This Legislative Session seems to be picking up faster than past years. Even though the first few weeks are devoted to reviewing Administrative Rules in Senate Committees, there have been several bills and resolutions already introduced. In the Senate State Affairs Committee, we have introdu…

This is the second week in the legislative session. Things are starting to pickup here in Boise. The Resources and Conversation Committee held its first meeting on Tuesday, Jan.19th. Things are a little bit different this year with our Committee rooms being setup for social distancing. Gone …

“Today, at the 59th Inaugural Ceremony, democracy moved forward, a hallmark of our great nation. The world watched as our country experienced the peaceful transition of power, serving as an assurance of the unwavering stability of our democracy and our American ideals. We pray for our leader…

According to Richard Droesbeke, Park Manager of Utah’s Bear Lake State Parks, a couple of Utah State legislators recently asked how to make more beach on Bear Lake. They were told the beaches on Bear Lake are finite, they can’t be made larger; they can only be improved.

On January 15th at 23:47 Bear Lake County Fire Department was dispatched to a possible haystack fire East of Ovid on HWY 89. The first arriving units reported a small outbuilding behind the haystack was fully engulfed with fire. The building was used as a pump house and heated with a propane…

The 2021 New Year’s Baby was born at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Monday, Jan. 11, at 7:49 a.m. to Ramsey and Whitney Miles of Paris.

As the 66th Legislative Session begins, I note we are blessed to live in Idaho. Many capitol buildings across the nation are closed to the public because of the unrest and the COVID pandemic. Idaho’s capitol building remains open, not only to the Legislature, but to the public as well.

Justen and Megan Gardner have a consuming and abiding love for their four-legged child, Fyodr (pronounced “fee-o-door”). Fyodr has grown from cuddly puppy to an even more cuddly but somewhat intimidating 120 pounds while the three-member family has been together in St. Charles. He sits on co…

For generations, families have relied on the flourishing phosphate patches located in southeast Idaho to provide their ways of life. Today, women and men are continuing to carry on the legacy of phosphate mining while adapting to new and modern mining methods. For 100 years, phosphate mining…

The chronic pain self-management program helps people and their caregivers control their symptoms, better manage their health problems, and lead fuller lives.

Montpelier City Council held its regular meeting on January 6. Dan Fisher chaired the meeting as Mayor Sharp, Shane Johnson, and Ted Slivinski were absent. Quinn Pope appeared by phone.

Typically, the healthcare foundation holds a We’re Grateful Banquet at the end of the year. But due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, the foundation is celebrating things a little different this year. Even though the banquet was not held, the Foundation’s Board of Directors is gratef…

There is a page on Facebook called “You Know You’re From Bear Lake If.....” where people from Bear Lake, no matter where they live, can post memories, pictures, stories, information, facts, anything that pertains to Bear Lake. Then they chat and post messages back and forth regarding those items.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s hotline has been receiving many questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, with the number one question being, “When can I get my vaccination?” The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare published an estimated timeline last week; vaccine availability is and will…

On Friday, January 1, 2021 residents of Cokeville, who woke up early enough, were able to view an incredible sun dog. This is a beautiful place we live in.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has published a tentative timeline of when Idahoans can expect to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The rollout is in phases over the course of the next five months. This plan is dependent on the amount of vaccine Idaho receives and the number of people w…

In January, the Montpelier and Soda Springs Districts will apply for grants to the State of Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) for the 2021 field season. IDPR provides a variety of funding programs and grants to government entities in Idaho for the enhancement of off highway veh…

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The year 2020 was an unusual one. We all had challenges and setbacks. With the COVID-19 situation, there were hardships and sadnesses, sicknesses and disappointments, and we found out COVID-19 affects kids in ways we didn’t know. But, let’s address things one item at a time.

POCATELLO––Idaho State University will implement a mandatory COVID-19 screening program at the start of the spring semester for all students, faculty, and staff with a physical on-campus presence. The COVID-19 screening involves a non-invasive, saliva-based sample. The sample will be self co…

Idaho – In Spring 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress appropriated CARES Act funding to the National Endowment for the Arts to issue grants in support of the arts across America. A portion of this funding was made available to the nation’s state arts agencies, including …

The Planning Commission met on Wednesday, December 16th, with six members attending and assisted by Building Inspector Wayne Davidson and Planning Administrator Mitch Poulson (attending via Zoom). It was announced the sewer variance application on Fish Haven Canyon Road had been withdrawn. T…

The regular meeting of the Bear Lake County Commissioners was held on December 14, with all members in attendance. The meeting was available via Zoom to allow remote attendance. Two informational agenda items were added to the published agenda regarding Montpelier City’s land trade proposal …

On Thursday, December 17, 2020, at approximately 8:12 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a three-vehicle, fatality crash northbound US89 at milepost 14, one mile south of Paris. Preston Schei, 20, of Montpelier, was southbound on US89 at milepost 14 in a 1996 Dodge Ram. Eldon Bird, 63, of…

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Winter Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 12 featured pomp and circumstance, college processionals, the Star-Spangled Banner, inspirational speeches and the conferring of degrees and certificates to 1,254 fall and summer graduates.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 98 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 11,190. Out of the 11,190 cases, 9,876 have recovered from COVID-19.

Shop at Home Chamber promotion will look different this year. We will do an individual day of Promotion for each business that participates. Watch for the Chamber Logo Banner outside of businesses. Go into the business to get a ticket. There may be more than one business handing out tickets.…

For our last meeting in 2020, the Bear Lake Education Foundation granted just over $700 in teacher requests, kicked off the end of year letter drive, and lastly, voted in the new Chairman of our Board. We are all enthusiastic about Elyse Bartschi’s term as our new Chairwoman and know she wil…

At 7:55 a.m., Hawaii time, a dive bomber with the red Rising Sun (the symbol of the Japanese Empire), clearly seen on its wings and tail, appeared out of the clouds over the island of Oahu. It was followed by 360 warplanes bearing the same symbol. For the next two hours, the naval base, Pear…

BOISE, Idaho (Dec. 7, 2020) -- Idaho Gov. Brad Little has proclaimed Dec. 7-13 Computer Science Education Week in Idaho and urges the state's citizens to participate in the Hour of Code.

Blackfoot, ID – The new State Veterans Cemetery located at 2651 Cromwell Lane, Blackfoot, Idaho 83221 will open to the public on December 7, 2020. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The administrative office is closed on weekends and Federal holidays.

Montpelier’s Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Christmas Season on Friday, December 4. The Shop At Home campaign began at Dan’s Drive-In. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at 6 p.m. on the Montpelier Fire Truck, then greeted children with a Drive-by event in the Chamber parking lot.

Cooper Wuthrich, 12-year-old son of Kale and Dani Wuthrich of Montpelier, is in Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City suffering from a syndrome called MIS-C, or Multiple Inflammatory System in Children.

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