Idaho Enterprise/Caribou County | March 28, 2024

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Caribou Medical Center donates to the athletic program

At the most recent city council meeting, Caribou Medical Center presented $2000 to the Recreation Department’s Rec League program, which will be used to help run the program and defray costs. The Medical Center is a community-centered facility, which means that one of its most important missions is to help support the surrounding area in as many ways as possible over the course of a year. COO Dillon Liechty was raised in Soda Springs, and spent many happy years participating in the rec league programs. He sees the donation as something he is happy to be able to facilitate.

“I played on those same field when I was a kid, and I know it’s an important thing for a lot of kids out there,” he says. The CMC has been donating to the program for many years, but this year the City Council felt that it should be made more public than in the past.

Caribou Medical Center is a 501 c3 organization, and serves a “critical access” function, rather than a for-profit one.

“We’re interwoven within the community,” Liechty says. “We really want to be a part of what’s going on here, and we’re always open to these kinds of things that help to support the area and make people’s lives better here.”

Other than the rec department donation, which the Medical Center has been making on a yearly basis for almost the last decade, CMC has also contributed to many other projects across the county, including digital signs for schools, seating at sports venues, ice machines and water fountains, and more. They are a level sponsor of the Soda Springs School District.

In addition to its outward facing outreach efforts, the Medical Center is working to promote its range of services which are available to Caribou County residents, some of which may not be on people’s radars. In addition to the standard range of emergency services and specialists one expects to find at a Trauma IV hospital facility, the Medical Center also provides access to in-house chemotherapy, pain management, telehealth counseling, and many others.

The community health needs assessment conducted on behalf of the hospital found that the biggest needs in the community were in the areas of Pain Management, Chronic Disease Care, and Mental Health services. The Medical Center has programs in place or on the way to directly add to its services in each of those areas, as well as others on the list.

Telehealth counseling has been a growing need, especially in the area of mental health and wellness. CMC was actually a pilot program for the University of Utah’s telehealth program, and benefits from the fiber optic lines that allow for secure and fast internet connectivity. The medical center has added a number of new providers in various departments, and continues to add more. The Enterprise will try to keep the community apprised of new arrivals and services offered by CMC in the future.

One of the things Liechty would like to make sure the community is aware of right now, however, is that

Loosle welcomed as CEO of Caribou Medical Center

Between the final issue of the Caribou County Sun and the first issue of the Enterprise, a number of things occurred that were missed in terms of coverage. One of them was the introduction of the new Medical Center CEO Kent Loosle. Loosle, who was briefly introduced in the Enterprise concerning the Leaders are Readers Kindness Week article several weeks ago, has been with the Medical Center since November of last year. In his first half year with the hospital, Loosle has pursued the hospital’s mission of being focused on the community and working to meet its needs. One of the projects undertaken in that time is an assessment

of the surrounding area, and the resource and service needs seen as important in the community. Loosle is committed to expanding what is available at the center, and to promoting awareness of the services already in place. The original announcement of his hiring, which would have been printed in the very next issue of the Sun, is reprinted below. "Caribou Medical Center is excited to announce the upcoming arrival of our Chief Executive Officer, Kent Loosle. He joined the Caribou Medical Center Team on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Kent brings over 25 years of ex-

At least 139 killed in Russian concert attack

The investigation into an attack on a music concert in Russia has been complicated by President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Ukraine and western backers were responsible for the attack. Radical Islamic groups in the country have claimed credit for the attack, releasing videos from the event that seem to have come from the perpetrators. The group is connected to ISIS, and has threatened just such an attack for several years. Putin eventually acknowledged that there is significant evidence of the terrorist group’s involvement, but still maintains that Ukraine is somehow involved. Outside observers speculate that the damage to Putin’s image as a “protector” of the country is behind his blaming of Ukraine, which has consumed the attention of Russian’s military intelligence services.

Kate Middleton announces cancer diagnosis

After days of feverish speculation about the location and condition of the Princess of Wales, she revealed that she was undergoing treatment for cancer following a January surgery that had resulted in the diagnosis. Middleton is not revealing the specific nature of the cancer she is being treated for, and the family has emphasized that she deserves a reasonable amount of privacy as she deals with the medical situation. The same approach was taken by King Charles, who was also recently diagnosed with an undisclosed cancer and is undergoing treatment as well. The situation has generated apologies from a number of media figures who promoted conspiracy theories about Middleton in the wake of a photoshopped image. It has also driven record numbers of visitors to UK cancer information websites.

March Madness underway

After two crazy rounds of March Madness action, the men’s NCAA tournament is set for Thursday’s Sweet 16. Following the departure of BYU, Boise State, Oregon, USU, WSU, and Colorado, the only real teams of local interest left are Gonzaga and the Mountain West’s San Diego State. BYU lost to Duquesne in a 71-67 upset in the first round, while BSU lost to Colorado on the first day of the tournament in the “First Four” round. On the Women’s side, the University of Utah went down to Gonzaga 66-77 to end their run, and a great season.

Softball and Baseball signup underway

Registration forms for city recreation league baseball and softball teams are being taken both online and at the City office until Friday, April 5. Softball registration costs $30 for residents and $50 for non-residents, and will host teams in the 10U (3rd and 4th grades for the 2024-2025 school year) and 12U (5th and 6th grades for the 2024-2025 school year). Baseball registration has the same cost, and will field teams 10 and under (as of 4/30), 12 or Under (as of 4/30), and 14 and under (as of 4/30). Programs are available to assist with registration fees for those who need them. A print form can be obtained from city hall, or printed from and turned in at the building. Forms can also be completed entirely online. Extension Office seeks input from County residents

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Rec League baseball and softball signups are underway, with some help from the Caribou Medical Center.
COO Dillon Liechty with new CEO Kent Loosle at the Caribou Medical Center. Loosle was hired in November.

