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The Review: Primary Political Forum on May 1st, 2012

On May 1st, 2012 at 6:30PM there was a political forum in Mountain Home, Idaho put on by the Chamber of Commerce and our local Elks Lodge. I was there and if you weren't you should have been.

Elmore County Political Forum

Who Showed - The Mountain Home Primary Election Political Forum
My guess is there were about 125-200 citizens in attendance at this forum. There were exactly 14 candidates sitting at the table ready for some hard hitting questions from the general public.
  • Rich Wills, our State Representative, decided to attend but not face the public because “he is running unopposed” in the Primary and likely in the November election. I wouldn't call that cowardly...would you?

Candidates without websites lose

Websites for Platform?
From what I heard from most of the candidates last night, I was and wasn't impressed. Of course, 1 minute sound bites really don't give you enough info to determine if someone is electable in November. That's what websites are for unless the candidate is going to open a full time election office in town. But just in case “the people” want to know what your platform is or what you stand for, a website should actually be considered mandatory. I'll be compiling a list of candidate websites soon. If a candidate doesn't have an informative website before the elections, they will be ridiculed by me...seriously.

Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce website info

The Political Forum Advertising?
Just like a candidate must have a website, a full on advertising blitz needs to be attempted to get people involved in our political process and this forum. In short, if you are not part of the “in crowd” and/or missed the road signs, this political forum would have been a non-event.

The Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce put this event on and their website was almost devoid of any information. Let me check my calendar....Yep, it's the year 2012 and most people have internet connections. I also saw nothing on Facebook, Twitter, the City or County website about this event. Come guys, a few lines on a few websites and “the people” have the opportunity to get a political education.  Maybe someone doesn't want that to happen?

Good questions at forum

Questions Were Good Except
I was impressed with the quality of the questions asked at this political forum. But I'm not going to dwell on the good. The bad is more telling when it comes to finding out what “the people” are thinking. And my favorite question was directed at the motley crew running for an Elmore County Commissioner seat.

“What can you do to encourage higher education to come to Elmore County” was the question. That certainly isn't a direct quote but it gets it into the ballpark.

So what's wrong with that question? Well, it shows a total lack of understanding of what our County Commissioners job is. You wasted my time by asking the question. No seriously, it was a really stupid question.

Elmore County has no plan
The Commissioner Hopefuls Have a Plan?
A question was asked of all candidates. It went something along the lines of “If elected, what do you think will be the biggest challenge you will face in the future”.
I believe most candidates for Commissioner answered something along the line of
“Expanding or creating new jobs and/or businesses in the county. And partnering with the Mountain Home Economic Development Department would be a good 1st step.”

While I agree with the sentiment and the idea, I'd like to know what direction Elmore County (and the City) wants to head in the future. I mean, we should already have a plan...a vision of what this county wants to become and be known for in 5, 10 and 25 years. But there is no published plan. The Economic Development Department, Elmore County and even the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the El-Wyhee Business Association have no plan.

The movers and shakers in this area “want and want and want some more” but have no plans to get to their unstated goal. And the people whose job it is to define and move towards that goal are missing in action. Hopefully the 2 newly elected county commissioners will actually develop a vision and start working to get there.

Who Did Well During the Forum

Tim Corder for Senate
  • Senator Tim Corder: Senator Corder was probably the most well spoken person at the forum. Obviously he isn't well liked by the Republican Party of Idaho right now. He's apparently not conservative enough for the normal Idahoan. But he seems to have common sense, good ideas and can back up what he says with information and sound reasoning. A trait lacking in other candidates.

Bill Chisholm for Idaho Senate
  • Independent District 23 Senatorial Candidate Bill Chisholm: While he won't be on the May 15th Primary ballot he has some good ideas and appears to “think outside of the box”. If Tim Corder doesn't win the Primary, Bill Chisholm will likely get my vote in November. He might even get my vote if Corder is on the November ballot.

