El Niño could make for a weak Idaho winter

Taylor Dressen shovels snow at an apartment complex he manages in Idaho Falls on Saturday. Despite last week’s snowfall, experts predict Idaho will have higher than average temperatures and lower than normal precipitation this winter. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

A strong El Niño is likely to bring a much-needed drenching to California and the southern U.S. this winter. In Idaho, however, the weather phenomenon will probably have the opposite effect, experts say.

Montana man sentenced for trafficking marijuana


Holland Sward was given a five-year sentence, with one year fixed and four years indeterminate. He was put on probation for five years and required to serve 30 days in jail. On Jan. 23, Sward and Leland Ayala-Doliente, 21, called 911 on themselves in Rexburg, while transporting about 20 pounds of pot from California to Montana. The men erroneously believed they were being followed by undercover officers.

Siblings divided by war reconnect

Usifu Bangura and his siblings recently made contact with their birth mother, Fatu Sankoh. Bangura said he is thankful she had the courage to give them up for adoption during a violent civil war. “It was a relief to know my mother made a choice to send us over here and we’re all in good hands and loving families,” he said. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

Three siblings divided from each other by Sierra Leone’s civil war reunited and hoped to find their birth mother. On Monday, she called them.

Going local with Small Business Saturday

Sales Manager Cindy Napier holds a “Shop Small” bag in the clothing department Friday at Idaho Mountain Trading in Idaho Falls. Idaho Mountain Trading is one of at least 35 downtown small businesses participating Small Business Saturday. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

The yearly American Express-sponsored event encourages folks to “shop small” at local companies rather than big box retailers. Dozens of Idaho Falls businesses are taking part this year.


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