A race to govern

Nine residents have filed to run for Idaho Falls City Council seats, including two incumbents. There will be three contested races this year, including one four-way race.

Annual ‘Sprouts and Spud Buds’ programs underway

Kevin Couch (left), 11, and Ian Hart, 9, tie a bundle of wheat while harvesting at the Idaho Falls Eastside Community Garden on Thursday August 27, 2015. It was Kevin’s first year and Ian’s second and both boys said the SPROUT Program was a lot of fun. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com

Eleven kids ages 7 to 16 are taking part in this year’s Idaho Falls Community Garden Association’s Sprouts and Spud Buds programs. The programs got underway in May with planting and wrap up this fall once harvesting is completed.

Idaho Falls zoo moving to fall hours starting Tuesday

Wessin Carter, 2, of Idaho Falls, watches as a North American river otter swims by Thursday at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. Wessin’s mother, Alisha Carter, said this is at least the 10th time they’ve visited the zoo this year. “We just love the zoo,” she said. “He loves to see the animals.” Although Wessin said his favorite animal is turtles, he enjoyed the otters. The Carters have season passes for the zoo. “It gets better every year,” Carter said. Pat Sutphin / psutphin@postregister.com

Doors will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. That’s an hour earlier closing than summer hours.

Public shows support for budget

A Thursday night public hearing on the Idaho Falls budget was packed, and the city had to use an overflow room to accomodate all the residents who showed up.

The City Council held a packed public hearing on the budget Thursday night. Most expressed support for tax and spending hikes, though some had objections.

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