On January 20, 2020, at approximately 6:00 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle injury crash on westbound US30 near milepost 451, in Bear Lake County, four miles west of the Idaho/Wyoming border.

The Muley Fanatic Foundation Southeast Idaho Chapter would like to thank everyone that donates and supports the Muley Fanatics foundation (MFF), It has made it so we could help out with the fence and crossings for the Mule Deer and other big game on highway 30, Because of your wonderful supp…

I can’t believe it is the end of the 3rd legislative week already. Many people say they can’t wait for us to get out of session for the year. I can empathize with those feelings. I do not want to see more regulation and law. The only legislation I support is limiting the government and only …

The Senate Agriculture Affairs Committee received an update on the financial condition of agriculture in our state from the University of Idaho this past week. Idaho ranks as the 5th largest agriculture economy in the nation and cash receipts increased 10% last year for a total of $8.3 billi…

Monday was Martin Luther King Day, a holiday for most but not the State Legislature. We are required to hold a floor session every three days, so we have to meet on Monday or on Saturday before the holiday. Either way State employees who are involved in the Legislature have to work, and we h…

(BOISE) – Idaho’s four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2019 remained steady, coming in at 80.7 percent, compared to 80.6 percent in 2018. The percentage of students who graduated in five years increased from 82.0 percent to 82.8 percent, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybar…

The Bear Lake County Commissioners held their monthly meeting on January 15, 2020, and all members of the council were present, including Adam McKenzie, legal counsel.

The Bear Lake County School Board District 33 held it’s regular meeting on Jan 14. After the ordinary business of the meeting, new board members were sworn in by Clerk Annette Crane.

It has been a quick start into the 2020 legislative session. I apologize for not getting a newsletter out last week. I was swamped with the workload. As the Idaho House of Representatives, we have been going through each administrative rule in our committees, as a result of the House sending…

I would like help to spread the word that Idaho has now implemented a three-digit number for the suicide hotline. People will now be able to access the Suicide Prevention Hot Line in Idaho by dialing 211. This is a good thing as Idaho consistently ranks in the top fifth or sixth in the natio…

This week started with a breakfast hosted by the Blue Cross Foundation in the Capital Rotunda. This was the annual signup for their “Steps for Schools” program. This program allows legislators to walk and track their steps with “fitbits”. If we average 10,000 steps a day for the month of Feb…

As winter weather brings on a winter wonderland, it also increases the movement of big game, namely mule deer, elk, and moose. Animals will migrate to lower elevations where there is usually less snow, warmer temperatures, vegetation for browsing and thermal cover. To get to these important …

Paris City Council held its regular council meeting on Jan. 7. All council members were present. Mayor Brent Lewis was not in attendance due to health issues.

Board members of the Montpelier Community Foundation met at city hall on Wednesday, January 8 for their monthly board meeting. In attendance were Leslie Tueller, Steve Allred, Michelle Higley, outgoing member Charles Horikami, and new board member John Lusk. Jared Farmer and Shane Johnson we…

At 11:37 a.m. on Jan. 3, Memphis Timothy Premo became the New Year’s Baby. He was born at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital weighing in at 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches.

Montpelier Police Department responded to a suicidal man on Eighth Street in Montpelier on Tuesday, Dec. 31. He fired a gun shot but no one was injured. The man is at the hospital. All officers are okay.

Norman Freeman, of Cokeville, has been collecting airplanes since he was a young boy and decided to get serious about collecting in 1975. His wife, Charlotte opened her Little Church of Nativities and didn’t have room for his airplanes so in 2016, Norm built his own museum next to the church…

BOISE (December 26, 2019) – Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. There are currently more than 185,000 smokers in Idaho and 55 percent of them tried to quit last year. New ads from e-cigarettes companies would have…

We all share in the hopes and dreams that the year 2020 might bring. Well, it just so happens that the year 2020 is a decade year, which makes it even more special. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and see what some of the highlights of the past 10 years were.

The Village Church in Garden City, Utah is thrilled to announce our new location beginning January 5th, 2020! Our new Worship Center will provide room to grow and a recognizable location at 65 West Logan Road right on the highway just a block from the three-way stop. The building was built i…

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On the last day before Christmas break, the Bear Lake High School students traditionally have Christmas parties that allow students to compete in what principal Luke Kelsey describes as “some pretty wild lip sync battles, Lakettes and Cheerleader performances, and choir concerts.” However, t…

The Bear Lake High School student council has been helping children have a Merry Christmas for so many years now that it is just something they do. For almost 25 years, the student council has taken referrals, raised money, taken donations, and spread the Christmas cheer to almost 200 kids.

