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Wednesday September 17, 2014

District passes emergency levy
The Jefferson Joint School District #251 has lowered its bond levy rate and instead has put into place an $506,315 emergency levy to increase funding for expenses in its curriculum and staffing.In a 4-1 vote, with Trustee Richard Nelson opposing, and Trustee Jason Ard absent, the districts Board of Trustees passed the adjustment in its levy rate. ...

Raymond says minutes omitted, mistakes made
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jerald Raymond said, in sworn deposition testimony, that “no decision was made and no action taken” during a two-hour executive session Nov. 14, 2013. However, he also said that a decision was made and an action was taken in an open session that the public was not allowed to attend.Post Company ...

Plant Nutrients...
Will Ricks, of Agrium’s Seed Survivor, teaches Susan Lindsey and Jessica Webster’s third grade students about land use in relation to farming Sept. 10 at Southfork Elementary School.

Rigby Homecoming week begins Monday
Students at Rigby High School will officially kick off the new school year with their homecoming week starting Monday.The students will begin the week Monday with a Hat Day, and will play Foam Volleyball in front of the school at 4:30 p.m.On Tuesday, students are to wear bright colors on Neon Day, and the girls will hit the gridiron for the Powder ...

Substitutes decry ‘pay cuts’
Members of the Jefferson Joint School District #251 Board of Trustees were caught off guard Sept. 10 when six substitute teachers said they might have to quit teaching or look at working for another district due to a switch to hourly pay.“I love it here. I want to work in this district, and I want to be able to contribute to the students, but if ...

District improves public outreach, surveillance
Jefferson Joint School District #251 has increased both its ability to communicate with parents and watch its students.The district has launched a new mobile app for smart phones, available for both iPhones and Android phones, which will increase communication between schools and parents. The board of trustees also approved $260,000 to implement a ...

Eastern Idaho State Fair Jefferson County 4-H results
Rosettes received on projects in the 4-H building – Katelynn Grant, Dallas Kofoed, Hannah Simmons, Rachel Simmons, MacKenzie Larsen, Shayla Bates, Tori Grover, Katie Carney, Allie Nield, Daelyn Wilson, Taylor Byington, Brooklyn Byington, Brigham Nelson, Grace Duckett, Darik Wlison, Melissa Corbett, Alyssa Harris, Eryn Harris, Kahleigh Dallimore, ...

Burns heads to U.S. Sumo Open
Natalie Burns, 32, of Rigby, will head to Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 20, to compete for medals at the 14th Annual U.S. Sumo Open, but also hopes to encourage other women to join the sport.Burns said that her main motivation in competing in international competition is to show women, large or small, that they can be active in a sport.“The biggest ...

Iron florist
Florists arrange bouquets in the Iron Florist Competition at the Jefferson County Fair Aug. 14. Ten participants went home winners with the arrangements they created.

Pacific Steel of Idaho Falls wins county contract
Pacific Steel and Recycling, of Idaho Falls, was the winning bidder for a Jefferson County contact to bail and recycle approximately 75 to 100 tons of scrap metal at the landfills in Jefferson County.Also in discussion for Public Works were the possibilities of increased fees for contractors to bring in demolished buildings, and a part-time ...

Rigby Study Club opens with social
The Rigby Study Club held an opening social Sept. 19 at the home of Barbara Groom. Hostesses for the evening were Groom, Darla Curtis, Kaye Field, Natalie Martin, Gloria Brown, Luana Eckersell and Linda Miller. New officers for 2014-2016 are Kris Warner, president; Sonja Schaat, vice president, and Miller, secretary/treasurer.After dinner, Sharon ...

Jefferson County nonprofits among grant recipients
The Mud Lake Museum and the Rigby City Library were among 63 nonprofit organizations to receive 2014 grants from the Idaho Community Foundation.According to an ICF press release, the Mud Lake Historical Society will receive $2,657 to “preserve and enhance” the museum’s exhibits, while the Rigby City Library will receive $2,156 to purchase ...

County to remain with Blue Cross
The employees of Jefferson County government will not change their insurance provider after all.The Jefferson County Commissioners Sept. 8 rescinded a Sept. 2 motion to make a switch to PacificSource insurance and instead put forth a motion to remain with Blue Cross, after Blue Cross dropped its planned increase to negligible levels.County ...

Approved budget still seeing changes
The Jefferson County budget for fiscal year 2015 is still being hashed out after Commissioner Tad Hegsted and Chairman Jerald Raymond approved it Sept. 2.As of Sept. 15, a finalized budget was still not available. Clerk Christine Boulter is making a correction to the justice fund and applying insurance contribution line items to all departments’ ...

Jefferson County Death by Chocolate fair results
Overall Winner – Natasha BlackmonSenior Division – Jamie Radford, 1st, Joslyn Hillman, 2nd, RoseAnn Stout, 3rdIntermediate Division – Daelyn Wilson, 1st, Danny Yates, 2ndJunior Division – Joshua Brock, 1st, Baylor Hogge, 2nd, Jacob Andersen, 3rd

New Ririe mayor
Ririe City Clerk Belinda Jorgensen welcomes newly installed Mayor Larry Lovell to office. Lovell has been serving on the Ririe City Council

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