Teacher shortage still big statewide, locally

Rob Morris teaches a world history class at Idaho Falls High School on Oct. 24. Area school administrators are finding it more difficult to hire and retain qualified teachers due to a variety of factors including low teacher pay. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

When Monte Woolstenhulme became superintendent of Teton School District 401 nine years ago, he would talk to 50 to 100 potential teachers while attending a job fair at Idaho State University, or at Utah State University. The last couple of years, though “I’m lucky if I talk to 10 or 20 during the exact same time period.”

Carol Dodge hopes for new DNA technique

Angie Dodge, who was murdered in 1996, would be 40 today. Her killer has never been found but her mother Carol is hopeful a new DNA searching technique used in other states could help identify Angie’s killer.

Angie Dodge would have been 40 years old today. But in June 1996, when she was 18, when an unknown man brutally killed her in the middle of the night.

Idaho is fastest-growing state

Idaho’s population grew 2.2 percent between July 2016 and July 2017, making it the nation’s fastest-growing state over that time frame, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Getty Images

Idaho is the country’s fastest-growing state, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday.

IFPD promotes first woman to sergeant

Detective Jessica Marley, the Idaho Falls Police Department’s first woman promoted to sergeant, poses for a photo at the Idaho Falls Police Department on Wednesday. Marley has served on the Idaho Falls Police Department for the last 16 years. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Four Idaho Falls Police Department officers are receiving promotions this Christmas, including the first woman officer to become a sergeant in the department’s history.



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