In an effort to improve lighting for Montpelier City’s western entrance on the overpass, the City of Montpelier announces the installation of 17 upgraded light fixtures. Gone is the old yellow lighting seen for years coming into town and installed are new bright LED fixtures that improves vi…

The three Bear Lake County Commissioners convened in regular meeting on July 12, 2021, with assistance from County Clerk Cindy Garner and County Prosecutor Joe Hayes.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health is looking for volunteers to serve on their Citizen Review panel that will help evaluate and provide recommendations for the protection of children in foster care programs across Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties.

EASTERN IDAHO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho Falls District, Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (NF) are issuing Stage One Fire Restrictions for all regions in the East Idaho area (see attached…

Boise, Idaho… As financial technology has evolved, it has given consumers the ability to shop, save, and invest online using their phones, tablets, and computers. These modern financial conveniences, however, come with risk. “As we all conduct more transactions online, we need to raise our a…

Montpelier held its regular meeting on July 2. All members except Steve Allred were present. The Board completed the regular business of the meeting.

Fourth of July Celebrations felt a little like " the good old days," you know, before COVID.

There were two Chuckwagon Breakfasts, Paris City and Montpelier Rotary club, the Paris Patriotic program, inspiring, as usual, the Paris Parade, Youth Rodeo, and fireworks at Allinger Park that night.

It sounds like about 1800 people ate the traditional Sausage, egg, pancakes, and hash brown breakfast.

The Patriotic program honored our servicemen and women.

The parade had 40 plus entries, with the theme being "All things Patriotic."

The Grand Prize went to the Bear Lake Arts Council. The Commercial category winners were 1st Triple T Trash Bin Cleaning, 2nd Petals of Paris. Family: 1st Jerry & Janet Erkelens (BL Monster) 2nd Jessica Whitaker. Horses: 1st Bear Lake County Royalty, 2nd Bear Lake County Sheriff, Youth: 1st Bear Lake Majors Baseball Team, 2nd Bear Lake Middle School Cheer, Old Vehicles: 1st Ireland Bank, 2nd Richard Droesbeke (57 Dodge), Community: 1st #37 Firetruck (Shot Water) 2nd Bear Lake Rim Riders.

We heard several youths got to take an animal home from the rodeo, and the fireworks made the Rotary Club proud.

Thanks to all of those that attended and those that worked to present the day to our community. Hours of planning and practice are necessary to have pulled it all off. Thanks again for a "normal" day.

Paris City Council held its regular meeting on July 6. All members were present. The Council completed the regular business of the meeting.

For over 150 years, the Salt Lake Tabernacle — and since 2000, the Conference Center — have been the Temple Square venues for live events for visitors from around the world. All events were temporarily halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 9, 2021, The Tabernacle Choir o…

Re-opening remote locations in 40 cities throughout Idaho is allowing the Department of Labor to return to its pre-pandemic service delivery levels for job seekers and employers.

The Bear Lake County Fair will be here before you know it! Be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 23 through 28 and plan to join in the fun!

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you! A Lego store called “The Outpost” opened on July 2 in Garden City! It’s located in the Moose Buns Coffee Shop next to Bear Lake Renegade Raceway Go-Karts and is a 200-square-foot building in the mini-golf course area.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) officials have confirmed identification of the first ever West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito pool in Bear Lake County, located on the south end of the county close to the Utah Idaho border on the west side of the lake. This is the first WNV-positi…

Take two sets of identically shaped and colored Legos then challenge two ham radio operators to precisely communicate instructions to each other to connect all pieces exactly the same to win a prize. That was among the activities set up by Shirley Larsen (call sign AD7HL) during the two days…

On Saturday, June 26th, in front of the Bear Lake High School, the 4th annual Suicide Awareness Walk commenced. Kandi Eborn started this project after losing a son to suicide, and each year she has encouraged a few local high school students to help her prepare for this as their senior proje…

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Bear Lake Memorial Hospital held its monthly board meeting on June 22, 2021. All board members were present with the exception of Senator Mark Harris.

