Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Director of Secondary Education and Interim Superintendent Chad Martin has been named the new superintendent.

THE UPPER VALLEY − In the last few days there have been several road closures due to low visibility, drifting snow and wind.

Rigby High School senior, Megan E. Clements was named one of more than 50 Idaho high school seniors from throughout Idaho are in the running as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, according to the national committee that organizes the program on behalf of the White House.

Former Senator Jeff Siddoway of Terreton, current Senator Van Burtenshaw of Terreton and former District 35B Representative Karey Hanks of St. Anthony, were named Ag All-Stars by Food Producers of Idaho.

Eastern Idaho school districts — Blackfoot, Firth, Shelley, Fremont, Ririe, Snake River, Teton and West Jefferson — took the rare step of closing their schools last week because of the high number of students absent due to flu-like illnesses.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved an amended Idaho Department of Corrections contract Feb. 4 that involves the replacement of 40 female inmates with 45 males.

Tim Hale’s proposal to construct storage units on the Gunderson Property on the Menan-Lorenzo Highway will now go through the process of acquiring a conditional use permit, after the Menan City Council sent it to the Menan Planning and Zoning Commission.

Nearly two dozen Menan residents gathered in the Menan City Hall Chambers Thursday night to hear a proposal that would increase their taxes if approved during a special May election.

The Upper Snake River reservoir system is at 80 percent capacity as of Feb. 3 after a week of warmer temperatures and rain.

Meteorologists from AccuWeather have predicted spring-like weather to arrive in eastern Idaho between March 4 and March 17, despite Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of the end of winter on Groundhog Day on Feb. 2.

Former Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commissioners Michael Clark and Ed Mortensen were reappointed to their former seats after being removed from the board a little over a month ago.

Jefferson County is in the beginning stages of upgrading its capital improvement plan after convening during a work meeting Jan. 28 to see what steps need to take place and in what order.

Teton School District Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme announced at tonight's school board meeting that the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program will cover the remaining $300,000 of the missing school bond funds lost through an email scam in Dec. 2018.

The Ririe Joint School District No. 252 Board of Trustees will be holding a public input meeting Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. regarding the district's supplemental levy election set for March 12. The meeting will be held in the District auditorium, 13809 N. 130th E. 

The Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Administration is planning to begin the process of renegotiating area of impact agreements with cities in Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners authorized Planning and Zoning Administrator Kevin Hathaway to draft a letter indic…

The three remaining applicants for the Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 superintendent position addressed a multitude of questions Jan. 28 during an open house held in the district boardroom. Listed below are the same three questions asked of each applicant by The Jefferson Star.

The Roberts Elementary PTO received a $1,500 Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant that will be utilized for the school’s playground renovation project.

The new Jefferson County Annex building is expected to be completed by the end of February after its original completion date for late January was delayed due to sub-water issues in the building’s basement.

Jefferson County Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Director Sherry Lufkin and Computer Base Manager Eric Smith met with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 28 to inform them that nearly every county department can have a map that tells their “story.”

Karin Hancock with Arbor Tech Tree Services met with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 28 to receive clarification on what the county’s expectations are of the company and how they should proceed with work they do for the county.

The new Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 preschool building is now open as of Jan. 9. A grand opening for the former junior high school was held Jan. 23, that District Director of Student Services, Jozlyn Thompson said was a huge success.

Officials from the City of Rigby and Jefferson County convened Jan. 29 to discuss the area of impact agreement, and what needs to be accomplished before the moratorium is lifted on May 1.

More than 20 years of planning and zoning experience is coming to the City of Rigby with the hire of Ririe resident Sharon Parry as the new Planning and Zoning Director. Mayor Jason Richardson announced the hiring during the Jan. 17 Rigby City Council meeting.

School has been cancelled for all students in Ririe School District No. 252 Feb. 6 and 7 due to student and staff illness. Classes will resume Feb. 8. All extracurricular activities will be rescheduled.

Rigby Public Works Director Mitch Bradley met with the Rigby City Council Jan. 17 where he proposed an excavation permit fee that would, in theory, assure city specifications are met when a contractor digs on city property.

Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Rebecca Squires is working with five county agencies to determine how those departments intend to use impact fees prior to them expiring after 11 years.

Central Fire District Commissioners Mike Miller, Jim Deuel and Roger Anderson met with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 22, to inform them that it may be time that the county consider establishing an ambulance district in the area.

The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department is eyeing the purchase of a chain link fence that would, if approved, be placed close to the tennis courts near the entrance of the park.

Jefferson County Road and Bridge Administrator Dave Walrath’s request to increase the department’s compensation time from 80 hours to 100 hours was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 22. The increase will only last until May 1 and then the comp time would revert bac…

Two females were transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Jan. 21 following a gas leak at the Rigby Anytime Fitness.

The Ririe Joint School District No. 252 Board of Trustees are looking to increase the district’s supplemental levy amount from $220,000 to $290,000 to help build the district’s fund balance and to maintain programs throughout the district.

Fees at Jefferson County Lake are once again increasing after the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the increase during the Jan. 14 meeting.

The recently sworn in Jefferson County Board of Commissioners cut their salaries from $36,000 to just over $27,000 during their first meeting Jan. 14.