BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County 4-H Fair is underway at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds where young men and women work on their skills involving Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. A week-long event for the first time since its inception, the fair will allow plenty of time for those who are s…

A few years ago, we pulled onto the road leading to Rock Creek in western Montana and found a deputy sheriff and a barrier. The road was closed, the forest was on fire. What was Plan B? Several of us from throughout the west had met up for our annual camping/fishing trip but we had not count…

SHELLEY – Despite support from the Shelley Planning and Zoning Commission which approved the 375-plot subdivision at the end of East Center Street, the city council had a different opinion Tuesday night about that much growth at one time which would ultimately lead to a “no” vote from them. …

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot Planning and Zoning Commission met on Tuesday evening with plans of having two large public hearings that were expected to bring a large amount of public input. The two items expected to bring the most public input were regarding the subdivision on Lansing Street by…

FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council approved a resolution Tuesday presented by the Land Use Range department to declare a drought emergency for the Fort Hall Reservation. Like the nation, Idaho is in a historic year for extreme heat and drought conditions.

FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel hosted a sold-out Ice Cube concert July 23 in Fort Hall. Chairman Devon Boyer, along with Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel CEO Ray Barlow, officially greeted Ice Cube and his entourage with a cultural welcome and gift. Ice Cube graciously accepted a…

POCATELLO – Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department Director Maggie Mann held her daily Facebook Live with concerns about the percentage increases of number of active cases as well as infection rates of the new strain of COVID-19 that has been named the Delta Strain.

BLACKFOOT – The fruits of the labor of the Blackfoot Technical Education Center Committee can begin to be seen as construction on the new location for the baseball and softball complex for Blackfoot High School commenced on Monday.

At Bingham Healthcare, our goal is to be the region’s most trusted resource for improving quality of life. One way we strive to achieve that is by providing up-to-date healthcare information pertinent to the well-being of you and your family.

With everything going on right now, we know that parents and grandparents have a lot on their plates. And, with back-to-school now upon us, that means new school supplies and clothes shopping, but it’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their immunizations. When i…

SHELLEY – The North Bingham Park near Shelley was looking like it may become a home away from home for Larry Cudmore and his program named Champs’ Heart, but it has taken a surprising turn following an announcement on Facebook on Sunday.

BLACKFOOT – Many businesses have felt the sting from the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be layoffs or reduced hours, but not all have seen the continued issues that local restaurants, stores, and fast-food places continue to battle. Whether it be deliveries, staffing, or the national coin sho…

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot Planning and Zoning Commission received training reminders leading into their next meeting from Chairperson Ron Ramirez.

BLACKFOOT – Members of the Eastern Idaho Solid Waste District met with the Bingham County commissioners and Dusty Whited to discuss the possibility of joining the district. The commissioners were met by members of the district, including representatives from Madison and Fremont counties to t…

Once re-fitted with supplies, rested and gaining the needed repairs to wagons and such, the emigrants faced their final stretch of travel west of Walla Walla, Wash., with destinations down the Columbia River to Fort Vancouver or Fort Willamette in the rich Willamette Valley.

Not enough can be said about the women pioneers that worked as hard alongside the men to build a new world for the Mormons who made the trip across the country seeking religious freedom. These women were not only mothers, wives, and housekeepers, they served the community in many different w…

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot City Council met on Tuesday evening to discuss the 2022 fiscal year budget as well as the proposed fee increases. They wrapped up the evening with Blackfoot Water Department Superintendent Princeton Lee explaining the idea behind the Water Conservation Committee.

BLACKFOOT – Bingham County Public Works Director Dusty Whited met with the county commissioners on Wednesday morning to cover a handful of items including the plans for mountain road maintenance. Whited said he has arranged an agreement with Phil Christensen to use his gravel pit as a place …

ABERDEEN — The Aberdeen City Council is looking at a proposal that the city partner with the Bingham County Sheriff’s Department in providing police services to the community.

BLACKFOOT – The traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial known as the The Wall That Heals will be making its first-ever pitstop in Blackfoot in September.

POCATELLO – Tickets are now available for people to reserve for the tours through the newly constructed Pocatello Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Upon leaving Fort Boise, the emigrants and travelers using the Oregon Trail had to cross the Snake River and then head west, before turning north by northwest and skirting the Blue Mountains until they found the best crossing point.

The Days of ’47 remains a big part of today’s actions for those in the pioneer valley of Salt Lake City. Since the initial landing in the Great Basin, the settlers worked hard at creating a land of their own.

