A special meeting of the Bear Lake County Commissioners was held on April 28, 2021, with Chairman Vaughn Rasmussen and Commissioner Rex Payne in attendance. Commissioner Brad Jensen could not attend inasmuch as he was chairing the Regional Landfill meeting. The Commissioners were assisted by…

The Bear Lake County Landfill, now known as the IDAWY Solid Waste District Bear Lake Facility, is offering a free spring cleanup period Monday through Saturday, May 3 through 8. During this time, Bear Lake residents can take their garbage to the Facility and not have it count toward their co…

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There seems to be some movement on appropriation budgets this week as the Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC) approved some revised versions of the higher education and K-12 budgets to be voted on by the House and Senate. The new budget bills include a $ 1 million increase to th…

The Paris City Council held its regular meeting on April 20, 2021. All members of the board were present.

With the recent announcement that the Montpelier Community Foundation had received ownership of the Centre Theatre, many public inquiries were received wondering about what the Foundation is and how it operates.

The monthly meeting of the Bear Lake County Commissioners was held April 12, 2021. The three commissioners were assisted by County Clerk, Cindy Garner, and County Prosecutor, Joe Hayes. The published agenda was approved with a comment that presenters may be substituted.

As part of the Montpelier Community Foundation’s efforts to revitalize the downtown business district in Montpelier, the foundation recently announced the acquisition of the Centre Theatre building.

Recently there have been five fires within a seven-day period in Bear Lake County. Only some of the people who set the fires had permits to do so. According to Mark Parker, Fire Chief, those who had permits burned material larger than they could control or safely handle. One fire starter had…

I hope you are well, and you are enjoying spring. I am certainly ready to be done with this legislative session. It has been a trying one for me. Many of us were under the assumption that it would be a priority to end the emergency order. It was not a priority. However, House Bill 135 is fin…

The Senate Floor calendar is getting cleared off and it seems the legislature is winding down. There are some education appropriations bills the House has voted down that still need to be addressed and passed before the legislature can adjourn. It is unfortunate that these bills are being vo…

The Bear Lake County School Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday, Apr. 13. All members of the Board were present. Chairman Kendall Roberts called the meeting to order.

Many people in the valley may know Debbie Keetch and some of you may not, but many of your children may know her very well as she taught school at Paris Elementary and then at the Middle School for 41 years!

I hope the Legislature is getting close to the end of this session.

With a new 40,000 s.f. two-story structure literally growing before their eyes, Mike Moldenhauer and Patrick Murdoch took time to discuss their plans and preparations for Ace Hardware (managed by Mike) and Mike’s Market (managed by Pat). The large facility looms over Garden City, Utah, and h…

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The Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Board held its meeting on March 23. Gary Griffin, Lila Rigby, and Laurie Harrison were not present.

You may have noticed recently that Idaho Parks and Recreation has a new online registration system. You may have also noticed that it is somewhat confusing. The News-Examiner has spoken with Andy Stokes, Park Ranger for Bear Lake State Parks, regarding this situation and he has clarified som…

Members of the ITD maintenance shed from Montpelier in Southeast Idaho were named Safety Team of the Year at the Idaho Transportation Board meeting Feb. 18 as part of the Excellence in Transportation awards. This award recognizes a group of employees who have consistently demonstrated that s…

Week 11 (1st week of the COVID two-week recess) for the Idaho legislative session is complete. Of course, no legislative work was done between the House and the Senate this past week, and most member have returned home. They plan to return April 6th and try to finish their work.

GARDEN CITY, Utah; March 25, 2021 — Garden City is home to a brilliant blue lake, pristine beaches, famous raspberry shakes – and soon – a bank. Zions Bank announced Monday that it plans to open a new Garden City branch, located at 557 North Bear Lake Blvd. There is currently no financial in…

Eagle, Idaho, April 1, 2021 — The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) revealed today that its famous Big Idaho® Potato Truck has grown sprouts up to 30 feet long while being stored in a cool, dry place (as recommended) since March 2020 when the annual tour was suspended due to COVID-19. But not to…

The three county commissioners held a regular meeting on March 8, 2021, assisted by Joe Hayes, County Prosecutor, and Cindy Garner, County Clerk. One item was added to the agenda regarding the County’s annual memorandum of understanding and other members of the Four-County Commissioners group.

School districts will still be able to run bond and levy elections in August, after a vote in the Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday.

As the session is winding down, we are placing a priority on voting on several Senate and House Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) bills. Several Legislators are still working on a series of tax and transportation bills we want to get finalized before we leave Boise. The House…

In our March meeting a representative from Itofos gave the Bear Lake Education Foundation (BLEF) a $5,000 grant to be used for the Family and Consumer Science class currently being formed at our Middle School. There has been a great deal of support from our community in this endeavor and we …

The time is getting short and the tempers are starting to flare. We have been here long enough and it is time to rap up the session. We have run into a snag in the House. Wednesday we had four members out with Covid 19, and one member is home in isolation because of close contact. The House …

BOISE, IDAHO. Due to an increase in confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Idaho House of Representatives, House leadership immediately shut down committee meetings today. It urged the Senate to concur with their request to recess until Tuesday, April 6. There are currently no senators with COVID-19.

BOISE — It’s been a rough winter for Idaho drivers, with the Gem State’s average gas price about to hit the $3 mark. But after several weeks of rising prices here and across the country, AAA says that things could finally be starting to level off.

While the beloved house cat can be a rewarding companion in the home, too much of any good thing is almost always a problem. While some enjoy the company of cats inside the home, too many are putting their cats outside.

The time is getting short and the tempers are starting to flare. We have been here long enough and it is time to rap up the session. We have run into a snag in the House. Wednesday we had four members out with Covid 19, and one member is home in isolation because of close contact. The House …

Georgetown City Council held it’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Mar. 10. All members of the council were present.

Students at Bear Lake High School have the opportunity of taking college classes along with their regular classes. The Department of Education (DOE) sets aside $4,125 for each student to pursue dual credit or other advanced opportunities, which amounts to $65 to $75 per credit. There are 43 …

The highlight of the Montpelier City Council meeting agenda was to open the time capsule from the cornerstone of the old Montpelier City Hall, which was torn down recently. The Montpelier City Foundation streamed the opening of the time capsule live on Facebook.

Bear Lake County Commission Chair Vaughn Rasmussen welcomed commissioners from Caribou, Franklin and Oneida counties, having each introduce himself and those attending via Zoom were likewise included. Several items were added to the agenda such as the mutual aid agreement, pending legislatio…

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