The Indian Butte Fire has increased from 300 acres to more than 13,000 as of Sept. 16.

Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Superintendent Lisa Sherick announced her plan to retire Jan. 4, 2019 after more than 32 years in the field of education including more than four years as the superintendent of the district. The Board of Trustees released Sherick from her current contr…

Challenger Pallet officially applied for its permits Sept. 10, despite Jefferson County Planning and Zoning and the Board of Commissioners setting a deadline for Sept. 6.

The Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Board of Trustees are sending out a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a construction manager/owners representative for the district’s bond projects, after it was approved Sept. 12.

The Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department is working to get its fuel dispensing system installed after Department Administrator Dave Walrath informed the Board of Commissioners that he has gone out for bids.

In only their fourth regular season, the Rigby Royals rugby team won their first ever Division 2 State Championship against Meridian May 19, in what Captain Robert Larsen called a “roller coaster” of a game.

The All-Conference selections have been announced for the 2018 softball season in the High Country Conference. The players from Rigby High School include the following: Taylor Sheppard, junior (pitcher, second team); Olyvia Saathoff, senior (catcher, first team); Lexxus Trubl, senior (infiel…

The regular high school softball season will soon be coming to an end, and the Rigby, Ririe and West Jefferson teams will be improving their skills to prepare for the district tournament.

The Rigby tennis team has several talented players including junior Bridger Oswald, who are winning individual matches, but so far they haven’t had the depth to win as a team.

The boys have almost completed the 2018 baseball season. This update includes insights for the Rigby and West Jefferson teams and what the players are focusing on as they finish out their regular season and begin the district tournament.

History Ayden Johnson completed his earthly mission on September 12, 2018, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Our mother, Norma Jean Simmons Mugleston, 85, of Rigby, Idaho died of natural causes on August 30, 2018 surrounded by her sons at The Gardens Assisted Living Center in Rigby, Idaho.

To ColoradO — McKenna Larson, daughter of Eric and Tiffany Larson, of Rigby, has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Colorado Denver North Mission. She spoke Aug. 26 in Garfield 4th Ward. She enters the Missionary Training Center on Sept. 5.

RETURNS— Zachary Burgess, son of Zane and Annie Burgess, of Menan, is returning from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints in the California Redlands Mission. He will speak Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Menan Red Brick Church.

To Virginia—Braden Jesse Youngstrom, son of Brad and Tina Youngstrom, of Rigby, has been called to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Virginia Richmond Mission. He spoke Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in Rigby 8th Ward at the Rigby East Stake Center. He wi…

To Columbia— Preston Ames, son of Patrick and Mary Kaye Ames, has been called to serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in the Columbia Bogota North Mission. He spoke Aug. 26 at the Rudy/Clark Building. He reports to the Mission Training Center on Aug. 29.

Larry Ray Guymon, age 78, of Rigby passed away on August 22, 2018, at Sage Grove Assisted Living.

Joel Albert Johnson, age 90, of Rigby passed away on August 25, 2018 at the Sage Grove Assisted Living.