Coronavirus

The demand for testing by people who have mild symptoms is putting a strain on healthcare systems. Test materials and personal protective equipment are being used at a faster rate than normal because of the demand. The community is encouraged to allow the limited supplies to be used for the …

Face masks are a part of our current lives, particularly for those on the front lines of the fight with the COVID-19. At the Franklin County Medical Center the mask has become a part of daily wear for employees. Adrienne Hampton Alvey, part of the FCMC staff, is coordinating a volunteer effo…

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As things change daily due to the effect the coronavirus has in our FRANKLIN COUNTY community, they will be posted here. Please contact us (208-852-0155 or copy@prestoncitizen.com) if you have an event that has been postponed or canceled or, if you need help or have ideas or services that ca…

Faces pressed up against the inside of car windows as the winding parade of vehicles meandered through the American West Heritage Center on Wednesday afternoon on the first day of the annual Baby Animal Days event — but this year as a drive-through edition.

Concern about workplace safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has sparked protests against Amazon and other major U.S. employers, and those same types of concerns are cropping up in Cache Valley.

Most local businesses are struggling with how to respond to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. With customers rightfully staying home as much as they can, many stores are closing and painful layoffs are widespread. Just getting through each day now feels like a major accomplishment.

In searching past editions of Franklin County's newspapers, this interesting item was published 100 years ago, to the day. In the April 1, 2020 edition of the Franklin County Citizen, forerunner to our current Preston Citizen, we found strong similarities to the situation in our world today.…

The Small Business Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean you can’t explore, state Idaho State Parks personnel. Current online learning opportunities Idaho State Parks offer include:

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), is modifying operations of its recreation sites in Idaho and Utah until further notice.

The Idaho State Board of Education has waived the requirement for senior projects for the Class of 2020, because to finish their project they may require access to resources that may not be available with the social distancing required to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Preston School District will provide free sack lunches to ALL children ages 1-18, Mondays - Thursays, beginning March 30, until classes are again held in the school buildings, state district officials. Adult lunches will not be available.

With nearly all live music performances in the state being cancelled over the past two weeks, members of the music scene in Northern Utah have launched an online music festival: “Love in the Time of the Coronavirus.”

With social distancing restrictions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, many go-to service opportunities are on hold, but there are still ways to help.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) is asking the community for donations of surgical or N95 masks, medical grade gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant (spray or wipes) for first responders and health care workers in southeast Idaho.

From feeling trapped to bored, inconvenienced to concerned, Franklin County residents are feeling a gamut of emotions as the community adjusts to social distancing in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus that is sweeping the national. As of Monday, March 23, no cases of the corona…

During their March meeting, Preston School District’s board of trustees were apprised that teachers are preparing to take their classes online in the event coronavirus concerns keep kids out of class.

The major issue at the March West Side School Board meeting was coronavirus and the closure of the school district it has caused. The board members themselves appeared quite conscientious and practiced social distancing to the best of their abilities, covering coughs with their sleeve, not s…

In an effort to support social distancing the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service to suspend entrance fees at national wildlife refuges and parks until further notice.  Enjoying the…

With the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic, the Franklin County Commissioners made a formal Declaration of Emergency Disaster for the county during their March 23 meeting. The declaration costs the county nothing and keeps it in the loop regarding federal and state emergency communications. The d…

The old saying that “necessity is the mother of invention” was in evidence at the Logan River Golf Course last week when the work crew came up with a way for players to increase social distancing as a precaution against coronavirus.

The Phi-Dels brought home their third consecutive 4A district title on February 29 when they swept the 4A Great Basin district competition at Highland High School with first place in all categories. In addition to the district title, the PHS team won the overall high point award. The Phi-Del…

The trip to the state capitol this year was everything the Preston boys‘ basketball team hoped it would be. Preston earned their fourth state title in five years when they beat Moscow in the final match, March 7 in Boise. They also dispatched Idaho Falls and Middleton in the process. The gam…

The Indians jumped out to a 2-8 lead in the first quarter of the state championship game with Moscow and never looked back. The Bears were largely a question mark before the contest with no common opponents with the Indians before the tournament so the strong start was welcome.

The Indians have been preparing for this day since December 13, 2019. That day Middleton handed Preston their first and only loss of the season to date, and they did it on the Indian's home court. Both teams were confident the way to a state title would be through the other, and they were right. 

The Indians came to Boise knowing that the first game would determine their chances for a state title. Add in that they were playing the very team that crushed their hopes for a fourth consecutive state title in the championship game last season and you have a very motivated team. They defea…

In Nampa on Feb. 28-29, Preston’s lone senior, David Seamons (145), made it to the championship round where he wrestled Kuna’s Preston Owens for the state title. He took second in the 3-9 loss by decision, earning a silver medal.

Randy and Cheryl Smith are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Emily Anne, to Greg Gilbert, son to Mark and Teresa Gilbert. The couple will be married March 27, 2020. A reception will be held that evening from 6-8 at The Smith Barn, 1078 South 2400 West, Lewiston, Utah. Anoth…

Joann Lynn Penrod, age 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Joann was born April 28, 1934 in Lovell, Wyoming to Evan Lynn and Myrtle Olsen. Her father died when she was only one year old and she was raised by her grandparents, Orvel and Hulda Lynn. Joann lived her early year…

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