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The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a public health advisory today for Magic Reservoir. Results from recent DEQ water testing show the concentration of cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) in the re…

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The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to get drunk drivers off the roads. Beginning Friday (August 16) through September 4, officers will be conducting additional patrols to reduce drunk driving on Idaho roads.

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Cassia Regional Hospital Volunteers were thrilled to award Priscella Vega, a Mini-Cassia resident, with their $500 summer scholarship. Priscella is pursuing her education at the College of Southern Idaho and is working towards attaining her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

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Over the last two years, Congress and the Administration have taken a number of actions to reduce burdensome and unnecessary regulations, as well as slow the massive growth of new regulations.  Through a combination of issuing executive orders, utilizing the Congressional Review Act to overt…

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Southwest District Health (SWDH) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a health advisory for HELLS CANYON RESERVOIR from Copper Creek down to Hells Canyon Dam, urging residents to use caution when recreating in or near the water.

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The Idaho State Board of Education will hold public hearings later this month around the state on education-related rules including the Idaho content standards.

Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint.

The Rocky Mountain Region is coming to Burley Idaho for the Cassis County Fair and Rodeo August 15th, 16th and 17th for a Jr. World Qualifier. The Qualifier will be during the Pre-Show which starts at 7 PM every night. The Rocky Mountain Region is 1 of 7 Regions involved with the Jr. World F…

The Idaho Humanities Council seeks applications to fill a public position from Southeast Idaho and an academic position from Southwest Idaho on its volunteer board of directors. An academic member currently is defined by the Council as either a scholar in the humanities or an administrator o…

The Idaho Public Charter School Commission (PCSC) today voted unanimously to accept responsibility and adopt recommendations made by the Office the of Attorney General (OAG) to remedy violations of Idaho’s Open Meeting Law that occurred during a PCSC executive session meeting held last April.

We would like to say “Thanks” to everyone who came out in support of the Skyline Shine Car Show, raffle and BBQ on July 27, 2019.  With your help and the donations and money from the local merchants we were able to donate $3,293 to the Rupert Senior Citizens “Meals on Wheels” program.

Former Cassia County Sheriff dispatcher, Donna Hedley, has recently been diagnosed stage 4 Brain Cancer. Donna has gone through Breast Cancer already and a few weeks ago she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Brain Cancer. Her family has opened a Go Fund Me account and would love any financial aid t…

We would like to say “Thanks” to everyone who came out in support of the Skyline Shine Car Show, raffle and BBQ on July 27, 2019.  With your help and the donations and money from the local merchants we were able to donate $3,293 to the Rupert Senior Citizens “Meals on Wheels” program.

With summer slipping away, registration behind us and fair week in progress, attention is focusing on the start of school for Cassia students on August 21. It’s not only adults that report the feel of shorter and shorter summer breaks. Student chatter suggests that it’s a universal question.…

Nearly everyone has received those calls in the middle of dinner, in the middle of getting kids to sleep or in the middle of trying to finish a project.  We stop what we are doing.  We hurry to answer the phone only to hear a long pause followed by an automated voice trying to defraud us of …

As people across Idaho head out to enjoy the final weeks of summer, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and law enforcement agencies are partnering to keep Idaho roads safe. Beginning July 26, more than 50 law enforcement agencies will put extra officers on the roads looking for aggres…

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lung cancer death rates in the U.S. have decreased 11.5 percent since 2013. For World Lung Cancer Day on August 1, the American Lung Association in Idaho is highlighting recent lung cancer advancements that save mo…

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Congressman Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) introduced the Enhancing Geothermal Production on Federal Lands Act, a bill to streamline the discovery and permitting process for geothermal energy projects. This bill will bring geothermal to parity with oil and gas explo…

Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? It seems like we were just celebrating the Fourth of July, and now it’s time for another Christmas season.

