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Wednesday August 24, 2016

County fair rodeo
Cooper Schaffer goes for a flying dismount and no score during the bull riding competition at the Jefferson County Fair Rodeo Aug. 19.

Public asks for Chief answers
Two members of the public, including former Rigby Police Chief Keith Hammon’s brother, asked the Rigby City Council for more information as to why he was fired on Aug. 4.One petitioner, Mark Hammon, of Rigby, was escorted out of the Rigby Council Chambers Aug. 18 following his use of an obscenity. Also, in an Aug. 22 Jefferson County ...

Supreme Court to hear Olsen case
The Idaho Supreme Court has retained jurisdiction on the State vs. Blair Olsen case and could hear oral arguments in December.According to Idaho Supreme Court Senior Deputy Clerk Sara Velasquez, the highest court in the state has decided not to send the case to the Idaho Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court will hear the case and decide whether the ...

ITD nixes Bear World offramp
The Idaho Transportation Department Board unanimously approved a measure that cancels plans for an off-ramp to 4300 West on U.S. Highway 20, during a meeting in Rigby Aug. 18.Board member Lee Gagner called the decision the most difficult decision he has had to make in nine years. In a presentation prior to the board’s decision, Yellowstone Bear ...

Rigby may get survey for block grant
The Rigby City Council is amenable to have the Development Company, of Rexburg, conduct a survey to determine whether the city could qualify for a Idaho Department of Commerce community block grant.At an Aug. 18 meeting, Rick Miller, of the Development Company, said that the city could take advantage of grants that could pay for up to half of ...

Hay, grain quality good
The harvest season has been cooperative for area farmers, and the quality and yield of hay and grain will be good to excellent.Though this long, dry summer may have hurt some with limited access to water. However, the long sunny days have been good for grain and hay fields.Crops that have been watered are looking good.“It’s a tremendously good ...

District cautions for bus safety
Jefferson Joint School District #251 Transportation Director Clyde Southwick is cautioning drivers to be aware of school bus safety.In an interview, he explained that the district sees around two accidents each year from drivers not paying attention when a bus stops at a railroad crossing. He also warned that the buses would be equipped with more ...

Idaho hunters in for another great big-game season
Idaho’s fall hunting season is likely to be outstanding.Coming on the heels of an all-time record white-tailed deer harvest in 2015 and the highest harvests in more than a decade for mule deer and elk, hunting this fall should be similar to last year.Last year, deer hunters had a 43-percent success rate in general season hunts and a 61 percent ...

JC Fair Photography
This photograph of a fox won the Judges Choice Award at the Jefferson County Fair Aug. 17. Many local fair participants submitted their work for judging and awards.

Fair Fun
Attendees visit different departments of the Jefferson County Fair Aug. 17. Top: Sharon Moser looks at jewelry in the art section with Ann Wood; middle: Peggy Flinders, along with children Emma, Eliza, Lucy, Jane Flinders, and Quyncee Poole, look at vegetables; bottom: Wanda Larsen and Peggy Briggs look at canning entries.

Intermountain Gas rates going down
Natural gas utility users in the area will see a reduction in their monthly bills.According to an Intermountain Gas Company press release, the company is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve two adjustments, which will result in a 3.05 percent overall decrease in its monthly rate.The company filed a Purchase Gas Adjustment (PGA) ...

Award Winning Art
Mike and Stephanie Telford look at a painting by Carol Polacek, of Labelle, at the Jefferson County Fair Aug. 17. Polacek had painted a picture of Mike’s cows titled “Mike’s Girls.” It won the Judges Choice Award.

Rigby Police arrest homeless man for exposing himself
A homeless man who has been staying in Rigby for a month was arrested Aug. 16 for misdemeanor indecent exposure and felony possession of forged checks.According to a Rigby Police Department press release, a local magistrate signed a warrant for Tyrone Caldwell’s arrest after multiple adults and a juvenile female said he exposed himself on public ...

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