Bundy for Representative in Idaho
  • Matthew Bundy is a Republican running for District 23 State Representative: He is a well spoken individual with some fresh new thinking and I think he needs to be considered as a strong and viable candidate. I also feel his opponents Millington and Nielsen are scared of this newcomer?

Bud Corbus for Elmore Conty Commissioner
  • Bud Corbus running for County Commissioner: A local businessman, entrepreneur, soft-spoken and common sense type of guy. He's the man for the job.

Who Bombed the Mountain Home Idaho Political Forum

Who Bombed the Forum
  • The 2nd Amendment Candidates: I believe Senator Brackett, Representative Nielsen and “County Commissioner hopeful Ireland” made the Second Amendment to the US Constitution an issue for this election. I'm trying to figure out where the 2nd Amendment comes into play for these elected officials? If these candidates would be honest with us they'd come right out and tell us they're using (pimping) the 2nd Amendment just to get your vote. Didn't work for lost my vote just for bringing the issue into play.

  • Senator Brackett Bombed: This guy isn't well spoken by any stretch of the imagination. But that's not a reason to discount him. His stand on the issues and his insinuation that opponent Sen Corder isn't “a conservative enough Republican” was more than enough to push him into the unelectable category. It's the “issues” that should and will get you votes. Seems Brackett's only issue was pimping the “military” with a military home owners tax exemption?

  • Representative Hopeful Pam Chiarella Sorta Bombed: Speaking style and incoherent message was a huge distraction for me. As the lone Democrat in this race...Pam could walk down the center of Mountain Home with six-guns hanging from her hips, a cold dead sage grouse clutched in her fist and a bloody mutilated wolf hide thrown over her shoulder and she'll still lose the election in November.

  • Representative Nielsen Bombed Too: Pete is a throw-back candidate. I suspect he'd be more relevant if the year was 1806 or maybe the McCarthyism era of the 1950's. This well spoken candidate needs to pass on the torch to someone a little more modern and in touch with the 21st century. Hopefully Pete wasn't clutching a copy of the US Constitution in his hand during this entire forum but I think he was.

  • Commissioner Hofer Bombed Big: Being a bad public speakers in acceptable. Being extremely shy is acceptable. But I don't believe Al Hofer uttered more than 50 total words during this forum. I am a firm believer in “actions speak louder than words”, but stringing together 3 sentences to answer relevant questions should be a prerequisite for the job.

Caveat For Bondyweb Thought Process
The US Constitution is a wonderful document. It is a great “source document” for making laws and the running our country. But make no mistake, if it's a document you must carry around with you and show off, then I'd have to say there is a problem. And if you must constantly affirm your faith in the 2nd Amendment, then maybe politics shouldn't be your career choice and you should consider a career in the firearms business. In other words, stop pimping our Constitution. It's not a political document so stop using it as such.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 17:52

Quick Take on the Elmore County Political Forum

So, there was a political forum hosted by the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce and the Elks Lodge on Tuesday May 1st, 2012.  The one glaring, blaring and deafening subject at this forum was TAXES.  With the exception of just a few candidates, they all want to cut your taxes and improve things in Elmore County and/or the State of Idaho. 

Please!  Stop the madness!  You can fool some of the people...Okay, explain to me how the hell you are going to cut taxes for everyone and improve programs like education or give incentives for companies to relocate to our neck of the woods with less and less money. 

In any case, I'll be posting a more in-depth review of this political forum in the coming days.  It won't be nice but it will be truthful.


Tim Bondy  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 20:21

South Fork of The Boise River Pictures

(April 19th, 2012) It was a rather nice day and I hadn't been down to the South Fork of the Boise River for a while so Addie and I headed down there. With the “No Fishing” season in effect along this section of the river, I figured there would be no Fish and Game folks or even campers to bother us.

Idaho Plott Hound looking for trout in the Boise River

While I knew I couldn't legally fish, I decided to let my talented Plott Hound “Addie” have a go at all those trout in the South Fork. As it turned out, Addie cannot swim and only ventured into the river a few times on this walk. And considering she cannot get within 10 feet of birds in the brush, the South Fork Trout will be safe (likely forever).