Incubator program at Extension Office

Last week, community volunteer Katie Van Dyke presented a class titled “From Egg to Chick” at the Extension Office. The program allows participants to check out incubators from the Extension Office for use in hatching chicks. The process will take roughly 21 days from incubation to hatching, and the incubators will then be readied for use by another group. The incubators were donated by Nutrien.

During the classes Sara Smith, 4-H Assistant Coordinator and Van Dyke gave interested kids and families information about the proper raising of chicks, and encouraged them in the pursuit of poultry production. The animals can be used for egg production, and because the program is through the Extension, they can also be entered into the poultry shows at the fair, along with a record book of the process of taking them from egg to live bird.

During last week’s class, Van Dyke demonstrated the process of candling the developing eggs. Candling refers to using a light source to see the silhouette of the bird inside the egg. The viability of the animals can be

seen as movement inside the egg at later stages of development. “My kids weren’t that excited about chickens,” Van Dyke said. “But when they got to see them move inside there, everything changed.”

Extension Office seeks input from County residents

Kari Ure is new to the Caribou County Extension Office, and is looking to gather opinions about the needs of the county. Ure created a survey, which was distributed to the schools and city governments within the county, but she could still use more responses to the interest and opinion survey. As an Extension Educator, she will be deciding what kinds of classes and programs to offer to residents in the coming months.

Kari grew up in Cache Valley, and worked with the Extension program in Utah for almost three years before moving to Caribou County. Her focus is Family and Consumer Science programs for adults and youth/4-H. She has taught classes in the past on such subjects as: Financial literacy, Healthy eating, Diabetes Cooking Classes, Family Meal planning, Tai Chi, anti-Vaping education classes, Story Trails (set up in parks),

Freeze Drying, Mental Wellness activities such as creativity, physical activity, music, books clubs, and more.

Kari is looking for county residents to provide some input on the kinds of activities the county would benefit from, what kinds of resources are available, and possible methods/ venues the programming could best accommodate local needs.

A link to the survey can be found at or by scanning the included QR code.

Kari is also seeking to organize an advisory committee to discuss programming needs within the county. If you are interested in serving on the committee, or would like to be added to a notification email list about upcoming classes and events, email her at

War on Weeds—weeds are everybody’s problem

THE ISSUE: Giant knotweed

Giant knotweed (polygonum sachalinense) is a semi-woody shrublike perennial that is native to Asia. It was originally introduced into the U.S. as an ornamental, but it has proven to be an extremely aggressive weed. It invades moist soils in disturbed wetland and riparian areas.

Giant knotweed can grow up to 15 ft. tall, allowing it to shade out beneficial native species. Leaves are broad, ovate, and heart-shaped, growing up to 12 inches long. Stems are hollow and woody. Stems are typically red early in the growing season and turn brown in the fall. This plant produces long rhizomes (up to 18 ft. long), new shoots can emerge at nodes on rhizomes, allowing this plant to spread quickly. It produces small, compact, greenish-white flowers that form in clusters. Giant knotweed is capable of reproducing from seed and rhizomes, making it very prolific.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Options:

• Prevention— Learn to identify and do not transport seed or unknown plant material.

• Cultural— Establish a stand of desirable plants. Bare ground is much more susceptible to weed infestations than ground that is covered with healthy plants.

• Mechanical— Tillage, digging, mowing, or cutting are not effective control options for giant knotweed; these activities can increase the stand density. Each rhizome that is cut has the potential to become a new plant!

• Chemical— Glyphosate is the best control option available for this weed. Apply to foliage in the fall (Augustfirst killing frost). Applying herbicides to perennials in the fall, pulls the herbicide down into the root system, killing the whole plant, not just the foliage. Always read and follow herbicide label directions.

Justin Hatch, University of Idaho Extension Agriculture Educator in Caribou and Bear Lake Counties. 208-5473205

As the kids gathered around the candle (a strong LED light), they could be overheard reacting to exactly that sight, and becoming visibly excited about the prospect of raising their own chicks.

Chickens are typically seen as a great first animal project for 4-H members, as they are less resource-heavy than larger livestock but provide a similar experience of care and raising. Proper raising of chickens and other birds also involves attention to schedules, health and feeding protocols, and disease management. Based on the number of attendees at the incubator class, there should be quite a few entries in the category this year, which is something Office Administrator Rachel Hamilton is always excited to see. “It should be a great year this year—we’ve got a lot going on,” she says.

The day camp is just one of the many ongoing activities sponsored and supported by the office. As the spring fully sets in and the fair season inevitably begins, classes and groups will begin meeting frequently in preparation for the various shows, contests, and projects 4-H members will be undertaking.

Anyone interested in joining the 4-H program can contact Lisa Barfuss at the office at (208) 547-3205.

4-H gives scholarships to students

National Honor Society. Graduating Seniors to receive scholarships were:

Caribou County Market Animal Committee has awarded 4 $500 scholarships to very hardworking and deserving students. They awarded 2 alumni students and 2 graduating students.

