“Do I need to quarantine?” It’s a question the employees at Southeast Idaho Public Health’s COVID-19 hotline are answering hundreds of times a day. While the ultimate answer changes call to call and person to person, they all almost start the same with an “It depends.”Before getting into “wh…

Influenza (the flu) is a serious contagious disease that attacks the respiratory tract in humans. The flu is different from a cold in that it comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, and body aches. Most people recover from influe…

Local wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints revert to zoom today, just as they were set to opening back up to weekly services on Sunday. 

The coronavirus has claimed its first life in Franklin County, states the Southeast Idaho Public Health office. A man in his 80s passed away Monday, Oct. 5, from the disease. To respect his family’s privacy, SIPH offered no additional details.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stated on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus.

For entrepreneurs of all ages, all industry types, and the expansive array of ideas that come with the pursuit of running a small business, so comes the dilemma for many around HOW to get their idea/product/service the financial backing to get it off the ground and delivered to the masses.

The dining room of the Preston Senior Center is reopening Oct. 2. Curbside lunch pick-ups will continue to be available as well, said Lindsay Broadhead of the center, but seniors who enjoy the center’s lunches are encouraged to return to the dining room for socialization.

The pandemic's impact on the ability to obtain food has taken a variety of shapes over the last six months. But one that is enduring is the inability of organizations which provide food to the aged or needy populations of Franklin County, to continue to do so.

The Larsen-Sant Library is one of 51 public libraries in Idaho that have been granted increased Wi-Fi hotspots for patron use. The service will be funded by The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) which received $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fundi…

Dax Keller was unanimously voted in as a new trustee on the Preston School District Board of Trustees on Sept. 16. Keller fills a position vacated by Jodi Shumway, who resigned from the board last month in order for the district to employe his wife as a teacher.

The Worm Creek Opera House will suspend showing movies until Thanksgiving or perhaps Christmas. Distributors of new movies are not releasing them yet, and the theater has not been able to break even showing pre-released movies, said theater board member Anita Swainston.

Idaho Fish and Game is taking public comment on a variety of proposed fee rules that would affect fees for refunds, hunter education, and more. Deadline to comment is Oct. 7, and people can comment via email to or mail to Paul Kline, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID, 83707.

To protect the health of its members, the Rotary Choir has suspended its annual Christmas concert for the 2020 holiday season.

Preston and West Side School Districts are joining other school districts in Eastern Idaho that have chosen to provide free meals to all registered students likely through the rest of 2020. The free meal program comes as an extension of a change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nation…

A month ago, when Utah State University had a phased move-in for students living on campus, not as many of them were wearing masks while outside — despite a policy requiring face coverings.

The regular flu vaccine as well as the high dose flu vaccine is now available at Southeastern Idaho Public Health. To schedule immunization appointments, contact the Franklin County Office at 208.852.0478 or visit for more information.

What local health officials had hoped would be only a couple of days of relatively high COVID-19 cases has continued, with 20 or more new infections reported every day since Thursday in the health district.

On Sept. 8, the Preston School District was notified that a student attending Preston High School had tested positive for COVID-19.

The 38th annual LoToJa Classic will pass through Franklin County with approximately 1,250 cyclists on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Preston Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Preston Elks Club in a canned food drive on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the corner of Oneida and 100 West.

Steve Aust, Director of the Preston Community Food Pantry, wants residents who need help with food to know that the pantry is open. Patrons may drive up to the food pantry door where they will be told what is available and their order will be taken. There is no paper handling.

With COVID-19 test results back from more than 80% of the 287 residents in USU’s quarantined dorms, four students are known so far to have the virus, but a university spokesperson said Friday no more positive results are expected from the “few dozen” remaining students.

A report co-authored by a Utah State University professor sheds light on how people in the Western U.S. have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including their views on government assistance and what the future holds.

As of Thursday evening, Sept. 3, the Southeast Idaho Public Health District had reported four new cases of coronavirus in Franklin County since Monday, Aug. 31.

Resilience has always been a pillar of small business and entrepreneurial prosperity, but these past few months have demonstrated that a company’s ability to adapt is critical to not only its success but its survival.

The Larsen-Sant Library has set new hours of operation to coincide with the opening of school, said assistant director Teresa Rasmussen.

Although much of the Idaho long-term care community is at a breaking point, needing more employees to care for their residents who are at the greatest risk of COVID-19, facilities in Franklin County are not, said their representatives.

Garden harvests and the closing hunting season typically lead to an increased interest in freezers this time of year, but due to COVID-19-related shortages, freezers — and nearly every other major appliance — are in short supply.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Aug. 10, that 10 Utah temples, including the Logan temple, will be among several around the world that reopened last week for all ordinances for living people to take place by appointment.

The Lady Indians opened the 4A District 5 soccer tournament at home against Pocatello on Oct.8. They host the winner of Tuesday’s Game 3 on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m., in a battle for the district title and the only state berth for District 5.

Preston Junior High’s track team competed in the Bob Conley invite on Oct. 8, in Pocatello. The girls finished first overall with 23 points. Eagle Rock was second with 69 points. The team will compete in the PHS home meet at the annual Preston Invite today, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Preston …

Preston will host Pocatello on Friday with kick off at 7 p.m. for their final conference game. The school’s final in-season game against Snake River will also be at home on Oct. 23. Century and Pocatello battle out the second Great Basin conference game on Oct. 23, to determine placements fo…

The Lady Indians secured top seed in the 4A District 5 Tournament which opened on Oct. 6. They host the winner of Game 1 on Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. If they win, they will host Game 4 on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. where they could secure the district title and a state berth with another win. A lo…

The Pirate harriers traveled to Twin Falls last week for the Dani Bates Invitational. They will attend the Bob Conley Invitational at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Preston Junior High teams traveled to the Eastern Idaho Fairgrounds in Blackfoot on Oct. 2m for the Snake River Invitational. The Preston girls finished first out of the 15 teams in the field. The top three teams were Preston 49, Soda Springs 91, and Taylorview from Idaho Falls with 107.

The Indians opened the 4A district soccer tournament at home on Oct. 6 as the number two seed against number three Pocatello (score unavailable at press time). A win sends them to Game 2 against Century on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Pocatello. A loss moves them to Game 3 where they will …

The West Side Lady harriers traveled to Twin Falls last week. They will attend the Bob Conley Invitational at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello on Thursday, Oct. 8.

The Lady Indians secured top seed in the 4A District 5 Tournament which opened on Oct. 6. They host the winner of Game 1 on Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. If they win, they will host Game 4 on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. where they could secure the district title and a state berth with another win. A lo…

We live in a noisy world where we are flooded with sounds. Television. YouTube. Podcasts. Ringing phones. The ping of incoming emails and texts. Conversations with coworkers, family, and friends. Lawnmowers. Garbage trucks. Airplanes. However, we rarely experience silence.

There really wasn’t anything going on at the school crossing, much to the consternation of Billy … our town dog. It was one of Billy’s duties to escort kids across the street to the school. He’d been doing it ever since Sally, the former town dog, passed away on Doc’s porch.

Before you know it, it’ll be time to say goodbye to Fluffy for the winter months. Now most of us love dogs and cats and horses. But why do we limit ourselves to having these for pets? It just doesn’t make any sense. For me, Fluffy is really an ideal pet. For one thing, I don’t have to feed h…

Featured Businesses