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And Then There Were 3 Candidates

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The Annual Mountain Home, Idaho Election Political Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday October 9th, 2013.  And there are only 3 candidates for our local election for the 2 seats on the Mountain Home City Council.  They are:
-  Alain Isaac
-  Geoff Schroeder
-  Rick Urquidi

I was there and wanted to pass on some observations from this event.  So here goes...

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1.  Not many people attended this event telling me the folks in Mountain Home are so darn knowledgeable about these 3 candidates for City Council they don't even have to hear from them.  But for me, this forum actually gave me the information to make a very hard choice on who I will likely vote for in this local election.  

 

2.  None of the candidates have a written nor formal verbal platform.  Or as they all said, “they don't have an agenda”.  No platform? No agenda? Hell, that usually means no votes from an educated electorate.

Seriously, the people who are going to be discussing and deciding where your tax dollars are headed and shape plans for the future of our City and they have no plans?  Winging it isn't usually a good idea and this issue concerns me greatly.  

 

3.  Only one candidate mentioned the “C” word.  Of course it was the only woman candidate that had the guts to blurt out the word “Communication”.  Look out Alain Isaac, the people may show up at your house with hot tar and feathers, you heretic, you. :-)  You got my vote for using the “C” word, Alain.

 

4.  The phrase “Quality of Life” was uttered many times during this forum.  It was used to explain why our property taxes are higher than in Boise.  Heck, if the Simplot nightmare scenario unfolds as a citizens told the story during this event, we will have Quality of Life and it will be all bad.  But only for those of us who have a nose or drink water.  Maybe a platform and a plan for the future really is important.

 

5  Economic Development was another buzz word.  Just what are the economic development plans for the City of Mountain Home?  Have these plans been “communicated” to the people?  Maybe the City could go out and actively recruit a sister industry to match our Elmore County plans of bringing in a slaughterhouse?

 

6.  Water.  While we are discussing economic development, no platform and quality of life we might as well throw unicorns and water into the mix.  Did I actually hear someone say our Mayor projects we have only 20 years left before our underground drinking water supplies runs out?  I think I heard that but someone will correct me if I am mistaken, I'm sure.

-  Anyone who doesn't thinks there is anything more important than water to this community should round up that herd of unicorns that drank all the water in the Mountain Home Reservoir this summer.

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This political forum was highly informative and educational.  It is my hope that any likely voters who deliberately decided not to attend this event will do the right thing and stay out of the voting booth this November 5th, 2013.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:31

Post Card from Fall 2013 in Mtn Home Idaho

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Summer left in late September 2013 but right on schedule. What is left in its wake is a veritable smorgasbord of rich colors, cool weather and new opportunities for recreation.

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  • Taken on: October 6th, 2013
  • Location: East 14th North Street in Mountain Home, Idaho
  • Camera: Samsung S3 Phone Camera

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:14

Views From the Fall Harvest Fest 2013

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Mt Home Harvest Festival

Mountain Home, Idaho celebrates the end of the harvest season with an annual festival every October. The 17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on October 5th, 2013. The BondyWeb.Com went to it and this my review.
 
The Great, the Bad and the Ugly Harvest
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
 
My 1st stop was the new fly fishing shop in town called Off The Hook Fly Fishing. Always fun to stop in to get some tips on where the trout are biting. I wasn't disappointed but will let you stop in this shop to get the latest info. No really, do it!
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
 
Musicians from Harvest Festival

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.

 
There were a few new and memorable booths but for the most part, the vendors were either the same as last year or the usual "farmers market" vendors. I was asked a number of times if I knew where the Dinner with a Farmer and scarecrow contest was located. I didn't and neither did most people. Never a good sign when "the crowd" cannot find events in our downtown area.
 
Food For "Scarce-Crows?
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
 
Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian Food Truck
 
The highlight of the day was my second food truck experience ever. The first food truck I ever ate at was a mobile taco stand in downtown Boston, MA back in 2007 and it was excellent. With the lack of food vendors at the 2013 Mountain Home Harvest Festival, I decided to splurge and eat at Cacicia's (Kah-She-Shuhs) Old World Sicilian Food Truck that was here for the event. (http://www.cacicias.com/) I had their Festival Special Called "Blu Cheese Philly Steak Sandwich". It was tasty but a little more Philly steak would have made it worth the $8.50 price tag.
 
Been Here Before and Reviewed It Before
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event...an event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
http://bondyweb.com/idaho-business-news/51-local-business/367-fall-harvest-festival-mountain-home-idaho-style
 
Chamber of Commerce Fails Too
 
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The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Fall Harvest Festival and their local on-line promotion was almost as underwhelming as that found on the city website. F.A.I.L
 
The Scorecard - 5 Stars or Worse
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
Overall 2013 Harvest Festival Rating: 2 Stars
 
 
Thanks for reading and come back soon.
 
 
 
Tim Bondy / BondyWeb.Com
 
 
Last Updated on Sunday, 06 October 2013 10:22

The City of Mountain Home Failed in Awesome Way

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Think way back to September 6th, 2013 or less than 1 month ago when I posted a story right here flaming the City and our Mayor Tom Rist. Why? Because he/they/it indicated the city dropped the ball when promoting the biggest event in City of Mountain Home this year. That event of course was Air Force Appreciation Day or AFAD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's now Friday night, October 4th, 2013 and we are less than 1 day from the start of the Fall Harvest Festival held in the streets of downtown Mountain Home. And with Mayor Tom Rist and the rest of our elected officials thinking they are doing a crack job for the citizens, people are looking for something to do in the Mountain Home area on Saturday October 5th, 2013.

Find It They Might
And how did the City of Mountain Home, Idaho advertise/publicize and/or promote the 2013 Annual Fall Harvest Festival? With another extremely underwhelming paragraph on the back page of their waste of money website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival
October 5, 2013 10:00am-3:00pm
Each fall, local and regional vendors line Mountain Home downtown sidewalks, streets are blocked off for entertainment and Mountain Home celebrates its' harvest! There will be activities for the whole family, Dinner on a Farmer, Pie Baking Contest, Hayrides, Scarecrow Festival, Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment and More!! For more information call Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce at 587-4334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Damn It...And I Mean Damn It in the Best Possible Way
So, why do I care, damn it?
Because I live in the City of Mountain Home, Idaho, damn it.
Because I pay taxes to support the City of Mountain Home, Idaho, damn it.
Because I damn well think the people of Mountain Home deserve better.
Because if just 1 unplanned visitor goes to the Harvest Festival, the businesses and City will be better for it, damn it.
Because a damn City website should tell people what the hell is going on.
Because I don't think dropping the ball 2 times in a 30 day period is acceptable, damn it.
Because communication is important to some people but "it's not the City's job to communicate" damn it?

 

Fail, Fail, Fail
The City of Mountain Home gets an F-, a complete failing grade in promoting City events on their website. How hard could it really be to write an interesting story with some pictures, a map of the events and general info for the citizens, tourists and unsuspecting visitors? I know, I know who the heck cares?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 05:33

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