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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thirteen Utah hospitals, including Logan Regional, will postpone many non-emergency surgeries starting next week as health care workers are overwhelmed by another surge in COVID-19 cases from the faster-spreading delta variant, a major health care company said Friday.

The Franklin County Medical Center issued a request of Franklin County Residents on Sept. 2 to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (See letter in full on page 2.)

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Utah State University will be requiring a COVID-19 vaccine after a letter from the Utah Board of Higher Education sent Friday encouraged college presidents to consider the vaccine as a precondition for enrollment.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s mask mandate will end April 10 after the Republican governor signed a bill Wednesday that lays out a new timeline for lifting some of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Access to the internet can be a challenge in Idaho, especially in the state’s rural areas. That’s why, with online learning continuing in many districts until the end of the current school year, Idaho Public Television is continuing to bring the classroom into viewers’ homes with free broadc…

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. 

The West Side boys basketball team opens the regular season at home against North Fremont tonight, Dec. 1, after the girls game. They travel to Ririe on Friday, Dec. 3 to play at 7:30 p.m. JV plays at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 and freshmen at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 JV plays at 6 p.m. and freshmen at 4:30 p.m.

The Lady Pirates opened the regular basketball season on the road against 3A Marsh Valley. On Friday, Nov. 19 they hosted Grace in their home opener (score unavailable before press time) and Tuesday, Nov. 23 they travel to Firth. The varsity games will begin at 7:30 p.m., JV at 6 p.m. The fr…

The Lady Indians picked up a road win over Soda Springs on Nov. 17. They traveled to Sugar-Salem on Nov. 19 and hosted Logan on Nov. 22 (scores not available at press time). The Indians will then have a break until Dec. 2.

The Lady Indians opened the regular season at home against Burley on Nov. 13. The basketball team travels to Soda Springs today, Nov. 17 to play at 7:30 p.m. and to Sugar-Salem on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 22 Preston will host Logan at 7:30 p.m.

Old Jasper Blankenship went out to hunt deer the other day, the same way he’s done for decades now. Deer season has changed a lot for Jasper over the many years he’s been at it. As a kid, he couldn’t wait until he was old enough to get a license, because he wanted to bring a buck home to sho…

“You can tell the difference in support when the band is involved,” said Preston City Councilman Terry Larsen at the last Preston City Council meeting. He and the other council members expressed their appreciation for the Preston High School Band members and lauded them for their achievement…

Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he’s done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he’s saved up enough for a deer tag.

I think people should be more thankful for the world around them because it would help people not to litter. The only reason I would ever want to get into power or become a mayor is to help people and to tell them not to litter. I would remind them to take care of the earth around them. This…

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