Biologists put down Island Park grizzly

Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists Monday euthanized this 25-year-old male grizzly bear. The bear had broken into several buildings around Island Park looking for food. Due to old age, many of its teeth were missing or worn down.

An Island Park grizzly bear’s break-in spree came to an end this week after biologists euthanized the animal.

Regional conservation groups look to collaborate

Rep. Merrill Beyeler, R-Leadore, addresses members of the High Divide Collaborative on Monday. Beyeler, a rancher, has been active in cooperative conservation work throughout the Lemhi Valley.

Area conservation groups and landowners are working to collaborate regionally to protect wild places throughout what they call the “High Divide” area by connecting large protected areas though conservation easements.

87 years of history in O.E. Bell building

This construction photograph from 1936 shows work being done on the north half of the school. The southern portion of the school was open in 1930, but the northern portion wasn’t completed until 1937. Courtesy photo

In 1928, schools in Idaho Falls were crowded. Faced with pressure and an immediate need to solve the crowding problem, the local school board called a special meeting attended by more than 200 citizens. At that meeting, the board made a decision — it decided to bond for the town’s very first junior high school.

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