The Rigby Airport Board is looking at purchasing 16 acres of property south of the airport that would extend the runway providing a safety stretch.

School starts Sept. 4 for the Ririe School District No. 252, and there are some important changes that have or will be implemented for the upcoming school year, according to Superintendent Chad Williams.

The Rigby Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Aug. 8 where Westmark Manager Aaron Brown and Keller Williams realtor Jesse Thomas spoke about the current housing market in Jefferson County and the state.

Voters will choose the direction of horse racing in November and whether they are in favor of Proposition 1, which would re-establish a form of gaming that allows wagers to be placed on races previously run via a video terminal.

The Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the conditional use permit for the proposed Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 elementary school Aug. 9 that would be located at 3950 E. and 200 N., after receiving mixed opinions during the public hearing.

Naomi Schilling with the Giving Cupboard met with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioner Aug. 6, to discuss the county’s commitment to allocating funds to the non-profit organization, and to see about receiving funds month-to-month.

The Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Board of Trustees reviewed Keller Associates traffic study for proposed elementary school on 3950 E. and 200 N. Aug. 8, which recommended a few additions and improvements that could alleviate traffic associated with a new school.

A Final Perimeter Map of the Grassy Ridge Fire was available for all in attendance at a meeting in Dubois on August 9th. The map shows that 99,502 acres were burned. Land belonging to the BLM, State of Idaho, and private / unclassified owners was burned in the wildfire. The meeting was plann…

A burn ban has been implemented in Jefferson County until Sept. 30 after the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the resolution Aug. 6.

The Rigby City Council reviewed the 2019 fiscal year proposed budget Thursday night, and approved holding the budget public hearing for Aug. 16.

The Rigby City Council decided to wait on confirming the Local Improvement District No. 9 assessment Thursday, after listening to three members of the public and their concerns regarding certain aspects of the project.

After nearly a week and a half of burning and causing the evacuation of the the town of Dubois, the 99,502 acre Grassy Ridge Fire has been contained as of Friday. 

(IDFG) —On July 20, federal USDA Wildlife Services officials investigated the death of a domestic calf in the Dry Creek drainage near Kilgore and determined the calf was killed by a grizzly bear.

Sully McCaslin, 16, of Turner Ore. helped rescue Juan Ramirez, 37, of Hailey July 22 after Ramirez received a leg cramp while swimming in Jefferson County Lake.

A lightning strike from a thunderstorm last month caused $45,000 in damages to city property after it struck a tree on 251 W. 1st S.

The Rigby Urban Renewal Agency reviewed its proposed 2019 fiscal year budget Thursday night after The Development Company’s Loan Officer Katie Cook presented changes between 2018 and 2019.

The first two deadlines for spaceholders to submit water supply contracts to the United States Bureau of Reclamation have concluded as of July 31, and amounts released from each canal will be released this week. 

The Jefferson County Planning & Zoning Office has been inundated with compliance cases since the office hired its own compliance officer in April, and they continue to accumulate.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office rescued two families visiting from Salt Lake City after their kayaks and inflatable raft overturned while attempting to float the river near Heise Hot Springs Thursday.

Ririe High School Principal and Activities Director Damien Smith was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council for help with a new softball facility. Smith informed the Ririe Joint School District No. 252 Board of Trustees of the grant at the July 12 board meeting.

We’ve got some exciting changes coming to the Jefferson Star next week – a fresh look to our print product, a larger format and a new website -- and we are eager for you to see and tell us what you think.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners discussed the progress of the new annex building with D.L. Beck Architect Scott Nielson July 23, along with the recent flooding issue in the basement of the building.

The town of Dubois was evacuated Saturday after the Grassy Ridge Fire shifted due to a change in wind direction.

The Lewisville City Council moved to allow Mayor George Judd to sign a contract with the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office to represent the city on misdemeanor and felony charges after City Attorney Kris Meek presented the idea at the July 11 city council meeting.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners concluded its first round of budget workshops July23 and 24, after the remaining county departments presented their proposed budgets and answered any questions the commissioners may have had.

Idaho Transportation Department Districts 4, 5 and 6 are continuing to collaborate on 17 bridge projects that are saving taxpayers $4.7 million through combining them all as one project.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved renewing the contract between the Sheriff’s Office and Badger Medical July 23 in the amount of $177,760, to continue providing medical services at the Jefferson County Jail.