Communications Technician Kelly Aldinger explains how a fiber optics system works while giving a tour of a fiber hub Thursday at the Idaho Falls Power headquarters. Officials are considering whether to expand the city’s current fiber system — which connects city facilities and a few businesses — to also include residential areas around the city. Pat Sutphin /

Talks are underway in Idaho Falls to bring high-speed fiber optic Internet to residential areas throughout the city — a multiyear effort that could cost more than $60 million. If... More >>

Yellowstone National Park is expecting a high volume of traffic this holiday weekend and rangers will be conducting traffic checkpoints along with local law enforcement. In this August 2013 photo bison cross the road in Yellowstone National Park, causing a traffic jam. Getty Images

Park rangers are conducting traffic safety checkpoints in Yellowstone National Park this weekend. The goals of the checkpoints are to “identify and correct traffic and safety... More >>

U.S. President Barack Obama, third from right, walks off Marine One helicopter at the landing zone in Hiroshima, western Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016. Barack Obama on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack, bringing global attention both to survivors and to his unfulfilled vision of a world without nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Barack Obama on Friday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, bringing global attention both... More >>

Althea True Jorgensen began her junior year at Lincoln High School with only 12 credits. She had to take additional classes to make up the remaining 34 credits so she could graduate on time. Pat Sutphin /

Alternative high schools were created for students like Althea True Jorgensen. Jorgensen, 18, of Ammon, struggled early on, but an alternative approach has helped her make up for lost... More >>

Jonah Schaffeld, 17, a junior at Middleton High School, sands a park bench he’s working on at the wood shop. The class requires student fees to offset the costs of materials and supplies, but fees will go away next year. Similar fees will also be cut from eastern Idaho districts, though students will still need to pay for extra projects that they’ll take home after their classes end. Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman

Parents won’t have to send their children to elementary school with boxes of tissue next year, and high school students won’t have to write checks for art or wood shop classes... More >>
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Idaho Falls running back Terrell Payne gets tackled by Skyline defensive back Parker Stenersen during the annual Emotion Bowl game on Oct. 24, 2015 at Ravsten Stadium.

Many players in the East Idaho All-Star football game have signed with college football...

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In a Feb. 10, 2016 photo, a pattern of carefully arranged and color-sorted stones form a rainbow trout on a sand bar near Livingston, Mont. Most of the works of natural guerilla art measure several feet across. The anonymous artist behind the work is known only as "Montana Banksy," or "MB." (Hunter D'Antuono/Livingston Enterprise)

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — A notion exists that humanity cannot improve on nature — a...

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In this photo taken Thursday, May 19, 2016, crosses placed by anti-abortion protesters stand in the lawn outside the South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, Kan. Julie Burkhart, the executive director at the clinic, has vowed to keep the facility open through planned protests this summer marking the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Summer of Mercy protests that led to nearly 2,700 arrests at this and other clinics in Wichita. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered in Wichita in...

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David McQuinn poses for a photo in his office at MiTek, a construction and engineering firm, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. McQuinn, 61, is retiring Tuesday after 30 years with the suburban St. Louis company, a length of time with one employer that is unlikely to be achieved by many younger workers. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

CHICAGO — A new poll says more than 40 percent of America’s baby boomers...

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This April 17, 2016 photo shows two favorite sandwiches, the BLT and the grilled cheese, coming together as one, in New Milford, Conn. The buttery crunch of the bread, the juicy tomatoes, the melty cheese, the crisp bacon and lettuce, these two sandwiches were meant to find each other and become one. (AP Photo/Katie Workman)

Several weeks ago when we rolled out the grill for the first time of the season, there was...

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Sometimes the low-tech solution, such as this rain poncho, can work the best. Getty Images

A few years ago, some friends and I decided to hike from the South Teton Canyon up to...



David Archuleta was first introduced in earnest to the United States when he came in second for American Idol at 16.

Brigham Young University-Idaho will bring in pop singer David Archuleta to highlight its...

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U.S. producer prices up first time in 3 months

FILE - In this Friday, June 5, 2015, file photo, Sarah Hinkes places freshly baked bread onto a rack at Zak the Baker in Miami. On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Labor Department reports on U.S. producer price inflation in April. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

WASHINGTON — Prices charged by U.S. manufacturers, farmers and other producers rose for the first time since January, lifted by higher costs for gas, steel and medicines.

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