Christmas shopping is upon us now! Actually Christmas shopping has been with us all year since last Christmas. I have friends who shop the after-Christmas sales for their next Christmas season. That may work for them, but there are problems with me doing it that way.

The Chubbuck United Methodist Church, since the summer of 1996, has been growing — not in the typical sense with regards to its membership, but in a way that uses the gifts of its members to give back to the communities of Chubbuck and Pocatello.

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Christmas shopping is upon us now! Actually Christmas shopping has been with us all year since last Christmas. I have friends who shop the after-Christmas sales for their next Christmas season. That may work for them, but there are problems with me doing it that way.

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For some reason this Thanksgiving, I’m thinking of sheep. The sheep industry is havin’ a fair year. One factor is lamb being included and advertised in specialty dog food. The sheepman’s equivalent market to fast food burgers.

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Although we should be thankful every day for what we have, it is nice to have a special holiday set aside for this purpose. I have heard many people say that Thanksgiving seems to be more of a family holiday than Christmas does, and I think they are correct. A lot of Christmas is spent in pu…

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The Chubbuck United Methodist Church, since the summer of 1996, has been growing — not in the typical sense with regards to its membership, but in a way that uses the gifts of its members to give back to the communities of Chubbuck and Pocatello.

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SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Washington’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday to raise some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place.

HAMER — The staff at Circle Z Ag and Irrigation has come up with a creative take on displaying Christmas lights that’s been attracting attention in this small Eastern Idaho community.

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DRIGGS — The ponds, wetlands and streams on Idaho’s private working lands provide critical hydrologic, ecological and habitat benefits that extend far beyond the fence lines. When these areas become degraded and their function impaired, landowners may look to a restoration contractor like Aq…

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