The alumni were required to be active in the 2021, 2022, or 2023 Market Animal Program, bee accepted to a University, College, or a Vocational School, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. The graduating seniors had to be active in the 2023, 2024 Market Animal Program, be accepted to a University, College or Vocational School, Active member of 4-H or FFA and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Alumni to receive a scholarship were:

Alexis Carroll. She is currently enrolled at Utah State University in Animal Dairy Veterinary Science. Her planned career is to be a veterinarian. She was active in the 4-H Market Animal Beef Project, Swine Project, Working Ranch Horse Project, and many other miscellaneous projects. She was also very involved as an ambassador and was always willing to help in any way she could to promote 4-H.

Peyton Reeves. He is currently enrolled at Utah State University in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. His planned career is as a Fisheries Biologist. He was active in both 4-H and FFA Market Swine. He played high school football, basketball, track, and cross country. One year he was named the Idaho State 6th man of the year for basketball during his Junior year. He was also a member of the

Lorrin Tingey. She plans to attend the College of Southern Idaho and study Animal Science. Her planned career is to be an animal nutritionist and rancher. She was active in both 4-H and FFA Market Beef, Horse, and Working Ranch horse projects. She was crowned the Caribou County Rodeo Queen for the 2022/2023 year. She has worked alongside her father on the ranch her whole life, feeding, doctoring, vaccinating, and tagging cows.

Brinlee Andersen. She plans to attend Idaho State University and study Radiographic Science. Her planned career is as an X-ray tech. She was active in both 4-H and FFA Market Swine, Market Sheep, and Market Meat Goat. She has played volleyball all her high school career and has been on many All-Conference and State teams. She received the volleyball coaches’ award. She was awarded the High Desert Conference Academic Award (having a 3.5 or higher), and in 2023/2024 High Honors (3.7-4.0). She also participated in the Distinguished Young Women’s program and was awarded the Self-Expression Award.

Congratulations to the winners. They worked hard and deserve this recognition.

Swine weigh-in is April 6th, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Make sure you have your bill of dale or your C.O.O.L. form. You will need to be enrolled and active in Zsuite and have your enrollment fee paid. If you have any questions call the Extension Office at 208-547-3205.

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Katie Van Dyke discussing the candling process at the Extension Office as part of an incubator program for hatching eggs. Kari Ure Photo courtesy of Jan Samanek, Phytosanitary Administration, Lisa Barfuss 4-H Program Coordinator
FAMILY FRIENDLY!!!! (All the funnies, none of the…ahem…) SSHS AUDITORIUM
28, 29, 30 and April 1 7:00 p.m. TICKETS $10.00


Della Watkins Brown

October 31, 1930 - March 21, 2024

Della Watkins Brown passed away peacefully in Twin Falls, Idaho on March 21, 2024, surrounded by family. She was 93.

Della was born in Conda, Idaho on October 31st, 1930, to Thomas Henry and Jennie McMurray Watkins. She was the youngest of eight children. She spent her childhood in Conda and then moved to Twin Falls at the beginning of her senior year in high school.

Della met her sweetheart, Ralph Lynn Brown, when she was in high school and then, after a couple years of a long-distance romance, they were married in the Logan Temple on May 16, 1950. They made their home in Soda Springs, Idaho, where they raised their four children, Jerry, Janet, Renee and Melanie.

Della worked as a telephone operator for a few years before deciding to stay at home with her children. She then worked alongside Ralph on their farm driving tractor and grain trucks, as well as taking food to the field to feed the crew.

Della enjoyed volunteering and was a Caribou County volunteer EMT. She also served for many years on the hospital auxiliaryboard, with a couple of those years as its president. She found great joy in serving others and could often be found helping or taking food to those in need.

Della was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had a deep and abiding testimony in her Savior Jesus Christ. She held many church callings, including stake Primary president and ward Relief Society president.

She was an avid reader, having read hundreds of books throughout her life. She loved to walk and exercise, and in her younger years could be seen walking the Bailey Creek Road anytime that the weather permitted. She loved to cook, especially for her family. She loved collecting recipes

and trying new dishes. Many wonderful meals were served at her table. Without question, her family was her greatest joy in life, and she spent countless hours serving them and always putting family first. She was a loving wife, a kind and loving mother, and a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed beyond measure.

She is survived by her children, Jerry (Robyn) Brown, Renee (Wade) Harris and Melanie (Shawn) Athay, as well as fifteen grandchildren and their spouses, and fifty-six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Elzo Watkins, Ruby Rose, Willard Watkins, Verda Jenkins, Darrell Watkins, Marvin Watkins, Lynn Watkins, her husband Ralph, her daughter Janet Cellan, and son-in-law Sid Cellan.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 6:00-7:00 P.M., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Soda Springs, Idaho (361 south 3rd east), and a viewing at the same location will be held on Monday, April 1st, from 10:30-11:30 A.M., with the funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs.

Gregg Murray Haney

March 17, 2024

Gregg Murray Haney, 66, of Soda Springs, Idaho transitioned to the next life on March 17, 2024. Son of Robert and Barbra Haney in Newton, Kansas under a small tree on September 22, 1957. He Served a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. He loved the change from the Mid-West, and he then attended BYU and later graduated from University of Idaho with his Law Degree. He practiced in Kennewick, Washington till 2004 when he moved to Soda Springs, Idaho. He worked as the county prosecutor and later the city attorney. He had a great love for his church and his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Barbra Haney and his sister Alana Miner. He is survived by his children Joseph Haney, daughters Senna and Elinor Haney, Rebecca Ruiz, and her children Kali, Raelynn, and Nicolas Ruiz.