The Bear Lake County School Board held its regular meeting on June 15. All members were in attendance. The Board conducted the regular business of the meeting.

Eastern Idaho, ID—The fire danger rating has been elevated to very high for the lowlands (desert area) and high for the highlands (higher elevations) in Eastern Idaho. With record high temperatures across the area, conditions in the Eastern Idaho Interagency area are drying rapidly, and a fi…

Bear Lake County Fire District has issued a stage 1 fire and fireworks restriction. The Montpelier Fire Department supports them in their efforts to limit wildland fires in our county, as we are in a severe drought condition.

Due to the Fourth of July holiday The News-Examiner will not be published on July 7.

Vice Chairman Kristy Crane brought the Bear Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to order on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, noting that the agenda item regarding a concept plan by Patrick O’Keefe for a project between Fish Haven and St. Charles would not be heard but that two public…

The three Bear Lake County Commissioners met in regular session on June 14, 2021, with Cindy Garner, County Clerk, and Joe Hayes, County Prosecutor, assisting. i

With the joys of summer come the perils of extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause a variety of illnesses and can even be fatal. For this reason, Southeastern Idaho Public Health wants to share some tips for staying safe through the hottest months of the year.

Montpelier City Council held its regular meeting on June 16. All members except Dan Fisher were present. The Council conducted the regular business of the meeting.

Certain to draw attention, the Bear Lake West private beach near the Utah/Idaho state line was recently marked with yellow caution tape with the words “police line – do not cross” wrapping around signage indicating no parking is allowed at any time. For years, the beach has been a popular sp…

The Montpelier Community Foundation would like to thank five volunteers who took on the task of donating 2 hours of their time for planting 16 downtown flower planters in Montpelier on Saturday, June 19. Kudos to Gundersen Ace Hardware for the plants that they provided to the foundation at a…

BEAR LAKE, ID – June 15, 2021 – The popular Fish Haven Canyon Road (NFSR 413) and Hogs Back Trail adjacent to Bear Lake, which accesses portions of Forest in the Montpelier Ranger District, will close for repairs beginning June 21. The road and trail will close while heavy equipment is on th…

The Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) is pleased to announce the 2020-21 winners of the “Schools of Excellence” program, sponsored by the Idaho Army National Guard. This yearlong, voluntary program in which schools earn points based on their student-athlete’s performance in at…

BOISE, Idaho – Beginning 05/17/2021, through 05/28/2021, the U.S. Marshals Service partnered with numerous Treasure Valley law enforcement entities to conduct Operation Washout, a U.S. Marshals Service national initiative focused on the investigation and arrest of violent fugitives and gang …

School’s out but that doesn’t mean school lunch has to end. The Bear lake School District is having our summer lunch program again this year serving FREE lunch to all kids 1-18 at AJ Winters Elementary starting June 1st through July 15th. We will be serving Monday through Thursday from 11:30…

IDAHO — Overall, more than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2020. In Idaho, 27 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2020. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public…

IDAHO (June 11, 2021) Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) is excited to release the second edition of their Idaho Trails Supporter Sticker, featuring a new color scheme and year marker. Like the original, the 2021 sticker will be $10 and can be found online at IdahoStateParks.Res…

We’re back! It was great to see all the familiar faces and exciting to have new faces join the group on June 2, 2021 when the women held their first Ladies Day at the Montpelier Golf Course. Welcome back Danielle Culver – we’ve missed you, and to Jeri Crawford, Ruth Nelson and Lynne Etchever…

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital is very excited to have Dr. Richins join the Most Caring Hospital on Earth. He will be providing all aspects of Family Practice care, including seeing patients in clinic, caring for patients admitted to our hospital, and treating individuals in our emergency depar…

Paris City Council held its regular meeting on June 1. All members except Jeanna Matthews were present.

A lot of people today have a misconception of how to properly handle and display the flag of the United States. We need to remember that our flag is more than a piece of cloth. It stands for our nation and the shared history, pride, principles, and commitment of its people. When we properly …

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