Coronavirus

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Franklin County is 53, states data from the Southeastern Idaho Public Heath Department from Jan 11. Those numbers have climbed from a recent low of 23 active cases on Dec. 29.

The spread of COVID-19 continues in Franklin County, but at a slower rate. Over the last two weeks the number of cases has dropped from a high of 89 active cases on Dec. 17, to 35 active cases on Dec. 28.

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…

The Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (CVAC) has recommended that the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be frontline healthcare workers caring for COVID patients and long-term care facility residents. Those in direct contact with COVID-19 patients will be high priorit…

The final West Side School Board meeting of 2020 focused on COVID-19. The board has received multiple complaints centered around the restrictions for sporting events put in place in hopes of preventing the spread of the disease. They wish to express that they also find the restrictions displ…

Franklin County had no new cases of COVID-19 over the Dec. 5-6 weekend, according to a report released by the Southeast Idaho Public Health Department. The cases have steadily been dropping since Nov. 24.

Nurses and health care workers have been overwhelmed and worn down by the worst effects of COVID-19 on their patients, but on the school side, Cache County School District health aides and nurses deliver good news — mostly.

Whether you’re new to the world of winter sports or you’re a backcountry veteran praying for snow, it’s important to know the safety recommendations for the coming season, for the times they are a-changin’.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has reported more than 10.3 million cases of COVID. Cases may be either “confirmed” cases or “probable cases.” The reason for this is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that states separate their data int…

It took a while for the pandemic to affect much of Franklin County but last weekend, local cases of the virus surged locally. 

Since classes resumed in the fall, teachers, administrators, students and parents have been bracing for the possibility that their school would move to online-only instruction to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, educators and patrons are making that shift at Ridgeline High…

Governor Little announced Friday his plans to roll back the state to a modified Stage Two of the Idaho Rebounds Plan. The reason for rolling back to Stage 2 was due to the spike in cases statewide, an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and the burden being placed on Idaho’s health care sy…

Just in time for the Preston High School's musical production "Anastasia," a waiver from Idaho's Stage 3 restrictions has been approved for Preston School District. The musical will be presented Nov. 11-14 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

Students at Preston High School usually invite local veterans to their Veterans Day assembly. Since the pandemic made that idea inadvisable, the students want to share it via YouTube. The video can be found on the high school exec council’s YouTube channel: PHS EXEC.

The major discussion of the Weston City Council meeting last week was an update on the well house portion of the water tank project. Steven Wood, of Sunrise Engineering, reported on the results of the bidding process. Four companies submitted bids with the winning bid coming from DWA Constru…

The West Side boys had a good week, with wins over Firth and Rich. The Pirates have their first conference games this week when they travel to Soda Springs on Thursday, Jan. 14, to play at 7 p.m. and host Bear Lake at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

After taking on Logan Dec. 29, the Lady Indians took a week off before their first conference game on the road against Pocatello tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The girls are looking for their first conference win of the season against the struggling Pocatello team.

The Pirates split their two games last week with a loss to Marsh Valley and a win over Grace. They host Firth on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and travel to Rich, Utah, on Friday, Jan. 8, to play a 4 p.m. game. West Side defeated Firth in their earlier match-up this season.

The West Side girls traveled to Declo on Dec. 30 where they picked up another win. Tonight, Jan. 6, they travel to Aberdeen for a 7 p.m. conference game. At 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, the Lady Pirates host Rich, Utah. They hope to complete a season sweep of the Rebels, who they beat by five p…

The Indians were busy over the Christmas break with two games in the Boise area Dec. 29-30, before returning home to host Logan High on Jan 2. They host Blackfoot on Thursday Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Twin Falls on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Mountain Crest on Tuesday, …

The West Side boys basketball team traveled to Firth on Dec. 22, where they battled for a 50-39 victory. The Pirates are at home tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. against Marsh Valley. They also host Grace on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

I don’t anticipate you are going to see many spiders wandering your home this time of year but here’s some food for thought next time you see a creepy crawly.

Stuff! It doesn’t take long to collect stuff. Shopping activates the pleasure centers of the brain. Many use shopping to self-soothe. What may start as getting an occasional new item can turn into daily deliveries. Suddenly you look around and see clutter everywhere. We often don’t think abo…

My husband and I had a very heartfelt experience in the Family History Center last Friday.  Wednesday evening, I received a call requesting an appointment with a gentleman, not sure of his age but probably late 20's or early thirties, from Whitney, who is fairly new in the area.   

Dustin & Jessica Jensen of Riverdale, ID, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Justie Jensen to AJ Stevens, the son of Steve & Jamie Stevens, of Riverdale, ID. AJ & Justie were married Sept. 19, 2020 at Cherry Peak Resort. AJ & Justie plan to reside in Idaho…

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