What the Heck Are These Plants
Looks like wild Idaho asparagus

While walking along the South Fork of the Boise River Road, I spotted these plants. They seem to only grow in a very moist/wet environment but look like something more suitable to the jungles of South America.

In reality, I got kind of excited when I saw them as I thought they were “wild asparagus”. But after further examination I decided against the human edible delights and started thinking more towards the “bamboo” family of plants.

What's your guess?



Last Updated on Saturday, 28 April 2012 17:38

Early Season Fishing at Long Tom Reservoir

Fishing Long Tom Reservoir Lead Photo by Bondy

(April 17th, 2012) An April 2012 fishing trip to Long Tom Reservoir started out with a short but semi-torturous hike in, loud neighbors but some great views. Unfortunately, this “close to Mountain Home, Idaho” fishing trip wasn't exactly stellar.

The Prep Work was Done
I was looking for an early season fishing trip and Long Tom Reservoir seemed like an easy and quick place to explore. With Google Earth and some USGS topo maps, I set my off-trail hike into the north side of this little written about body of water. With a few “way points” uploaded into my GPS unit, I was ready to go.

The Hike
As usual, my ever-present Plott Hound dog, Addie was with me and we headed straight west into the sagebrush steepe. As anyone who has hiked in southern Idaho knows, there isn't any straight paths through the sage brush. And there are very few straight paths up, over and through this landscape of rocks, small cliffs and canyons that seemed deeper than what I saw on the maps.

Overall, the hike in was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. The shallow canyons seemed more like full-fledged canyons at least far as my lungs and legs were concerned. But the steeper than expected terrain also made for better scenery. I was glad to find a game/cattle trail down in the canyon that would take me to Long Tom and some fishing.

Standing on canyon rim above Long Tom Reservoir

The Fishing
Obviously, without any roads into this area I was pretty darn sure I wouldn't see anyone else and I was right. Being the high water season, the banks were pretty steep but there were plenty of places to fish in both directions.

From Fishing Long Tom Reservoir

Being the first fishing trip in about 18 months, I still had some old fishing line on my reel and this caused some tangling problems. And the lack of recent casting experience might have resulted in a few errant lure throws also. But I got to go fishing.

Did I catch any fish? Nope! I did get a few bona-fide hits on my lure. And I saw a few glimpses of fish following my lure in towards shore, so I know there are fish in Long Tom Reservoir. So, if you have some time, head out there for some fishing.


Other Information
  • There is road access to the southern end of Long Tom. I hiked that road last year and figured this year the chances of getting stuck axle deep in mud was pretty high this time of year. I was also looking for some good exercise that I wouldn't get by driving in.
  • The water in Long Tom Reservoir is awful “white” and reminds me of glacial flour. Of course it's not.
  • The place I fished wasn't exactly a peaceful place. There were a couple pairs of Canadian Geese making this section of the lake their home and were quite (and continuously) vocal about our presence in the neighborhood. Addie didn't enjoy racket anymore than I did.

View Larger Map

The Stats
- Road miles from Mountain Home: About 21 miles
- Hiking mileage: 1.97 miles
- Total Elevation Gain/Loss on hike: 575 feet
- Fish caught: None
- Enjoyment Factor: High
- Link to more pictures of this local fishing trip:

Hike up and unnamed canyon near Long Tom Reservoir

The Local Environment
As far as I could determine, most of the land I hiked on was BLM lands. Apparently the lakeshore around most of Long Tom Reservoir is privately owned, but I saw no signs or fences during this hike.

I didn't see any trash/garbage along my route or even around the lake itself which is sort of surprising. Being BLM lands, cattle grazing is allowed in this area so there were plenty of cow patties to detour around.

I surprised 3 mule deer during this hike. And my dog got into the action chasing them for about 5 minutes before figuring it was useless trying to catch up to these swift animals.

Hope you enjoyed my first story in well over 1 month. Hopefully I can get motivated to start posting more articles in the near future,  Comment away if you wish.


Last Updated on Saturday, 21 April 2012 14:35

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