Shifting Values

For the majority of the past six years, Gem County property owners have experienced annual double-digit percentage increases in their property evaluations. When they receive their 2020 Assessment Notices in the next week or so, many will find single digit increases. A few might experience th…

Hospitals across America are seeing a decrease of patients seeking care in their emergency departments. Urgent Care clinics are also seeing fewer patients getting healthcare, outside of respiratory illnesses. Our Valor Health Emergency department and our Urgent Care saw 35% less patients in …

For the majority of the past six years, Gem County property owners have experienced annual double-digit percentage increases in their property evaluations. When they receive their 2020 Assessment Notices in the next week or so, many will find single digit increases. A few might experience th…

The Messenger Index is excited to announce the addition of Tanya Stephens to the staff at the Emmett paper. Stephens has come on board as the advertising representative and brings years of customer service and marketing experience to our staff.

With one week of voting remaining, the turnout for the 2020 Primary Election in Gem County and the State of Idaho is likely to smash records. As of May 22, 37 percent of registered voters in Gem County had already returned their ballots. That number could go up as the window to apply for a b…

Between coronavirus pandemic work condition delays and then a couple of weeks of cooler and wetter than normal conditions, subcontractors working on the Washington Avenue resurfacing project for the Idaho Department of Transportation are running a few days behind schedule.

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It’s not going to be a normal summer of sports activities, but it at least now appears that some action will be available for local athletes. Among those activities will be the return to the weight room for the Emmett High football team – just a little less crowded.

Choosing a pair of outstanding senior student athletes each year from Emmett High School’s graduating class is never easy. The criteria of exemplary performance in the classroom, the community and on the competitive field in multiple sports narrows the choices somewhat but its never simple.

While many things have changed in recent months as a result of COVID-19, one thing that has remained relatively unchanged is Idaho Fish and Game continues to stock fish throughout the state. Spring and early summer are typically when stocking peaks, and despite the challenges that COVID-19 p…

Spring is here, and so is the peak of baby wildlife season. People are bound to see young wildlife when they venture outdoors during the spring and early summer, and there is a pretty good chance that they will see a baby animal that appears to be alone, with mom nowhere in sight.

Editor's Note:  This story has been updated as of Friday, April 17 to reflect announcement made by the Idaho High School Activities Association.

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The Rotary Club of Emmett is hosting an online auction May 22, 2020 – June 15, 2020 of some of the items donated for the postponed annual youth benefit dinner and auction.

The Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition received a beautiful ray of hope in the midst of all the uncertainly surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 37th annual Squaw Butte Music Festival was held on May 15 here in Emmett, with approximately 50 students participating in the festival. The restrictions due to the virus prevented the festival from happening at the usual time in late March. All area piano teachers are welcome to enter th…

After a nine-week hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition Fellowship Dinners are back. Beginning, Tuesday, May 19, the weekly free to the public dinners will return to the Gem County Senior Center, 719 S. Johns Ave.

Friends, Memorial Day 2020 has officially come...and gone. For many, the last Monday of May means the unofficial start of summer. It also means that you can wear white up until Labor Day and not upset the proper fashion dress code. You can also buy any number of furniture items on sale — mem…

We aren’t out of the woods yet but every indication is that efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 is having some effect, particularly here in Gem County and in Idaho in general. Gem County’s “curve” has been flattened for over a week.

In talking with a teacher and friend, I jokingly said, “Yeah, in my interview they never asked me how I planned to provide instruction and education to quarantined students in case of a global pandemic.” The idea of providing an education to kids seems like a nearly impossible task: how can …

Every year around April 15 you can almost bet on people being in a bad mood, the reason behind the long faces? It’s the deadline to file taxes. If you’re not getting money back you are more than likely stressed, frustrated and on top of it, you don’t understand why you have to pay even more …

When we started to tackle the issues of growth in Gem County we knew it would be a complex endeavor. With each peel of the onion there appears another layer. For most of us it is frustrating.

The Rotary Club of Emmett is hosting an online auction May 22, 2020 – June 15, 2020 of some of the items donated for the postponed annual youth benefit dinner and auction.

The Emmett Valley Friendship Coalition received a beautiful ray of hope in the midst of all the uncertainly surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friends, Memorial Day 2020 has officially come...and gone. For many, the last Monday of May means the unofficial start of summer. It also means that you can wear white up until Labor Day and not upset the proper fashion dress code. You can also buy any number of furniture items on sale — mem…

Hospitals across America are seeing a decrease of patients seeking care in their emergency departments. Urgent Care clinics are also seeing fewer patients getting healthcare, outside of respiratory illnesses. Our Valor Health Emergency department and our Urgent Care saw 35% less patients in …