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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, canceled or rescheduled, if you need help or have ideas or servic…

Protocols are now available for movie theatres to follow in order to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy in stages. Gov. Little announced today that he moved up the opening of movie theatres two weeks early, from Stage 4 to Stage 3.

As part of its community impact initiative, INL Cares, Battelle Energy Alliance, which manages Idaho National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, is committing funds to provide grants to area small businesses as they recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest will start selling firewood permits for personal use beginning June 1, 2020. To enhance public and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, local ranger district offices will sell firewood and forest product permits over the phone and through the mail…

At a time when information about COVID-19 cases is being closely guarded by government, businesses and individuals, Angie’s Restaurant owner Saboor Sahely is opting for openness.

Governor Little announced today his plans for Stage Three of the States’ approach to reopening segments of the Idaho economy in an effort to balance the ongoing need to slow the spread of COVID-19 with the critical need to resume economic activity in a reasonable and safe manner.

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The Bear River Health Department reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department states its confirmed counts may continue to rise at an increased pace as it prepares “targeted COVID-19 testing clinics” for critical industry and infrastructure workers.

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The first confirmed case of the coronavirus has been identified in Franklin County. The patient, a woman in her 40s, is home recovering. She contracted the virus while traveling, states a release from the Southeast Idaho Public Health Department. The department will not be available for furt…

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Editor’s Note: Utah State University issued the following press release on Wednesday announcing that in-person classes will resume in the fall:

Idaho is on the way to slowly returning to normal but what that looks like and how long it takes remains largely uncharted territory. Fortunately, the challenges presented to the mental health of Franklin County residents have not been as severe as in some parts of the country with more stri…

The Elks Demolition Derby that is usually held near Father’s Day in June, has been cancelled, due to the social distancing criteria and limits placed on events that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic.

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment jumped to 11.5 percent and non-farm payrolls lost 79,500 jobs in April due to the effects of COVID-19.

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Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, in compliance with an order issued by Judge Winmill (US Courts, Idaho District), sent the following letter to county clerks this evening outlining the details of the extension granted by the court earlier today. Attached is the proper form for reque…

The coronavirus pandemic has put plastic-bag control efforts on hold in Cache Valley, but officials close to the issue are giving assurances the cause won’t be dropped and forgotten.

COVID-19 and the many implications caused by the ongoing pandemic was the key issue of the West Side School Board for the month of May.

After waiting two months for a hair cut, one more hour wasn’t so bad, said Gary Hymas, Treasureton. He was one of 14 people lined up Saturday morning at Weldon’s Barbershop in Preston when Weldon Cheney arrived to open his shop. Some of them had been there for 45 minutes already, waiting. Ch…

“The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have authorized a phased return to some of the faith’s weekly worship services and activities. A letter sent today to general and local leaders around the world says this can be done on…

Self-employed individuals economically impacted by COVID-19 now may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 in cash support through the Idaho Rebound cash grants for small businesses.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will further relax coronavirus-related restrictions across much of the state, allowing team sports to resume, pools to open and groups of up to 50 people to gather, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

Olivia Tolman shakes hands with Cache High School Principal Sheri Hansen after receiving her diploma on Monday in Hyrum. Members of the school's faculty will travel to each graduate's home this week to congratulate them for completing high school.

Tickets to That Famous Preston Night Rodeo went on sale May 1.

The issue over whether state coronavirus restrictions should apply to youth baseball games continued in Providence over the weekend, resulting in a citizen complaint that brought a sheriff’s deputy to a pair of umpired games being played at the city’s Zollinger Park.

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Mattie Creager, daughter of Jon and Kathy Creager of Linrose, will spend her next two years playing basketball for the College of Idaho in Caldwell where she will major in psychology and minor in criminology with a basketball scholarship.

Youth participating in rodeos this season will get a chance to compete but spectators will be either extremely limited or in many cases banned altogether, until restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted. Their first opportunity will be in Malad on May 29-30.

Abie Keller, daughter of Jason and Babett Keller recently accepted a scholarship and signed to play volleyball for Everett Community College in Everett Washington where she plans to study to become an occupational therapist.

Prior to sponsoring the Dustin Richardson Construction Spring One-Man Scramble on May 16, Dustin Richardson made the first ace of his career while playing the ninth hole at the Preston Golf and Country Club. Using a 50-degree gap-wedge club, he drove the ball 130 yards. The hole-in-one was w…

Alexis Harris, daughter of Ryan and Jill Harris, signed a letter of intent on Jan. 22, intent to play soccer for the Peninsula Pirates who compete in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and are located in Port Angeles, Washington.

After long consideration the Idaho High School Activities Association Board of Directors announced the cancelation of “all spring sport and activity seasons and all state tournaments” on April 17, 2020. “This decision was based on guidelines established by Governor Little, the Idaho State Bo…

Like the boys, there were many girls from Franklin County who were honored in the All-Valley, Idaho All-Conference, All-Area and annual Idaho District 5 senior-only all-star teams which were selected by vote.

Olivia Wheatley and Trevor J Krebs have chosen June 5th 2020 to be married and sealed for eternity in the Logan Temple. Parents of the bride are Bert and Laura Wheatley of Fairview Idaho. The groom’s parents are Liz and Jody Krebs of Lewiston Utah. Olivia graduated from Preston High School a…

Stephanie Anne Chipman, daughter of Brian and Teresa Chipman, and Sean Michael Byington, son of Jason Byington and Dara Byington, were married on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It was a small civil ceremony with only immediate family in attendance. The couple's plans to be sealed in the Idaho Falls…

Ah, another political election is underway, just in time to interrupt one of the most intense seasons of American Idol, which, incidentally, has a higher voter turnout than political elections these days. Is it any wonder our country is in trouble? This political season, is America going to …

These are stressful times. Stress and anxiety increase cravings for sugar or highly processed foods. Eating these foods may help calm negative feelings in the short term, but they have negative health consequences in the long term. The key to mastering healthy habits at home is mindful eating.

My Dad, Bonneville County Commissioner Dave Radford, is running for State Representative in Idaho’s District 32. I don’t get to vote for him now that I make my home in Arizona but if you have the chance to cast a vote for him, I hope that you do. I’ll give you just one of the many reasons wh…

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

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