MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho, (Sept. 14, 2020) – Mountain Home Fire Department received a call about a tree on fire at 1220 E. 10th North on Sept. 13 at 8:36 p.m.  Firefighters responded with two brush trucks, two structure engines and a tender truck within minutes. The fire was burning in the back yard of the residence and spread quickly through an area tightly packed with trailers, debris and sheds containing propane, acetylene tanks and ammunition, some of which exploded due to the fire. MHFD firefighters reported the fire as contained to Elmore County Dispatch at 10:29 p.m. The residence was untouched by the fire and there were no injuries to residents or firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire Chief Mark Moore said the department has requested assistance with the investigation from the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s office.  Mountain Home Fire Department reminds citizens to comply with requests from first responders in all emergency situations for everyone’s safety. No further information is available at this time. [read more]

The Mountain Home School District made the short list of organizations invited to advance to the next round of the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment has identified 16 project proposals out of more than 100 initial applications submitted under the category related to military quality of life. [read more]

As a direct result of President Donald J. Trump’s all-of-America campaign to combat COVID-19, Apple Inc. has partnered with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop an interactive COVID-19 Screening Tool, now available on Apple.com/COVID19 and as an app named COVID-19 in the App Store. [read more]

President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators. Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course. GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives. [read more]

Following extensive negotiations between the Trump Administration and Congressional Leaders, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The $2.2 trillion economic relief package provides American families, healthcare workers, and small businesses with the economic support they need to get through this challenging time. The package includes $1,200 payments to qualifying Americans, $100 billion in direct support for hospitals, and over $370 billion to small business owners to keep their employees on the payroll. It also includes direct relief for State, Tribal, and local governments through the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. Each State will receive at least $1.25 billion. $8 billion is set aside for tribal governments. [read more]