There will be a small Gathering at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hooper building Saturday March 23, 2024 from 1-3. April 7, 2024, he will be

Caribou Bible Church in Soda Springs Easter Service times

Good Friday Service - March 29th - 6pm

Easter Sunday Services - March 31st - 8:30am & 11am

There will be nursery and children's church available (infant - 4th grade) at both Easter services, as well as an Egg Hunt and light refreshments in between both services on Sunday.

The cΩurch is located kiddie-corner from Soda Springs High School and people can follow the church on Facebook for more information.

Caribou Bible Church is a “comeas-you-are” church without a dress code. More information about the church and service times can be found at

“Lucky Stiff” musical will be performed at Grace HS

Submitted by Eli Hubbard

Grace High School would like to announce its latest musical coming to you this April. This year's musical is called "Lucky Stiff". You may not have heard of this one, but let me assure you it is hilarious. The play follows a single, pathetic shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon who just can't seem to catch a break in life. No girls likes him, and he hates his job with a passion. But in a sudden turn of luck, Harry finds out his dead uncle has left him an inheritance of 6

million dollars! But there is a catch, Harry must take his dead uncle on vacation with him to Monte Carlo, passing him off as living to anyone he meets! Watch with joy as Harry struggles to keep a low profile while being chased by a crazy woman, her optometrist brother and a representative of a dog charity who all want the money. This show has it all. Wonderful dancing, great music, and lots of laughs. Put it on your calendars.

April 26th, 27th and 29th at the Gem Valley performing arts center. We will see you there.

Soda Springs Debate at State

Soda Springs Debate Coach Lorrie’l Jensen took a group of three students to the state Debate Tournament before spring break. As she relates “We had a great time. Maleah Dilworth and Sierra Muir earned competition slots at state and Austin Moody came as an alternate. We were able to tour the Capitol building and meet our senator, Mark Harris. I'm attaching a picture of the students in the


Adapted from the official minutes taken by County Clerk Shelley Reeves

After approving the minutes and bills in the amount of $36,147.19 and payroll of $10,451.48 the regular meeting of the Grace City Council was held.

Fire Chief Peck

Fire Chief Curtis Peck reported that the fire department escorted the championship wrestlers and girls’ basketball teams through the town. He also reported that there had been a house fire in town. 9 firemen responded. The house was a complete loss, but Chief Peck helped the homeowners contact the Red Cross, and there have been many people in the community donating clothing, food, and money to help. Chief Peck also reported that the insurance rating process had begun, and they would be here in person

in March or April.

Zoning Update

Zoning Commission Member Mark Crabb gave a follow-up report on the cars at Kelly Anderson’s property in the industrial zone. Most the vehicles have been removed from the property.

Kent Loosle, Caribour Medical Center

Kent Loosle, CEO of the Caribou Medical Center spoke to the council with an update on some changes coming to the hospital. He reported that there were 5 new physicians available to patients at CMC. One is a back pain specialist who will be available once a week. There is also a urologist that the center is sharing with Franklin County Medical Center, and a Family Practice/OB that will be coming in August. He stated

that compared to all the medical facilities close by, according to patient surveys, CMC ranked highest and was tied with Bear Lake hospital in nursing. He stated that 33 people who live in Grace work at CMC. He also reported that they had acquired a new robotic surgery machine that is used for urology, gynecology, and general surgery procedures. He stated that it shortens healing time and is easier on patients. He stated that a small hospital is lucky to have it, and to have physicians with the skills to use it. Councilmember Toone asked him to talk about Dr. Jensen, who works in the Emergency Room. Mr. Loosle explained that Dr. Jensen is double board certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine. Mr. Loosle stated that there have been questions about building a new hospital. He said that right now they are trying to build services and

senator's chairs. Maleah made it to the top 16.” Unlike some sports and activities, state debate is not separated out by school size, so the smallest programs are routinely up against the largest. Having a contingent from Soda Springs represent the school and area so well is a great sign of the success of the program. Congratulations to the debaters from SSHS, and continued success!

see what the volue of demand is before deciding to build a new hospital.


Councilmember Allen moved to approve the contract with the Southeast Idaho Council of Government to administer the Community Development Block Grant for the wastewater treatment plant project. Councilmember Fluckiger seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

The request for proposals for the engineer for the Center Street Bridge project was opened. There was only one proposal, from Keller Associates. Councilmember Allen moved to approve Keller Associates as the engineer for the project. The motion passed. Clark Reeves was able to get two

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takes most insurance.

March is Women’s History Month

Put on your Wonder Woman cape and get out your favorite books, movies, slogans and bumper stickers about amazing women! March is Women’s History month! In no way wanting to diminish the historically acknowledged accomplishments of men, March is the month to learn about and celebrate the often dismissed and even unknown contributions of women. It’s been a long journey to obtain the opportunities and recognition afforded to women today, since most all of the world’s developed nations only began to allow full rights and citizenship to women about one hundred years ago.

The legal battle for Women’s Suffrage in the US and Great Britain began in the mid 1800’s when women who were attending an abolitionist convention in London were denied access to the auditorium because they were women. In this moment they realized that their plights were little better than that of the enslaved peoples for whom they were fighting. Indeed, after the Civil War, black men had the right to vote, more or less, but no women did. Women were legally viewed as chattel, like livestock, the property of their husbands or fathers. They could not vote, hold office, own property, seek a divorce, sign legal agreements, etc.

For over seventy years, women around the world worked to obtain the right to vote, with the knowledge that this would afford them a much greater measure of opportunity and equality. They undertook public protests, held parades, used the power of their pens to present their cause in newspapers, and even picketed President Woodrow Wilson’s White House. When arrested for these public displays, they were imprisoned, went on hunger strikes and were force fed. They were threatened with losing custody of their children. Still, they persisted.

