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UPDATED: Hundreds die in Nepal earthquake

UPDATED: Hundreds die in Nepal earthquakeKATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) — More than 1,457 people are confirmed dead following a massive 7.9 earthquake magnitude earthquake that hit the Himalayan nation of Nepal around midday Saturday. Since the initial earthquake there have been at least 15 aftershocks of 4.5 magnitude and higher in the mountainous Asian nation, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. […]

PODCAST: Star Valley Wyoming Temple groundbreaking

PODCAST: Star Valley Wyoming Temple groundbreakingAFTON, Wyo. — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will break ground on a new temple in Afton, Wyo. Saturday. Anyone wishing to participate can attend the event. The ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m., also will be broadcast to the Afton Tabernacle and the Thayne Wyoming Stake Center and be streamed online […]

Utah sex offender stole school bus to abduct kids

Utah sex offender stole school bus to abduct kidsCASTLE DALE, UT (KSL) — A sex offender who has a prior conviction for impersonating a police officer stole a school bus and used it to try to pick up at least one child, according to the Emery County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday, a supervisor with a landscaping company hired to install sod at the […]

Making college safer: how to protect students from sexual assault

Making college safer: how to protect students from sexual assault(Deseret News Wire) When Constance and Howard Clery picked Lehigh University for their youngest — and only — daughter to attend, it was partly because the school seemed safe. The Pennsylvania campus was serene, beautiful and less than two hours from home. What the Clerys didn’t know — until a Lehigh student broke into their […]

PODCAST: BYU-Idaho students start local Camp Kesem

PODCAST: BYU-Idaho students start local Camp KesemKETCHUM — There are many great organizations out there to help children who suffer from cancer. BYU-Idaho student Darren Gealta has started a local branch of Camp Kesem, which helps a different kind of cancer victim. An estimated 3 million children in the United States have either lost a parent to cancer or has been […]

Education enrollment: Where it’s up, and where it’s down

Education enrollment: Where it’s up, and where it’s down(Courtesy Idaho Education News) IDAHO FALLS — For Chuck Shackett, presiding over Idaho’s fastest growing school district has its ups and downs. On the plus side, there’s the excitement and the fun of opening new schools — and Bonneville School District has added six new grade schools in the past nine years. On the downside, […]

Utah man preps for 50 ironmans in 50 days

Utah man preps for 50 ironmans in 50 daysLindon, UT (KSL) — Preparing to tackle the seemingly impossible, father of five, husband and two-time Guinness world record holder 39-year-old James Lawrence says there is no stopping what he’s about to do. “I don’t plan on failing, there isn’t an option B,” Lawrence said. Given the nick name the “Iron cowboy” after wearing vibrant […]

Does an American child go missing every 90 seconds?

Does an American child go missing every 90 seconds?"Every 90 seconds" is how often some education campaigns say an American child goes missing. It's a matter of definitions and old statistics, but reality doesn't reflect what the statement calls to mind, as a report by Hannah Moore for BBC News recently demonstrated. Back in 2002, the U.S. Department of Justice published an estimate […]

Hadian downplays connection to child support bill, but acknowledges objections

Hadian downplays connection to child support bill, but acknowledges objections(Courtesy Idaho Reports) BOISE — A Washington pastor is downplaying his connection to a child support legislation being tabled by the Idaho House of Representatives, though he did discuss his concerns with the bill after a Tuesday morning presentation in Sandpoint. About 100 people, plus a handful of reporters, turned out to hear Washington pastor […]

I.F. issues guidelines for door-to-door sales

I.F. issues guidelines for door-to-door salesIDAHO FALLS — As temperatures begin to increase, so does the number of door‐to door solicitors in Idaho Falls. The Idaho Falls Police Department reminds all residents and solicitors about the guidelines set forth by city code for door‐to‐door solicitors. Anyone violating these regulations and guidelines are subject to being cited for a misdemeanor. As […]

LDS official L. Tom Perry hospitalized

LDS official L. Tom Perry hospitalizedSALT LAKE CITY — Elder L. Tom Perry is in the hospital for tests and observation following some breathing difficulties, LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said Wednesday in a news release. Elder Perry, who is 92, is the second most senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve.

I.F. technical rescue team takes advantage of demolition project

I.F. technical rescue team takes advantage of demolition projectIdaho Falls — The old Broadway Ford building will be the site for the Idaho Falls Fire Department’s (IFFD) Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) training drill tonight from 5-9 p.m. at 980 W. Broadway St. USAR is a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and involves the location, rescue and stabilization of […]

40 percent of Madison students still opt out of SBAC

40 percent of Madison students still opt out of SBAC(Courtesy Idaho Education News) REXBURG — Madison School District leaders may have reconsidered their stance toward state-standardized testing, but many of the district’s patrons are still adamantly against the Idaho Standards Achievement Test by Smarter Balanced. As of Monday, parents had opted out some 40 percent of Madison students scheduled to take the ISAT. Those […]

PODCAST: New BYU-Idaho president speaks to media

PODCAST: New BYU-Idaho president speaks to mediaCourtesy KBYI Radio REXBURG — Clark Gilbert, the new president of Brigham Young University-Idaho, made his first media appearance Tuesday. Gilbert, the 16th president of the institution, spoke about his love of the community and his thoughts on the future of BYU-Idaho. KBYI Radio’s Nina Olsen reports on the conference in the podcast below.

The Fab Four to bring Beatles show to BYU-Idaho

The Fab Four to bring Beatles show to BYU-IdahoREXBURG ­­­— The Fab Four, a Beatles tribute show, will perform Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho. The Fab Four has amazed audiences around the world with their uncanny, note-for-note, live renditions of Beatles music. Hosted by “Ed Sullivan,” this incredible multimedia stage production, complete with three […]

State board approves Ybarra request for federal flexibility

State board approves Ybarra request for federal flexibility(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — The State Board of Education Thursday unanimously approved new state Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s request for a one-year waiver for flexibility from federal education laws. Idaho’s existing waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act / No Child Left Behind law is set to expire this summer, and Ybarra and […]

Fremont commissioners vote to hike landfill fees

Fremont commissioners vote to hike landfill fees(Courtesy Rexburg Standard Journal) ST. ANTHONY — Fremont County Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to increase the landfill fees on a yearly, incremental basis of 4.99 percent each year until they have the necessary funds to cover the county’s needs for various projects related to the two landfills in the county. Fremont County Public Works […]

Otter doesn’t commit to special session, praises lawmakers’ education record

Otter doesn’t commit to special session, praises lawmakers’ education record(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — Gov. Butch Otter praised lawmakers Thursday for their work on education issues during the recent legislative session, but declined to say whether he will convene a special session to address the potential loss of some $50 million in federal child support funding. “Breaking it down, I would say education […]

I.F. man arrested for burglary, grand theft

I.F. man arrested for burglary, grand theftIDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls Police arrested 20‐year‐old Dennis C. Wilhelm for burglary, grand theft and felony eluding after he broke into the Commercial Tire compound and stole 10 truck tires Tuesday night. The Idaho Falls man was booked into the Bonneville County Jail. According to reports, police responded to the Commercial Tire compound, located […]

I.F. Woman Arrested for Drugs

I.F. Woman Arrested for DrugsIDAHO FALLS — Tiffany R. Eckley, 35, was arrested for felony trafficking of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon. Idaho Falls Police report the Idaho Falls woman was also booked into the Bonneville County Jail for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to reports, officers stopped Eckley at Dunbar and Wadsworth […]
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