Idaho Governor Brad Little is declaring Jan. 7 as Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Day to recognize the valuable contribution POST has made to public safety in Idaho.

Congratulation to Gaylon Newbold of McCammon for landing a new catch/release state record Bonneville whitefish. Newbold caught the impressive 21-inch whitefish while jigging on Dec.10, beating the previous record held by Dalton Jackson since 2016. As an avid Bear Lake angler, Newbold holds m…

In looking at the year 2019 in review, there have been so many things reported in the News-Examiner, both exciting and newsworthy. Here are some of the highlights.

Idaho Falls, ID – Caribou-Targhee National Forests offices will be closed Tues., Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), Wed., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), and Wed., Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day). Yesterday, President Trump issued an Executive Order closing Federal offices Tues., Dec. 24, 2019. Regular office hours …

AJ Winters School held their Christmas Program Tuesday evening, Dec. 17. The theme was “AJ Winters Presents a Night of Christmas Carols.” The program consisted of each grade singing one or two songs. During each song, the kids danced and were really enthusiastic. They had weeks of practice b…

The Bear Lake School District held their regular monthly meeting on December 10. The time was changed from 7 PM to 2 PM due to scheduling conflicts. Three bids for a travel bus were opened at 2:05 PM. Bluebird quoted $159,989, Thomas was $183,416, and Rush/International was $166,730. Directo…

The Bear Lake School District held their regular monthly meeting on December 10. The time was changed from 7 PM to 2 PM due to scheduling conflicts. Three bids for a travel bus were opened at 2:05 PM. Bluebird quoted $159,989, Thomas was $183,416, and Rush/International was $166,730. Directo…

The Bear Lake County Commissioners held its regular monthly board meeting on December 9, starting at 9 AM with Treasurer Tricia Poulsen presenting the tax bill report. Poulsen stated that the tax drive went well, however, the office received many calls due to an error by the new bill printin…

Friday, Dec. 6, the annual Chamber of Commerce Light Up Main Street-Blue Friday event took place. It was a chilly evening, but those attending were lucky enough to have no snow this year as opposed to last year. The little barrel fires were cheery and smelled good. Everyone was happy and exc…

A Country Christmas was sponsored by the Town of Cokeville on Friday,Dec. 6. The night began with a light parade down main street followed by a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus at the City Park. There was plenty of hot chocolate and cookies to enjoy. The final event of the night was the lighti…

Wow. It has been a rough couple of weeks. I found out some really exciting information about a week before Thanksgiving but I couldn’t tell anyone about it until after this last Wednesday. Of course I did tell some people, but I couldn’t publish it out there in social media or anywhere else …

Paris City Council held its regular meeting on Dec.3. All members were present. After the regular business of the meeting, the discussion turned to the agenda.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) is collecting diapers for its’ 3rd Annual Holiday Diaper Drive during the month of December. The goal of the Diaper Drive is to collect 5,000+ diapers. Diapers and baby wipes can be dropped off at three locations in Montpelier. Locations include Brouli…

Cokeville Branch Library held its annual cookie exchange on Monday, Nov. 25. There were many yummy cookies to taste. This was also the kickoff to the “Snow Better Time to Read” winter adult reading program. Thanks to everyone who supported the cookie event. Stop in anytime to get your readin…

World Aids Day was on December 1st, 2019. Southeastern Idaho Public Health is joining with organizations around the world to take action towards ending the AIDS epidemic by offering free rapid HIV and syphilis testing for at-risk people for the entire month of December in each of our 8 count…

For many people, Thanksgiving usually includes the 5 Fs: a four-day weekend, football games, family, and frantic Black Friday shopping. However, without the help of an entire community, spearheaded by the Bear Lake High School Student Council, that final F would be very difficult for some: f…

The Bear Lake School District recently received a generous donation from one of our local business owners, Mr. Jerry Gundersen. A good education is the greatest asset we can give our young people as they prepare for life after graduation. It is inspiring to see community members donating to …

The Montpelier City Council held it’s a regular meeting on Nov. 20. Ted Slivinski and Dru Strange were absent.

Paris City Council held it’s regular meeting on Nov. 19th. All members were present. After the regular business of the meeting the council moved to the agenda items. The two members of the council who will start in January also attended the meeting. The first item was to certify the results …

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