemic. Idaho’s capitol building remains open, not only to the Legislature, but to the public as well.

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A cousin shared a Facebook meme that asked why should I trust this vaccine — developed in nine months — when decades of research and development has not produced vaccines against HIV or the common cold, and vaccines against the flu aren’t highly effective?

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Some of us are more familiar with the season of Advent than others. Advent was officially recognized as a season of the church calendar around the 5th Century. For the first couple hundred years Christians were primarily discussing the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, their collec…

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Of countless coronavirus milestones, it was the perhaps the grimmest yet, but it was barely a footnote in the news.

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Eastern Idaho received and began inoculating health care workers from our first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine. For more details about the vaccine’s distribution and availability go to: coronavirus.idaho.gov/covid-19-vaccine and also monitor the Eastern Idaho Public Health website at eiph.…