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot City Council will gather on Tuesday, July 20, for a special meeting to cover their fiscal year 2022 budget as well as hold a public hearing regarding proposed fee increases on municipal services such as water, trash, and sewage.

BLACKFOOT – Bingham County commissioners affirmed three different items that were recommended to them from the Planning and Zoning Commission from their May and June meetings. The first would be the affirmation of the Adams Country Acres subdivision then two rezones, one from Agricultural to…

By the time emigrants and travelers along the Oregon Trail reached Fort Hall and then headed farther west toward Fort Boise, they had already traveled around 1,400 miles, a little over two-thirds of the way to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, their final stop on the journey.

The Mormon pioneers prepped to leave Winter Quarters with the first group heading out being the group known as the Vanguard Company with Brigham Young leading the pack. Young had spent time researching the route they would take to get to the Salt Lake Valley by speaking to others who had mad…

BLACKFOOT – The Wrangler Rider 4H Club held a service project where they went out to the Rose Ponds and cleaned up the area. This year, the Rose Ponds have been a very active location for activities because some of the local swimming holes have been dried up due to less water this year.

After the emigrants who had detoured south to Fort Bridger had made their repairs and stocked their supplies, it was time to travel on and the next stop on the Oregon Trail for most would be Fort Hall, in what is now southeastern Idaho.

Following the rise of unrest in Nauvoo, Illinois, and the death of Hyrum and Joseph Smith while in custody in the Carthage Jail, Brigham Young would take the helm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission met on Wednesday evening to tackle a large agenda that would have them working well past midnight. Some of the agenda items would take the better part of an hour to reach a motion and decision.

BLACKFOOT — When Eastern Idaho State Fair Manager Brandon Bird called Leo Teton to ask if would accept the honor of being the Grand Marshal of the 2021 EISF, Teton told him he needed to think about it.

Following the Mormon Wars of 1838, the majority of the Mormon settlers fled from Missouri following the Executive Order by Lilburn Boggs, who had been disrespected and called a coward by Sidney Rigdon, who gave the 4th of July Sermon in Missouri prior to the start of the Mormon Wars.

Fort Bridger became an important part of not only the Oregon Trail, bur also was a point where the California Trail would branch off and the Mormon pioneers would also branch off as they headed toward Salt Lake City and the many Mormon towns along that route.

Most locals are familiar with the stretch of the South Fork of the Snake River extending from Palisades Dam to Heise. The South Fork is one of Southeast Idaho’s premier trout streams and it’s less than a two-hour drive from Blackfoot. The river also offers fantastic wildlife viewing opportun…

BLACKFOOT – After what seems like forever, the Blackfoot Community Dinner Table held their annual summer picnic at Courthouse Square on Tuesday evening.

FIRTH – Mental health has come to the forefront of the medical industry over the past few years, and none would argue that the pandemic was easy on the human psyche, but some of the limitations that people are met with are now being overcome. The people of Firth and surrounding areas are now…

BLACKFOOT – Bingham County commissioners held a meeting with a group of local water resource specialists and a few ditch masters in order to discuss the need of a declaration of emergency regarding the current drought conditions in Idaho — more specifically, the drought conditions in Bingham…

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot Planning and Zoning Commission met on Tuesday night for their monthly work meeting. With a small agenda, the meeting covered the Comprehensive Plan’s survey data as well as the commercial zoning project.

Orin Porter Rockwell spent his life as a servant to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 1800s. Rockwell was born in New York in the same area as Joseph Smith and would be the youngest person baptized into the church at the age of 16.

We’re in the heart of the 100 most dangerous days on Idaho roads, due to increased travel. Now’s a good time to remind Idahoans about car seat and seat belt laws to keep your kids and grandkids safe while traveling around town or on road trips.

BLACKFOOT – A famous joke about Idaho rings true every year: “There are only two seasons in Idaho, winter and road construction.” This year has not been any different. Currently, the city of Blackfoot continues to work on sealcoating or chip-sealing the north-south roads through downtown. Fo…

BLACKFOOT – When Dr. Kirt McKinlay hung up his shingle to practice medicine in the Blackfoot and surrounding area some 36 years ago, few thought that he would ever retire, he would just keep on doing what he has been doing for so long — making memories and friends and treating illnesses with…

As we begin our trek westward from Independence, Missouri, the first real destination was Fort Kearney in what is known today as Nebraska.

BLACKFOOT – The City of Blackfoot is currently seeking interested parties for the possible creation of a water conservation committee.