This Legislative Session seems to be picking up faster than past years. Even though the first few weeks are devoted to reviewing Administrative Rules in Senate Committees, there have been several bills and resolutions already introduced. In the Senate State Affairs Committee, we have introdu…

As the 66th Legislative Session begins, I note we are blessed to live in Idaho. Many capitol buildings across the nation are closed to the public because of the unrest and the COVID pandemic. Idaho’s capitol building remains open, not only to the Legislature, but to the public as well.

Justen and Megan Gardner have a consuming and abiding love for their four-legged child, Fyodr (pronounced “fee-o-door”). Fyodr has grown from cuddly puppy to an even more cuddly but somewhat intimidating 120 pounds while the three-member family has been together in St. Charles. He sits on co…

For generations, families have relied on the flourishing phosphate patches located in southeast Idaho to provide their ways of life. Today, women and men are continuing to carry on the legacy of phosphate mining while adapting to new and modern mining methods. For 100 years, phosphate mining…

Montpelier City Council held its regular meeting on January 6. Dan Fisher chaired the meeting as Mayor Sharp, Shane Johnson, and Ted Slivinski were absent. Quinn Pope appeared by phone.

The Panthers traveled to Rich County in Randolph, Utah to face the Rebels on their home court on Thursday, Jan. 14. The Rebels have a strong team and dominated the competition. The Panthers fell 42-62. Nate Barnes led the Panther scoring with 13 points followed by Ethan Bird with 8 points.

The Panther Wrestlers had 5 duals in 2 days this past week. On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Panthers traveled to Bear Lake for a dual with the J.V.Braves of Star Valley and the Bear Lake Bears. The Panthers matched up with Star Valley first. They wrestled 16 matches and won 9 but lost the dual 27-36.

On January 9, the Bear Lake Wrestling team sponsored the annual Bear Lake Classic. They had nine teams participate.

The Panthers had their first two home games of the basketball season on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Jan. 8. Their opener on Thursday was against the Rangers of Kemmerer. The game was close throughout but the Panthers were able to take the win 40-32. Tyler Moyes led the Panther scoreboard wi…

Mountain lion take season closures have occurred in several southeast Idaho game management units this month, with new closure orders now affecting units 70, 73, and 73A effective immediately. The specifics regarding the closures for these and other Southeast Region units are as follows:

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game received a report of duck carcasses dumped on the side of Hall Road in McCammon. The report came through the Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) hotline on Christmas Day.

Pinecreek Ski Area was open throughout the holiday week and is looking forward to a great year. Many families took advantage of this time with their kids, out of school, to hit the slopes.

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A pest house, short for “pestilence house,” also called a “plague house” or “fever shed,” was a type of building used for persons afflicted with communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, or typhus, even the Spanish Flu at one time. Often used for forcible quarantine, man…

The Sharp Shooters Camera Club continues to meet using Zoom. The next meeting will be at 7 PM Wednesday, January 27. Club members will share their snow and Christmas photos and there will be a critique of “rust” assignment photos.

My daughter, Elliana, works at a fast-food restaurant. She says that since the pandemic has started, it seems like people who come in either seem to be nicer than usual or meaner than usual. The challenging times seem to have pushed people toward the extremes.

Joe Rich, who came into the Bear Lake Valley in 1863 in company with Gen. C. C. Rich, Lorin Farr, Captain Jefferson Hunt, T. R. Miller, Richard Hopkins, and John Hill, is credited, via his own account, with building the first steamboat in southeastern Idaho.

• Bear Lake County Library: Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Unfortunately, Idaho is once again in Stage 2 of COVID recovery. As a result, Story Hour in the Montpelier branch of the library had to be cancelled along with the Mother-Daughter Book Clu…

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