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  Should parents pay for grades?

Dear Dave,

  There’s no such thing as a ‘Bureau of Defaulters’

In general, it’s best not to click on links that come in unsolicited emails. Here are some more ways to spot someone posing as a government agency:

Why Fed won’t have a big impact on your loans anytime soon

NEW YORK — Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to something slightly higher.

Business briefs

Idaho Central named best performing credit union

Going Places

Theresa Hardin earns lifetime sales achievement award



Business calendar


Outdoors briefs

Fish and Game approves earliest spring Chinook salmon seasons

  Did ‘ghosts’ signal changes in the outdoors?

As I leaned up against a tombstone in St. Louis on a sultry night in 1972, I wondered if anyone would notice. Unfortunately, the two men who noticed were drunk. They reported to police that “cream-colored ghosts” were floating out of the cemetery.

Stepping Off the Front Porch: Guys in Ties

Guys in Ties, a program for select fifth-grade boys at Wilson Elementary School in Caldwell, may be headed by Joe Grover and Bryan Coe, but there are a lot of other adults who help keep the ball rolling. From staff members to Joe’s wife to the presenters themselves, it takes a lot of work to pull together the monthly Guys in Ties luncheon.

  A fresh take on classic Easter ham with a fresh ham

When I think of spring menus, I instantly think of asparagus and the fresh ham that my grandmother made every Easter. The pork was studded with cloves and slathered with brown sugar and mustard before roasting. And it made the entire house smell amazing.

  What’s going on in your world?

A photo taken by Bob Christensen of addled wood duck eggs from last year’s nesting attempt at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.

Easter meringue-inspired coconut cake, coconut cream

It’s just not Easter without some sort of coconut dessert, whether it’s a classic Southern coconut cake or a creamy coconut chocolate egg. So this year we decided to take our inspiration from both of those to create a fresh, yet still familiar dessert for rounding out our Easter dinner.

Wimpy salad be gone; when weather is cooler, salads get substantial

Eating a salad a day is a habit I adopted a while back to help me automate the eating of raw veggies. Either my lunch or my dinner usually is built around some sort of salad. And I try to stay true to the spirit of healthier eating when I do so. Meaning fried chicken tenders propped on top of a bed of greens doesn’t quite cut it.

Getting evenly roasted Brussels sprouts is all about space

With Passover looming, I thought it might be nice to suggest a side dish — roasted Brussels sprouts — to complement the feast’s traditional items.

FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles, but some food suppliers say they don't want any part of it and others are staying silent.

Stepping Off the Front Porch: Guys in Ties

The fellow standing near the lectern in this photo is Sydney Donaldson, a four-year starter on the College of Idaho’s men’s basketball team (which just had the best two-year run in program history and made it to the national quarterfinals — go Yotes!). As for the gentlemen sitting at the tables in front of him? Those are Wilson Elementary’s Guys in Ties.

  What's going on in your world?

We recently installed a bird house that had been gifted to us, curious to see if it would get any attention from the small flocks of finches and sparrows we see on a daily basis. This weekend we observed a House Sparrow pair not only checking out the bird house, going in and out of it, but also starting to bring some grasses into it. We’ll be watching to see if they follow through and nest – with eggs and babies! Here is one shot I got of the pair sitting on the ledge at the front of the house, female (in focus on the left) and the male on the right. -Mark Winchester

  What's going on in your world?

We’ve had an Idaho Traffic Jam 2 days in a row in front of our house out here west of Caldwell.  We love seeing the sheep pass by every spring and fall!  We thought you might enjoy this picture too. — Debi Jensen

What is your marriage like?

Recently I heard of a husband and wife who were jacket shopping for their granddaughter.

Unacceptable behavior should be ‘nipped in the bud’

At the risk of revealing my age, one of my all-time favorite television shows was (and still is) The Andy Griffith Show.

  Senior calendar

The following is a list of senior citizen centers. Please contact individual centers for more information.

78th annual sunrise service offered Easter Sunday

The 78th annual Lizard Butte Easter Sunrise service will be held at 7:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning, April 5, on top of Lizard Butte.  Lizard Butte is located off of Highway 95 on Symms Road just north of Marsing. The members of the Lizard Butte Sunrise Association held their first meeting to plan this year’s event just one week after the last service, and have been working since to assure another great morning on the hill high above the valley floor.