Recently Randy Sutton, Fire Chief of the West End Fire Protection District in Paul, Idaho, and career firefighter for over 35 years, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.  He has undergone surgery in Utah for a golf ball sized tumor, which turned out to be a Glioblastoma.  Brain cancer…

The Welcome to Idaho sign at the Nevada/Idaho border on US-93 has long been a posting board for stickers hailing from all around the globe. The area which houses the sign has a large paved cutout — similar to those of our historical site locations — where travelers can safely pull over and s…

After a year full of measles, flu and pertussis (whooping cough), South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) is urging parents to make vaccinations a priority and fully protect their children’s immune systems before sending them back to school this fall.

The South-Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a public health advisory today for Mormon Reservoir. Results from recent DEQ water testing show the concentration of microcystins (a type of toxin produced by cyanobacteria) i…

Probate is basically the process for transferring assets from a deceased person to the heirs. It begins with petitioning the judge to appoint a personal representative (executor) and give that person the authority to sign deeds, titles and paperwork at banks, etc. Once all the bills have bee…

I recently attended a national education conference focusing on how public schools can prepare students to enter the workforce, succeed and help meet demand for skilled workers.  Sitting next to me was State Senator Dean Mortimer, chairman of Idaho’s Senate Education Committee. The senator t…

Suicide is a very serious problem in Idaho and in our community.” These were the opening words of Idaho State Representative Fred Wood’s presentation at the PAUSE Suicide Prevention, Awareness & Support Lunch and Learn held at Perkins Restaurant in North Burley on July 18th. Wood spoke a…

A bat, caught in downtown Twin Falls, tested positive today for rabies. The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) urges residents to be extra careful and avoid all contact with bats because rabies can cause a fatal viral illness in both people and their pets.

The Harris Theatres are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1919, a partnership between Mr. Bowen, who built the Burley Theatre, and the Harris family, grew into a profitable business. Eventually the Harris family took over ownership of the business. We are now into our…

Over the last decade, we have experienced a digital revolution that sees people using the Internet to manage more of their daily lives.  Mobile applications, social media and search engines have become everyday tools, but their usage is accompanied by a shocking amount of hidden data collect…

Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to pass three priority bills for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho). The bills, S. 174, the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (SEIA), S. 903, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), and S. 1317, the American Mineral Security Act…

The College of Southern Idaho is pleased to announce a partnership with Dual Enroll. This partnership will provide an application and registration experience that is simple, fast, and user friendly for dual credit students who wish to earn college credit while in high school. Dual credit stu…

The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are issuing a public health advisory today for Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir. The DEQ said results from water testing on July 1st show levels of a cyanotoxin, Microcystin, are now at unhea…

We have been offering a community Cancer Support Group since January 2016. We have had a great response and our members are very pleased to have this resource available locally. This group utilizes a comprehensive curriculum with many helpful topics, including coping skills, navigating the h…

As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, I recently led a hearing entitled: “Confronting Threats From China: Assessing Controls on Technology and Investment, and Measures to Combat Opioid Trafficking.”  With its jurisdiction over banks, markets, export …

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and 29 other state attorneys general reached a settlement today that requires Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurance company in the Pacific Northwest, to pay $10 million over its failure to secure sensitive consumer data. Premera’s insufficien…

The College of Southern Idaho U-pick garden is now open! Families are invited to come to the garden during open hours to pick ripe delicious raspberries for $2 per pound! Customers must bring their own containers to take the raspberries home.

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has released its quarterly Market Snapshot reports that look at the state of major agricultural commodities in the region. Northwest FCS industry teams working throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wash…

Some of the most iconic musicians in the business will be putting on two free concerts in the Treasure Valley on July 27th. Marie Osmond, The Nashville Tribute Band, David Archuleta, Alex Boye’ and Daniel Emmet will be performing a 2 p.m. concert and a 7 p.m. concert at the Ford Idaho Center…

Every July 4th we celebrate the establishment of our nation and the values that created it.  The freedoms that our inspired founders affirmed in the Declaration of Independence, and upheld in our Constitution, are the guiding principles of our Republic.  The Declaration proclaims, “We hold t…