UPDATE: A press release put out by the Jefferson Joint School Dist. #251 states backpacks will no longer be allowed at Rigby Middle School, Farnsworth Middle School, and both Rigby and Jefferson High Schools, which is effective immediately. 

During the Sept. 8 Lewisville City Council meeting, the council decided to postpone the approval of annexing Countryside Meadows to the council’s Sept. 15, where the Annexation Ordinance and Development Agreement can be passed. The property is located on the northwest corner of 500 N and 3400 E.

During the Sept. 7 Jefferson County Commissioner meeting, the commissioners discussed approving a contract with the City of Idaho Falls to have an Ambulance Service Agreement.

Ririe Planning and Zoning Administrator Sharon Parry was approved to continue reviewing C-1, CC-1, and R-10 for rezoning specific portions of Ririe during the Ririe City Council meeting that was held on Sept. 14.

On Aug. 14, 2021, Carl and Nessie Zitlau, of the Zitlau Valley Farm and the Granite Creek Ranch, received the Idaho Century Farm Award and the Idaho Century Ranch Award. These awards honor and recognize families that have continuously owned and actively farmed or ranched the same land their …

S&A Engineering Consultant Paul Scoresby, acting as Ririe’s city engineering support, was approved to move forward with the improvement plan for a new development coming where the old Ririe fairgrounds used to be during the Ririe City Council meeting held Sept. 14. The subdivision will s…

Jefferson County Emergency Manager Rebecca Squires provided the commissioners with a COVID update during their Sept. 13 meeting.

BLACKFOOT — From Idaho Falls to Shelley, through Firth to Blackfoot, people lined the route along Highway 91 Tuesday afternoon as an escort of motorcycles and police and sheriff's units brought The Wall That Heals to Jensen Grove in Blackfoot.

After a few years of waiting and petitioning, Menan City Council was approved during the Aug. 25 meeting for a budget override of $40,000 per year for the next two years to do an overlay on Menan's Main St. Jefferson County Public Works will doing the work.

According to a press release provided by the Rigby Police Department, shortly before 2 p.m. on Sept. 7, Rigby Officers and Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the address of 159 E 2 N in the City of Rigby to reports that shots were being fired.

Jefferson County school districts have school board elections coming up. For Jefferson County, the deadline for write-in candidates is September 10, 2021, and the candidate withdrawal deadline is September 17, 2021. These dates could change whether there is an election for these two positions.

Public Works Director Dave Walrath was approved to rent a John Deere 225 LC Excavator and to increase the price of fencing for the Willmore property during the Jefferson County Commissioner meeting on Aug. 23. The original bid for the entirety of the project was set for around $140,000.

At the Ririe City Council meeting held Aug. 10, Ririe resident Brent Ferguson went to the council meeting and expressed his frustrations about the water pump that Enterprize Canal put in across from his home fifteen years ago.

The Roberts City Council and Mayor proposed a pay increase for the mayor and council members during their city council meeting that was held Aug. 10. Mayor BJ Berlin presented Ordinance #557, regarding increased compensation for elected council officials.

West Jefferson School Dist. #253 was approved to receive their bond. The board received 69.5% in favor, and 30.5% against the bond; the board passed the bond by 2%.

According to a police report provided by the Idaho State Police, on Friday, Sept. 4, at 4:06 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash on Cottonwood Loop Rd near Camas Rd in Kilgore.

City elections are coming up and many seats are available. Election day is Nov. 2. for Jefferson and Clark County, and both have many seats that were open. Below are the people who filed for the positions for each city.

Fred Cordell Taylor, 65, of Jefferson County, was indicted on Sept. 1. to the District Court of Idaho and is being charged with one count of felony infamous crime against nature, which carries a sentence of no less than 5 years and/or a $50,000 fine; and one count of felony forcible sexual p…

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative recently awarded scholarships totaling more than $70,000 to local area students whose parents are members of Fall River Electric. A “member” is anyone who receives electric service from Fall River, whether at a permanent residence, a vacation property or…

Building and Grounds Supervisor for the Jefferson County Courthouse Travis Thompson was approved by the Jefferson County Commissioners to have the painting done by New Image Painting for a total of $33,980, and to purchase materials from Wall 2 Wall for $56,467.

According to a police report provided by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, on Sept. 9, at approximately 5 p.m., Jefferson County Deputies responded to a family dispute at 4134 E. 100 N. located in Jefferson County. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with Kyle Larson, age 31. Kyle h…

In communities across Idaho, we have celebrated the impact of our brave, dedicated healthcare workers as they fight against COVID-19. This pandemic, now in its 18th month, continues to take a relentless toll on the region’s caregivers. They have worked tirelessly and devoted themselves to ca…

Weston Davis, an attorney for Nelson Hall Parry Tucker, PLLC, was approved to be the Deputy Prosecutor for Clark County by the commissioners during the commissioner meeting that was held Aug. 9.

During the Clark Count School Board meeting held Aug. 11, the board unanimously approved to change the high school graduation requirements for foreign language classes and number of credits needed to graduate, starting with the freshman.

During the Ririe School Board meeting held Aug. 18, Superintendent Jeff Gee reminded the board about their previously discussed comments that were made to post on the School Board Norms wall in the Board Norm.

Roberts resident Arielle Terry was recently appointed to serve as a Roberts Library Board member. Terry was appointed to the board during the Roberts City Council meeting that was held on Aug. 10.

Rigby City Council members continue to discuss the Rigby Police Department pay scale and any increases or bonuses that should or should not be added. During the council's Aug. 26 meeting, there was no final resolution as the council does not plan to implement anything until the fiscal year o…

During the Rigby City Council meeting held Aug. 26, Mayor Jason Richardson informed the public that Fox Investing had informed the council prior to the meeting that the developers have chosen to postpone their request for annexation and zone designation of their property located on 3855 E 300 N.

Central Fire had their monthly meeting on Aug. 12, where they discussed business on their agenda.

The meeting started off with Commissioner Jim Duel presenting the budget for 2021-2022. The Capitol Projects are proposed at $22,000 for additional turnouts; $151,769 extrication & equipment for engine #181; for maintenance and operations the board proposed $14,000 for computer upgrades all stations. 

The budget for 2020-2021 was $1.6 million, and the proposed budget for 2021-2022 is $1.75 million. 

The board unanimously accepted the $1,514,501 balance to be levied, which also includes $59,331.

Rigby City Council informed the public that BUKU Properties LLC development, located at 400 N and 3950 E Annis Highway, has rescinded their petition to the city to be annexed in during the council’s Aug. 26 meeting. The property is located on a corner and does not have a legal address at this time.

Those interested in running for a city seat in Clark County, this year’s elections will be on November 2. Every two years, city council positions are available for re-election and open to the public.

Clark County School Dist. #161 approved their new Back to School plan for adjusting their guidelines around COVID regulations and recommendations.

The Dubois Lions club will be holding The Bootlegger’s Grave event for the replay of the Dubois, Idaho 1916 Bootlegger who was found buried in the Dubois cave. The adventure will be starting the afternoon of September 23, and continue each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through October 30, 2…