IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Experimental Breeder Reactor (EBR-I) typically welcomes visitors from around the world during the summer months. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum will not open its doors this year. Visitors can, however, experience the world’s first nuclear power plant thr…

Bear Lake School District #33 is participating in the Sumer Food Service program. Meals will be provided to all children, ages 1-10 without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all actives are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, …

The Cokeville High School National Honor Society sponsored a “Minus the Virus 2020 Challenge” to encourage everyone to get outside and get a little exercise. The challenge began on April 27 and went through May 27.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho (1 in Bingham, 4 in Franklin County). This brings the total to 48 confirmed cases in southeastern Idaho. Twenty-five of the 48 total confirmed cases have recovered from COVID-19.

IDAHO FALLS, Id – The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will start selling firewood permits for personal use beginning June 1, 2020. To enhance public and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, local ranger district offices will sell firewood and forest product permits over the phone and through the mail. These options are available using a credit or debit card, check, or money order. Cash payments are not available for phone or mail-in options. Some offices will have curbside permit distribution for same-day delivery, please call ahead to verify. Firewood permits are also available at participating vendor locations. A list of vendors can be found on our website at www.fs.usda.gov/ctnf. We strongly encourage the public to obtain their firewood permit by phone, mail or through a participating vendor. When paying with a debit or credit card, the permit will be mailed to you the following business day. Please plan ahead, allowing time to receive your permit by mail prior to collecting forest products. With your firewood permit purchase, you will receive the permit, tags, the CaribouTarghee NF terms and conditions handout, and a ranger district firewood map to help you locate firewood in the appropriate area. “Firewood is an important commodity for many individuals in Idaho,” said Tom Silvey, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Timber Program Manager. “We’ve been looking at various options to keep staff and public safe while maintaining our customer service. We believe issuing permits over the phone provides a great option that meets public policy direction without greatly impacting our customers.” Firewood may be purchased for $6.25 a cord with a minimum purchase of four cords. The Forest Service United States Department of Agriculture minimum cost of a firewood permit is $25. Additional cords may be purchased for $6.25 a cord, up to a maximum of 8 cords per household. Other forest products, including transplant permits and post and pole permits will be available at this time as well. Please contact your local ranger district for availability. Permits are valid until November 30, 2020, and must be in possession while collecting forest products, with tags visible at the time of transport. When gathering firewood, permits allow for the harvest of down or standing dead wood only. It is important to use firewood from local sources to prevent the spread of invasive species. Firewood availability may be limited due to the decline of insect and disease activity and other naturally occurring factors that create dead trees for firewood. Less traveled roads may be more likely to have firewood available. Expect to travel further and search more than in past years. Not all lands on the National Forests are open to firewood cutting. Please consult the firewood map to be sure you are in an area where cutting is permitted. Not all land within the forest boundary is publicly owned. It is your responsibility to be certain you are not trespassing on private land. Cutting information and maps are available on the Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ctnf/passes-permits/forestproducts/ National Forests across the nation have been providing a substantial amount of firewood for the public since the 1970s, which has continued to grow as more households in America are adopting practices to reduce energy and fossil fuel consumption. Selling firewood permits also aids in fire prevention by removing burnable material from the forest floor. Please call your local ranger district office for additional options to pay for and obtain firewood permits: Dubois RD - Dubois, ID, 208-374-5422 or 208-313-7812 Ashton/Island Park RD – Island Park, ID, 208-558-7301 Ashton/Island Park RD - Ashton, ID, 208-652-7442 Teton Basin RD - Driggs, ID, 208-354-2312 Palisades RD - Idaho Falls, ID, 208-523-1412 Westside RD - Pocatello, ID, 208-236-7500 Soda Springs RD - Soda Springs, ID, 208-547-4356 Montpelier RD - Montpelier, ID, 208-847-0375

IDAHO FALLS, Id – The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will start selling firewood permits for personal use beginning June 1, 2020. To enhance public and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, local ranger district offices will sell firewood and forest product permits over the phone an…

Montpelier’s City Hall at 534 Washington was built in 1916 and served its purpose well over many years. The building aged and became unsafe to occupy. In 2019, the City negotiated the purchase of the vacant Wells Fargo Bank Building downtown. This building was remodeled into the current loca…

Celebrate the Class of 2020

It's time to graduate for the Class of 2020! View our special section to see profiles of graduates, read news from around the area, and submit a profile of your own favorite graduate!

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital held its monthly board meeting by teleconference on the evening of May 26, 2020. All board members were present with the exception of Craig Culver and ex officio Gary Griffin.

MONTPELIER, Idaho; May 20, 2020 — Healthcare workers at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital were surprised by a delivery of cookies from Zions Bank during a special presentation honoring staff for prioritizing the community’s health and welfare.

Montpelier Police and the Bear Lake County Ambulance Service responded with the Montpelier Fire/Rescue and County Fire units to a traffic collision near 4th and Washington Street in Montpelier on Tuesday May 19th at 8:00 am.

On May 21, 2020, Paris City Council held its Public Hearing on three new ordinances. The ordinances were dealing with Short term rentals, RV Parking, and Noise ordinance.

