Heaven got a whole lot bigger on March 29, 2020 when Nada Jean Dunn Thomas finished her work on the earth. She loved the name her mother, Ruth Wilkes, and her Father, Thomas Merlin Dunn, gave her on December 18, 1931.

Ruth Brimhall Johnson, age 85, peacefully returned to live with her Heavenly Father, her parents, sisters’ Lavonda Wilson and Helen Berry, two grandchildren Savannah Angeleigh Moore and Dallas Allen Johnson, and son-in-law Darryl Chandler Williams on Wednesday March 25th.

April Fool’s Day, sometimes called All Fool’s Day, has origins that are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration of the turn of the seasons, while others believe it comes from the adoption of a new calendar.

n Bear Lake Senior Center: The Senior Center will only be open for curbside to-go meals on Wednesdays and Fridays only. Orders need to be called in by 10 a.m. if possible. They have call waiting, so if they do not answer, please try again. Bread and dinner rolls are still available to purcha…

Education was an early necessity as far as the first settlers in the Bear Lake Valley were concerned. The various communities had hardly established themselves before a system of learning was developed, usually in the common meeting house where church, school, and community activities took place.

Spring is here! Even though there is still snow in Bear Lake and there are no flowers or greenery in sight, the geese have arrived and robins are chirping and sandhill cranes have been seen. Spring began last Friday, and those who were hoping for an early spring definitely got their wish!

The Bear Lake County Commissioners held their monthly meeting on Mar. 9, 2020. All members of the commission were present, and Attorney Adam McKenzie was also in attendance.

Pastor John Warneke and his wife Ashley recently moved from Salt Lake City to lead the congregation of the Bible Believers Baptist Church in Montpelier.

The March meeting of the Jane Davis Camp was held Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the First/Fourth church. Songs “Salute to Our Utah Pioneers” was led by Sylvia Westre and accompanied by Debra Jacobs.

The March Sharp Shooters Camera Club has been cancelled. Eleven club members met at Bear Lake for a winter photography field trip on February 29 to photograph ice piled up on the north beach jetty and the east beach shore.

Students at Cokeville Elementary celebrated Doctor Seuss’s Birthday this past week. Monday was crazy sock day, Tuesday was crazy hat day, Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday and Thursday was dress like your favorite character day. Mrs. Stoor’s Kindergarten class enjoyed green eggs and ham and dres…

The practice of quarantine, as we know it, began during the 14th century in an effort to protect coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. This practice, called quarantine, was derived from th…

• Thanks to all the fans who made the trek to Lander to cheer on the girls and boys and to Casper to cheer on the wrestlers.

In Oct. 1903, a Thursday morning, surveyors arrived in Montpelier and began the work of laying off the ground where the new roundhouse and machine shops were to be built. The evening before, Master Mechanic Dunn was there and conferred with Foreman Carrick as to the method of handling the wo…

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• Billy Johnson passed away recently. He is the son of Elvina Thornock.

Cokeville Junior and Senior High School held the annual Pops Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 19 under the direction of Robbie King with Accompanist, Nanette Cook.

Annette Crane was hired last April as the new Bear Lake County School District Secretary. What that entails is being secretary to the school superintendent, taking care of his and his wife’s needs; taking care of teacher certifications and keeping them up to date; taking care of employee fil…

• The Cokeville 2nd Ward held a fun Valentine Dinner on Tuesday, Feb.11. Those attending enjoyed a yummy meal followed by a fun game of Bingo.

Twenty-five-year-old Connar Lutz of Paris is the new four-year Paris city council member. When asked why he would want to be on the city council at such a young age, he responded, “There are a lot of elderly community and city government officials, and I felt like it is time for the next gen…

An Eagle Court of Honor was held December 28th, 2019, at the Garden City 1st Ward for 8 boys from Troop #697 of the Trapper Trails Council. These boys have been together since Cub Scouts at their various ages, and collectively have earned 223 merit badges in their scouting careers. The honor…

The February meeting of the Jane Davis Camp was held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the First/Fourth church. Captain Linda Arnell conducted the meeting. The Songs were “We Salute Our Utah Pioneers” was led by Esther Layland and sung a capella. The practice song, “Dare You Do It” was sung to…

The next meeting of the Sharp Shooters Camera Club will be Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 PM in the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital board room in Montpelier. Ross Walker will teach a lesson on winter photography and there will be a field trip later to try out the techniques learned. The group w…

Paris City council held its regular meeting on Feb. 4. All members were in attendance. After the regular business of the meeting, Mayor Wilks presented past Mayor Brent Lewis with a plaque to thank him for the 24 years of service he has given to the City of Paris.

The Bear Lake Hill Climbs returned after a two-year break. The Hill climbs were located at the Price Ranch in Geneva ID. There was plenty of snow, and at the last minute, the weather turned cold enough that mud was not the problem it had been in the past.

• Cokeville got hit hard this past week with non-stop snow. Mounds of snow can be found around town. Some wonder if that groundhog has forgotten about Wyoming. Thanks to all the hard working snow plow drivers and good people who were out and about helping their neighbors get plowed out.

January’s award theme was “Excelling the Habits of Success: Empathy and Relationships” Teachers chose kids for this award based on kindness to their peers and adults in the building as well as being approachable for help and understanding.

Georgetown City Council held their monthly meeting Feb. 4 in the Georgetown City Hall. All council members were present with the exception of Mayor Steve Waechtler.

Jeanna Matthews of Paris is a new, two-year member of the Paris City Council. When asked what prompted her to run for city council, she responded, “When you live in a small town like Paris, everyone should take their turn. There are not that many full-time residents, and the same people have…

In reporting the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital board meeting last week, a correction needs to be made in that Mark Harris was also excused from the meeting.

When Ryan Larsen says he is “just a happy person,” he is definitely that. But he also more; he is fun and very hard-working and committed to his family and job as well.

The Strong Building, located on Washington Street in Montpelier, has definitely been a “strong” building. It has stood for nearly 100 years since Lish Strong broke ground for it on April 21, 1906. And even though the majority of it sadly collapsed on January 24, 2020, the facade still stands…

Most of us love our community and want the best for it. It’s our home. It’s where we live, work, learn, play, and raise our families. And yet, it’s easy to go about our daily lives without ever stopping to think, “What can I do to make my community better?”

The first monthly Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Board Meeting of 2020 was held Jan. 28. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Cordell Passey. All board members were present, including County Commissioner Vaughn Rasmussen, with the exception of Maxine Matthews.

•  Dylan Moody, son of Darren and Jan Moody, spoke in the Cokeville First and Second Wards on a Sunday, January 26 following his recent return from serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mexico, Mexico City Southeast Mission.

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