New INL director Peters talks about his goals for the lab

Mark Peters began his new position as Idaho National Laboratory director on Oct. 1. Peters, who was the associate director at Argonne National Laboratory, took over for John Grossenbacher. Monte LaOrange /

New Idaho National Laboratory director Mark Peters sat down for an interview with the Post Register last week to discuss his background — which included working on the Yucca Mountain project — and his ideas for improving the scientific impact of lab over the next several years.

Cattle predation spelled demise of grizzly sow

This image of grizzly sow 822 was taken in late July when she had a summer coat, which is very short around the face; this makes her ears look long. In the fall or spring, the longer hair would make the ears appear much shorter. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks / Shawn Stewart

Elusive, resourceful and in the end a troublemaker, grizzly bear 822 was killed Oct. 1 for developing an intolerable appetite for cattle.

Primates at Idaho Falls Zoo go medieval

Mary Leigh paints some of the props to be used for Boo at the Zoo on Monday morning in the Primate Exhibit at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. Leigh, the zoo’s guest service supervisor, was working on Rapunzel’s tower. Monte LaOrange /

Zoo staff begins preparations for the annual Boo in the Zoo Halloween celebration at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park.

Rigby native excels at West Point


Drew Zagula completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training at the military academy which is “one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter” in their four years of schooling, according to a West Point news release. He’s a Rigby High School grad and is eyeing a career in engineering.

Potato harvest looks solid, but prices drop

Potato harvest is well underway or wrapping up for most farmers in eastern Idaho. The quality of potatoes has been high, but prices have plummeted in recent weeks. Post Register file / Monte LaOrange

As Idaho’s potato harvest season wraps up, the spuds look good but prices are weak. “Overall, we’re very pleased with how the crop turned out,” said Kent Sutton, who farms outside Rexburg. “I don’t know if it could be labeled a banner crop, but it’s slightly above average yield with well above average usable (potatoes).”


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