Helping make it a Merry Christmas

Lauralie Seedall and daughter Kaylie Seedall unload gifts outside of Ucon Elementary School on Friday. Seedall and fellow Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward members sponsor low-income Ucon families each year. Kevin Trevellyan /

Ucon Elementary School Principal Dan Page’s office was so full of gifts Thursday he could barely enter it.

Fire breaks out at AMWTP

A fire broke out Thursday afternoon at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project at the U.S. Department of Energy site west of Idaho Falls. No injuries or release of radiation were reported, Fluor Idaho spokesman Erik Simpson said.

If Congress doesn’t save kids’ health insurance, it will cost Idaho millions

Mia Centeno, 8, colors and signs Christmas gift tags on the dining table while her mother, Nayeli Macias, prepares dinner in their Nampa home. Mia has a rare disorder — one extra bone in her foot — and CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) helps make her medical care affordable. Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

She loves to dance, but 8-year-old Mia Centeno was born with an extra bone in one of her feet. It’s painful enough that she couldn’t walk until she was 3 years old, much less dance. So her mother, Nayeli Macias, takes her to a specialist twice a year who keeps Mia on her feet.



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