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Wednesday February 03, 2016

Jefferson County will go to full-time prosecutor
Whoever wins the election for the Jefferson County Prosecutor will take on a full-time job.The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will look to move from a part-time prosecutor to a full-time prosecutor in 2017, when the next prosecutor is sworn in. In preparation for the switch, Clerk Colleen Poole will research salaries for a full-time ...

Rigby will apply for $2.275 million LHTAC grant
The Rigby City Council gave the green light for the city to apply for $2.275 million in funding from the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) for a major project on Annis Highway.At the Jan. 21 meeting, Mayor Jason Richardson said that the city would match the grant with $170,000. He also said that the city shouldn’t get its hopes ...

Rigby council tables vehicle tracking
The Rigby City Council has put off, for now, a decision on whether to install fuel and GPS tracking devices in vehicles.At a Jan. 21 meeting, Mayor Jason Richardson told the council that the devices from Verizon would cost $120 apiece for initial installation and $19 per device per month for service charges. He presented pricing for installing ...

Auditor requests sheriff’s payroll audit, county approves bicycle group stay
Independent auditor Louise Street, of Searle Hart & Associates, of Idaho Falls, is requesting documents pertaining to a Jefferson County audit.Jefferson County Executive Assistant to the Commissioners Rebecca Squires reported to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 25 that the auditor requested documents pertaining to a Jefferson ...

Bird appointed as regional fair president
Brandon Bird, General Manager of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, of Blackfoot, will serve as president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) for 2016.According to an Eastern Idaho State Fair press release, the RMAF represents 109 fairs in 11 states in the Rocky Mountain region and Canadian provinces.Also elected from the current Board of ...

Walrath discusses snow removal, purchase of mobile office
Jefferson County Public Works Administrator Dave Walrath reviewed the county’s snow removal policy with the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Jan. 25 and discussed a need for more storage space at the Circular Butte Landfill.Walrath said that the county prioritizes snow removal for the busiest roads first. U.S. Highway 20 and State Highway ...

Lewisville looking at ordinances, other business
The Lewisville City Council will look to amend its nuisance and subdivision ordinances, and will look to crack down on snowmobiles on the road, while installing new LED streetlights.In an interview with Mayor George Judd, he explained that the nuisance ordinance will include foul odors, and the subdivision ordinance will help guide future growth ...

Allen named ITD division administrator/chief engineer
Kimbol Allen has been named administrator of the Division of Engineering Plans and Products/Chief Engineer for the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Jan. 22.According to an ITD press release, Allen has served the transportation community in southern and eastern Idaho the past 17 years. He will assume leadership of ITD planning and products ...

DEQ seeks comment on water quality plan for Medicine Lodge Creek
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on proposed plans to improve water quality in various water bodies in the Medicine Lodge Creek subbasin in eastern Idaho.Certain water bodies in the Medicine Lodge Creek subbasin have been identified as impaired by E. coli bacteria and elevated temperatures.Excess ...

Local schools receive Idaho Dairy Council grants
Jefferson High School, South Fork Elementary School, Ririe High School and Lindy Ross Elementary School each received grants for wellness programs from the Idaho Dairy Council.According to an Idaho Dairy Council press release, the council awarded $47,306 total in grants in Eastern Idaho. Schools applied for funding to help jumpstart and sustain ...

State fair, voles, and camp discussed in staff meeting
At the monthly meeting of elected officials and department heads of the Jefferson County Government, a myriad of topics were addressed, including a successful Eastern Idaho State Fair, a big problem with vole infestation, and the reopening of the Alpine 4-H camp.Commissioner Brian Farnsworth said that at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board meeting, ...

Catalogue of Opinions, Annual Reports available to public
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is making 125 years-worth of legal opinions, guidelines, letters and annual reports available to the public.Since 1891, as required by statute, the Attorney General has published a collection of opinions, advisory letters, lists of cases submitted to state and federal courts and summaries of the year’s ...

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