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.

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.

Typically, the healthcare foundation holds a We’re Grateful Banquet at the end of the year. But due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, the foundation is celebrating things a little different this year. Even though the banquet was not held, the Foundation’s Board of Directors is gratef…

There is a page on Facebook called “You Know You’re From Bear Lake If.....” where people from Bear Lake, no matter where they live, can post memories, pictures, stories, information, facts, anything that pertains to Bear Lake. Then they chat and post messages back and forth regarding those items.

The Lady Panthers had their home openers this past week on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Jan. 8. Thursday they welcomed the Lady Rangers of Kemmerer. This was a tight game down to the buzzer. The Lady Panthers were able to squeak out the win 52-50. Tana Teichert had 11 points, Emmie Barnes ha…

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.

The High School Girls and Boys basketball teams will host their first home games on Thursday. Due to COVID-19 this is a ticketed event. Contact Cokeville High School for more details.

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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.

• 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…

• SaraJayne Floyd received her call to serve an 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California, Oakland/San Francisco Mission. SaraJayne will begin her service in March.

• 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…

•  Cokeville schools are grateful for the support of families and the community on following the guidelines set forth by Lincoln County School District #2 to help our kids stay in school and involved in extra-curricular activities. We are looking forward to some great happenings during 2021.

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