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Last spring’s quick transition from in-person to remote instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call for those of us who are involved in public education at all levels.  There are barriers making remote learning difficult, particularly for rural students. 

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With wildfire danger increasing across Northern Utah, the Minidoka Ranger District, Sawtooth National Forest will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, effective August 1, 2020. Restrictions will be put in place for the Raft River Division only at this time.   These restrictions will remain i…

SOUTH CENTRAL IDAHO –South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) is reporting record numbers of cases within several of our region’s counties. The majority of these cases come from people infected with COVID-19 in public areas.

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The upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected so much in our daily lives, particularly so for our children and grandchildren.  Over 300,000 young Idahoans are educated in our public schools, a time-honored learning process that was severely disrupted last spring, perhaps as ne…

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U.S. average up just a penny or two; Idaho gas prices have leveled off since July 1

Intermountain Cassia Regional Hospital and insurance company Regence Blue Shield of Idaho have come to an agreement which will allow Regence members to receive care in-network at Cassia Regional, with a retroactive start date of July 1, 2020.

SAVE THE DAY, GIVE BLOOD. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days, so they must be constantly replenished by volunteer donors. Give the greatest power you possess – your lifesaving blood. There are six upcoming Red Cross blood drives in Mini-Cassia held at…

Swimming, boating, skiing and other water-based activities are great ways to beat the summer heat, but water users should look for visible algal blooms are present in areas where they or their pets or livestock may come into contact with the water.

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Governor Brad Little and education leaders rolled out the new Idaho Back to School Framework today, providing guidance to local officials in their decisions about the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden reminds charitable organizations, their attorneys, and the public that the Idaho Charitable Assets Protection Act (ICAPA) becomes effective on July 1, 2020. The Idaho Legislature enacted the new law to help the Office of the Attorney General better protect th…

 Idaho Public Television is launching a new virtual viewing and online discussion experience. This month, viewers anywhere may join us to watch new episodes of Idaho Experience on July 12 and Outdoor Idaho on July 13. Each screening is followed by conversations with the filmmakers, experts a…

Hundreds of vehicle accidents with power poles occur each year in Idaho Power’s service area. Many of us may not notice unless the power goes out, but Idaho Power wants you to be aware of the dangers of downed power lines if you witness or are involved in an accident with a power pole.

We here the Minidoka County  Historical Society will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in conjunction with our Re-grand opening and  yard sale on July 17th and 18th of 2020 from 8am to 3 pm both days. We will be serving hot dogs, chips, pop, and cotton candy. Our founder H. Martin O’Donnel…

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Mountain View Christian Center Church Pantry is please to announce the pantry was awarded the 2020 Mini-Cassia Association of Realtors Golf Scramble Grant.   This grant of $4180.00 will be applied towards a better box truck which will be used in retrieving rescue food from Walmart, Smith’s, …

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The Idaho Transportation Department is asking for input on the just-released draft Idaho Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). The 2021-2027 draft ITIP is a seven-year plan of the state’s transportation improvements, and all stakeholders are encouraged to participate.  

Summer is finally here, and that can mean increased energy use as people keep homes and businesses cool. And for those still spending more time at home, energy use this summer could look different than in past years. Idaho Power has a few tips for staying cool and managing summer energy use.

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There have been some significant changes in some of the VA benefits and programs that may affect some veterans in this area.  There are updates on how VA medical appointments are being handled; there are some new procedures for the Community Care and emergency room treatment and reimbursemen…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in unprecedented change. Phrases like “self-quarantine” and “social distancing,” that were completely unheard of several months ago, are now a part of our daily vocabulary. As we adjust to this “new normal,” America’s sportsmen and women, a group that we are…

The Rupert and Paul United Methodist Churches will welcome their new pastor, Pastor Vicky Alvarado, during her first message to both congregations on Sunday, July 5th. Paul service at 9:00 a.m. Rupert service at 11 a.m. The Rupert service is live streaming and can also be watched at a later …

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Okay, I get it. The last thing your teen probably wants to think about this summer is saving money for college but let’s be real, there’s no better time. They’re free from their normal responsibilities with classes and homework. And, after spending a ton of time at home lately, they may want…

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There have been some significant changes in some of the VA benefits and programs that may affect some veterans in this area.  There are updates on how VA medical appointments are being handled; there are some new procedures for the Community Care and emergency room treatment and reimbursemen…

When there is a need for a major reform in our country, listening is the starting point for sound change.  Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss proposed federal policy changes to address police use of force at a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing.  The input of those who have wo…

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U.S. Senators for Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 Senators in introducing legislation, S. 4019, to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.  If passed, the federal government would observe the holiday in parity with Idaho’s existing recognition of the celebration. 

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Clean and safe drinking water is a necessity.  We all need clean water, and it must be a priority for every community in our country.  In the places where we do not have the assurance that water flowing through the faucets is safe, inadequate infrastructure should be addressed.  I led a bipa…

Since 2003 the Ashely Dawn Haskin Scholarship has been awarded annually. The Paul United Methodist Church along with Mike and Tracy Haskin are proud and blessed to announce this year’s recipients.  Each recipient was awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship to further their education.  The 2020 recip…

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Idaho gas prices up two cents from a week ago, but still 73 cents cheaper than last year

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The Food and Drug Administration over the weekend issued a warning on nine alcohol-based hand sanitizers manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico that it says contain wood methanol, a toxic substance that could ultimately result in death of absorbed through the skin or ingested.

THE FRIENDS OF THE DeMARY LIBRARY are joining Rupert’s 4th of July Celebration by extending our FIRST-SATURDAY-OF-THE-MONTH SALE from Tuesday June 30-Friday July 3