Category: Press Opinion

More than you bargained for

“Our City” by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Sometimes you get more than you bargained for. Sometimes that’s a good thing and then again it may not be so good. In the case of the Eastern Idaho Special Assistant United States…

How government works, or doesn’t

“Our City” by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Last week was an interesting dichotomy for me in how government works or doesn’t. Wednesday I received an email from the Association of Idaho Cities that in short stated there was a drafting…

Cobblestone offers unique hotel option

Our City by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Soda Springs with Superintendent Randy Jensen and the Executive Director of the Great Rift Business Development Organization (GRBDO) Kristen Jensen. The community of Soda…

Starting a meeting with an apology

“Our City” by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia It is usually not good when you feel compelled to begin an informal meeting with an apology. I did last Wednesday night at 5:30. I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I had…

Looking forward to the bucket list

“Our City” by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia It is a few days before the New Year and I have found myself looking forward for the past week or so; not in the New Year’s resolution kind of way but in…

Shoveling snow, looking to spring

Our City by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia As I shoveled the walk for the second time in five days this morning I was reminded of last winter and the effects that still linger here from it. The near-record snowfall was…

A tribute to American Falls sports program

To the editor: In the last few years my wife and I have become supporters of the girls’ basketball and volleyball games. In the process we have become fans, mostly because of the good children involved. The teamwork and sportsmanship…

Unified vision helps with resource officer

Our City by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Last week the city council approved three major purchasing resolutions for our water and wastewater departments. When running all day, every day, things tend to wear out, especially in the wastewater environment, and…

Can you become what you detest?

Our City by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Is it possible to become that which you detest? I was into my fourth day of fishing with my dear friend Al Goetz who was on family leave in Pocatello from Hastings, NB,…

When everything is done

Our City by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia I remember one of my first real conversations with our City Clerk Robyn Herndon; it was probably July 6 or 7, 2011. It was the week after I had been sworn in as…