The National Rifle Association Foundation has awarded the Bear Lake County 4-H a grant totaling $3,200 to expand the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. We offer archery and rifle. The grant money was used to buy additional air rifles, targets for both rifle and archery, arrows, and safety equipmen…

The monthly meeting of the Bear Lake County Commissioners was held by teleconference on May 11, 2020. The commissioners were all present, as well as Clerk Cindy Garner, and Attorney Adam McKenzie.

Governor Little announced on May 14th his plans for Stage Two of the State’s approach to reopening segments of the Idaho economy in an effort to balance the ongoing need to slow the rate of the COVID‐19 infection with the critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

Do you still have your Spring Coloring book pictures? Please turn them into the businesses or The News-Examiner by May 26. Each page you turn in will enter you in a drawing for a cash prize. All ages can enter. Need another coloring book? Please call The News-Examiner at 208-847-0552 and we …

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• Idaho is reporting 2,419 verified cases of COVID-19, with 30 new cases, and 73 deaths as of May 17, 2020. No cases have been confirmed in Bear Lake County. However, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 33 of Idaho’s 44 counties: Ada (773), Adams (3), Bannock (14), Bingham (6), Blaine (…

Montpelier City Council held its regular meeting on May 6, 2020. The meeting was held by conference call.

With COVID‐19 being a new virus and highly contagious, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and others if you are sick or taking care of someone who is sick.

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital in Montpelier, ID, was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for Best Practices in Quality out of over 1,300 facilities in the country by The National Rural Health Association. Bear Lake Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the Top …

Professor Milton Madden of Eugene Oregon recently donated a thousand books, journals, periodicals, and around one hundred thousand slides regarding the Oregon Trail to the National California/Oregon Trail Center.

• Idaho is reporting 2,230 verified cases of COVID-19, with 25 new cases, and 67 deaths as of May 10, 2020. No cases have been confirmed in Bear Lake County. However, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 33 of Idaho’s 44 counties: Ada (733), Adams (3), Bannock (12), Bingham (4), Blaine (…

Paris City Council held its regular meeting on May 5, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, the meeting was held by phone. All members were present.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Idaho, begging the question, are you prepared? Wildfires threaten lives, property and precious resources every year. Firefighters and emergency responders are needed more than ever to keep Idahoans safe, so please do your part to protect…

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Rainy Day Foods in Montpelier (which is part of Walton Feed) was down to a skeleton crew. Now they have 12+ people working for them trying to keep up with over 300 orders a day. They are doing fantastic, they are really busy, and taking it day by day.

Governor Little’s Stay Healthy Order issued on May 1, 2020, outlines the stages in which Idaho can reopen safely. Southeastern Idaho Public health (SIPH) has fielded numerous calls for clarification on the order; one that keeps coming up is, “When can I hold a yard sale?”

The Bear Lake County Senior Center will reopen its doors to the public on June 17. However, they will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health is offering telehealth services through the telehealth platform, Doxy. Telehealth visits enable patients to stay at home and speak with their provider through a computer or mobile device that has microphone and camera capabilities. “It’s important that we lev…

(BOISE) –Beginning May 10, Idahoans must obtain a fire burn permit from the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) before starting debris burning activities. Closed fire season takes place annually between May 10 and extends through October 20.

BOISE, ID – Ballot request forms for the May Primary Election will begin landing in registered voters’ mailboxes this week. The Secretary of State’s Office sent more than 550,000 forms statewide. All Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home to protect voters, election workers…

The Postal Service continues to fulfill its mission to provide essential services that process and deliver information, communications, and goods vital to residents. To ensure the safety of our delivery personnel, the Postal Service is asking dog owners to keep their animals secured when del…

We are excited to announce our plans for the graduation celebration for the class of 2020. We felt it was important to have a traditional Graduation Program with speeches, musical numbers, and presentation of diplomas, but given the current circumstances, we had to get creative. This year’s …

This week, the News-Examiner, as part of the APG East Idaho/Utah group, announced a $1.5 Million Community Advertising Grant program to assist locally-owned businesses rebound from COVID-19 struggles. Businesses can apply for matching advertising funds to help make marketing dollars go farth…

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital held its monthly board meeting by teleconference on the evening of April 28. All board members were present with the exception of Commissioner Vaughn Rasmussen.

In just four weeks of grant-making, the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund for Idaho has approved $1.055 million for organizations throughout Idaho that are helping low-income individuals and families experiencing homelessness or housing instability, food insecurity and/or domestic violence…

On April 30, 2020, at approximately 4:30 a.m.,members of the Bear Lake County Sheriff Office, and Bear Lake County Fire Department responded to a single vehicle roll-over accident on East State Highway 36, and Sharon Loop Road near Liberty, Idaho. Upon arrival, first responders located an un…

On Monday, April 27, 2020,Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary at Bear Bottoms Country Store in Fish Haven. Investigators determined that this burglary was related to numerous other crimes that had been committed in different jurisdictions in Utah. Joint inve…

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $15 million investment to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through June 29, …

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) is encouraging mothers and families who have lost a job or who’ve had a drop in income because of the pandemic to apply for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

• Idaho is reporting 2,061 verified cases of COVID-19, with 26 new cases, and 64 deaths as of May 2, 2020. No cases have been confirmed in Bear Lake County. However, cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 33 of Idaho’s 44 counties: Ada (705), Adams (3), Bannock (11), Bingham (40), Blaine (…

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) is encouraging mothers and families who have lost a job or who’ve had a drop in income because of the pandemic to apply for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

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