After decades of working toward and presenting the suffrage amendment in the USA, it was passed into law in 1920 as the 19th amendment. With this amendment, women became actual citizens, with the rights of citizenship, and they have been steadily gaining in equality ever since.

For those readers under fifty it is difficult to imagine a time when women were not included in all as-

pects of life in the United States. Until the 1940’s, women teachers in many areas of the country had to resign should they decide to marry. Women were told not to even bother to apply in certain college disciplines, a woman minister was generally unheard of, women physicians and scientists were scarce. Before 1972, when Title IX was enacted, there were few, if any, girls’ sporting events taking place between schools. Imagine--no Soda Springs or Bear Lake High School girls basketball, volleyball, softball or track teams!

An Idaho statute gave preferential treatment to men when there was a challenge as to who would handle a legal matter, such as being the executor of a will. This resulted in the case Reed v Reed, and in 1971, the wrongfulness and unconstitutionality of this preferential treatment was argued by lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg and subsequently struck down by the US Supreme Court. This was a landmark case stating that a person’s gender could not be used to deny equal rights.

The battle for equality has continued. There are many vocations that traditionally had been out of a woman’s grasp that are now filled with capable women, such as veterinarians, military personnel, physicians, artists, composers, writers, scientists, astronauts, political and religious leaders. And often, they handle these jobs while being caregivers, mothers, wives and homemakers! It is somewhat curious that the United States is one of the few powerful nations of the world which has never elected a woman as head of state!

So, this is the month to learn about astronaut Sally Ride, Native American tribal leader Wilma Mankiller, first female Congressional Representative Jeannette Rankin (4 years before women had the right to vote), President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, scientist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winner and crusader for women’s rights Malala Yousafzai, suffragette Alice Paul, writer Maya Angelou, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, newspaper editor Katharine Graham, writer and scientist Rachel Carson, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, first female rabbi Regina Jonas. Celebrate these and the multitudes of inspiring women, including many you know personally!

services which are provided by the Medical Center can be utilized in aftercare, even if an initial surgery or diagnosis was made at a different hospital. One clear example is chemotherapy. CMC itself has in-house screening services for cancer diagnoses, and a consulting oncologist for ongoing care, which many people might be aware of. However, fewer people might be aware that CMC has a staff of certified chemotherapy nurses and an in-house mixing pharmacy, which means that ongoing chemotherapy treatment can be done right in Caribou County. Oftentimes, hospitals where an original diagnosis is made will set up treatment schedules at their own facilities, regardless of where the patient may live. For many patients, it is simply a matter of paperwork to have those ongoing services moved to the Medical Center. Rather than driving to Logan or Pocatello for treatment, patients can instead schedule chemo sessions right in town, which ultimately puts a lot less strain on the whole process.

In addition to chemotherapy, CMC is also able to provide pain management services, orthopedics, sports medicine, OBGYN services including deliveries, Industrial screening, Prenatal classes, “swing beds” for acute and skilled nursing care, chronic disease management, mental health services, sleep studies, and much more. CMC is a partner with Medicare and Medicaid programs, and

Dillon Liechty has been working at the Caribou Medical Center for around 8 years. After growing up in Soda Springs and graudating from SSHS, Liechty went on to receive a degree in Political Science and an MBA in Human Resources. After working for BP Oil for several years, Liechty was drawn home like so many others, and began his new career in hospital management and administration.

“I like this a lot better. It’s great to be working in a place where you’re helping people in a way that is really significant and meaningful to them. Working in a community hospital makes you a part of something important,” he says.

The hospital is expanding the kinds of technology and equipment it provides to its patients. One amazing purchase is a “DaVinci robotic surgery armature,” which allows for precise surgery using a device to help facilitate delicate surgeries in ways that greatly reduce recovery times and surgical scars. “At first, it looks like a science fiction thing,” Liechty says. “But it’s an amazing surgical aid.” A number of other technological innovations are in the future for the center, which is seeking every day to be as responsive to community needs as possible. The Caribou Medical Center can be directly contacted at (208) 547-3341 for information about any of its services, or to schedule consultations.

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perience working in the healthcare industry to Caribou Medical Center. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Kent's executive leadership experience includes investor owned, not-for-profit, government owned, and free-standing medical centers, in urban and rural communities.

He began his healthcare career at Logan Regional Hospital as a Unit Specialist providing direct patient care. Since his first role in healthcare, he has served as a Patient Account Services Manager, Director of Patient Accounts, Chief Operating officer, and Chief Executive Officer. He has worked at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho and IASIS Healthcare in Lehi, Utah. He and the teams he has led have had many accomplishments. Some of these accomplishments include the design and construction of a new $240 million hospital, fund-

raising for a new hospital project, service line development and growth, increased operating revenues and margins, smart decreases in expenses, joint ventures and partnerships with other healthcare providers, strategic planning and execution.

Kent has been involved in the communities where he lived and worked by serving as Board Chair of Point of the Mountain Chamber of Commerce and Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been the Board of Director of Utah Hosptial Association and Noorda College of Medicine. He has served as a board member of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Lastly, Kent has served as a member of the American Fork Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Utah Valley University Community Advisory Board, Boy Scouts of America, and in community, civic, and church volunteer services.

