Radioactive waste cleanup unit takes step forward

The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit is meant to treat 900,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste stored at the Idaho National Laboratory desert site, though it has struggled for years to get past the testing phase. Courtesy CWI

Operators of a radioactive waste treatment facility at Idaho National Laboratory’s desert site are hopeful that a highly complex, first-of-its-kind machine might finally be ready to do its job.

Add fire safety to holiday checklist

Bill Croft, owner of Croft Chimney Sweep, cleans a chimney at a client’s house on Croft Street in Idaho Falls on Friday. Croft, a chimney sweep with almost 30 years of experience, said debris lodged in a chimney can push smoke back in to the house and cause fires. Croft also recommends not burning wrapping paper, one of the main causes for chimney fires that he sees. Pat Sutphin /

During the holidays, many people are focused on shopping, decorating and family. With so much to do, it’s easy to let something as important as fire safety slip the mind.

Craters offers winter activities

A cross-country skier takes advantage of a sunny day to traverse the groomed 7-mile loop at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The loop will be open to the public as soon as enough snow accumulates. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is closed to motorists for the season, but still offers plenty of winter fun.


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