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(Boise, Idaho) – Governor Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden issued the following joint statement praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today striking down President Joe Biden’s overreaching OSHA vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees. The Court nar…

The Bear Lake County School Board started their January meeting by having the returning Board members sign their Code of Conduct and take their Oath of Office. The returning members are Paul Alleman, Angie Grunig, and Debbie Ketch.

The 2nd Regular Session of the 66th Idaho Legislature began Monday with Governor Brad Little addressing the Legislature and the people of Idaho with his State of the State Address. The Governor placed an emphasis on education and infrastructure as his top priorities along with tax cuts for a…

January 10th marked the beginning of the 2022 Legislative session. We all assembled in the House Chambers for the Governor’s State of The State Address. Monday was a day of mixed emotions for me. This will be my last legislative session. Bonne and I have decided that after 14 years, my Legis…

A special meeting of the Bear Lake County Commissioners was held on Monday, December 27, 2021, with all Commissioners in attendance, assisted by Cindy Garner, Bear Lake County Clerk. The agenda was approved unanimously as published.

Paris City has received a Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Beautification Grant through the League of Idaho Cities of $1,500, councilwoman Jeanna Matthews reported at the Paris City Council meeting January 4, 2022. Matthews said there is a stipulation that the grant money must be used by earl…

Announcing her retirement after serving 7 years as the Bear Lake County Clerk, Cindy Garner delivered her letter of resignation to the County Commissioners on Monday, January 10th.

The Montpelier Community Foundation was presented a $10,000 donation recently from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to be used toward the construction of the new Heritage Park in downtown Montpelier, Idaho. Steven Liechty, regional business manager for Rocky Mountain Power presented the check…

In 2021, some things changed, and some stayed the same. Unfortunately, one of the things we are still dealing with is Covid-19. Vaccines became available at the end of December last year for select groups, but soon anyone wanting the vaccine could get one. Now we are on our first booster.

Oakley, Idaho — Dec. 28th, 2021 — Educators deserve to be heard and trusted, paid competitively, and prepared with the tools to support students in any classroom. Idaho educators need clear expectations, simplified roles, and they deserve policies that help them work with all students. Educa…

Bear Lake County Hospital Board held its meeting on Tuesday, December 28th.

“All of the elementary schools in the district are above the state average,” Dr. Janet Lindsay, Bear Lake Middle School Principal, said at the Bear Lake School District Board Meeting held December 14. “They are doing well overall.”

Bear Lake County Building Inspector Wayne Davidson provided the County Commissioners with an updated 2021 permit report organized by city or area during their regular meeting on Monday, December 13, 2021. As expected, Fish Haven generates more building permits than any other area of the Coun…

With assistance from Cindy Garner, County Clerk, Commissioners Vaughn Rasmussen, Rex Payne and Brad Jensen met in their regular meeting on December 13, 2021. The agenda was unanimously approved as published.

MONTPELIER, Idaho; Dec. 15, 2021 — Zions Bank employees from the Bear Lake Valley and Garden City branches participated in Bear Lake High School’s annual Toys for Tots donation program.

The Bear Lake Education Foundation received a grant from Organic Valley that will be used for startup costs for the Family and Consumer Science Class at the Middle School. This class will educate students on the importance of healthy eating and how to prepare and cook healthy meals. We curre…

The Breakfast with Santa fundraiser was a huge success for the Bear Lake Education Foundation! The first fundraiser of its kind for the Education Foundation and the first fundraiser since the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to public gatherings. We are excited to start gathering with our commun…

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“We can’t actually carry on a meeting tonight,” Mayor Brad Wilks said at the Paris City Council meeting December 7, 2021, “because we don’t have a quorum. We can discuss a few things, but we can’t vote on anything or approve anything.”

The CDC strengthened its booster recommendations by encouraging everyone 16 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The CDC states that although we don’t have all the answers on the Omicron variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen the protection…

In addition to recent applications before the Bear Lake County Planning and Zoning Commission for a 250-lot subdivision near St. Charles and expansions of The Reserve in Fish Haven with another 80 lots, the County also faces a PacifiCorp proposal to generate 5.4 terawatt-hours of power using…

Bear Lake County Commissioners hosted the Ford County meeting on November 30th, 2021, Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier.

The smell of delicious food is once again wafting from Cody’s Gastro Garage Restaurant on main street in Paris. “We have a new full menu,” explained Amanda Kirby, restaurant manager. “We have flatbread pizza along with burgers, smash burgers, sandwiches, and salads.” They also have a good va…

Montpelier City Council held its regular meeting on December 1, 2021. all members except Shane Johnson were present. The Council completed the regular business of the meeting. The Council then heard from Gary H Teuscher, CPA, about the Montpelier 2020-2021 fiscal year audit.

On 26 November 2021 at approximately 8:15 PM the Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a single vehicle accident involving an ATV. This accident was at the intersection of Mountain Way and Dogwood Circle in Fish Haven. Deputies discovered that an ATV driven by a 36 yr …

On Thursday, November 11, 2021, Bear Lake High School held their annual Veteran’s Day Assembly in the High School Gym. It was planned and organized by the Student Body Officers, Malori Jones, Preston Hardcastle, Savy Donaghue, and Victoria Reese.

Purple Starthistle (Centaurea calcitrapa L.) is a biennial or short-lived perennial that is native to the Mediterranean region. It invades pastures, rangelands, forests, disturbed areas, fields, and bottom land. It can form dense monocultures that out compete native species. It has sharp spi…

Often, Thanksgiving is a time to keep family traditions alive, and the Bear Lake High School Student Council continues a tradition begun over 25 years ago: gathering donations and purchasing the ingredients for full turkey dinners for area residents who might not otherwise have a Thanksgivin…

Paris City Council held its regular meeting on Nov. 16. All members were present. The Council completed the customary business of the meeting.

The County Planning and Zoning Commission met on November 17, 2021, with an overflow crowd in attendance. The agenda was modified to delete one lot split application and then unanimously approved. Welcoming those in attendance, Chair Albert Johnson commented that the P&Z is comprised of …

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be issuing Christmas tree permits beginning Nov. 17. The permits are $10 each with a limit of one per family. The permits allow for Christmas tree harvest on public lands managed by the BLM in southeastern Idaho. Members of the pu…

BOISE, IDAHO — The Idaho Senate and House voted to sine die this afternoon. The two chambers came together to address the strong opposition to President Biden’s executive orders which seek to mandate COVID vaccines in both the public and private sectors. Serious concerns around medical priva…

The Bear Lake County School Board held its regular Board meeting. All members were present except Kendall Roberts was absent, and Rich Smart appeared by phone.

BOISE, ID, November 12, 2021 –More people than ever are working from home and shopping online since the COVID-19 pandemic started. As a result, cyber-attacks on individuals and businesses of all sizes have become a constant threat, making it more important than ever to apply cyber-safety mea…

There is an early deadline for all legals to be printed the week of Thanksgiving. Due to the holiday all Legals must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 17 at noon.

The three Bear Lake County commissioners met on November 8, 2021, in regular session and following the agenda as published. Reports were provided by elected officials concerning their departments. General business items were ratified and approved concerning claims, minutes, canvassing the el…

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