Kent and his family are looking forward to being closer to home, as he and his wife are from the southeast Idaho area. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoor activities, ATV's, and camping. "


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A majestic bird of prey, Bald Eagles tend to be lazy and prefer to scavenger easy roadkill. Ben Franklin dissuaded naming this bird a representative of our country, calling it a bird of bad moral character. They often watch and wait as other birds and animals kill their prey, then swoop in to steal from them. They are frequently found perched on the telephone poles on Old Hwy 30 between the Hwy 30 turn off and Bancroft. Small flocks of Ravens circle around them, waiting their turn for leftovers. Whether a bird of majesty, or a thief, Bald Eagles give witness to the natural beauty of our county. Photo taken on Old Hwy 30 enroute to Bancroft. March 16, 2024 Photo submitted by Allyne Betancourt A picture of a similar model to the hospital's new "DaVinci" robotic surgical device.


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used to develop the community. Her original idea was to build shade covering for the city park, but the bid was considerably higher than the grant’s $5,000. Mrs Burns asked for suggestion from the Council about where the money might be spent if awarded. The Council recommended she speak with Director Hansen about options. Laura Lind is also applying for a grant through the Idaho Wish Foundation for the City Park. Councilmember Gritton suggested the grant money be used to develop the gun range, though Burns suggested that might fall outside the purview of the grant. Engineer Skinner will write the letter of support.

Preparedness Project—Ron


Mr. Meyer provided information about an emergency preparedness project he is working on with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Meyer will be creating a series of 5 to 15 minute videos regarding emergency response topics. He would like to address a variety of different things, from active shooters to gardening. He hopes to enlist the assistance of law enforcement to teach citizens how to react in emergency situations. Mayor Robinson stated that he liked the idea. President Hart gave an example of a power outage years ago in the county where the

Scott Flippence spoke about the Ender’s building, and his concerns that the city is subsidizing the operation. Flippence owns the Caribou Lodge and apartments in town and does not want to compete with Ender’s. Councilmember Ryan Carpenter stated that since Ender’s is a city-owned asset, the arrangement is not a subsidy. The tenant currently pays $3500/mo in rent, which accounts for utilities plus 30%, and will likely double for the next year. O’Dell Christman stated that he appreciated the city trying to preserve the history of Soda Springs through the building, though he acknowledges it is a heavy weight for the city to carry. He stated that he approves of the city’s arrangement with Ender’s, and that a tenant helps defray the costs.


Dean Stultzman with Business iPhone Specialists gave a cost analysis to the city for a switch from IDEACOM. He stated that their phone system would include more features, better support, and a lower cost. The contract would be a lease-to-own arrangement, and there would be zero costs for start up. The council agreed to have city staff take a look at the possible contract.

Austin E. Robinson asked the city for a donation to the Distinguished Young Women organization. All ticket sales and donations go directly to the participants. Councilmember Gritton asked whether this donation would come from taxes, and Councilmember Hart clarified that it would

come from power fees. A motion to give the Lions Club $550 for DYW was approved.

Unfinished Business

Engineer Skinner informed the council that Maverik has its general contractor on site. Additionally, the PRV study is still being reviewed and snow plows have been built. Director Squires clarified that because it is not yet budgeted, the lift station project is on the list.

Engineer Skinner also shared a “disadvantaged community map.” He has met with the Forest Service and Hispanic Foundation and was told these organizations will not release funds for projects located outside that zone. A half million dollars are available to the city, if it can be used in the approved areas.

The City received a draft agreement from Nutrien for the transfer of land from Nutrien to the City. Nutrien will assist over the next three years with the maintenance of the property and provide endowment money for upkeep. The deal will potentially close by the end of March. The contract is for 600 acres, with 200 of them under a conservation easement.

Attorney Haney received a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding with the SS School District and said it looks similar to the 2022 contract. Attorney Haney suggested that Chief Shaw, Attorney Doug Wood, and Sheriff Mabey work together to clarify some elements of the contract before it is signed.

Attorney Haney stated that junk notices will be mailed to community members to encourage spring cleaning. Letters will be sent asking residents and commercial businesses to clean their property.


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bids for a new auditor. Quest CPAs bid $10,000 plus $2,300 for a single audit if over $750,000 was spent in federal funds, and Poulsen, VanLeuven & Catmull bid $17,000 to $18,000 for a single audit. Councilmember Toone moved to approve Quest CPAs as the auditor for the project. The motion was approved.

Spring Clean-up

Spring clean-up was discussed by the council. The landfill has made some changes. They won’t allow the City of Grace to dump for free for a second week, since none of the other cities in the county have a two-week spring cleanup. The city can still hold a two-week spring cleanup, but the second week of dumping will be charged to the city. The city will also need to have citizens who borrow the truck or have the city pick up large

items with freon in the, sign a release form stating that they are allowing the city to dump their stuff, though there may be a change which they will agree to pay. They will also be required to sort trash, or they will be charged a fee. After discussion, it was decided to change the clean-up plan to a single week. The motion passed.


A contract with the sheriff’s office was discussed. The sheriff can’t enforce city codes, but it willing to help the city enforce anything that is related to a state statute. Sheriff Mabey was not in attendance, so a contract will need to be discussed at a future meeting.

Attorney contract

Attorney Doug Wood sent the city a contract allowing him to do criminal prosecutions for the city. Mayor Barthlome explained to the council

that after talking with Attorney Wood, he explained to her that the city had a civil contract with him and had never needed a criminal contract in the 11 years he had been the attorney. He explained that any attorney working for the city would need both a civil and criminal contract in order to prosecute a criminal offense, but that the city has been able to work out solutions to most problems before they get to the point where criminal prosecution is necessary. Mayor Barthlome suggested that the city sign a contract with Attorney Wood and give him a chance to sort out the ongoing problem in the city regarding storage containers. The contract that Wood sent left the amount per hour blank, allowing the City Council to determine the rate. The Council decided that $250/ hr would be fair. A motion to approve the criminal prosecutor contract was approved.

