The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved a $15,000 claim for the rental of a double drum roller Nov. 26, despite Commissioner Brian Farnsworth’s hesitation to do so.

Ririe Joint School District No. 252 Board Clerk Kristi Hamilton was recognized as the Idaho School Boards Association 2018 Clerk of the Year at the 76th Annual Convention in Boise.

Residents of Aspen Heights Subdivision met with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Nov. 26 to petition their decision to approve the conditional use permit for a Verizon Wireless cell phone tower made Oct. 9.

(Rocky Mountain Power)—Line crews work hard to minimize power outages. Nonetheless there are triggering events, such as winter storms, that can’t always be controlled. When outages do occur, there are four things Rocky Mountain Power wants customers to know.

The Jefferson County Road and Bridge Department is set to replace the second Owsley Canal Bridge in Mud Lake in the coming weeks that has a broken footing. The bridge is located at 1050 E. and approximately 1200 N.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners are considering placing a moratorium on accessory apartments while the related ordinance is revised. However before doing so, County Planning and Zoning Administrator Kevin Hathaway needs to draft the moratorium and hold a public hearing.

Jefferson County Road and Bridge Administrator Dave Walrath presented the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners with his fiscal year 2018 road and street financial report Nov. 26 and informed them of his plans for 2019.

On Nov. 15 Amy Rackham with Sage Grove Assisted Living, formerly known as Great Oaks Landholdings, visited the Rigby City Council to see if the city can do anything to help Sage Grove and its requirement to connect to city utilities if wanting to expand. In response the city council said the…

(EIPH)—World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 of every year and is dedicated to raising awareness of AIDS caused by the spread of HIV infection. Every year, events take place across the country to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

It was decided that when the former office of Jephson Chiropractic and Hammer Tax Preparation on State Street in Rigby was torn down in late June, a Pro Lube would be constructed in its place. As of Nov. 21 little to no progress has been made on the site due to issues with access.

Former Clark County Clerk Pamela Barrett of Dubois was sentenced Nov. 16 to two years probation with an underlying unified sentence of two years for a felony count of misusing public moneys that she plead guilty to in September.

The search for Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Superintendent Lisa Sherick’s replacement is underway as of a couple weeks ago.

Amy Rackham with Sage Grove Assisted living met with the Rigby City Council Nov. 15 to see what they can do to assist Sage Grove and its alleged requirement to connect to city utilities if wanting to expand.

Since July 30, the construction of the peanut roundabout on US-20B and Stockham Boulevard has been ongoing, thereby restricting the flow of traffic causing in delays. These delays have caused many drivers to find alternate routes to their destination and therefore alternative places to do business.

The Rigby Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its annual Midnight Madness celebration that is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas in Candyland.”

(USDA)—Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to invest in rural America with more than $4.8 billion in payments being made, starting this month, to agricultural producers through the Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Ri…

The Jefferson Joint School District No. 251 Board of Trustees approved the sale of lot 8 of the former Rigby Junior High School Nov. 7 and to allow Superintendent Lisa Sherick to begin the sale process and to enter negotiations.

Thanksgiving is Nov. 22 which means many local businesses and government offices will be closed or operating under unusual hours.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the conversion of permit from an Ag exempt building permit to an Ag building permit due to the structure being used improperly.

Numerous lucky residents were notified Nov. 16 that their names had been drawn to receive a multitude of different prizes sponsored by local businesses, ranging from a Thanksgiving flower arrangement to various gift cards.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners are nearing an agreement with FOX Investing to allow a utility easement on Courthouse property for the townhouse-style apartments being constructed on Courthouse Way.

Mostly sunny today with temperatures in the high 40s. Rain and snow expected on Thanksgiving with highs in the high 30s. Expect much of the same going into the weekend. 

The Jefferson County Lake fee increase public hearing, which was scheduled for Nov. 26, has been canceled.

Weston Morris’ appeal for a conditional use permit to place a singlewide trailer in an Ag-10 zone located to the east of 3719 E. and 700 N., was denied by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Nov. 5, thereby upholding the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Board of Commissioners dec…

(USDA)—U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Idaho Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Brian Dansel reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. Underserved or beginning fa…

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioner tabled a conditional use permit appeal Nov. 12 pending more research on the matter and issuing a subpoena to compel the attendance of former Planning and Zoning Administrator Naysha Foster.

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners approved the allocation of $10,000 for the application of a Federal Disaster Relief Grant Nov. 5, that if approved would be utilized for raising and armoring the road near Kettle Butte Dairy.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission suspended the fall steelhead season effective midnight December 7, 2018. The decision was made after careful thought in response to a threatened lawsuit over the federal government’s failure to process Idaho’s Endangered Species Act permit for the steelhead…

Partly cloudy today with temperatures in the mid-40s. Mostly sunny the rest of the week with highs in the mid-40s and lows in the mid-20s. 

Terreton Elementary School and Junior High School was recently awarded a $5,100 grant from the Idaho State Department of Education for a new range.

Election season is officially over and new faces will be received in numerous state and local government seats.

After an extensive public hearing and much deliberation, the Rigby City Council has decided to change the zoning of the property of 359 W. 3rd N. to an R2.

Residents of Menan questioned the City‘s green space ordinance Thursday night that requires all subdividers and homeowners wanting to split their property to give up five percent of their lot for green space.

An Alberta man is dead after his motor home rolled while driving on I-15 south of Spencer Nov. 7, that also led to his passenger being transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

A prayer will not be offered at the start of each Menan City Council meeting after being discussed the last couple months. Instead the council decided to add a moment of silence to the start of each meeting allowing patrons to pray or reflect before the meeting begins.

One of the things I treasure most about representing Idaho in the U.S. Senate is that I get to cross paths with extraordinary Idahoans doing great work. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Amy McBride, who is Idaho’s 2018 Outstanding Secondary Principal of the Year. When you think ab…

Lloyd Gneiting of Rigby is one of the few remaining local veterans to have served in WWII, but his experiences in Europe are known to many.