Twin Falls’ own Kendra Reeves is taking the boxing world by storm.
After picking up the sport just one year ago, she is ranked ninth in the country in her weight class, and is traveling to the National Golden Gloves Tournament in mid-May. She took home first place at the Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves Regional Tournament in early April, upsetting the nation’s third-ranked boxer along the way.
Reeves said that boxing has “changed her life.” When she heads to Omaha, Neb., next month, she’ll be a walking example for other aspiring southern Idaho athletes: It’s never too late to pick up that new hobby. You might just wind up being great at it.
The lieutenant governor debate on Idaho Public Television Tuesday ended with a wild accusation and some fireworks.
The hour-long, televised debate was pretty standard fare for the first 50 minutes or so: education, abortion and lots of sentences that began, “My experience as a…”
But during the candidates’ closing remarks, Sen. Marv Hagedorn went on the offensive rather than pitching himself as a worthy candidate.
Hagedorn accused former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates, another candidate for lieutenant governor, of stolen valor. He said Yates was “pretending” to have military service in his campaign literature despite having never served in the military. Yates worked at the National Security Agency and was a deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Hagedorn provided no actual examples of Yates misleading voters, but said, “When you go to work for the Department of Defense, usually that is as a military officer. To demean that by pretending that you were in the military, a lot of us veterans take that very seriously.”
Lobbing an accusation as serious as stolen valor requires proof, and Hagedorn had zero. Instead, he used a strange bit of logic: People associate this department with military, so you’re a phony because you don’t fit the perception.
The Department of Defense is generally associated with military service, sure, but it’s hardly made up of solely military personnel. Almost 30 percent of the Secretaries of Defense haven’t served in the military since the position’s inception after World War II.
Moderator Melissa Davlin gave Yates the opportunity to respond – atypical for closing debates, but warranted given the seriousness of Hagedorn’s allegation. Yates flatly denied the claim, then Hagedorn falsely claimed that the National Security Agency was under the Department of Homeland Security.
Hagedorn intended to paint his opponent as unfit for the position of lieutenant governor, and he wanted that to be the voters’ lasting impression of Yates. Instead, he left that very same impression of himself.
Twin Falls Fire Department is keeping the legacy of Roy Parker alive.
Earlier this month, the fire department presented a plaque commemorating Parker, the only Twin Falls firefighter to die in the line of duty. Parker’s daughter, Angie Clark, was on hand for the ceremony. Clark was only 2 ½ years old when her father died, but events like this one ensure that Parker’s service is not forgotten.
The plaque and commemorative ax are an impressive display for a worthy cause, and they ensure that the name Roy Parker will not be forgotten – just as it should be.