  Don’t help out debt-laden daughter quite yet

Dear Dave,

  Disputing credit report could get easier under new rules

NEW YORK — Disputing a mistake on your credit report could get easier and the effects of medical debt less severe under changes being made by the three largest credit-reporting agencies.

  Don’t get wrapped up in offer to put logo on your vehicle

I received an email saying I could make money by having my car vinyl wrapped with graphics. I see a lot of local businesses with wrapped cars on the road, but I always assumed those were employees and company vehicles. Do businesses really pay people to drive a car wrapped for advertising?

Going Places

Bank of the Cascades adds four mortgage lenders

  Obtaining a license is a straightforward process

Obtaining a concealed carry license isn’t that hard. In case you do not know, you have to have a concealed carry license in order to carry a concealed weapon like a handgun.

Idaho Power releases 50,000 rainbow trout into C.J. Strike Reservoir

BOISE — Idaho Power has added 50,000 rainbow trout to C.J. Strike Reservoir, a favorite spot for southern Idaho anglers.

Outdoors briefs

Idaho Fish and Game offers new bowhunter online course

Panel backs federal judge impeachment resolution

BOISE (AP) — Idaho Republican lawmakers upset with federal judges overturning same-sex marriage bans across the country are pushing Congress to impeach judges who fail to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

  Carrot cake — a classic Easter dessert recast as breakfast

This Easter, we’ve decided you can have cake for breakfast. After all, it is a holiday that’s already loaded with treats, so why not embrace the sweeter side of every meal.

A light, vibrant chilled soup fit for spring

Soup can be an unusual choice for a spring dinner. We’re supposed to be celebrating light, bright flavors and a return of fresh produce. Heavy and hearty are out of place.

This Easter, master perfectly creamy scalloped potatoes

With Easter on its way, my mind has turned to scalloped potatoes, always a big hit at a holiday feast. And really, what’s not to love? We’re talking about sliced potatoes baked in a cream sauce, then topped with cheese or crumbs or both! Still, it takes some care to ensure that the potatoes are properly seasoned, properly tender, and creamy as a dream.

  Keep all of those tidbits coming!

Places to go and people you should know:

  What’s going on in your world?

Wild Mustangs in the Owyhees, photographed by Frank Sorger.

Wednesday's Child



When the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky in Finland each winter, some say it makes up for the 18 hours of darkness during extra-long nights. But that psychedelic lightshow doesn’t change the fact that kids there often are deprived of exposure to vitamin-D-producing sunlight. So researchers from Turku, Finland, thought they’d see what the health repercussions were for vitamin D-deprived kids 3-18 years old by the time they turned 30-45. Turns out, those with the lowest vitamin D levels when they were young had the most plaque-clogged carotid arteries as middle-age adults. That amps up the risk of stroke.

  Front Porch

Places to go and people you should know:

  Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day should be every day

Celebrated each March, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to focus attention on the importance of making informed food and nutrition choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

  Keep all of those tidbits coming!

Places to go and people you should know:

  What’s going on in your world?

A photo of a red fox taken by Bud Hampton near McCall.


Mark and Pam Byrom, of Whitesboro, Texas, and Dennis Matlock, of Collinsville, Texas, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacy Matlock-Escamilla, of Whitesboro, Texas, to Ryan Baldwin, of Gordonville, Texas, son of Debbie Baldwin, of Nampa, and Rick Baldwin, of Burns, Oregon.

Showing love to others every day

We’ve just flipped the calendar from February, a month which often represents love in our society.




Nampa residents Larry and Patricia Byron will celebrate their 50th anniversary with friends and family at an upcoming open house hosted by their children. Guests are invited to drop by to share a memory and help them to celebrate the past 50 years of marriage. The open house will be from 2-5 p.m. March 21 at 5131 Bugle Ridge Road in Nampa.

Compassionate giving leads to compassionate vision

A young couple of moderate means were excited about their wedding.

Digging down to the root of the issue

It’s been said sometimes you dig a $100 hole for a $10 tree. While you probably won’t get a tree for $10, taking time to plant correctly will make all the difference in the health and longevity of your new tree.

The universal signs of spring

Daylight saving time, above average temperatures and school breaks ahead all leave us with a touch of spring fever.

  Poly tunnels an alternative to greenhouses

Greenhouses aren’t the only great cover-ups for gardeners determined to extend their growing seasons.


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