Mr. Skinner is working on getting the City’s old transformer shipped to South Dakota. The company is ready, but waiting for a break in the weather.

Mr. Skinner informed the council about an applicated he submitted for water rights to the Soda Creek area. Ideally, the City will set up pumps behind the county shop to provide water to the cemetery. Previously, Nutrien did not apply for all water rights in the area, so once the change of ownership is complete, the city will apply for the remaining water rights.

Councilmember Hart discussed water conservation. He mentioned that he would like to develop a communication plan to encourage the community to be more diligent about water usage.

Councilmember Worthington raised the issue of potentially undertaking a survey about public opinions about the future of the Ender’s building. The council discussed the feasibility and possibility of such a survey, and the importance of keeping the public aware of issues related to the city property. The discussion was ultimately tabled for re-examination during a later meeting.

Service missionaries with the LDS church reached out to the city looking for volunteer options. Councilmember Hart will look into the options.

Councilmember Gritton informed the council that Bayer was seeking to donate office furniture to the city for use at city hall. A motion to accept the donation passed. The Council then entered executive session.


Councilmember Toone moved to approve the personnel policy change which would allow the City Superintendent to earn comp time at time and a half rate, rather than hour for hour. The motion passed.

Superintendent Crookston reported that they are working on getting the sweeper ready for spring. The clarifier froze up and they are getting it defrosted. There is a free lead/copper training in Pocatello from the Department of Environmental Quality on April 16 that Superintendent Crookston would like to take. The employees have been revamping the shop and need a new welding table, which would need to be approved at the next meeting.

A discussion about snow removal on Main Street was tabled without a solution being reached.

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March 28 – Thursday

Catholic Daily Mass (6:30pm)

Spring Musical

March 29 – Friday

Caribou County Senior Dinner

Catholic Daily Mass (9am)

BB w/North Fremont

Track @ Firth

Spring Musical

March 30 – Saturday

Spring Musical

Cornhole for Collins (12pm SSHS)

March 31 – Sunday

Presbyterian Services

Caribou Bible Church Services

Catholic Mass (8:30am)

Open Arms Church Services

LDS Services

Spring Musical

April 1 – Monday

Catholic Daily Mass (9am)

Spring Musical Student Body Officer Elections


April 3 – Wednesday

Caribou County Senior Dinner

Catholic Daily Mass (9am)

Children Story Time @ Library 10:30am or 11:30am

Shakespearience Performance City Council (5pm)

April 4 – Thursday

Catholic Daily Mass (6:30pm)

8th Grade Orientation

BB @ American Falls

Track @ West Side

Student Body Assembly County P&Z (6pm)


March 28 – Thursday

HS Track @ Firth

HS Golf @ American Falls

JH Track w/Soda Springs & Bear Lake

March 31 – Sunday

LDS Services,

April 1 – Monday

Preschool Story Hour @ Library 10:30am

Spring Break Starts

HS Golf @ Blackfoot


March 28 – Thursday

Track @ Malad

March 31 – Sunday

LDS Services

April 1 – Monday

School Board Meeting (6:30pm)

Booster Club Meeting (6:30pm)

April 3 – Wednesday

MS Track @ Snake River

April 4 - Thursday

Track @ Murtaugh



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Corn Dog, Chips, Fruit, Veggies

Tuesday, April 2

Breakfast Scramble, Muffin, Fruit, Veggies

Wednesday, April 3

Teriyaki Chicken, Fried Rice, Fruit, Veggies

Thursday, April 4

BBQ Pork Sandwich, Fries, Fruit, Veggies


Milk and Choice of Bar Each Day

Monday, April 1

Shepherds Pie W/Breadstick, Deli Bar, Broccoli Apple Salad, Hot Cinnamon Apples

Tuesday, April 2

Tomato Soup W/Grilled Cheese, Deli Bar, Baked Beans, Apricots

Wednesday, April 3

Hotdogs, Deli Bar, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Sliced Oranges

Thursday, April 4

Chicken Bowls, Deli Bar, Corn, Mandarin Oranges

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5 Years ago, 2019

The Bureau of Land Management has begun offering incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt one or more wild horses and burros removed from public lands. The program is part of an effort to confront the growing overpopulation of wild horses and burros on rangelands and in holding facilities which cost taxpayers around $50 million a year to maintain. In 2018, 81,950 animals were estimated to be in existence on public lands. The program allows the animals to be adopted for a number of applications, and they are often preferred by mounted public officials. The horses can also be adopted as part of 4-H training programs, after which they are sold during public auctions.

A study released by HireAHelper claimed that Idaho had the highest net growth in the number of people who had moved in the state, at 84.38%. The data was not broken down specifically in terms of why the movement had occurred, but did find that the growth was composed of a portion of moves into the state, as well as a larger number of moves within the state, with the highest number coming from moves of less than 50 miles away. The data was gathered from a variety of sources, in addition to professional moving companies. Rural to urban movement, as well as relocation for easier commuting are possible explanations.

The annual recognition Dinner for the South Caribou District of the Boy Scouts was held at Grace Stake Center. Members of the Grand Teton Council who attended included Ken Bernt, Clarke Farrer, David Widdison, Jason Eborn, and Larnell Cleaverly. Eagle Scout recipients included Hunter Andersen, Jacob Smith, Tucker Swensen, Gable Holyoak, Ivor Gibbs, Wylie Johnson, Jaden Thompson, Bronx Holbrook, Christopher Medina, Conner Veile, Keller Housley, Andrew Walker, Justin Harris, and Seth Harris. The Silver Beaver award was presented to Mike Nally. Ted Young and Andrew Berg were given the Distinction Award of Merit.

Ellen Carney discussed a number of current food recalls, and presented a recipe for Scrapple, made from liver or pork shank, salt, pepper, sage, and corn meal. A major recall from Tyson foods was making life difficult for school lunches and microwave meals as 60 tons of chicken nuggets were deemed unsafe to eat across the company’s distribution network.

House Bill 122 was headed for a vote. The bill would end criminal penalties for agricultural/industrial hemp products, as well as CBD containing medicinal products. Under the law at the time, farmers were prohibited from growing hemp for use in textiles , mulch, paper production, or any other use. Idaho was one of the few remaining agricultural states for which this was true.

Cunty Planning and Zoning held a meeting to consider a new zoning ordinance regarding subdivisions. The discuss was to include defining minimum lot requirements for residential houses in agricultural zones, bringing the code into compliance with state regulations, removing conflicts within the code, adding missing definitions, combining some of the zones for efficiency sake, and clarifying public hearing requirements.

10 Years ago, 2014

The Save the Drive-In Committee will have a table set up at Alco, where they will be selling donated items, including a bow/archery package.

The Economic Development Workshop for Rural Idaho took place at the Preston Fire Station. Dr. Scott Benson of Idaho state University presented an economic overview of the the economic state of the region. Other topics of discussion included business incentives, grants, the Idaho Main Street program, the New Market tax credits, presented by Business Specialists Jerry Miller and Christine Jarski.

The Grace City Council, consisting of Curtis Hardy, Kim Christensen, Gillian Lloyd, Mike Ridenour, and Mayor Jackie Bathlome discussed the city’s emergency plan, which included a list of the responsibilities of each council member and city employees in the event of an emergency. The

city also discussed the purchase of new 700 mhz. radios to allow better communication between emergency service partners.

An exhibit of animal mounts was opened for display a the Soda Springs Public Library. The display was sponsored by the Safari Club, which advocates for science-based conservation through hunting. The display was intended to provide an interactive, “hands-on” opportunity for students to encounter animals they may otherwise not be able to encounter up close.

After the second failure of a new school bond in Bancroft (in both cases by two votes), the North Gem School District approved making a third attempt for the May 20 primary election. The 20 year bond, if passed, would require two-thirds of voters to pass, and provide $4.8 million to be spent on the construction of a new building to house the kindergarten through 12th graders.

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 61 announced its Idaho Syringa Girls State Delegates for 2014 from North Gem. The delegates included Megan Jenkins, Kambrie Christensen, and ShyCole Simons.

The swine weigh-in for this year included restriction related to an ongoing swine virus. Animals were required to be brought to the weigh-in in a contained trailer. Animals were to be contained inside the trailer, and access to them was to be limited to the judge and the owner for the duration of the weigh-in.

Zumba Kids, a 10-week spring session, began this week. The program for 5-13 year olds, involved a number of dance and music types designed to accompany exercise routines. Caribou Gymnastics also began a spring session which would feature teaching flexibility, balance, and strength utilizing the trampoline.

20 Years ago, 2004

The Soda Springs Rotary Club welcomed US Army Pfc B.J. Lewis, who was stationed in Iraq for the past year and was home on leave. He served as a squad machine gunner with the 101st Airborne. Attending with his parents Brian and Lynda Lewis, Pfc. Lewis gave a report on his combat experiences and observations of the Iraqi civilians. He shared memorabilia and pictures with the guests, and answered a number of questions from the audience about the modern military experience.

Fifteen girls participated in the 2004-2005 Caribou County Junior Miss Scholarship Program. Sponsored by the Soda Springs Lions Club, this year’s theme was “SURVIVOR: Caribou County.” Competing were: Melissa Ozburn, Abby Johnson, Stacy Allen, Chelcey Holbrook, Randi Christiansen, Katie Hansen, Kristi Mazza, Jennifer Torgesen, Cassanda Balls, Michelle Christensen, Brittany Brown, Pepper Pallante, Ashley Moldenhauer, Brittany Clark, and Calista Johnson. Cali Johnson was ultimately named the Junior Miss winner after the judges evaluated the Scholastic, Interview, Talent, Fitness, and Poise elements of the competition. Johnson received a $1,000 scholarship, and the winners of the individual contest categories received awards of varying amounts as well.

Voters in Soda Springs passed both a supplemental levy and a plant facility levy by 80 percent and 71 percent. The annual $530,000 supplemental levy, as well as an additional $750,000, would be used for the construction of a bus barn, Vo-Ag and shop facility, and an arts and crafts classroom at the high school, as well as other district needs. 200 of the total 248 voters voted in favor.

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Office announced that it was collecting old cell phones for distribution to those in need of emergency phones. Though the phones would no longer have active cell network accounts, all cell phones can be used for emergency calls regardless of network status.

The Soda Springs High school BPA members attended the State Leadership Conference at Boise State University, The students were involved in competitions and attended leadership workshops, the culmination of which was the presentation of the Professional Cup to the Soda Springs

chapter by Andrea Krall. The award is given to the Idaho BPA chapter that performs the greatest number of service hours to school and community and also has the largest number of participants in the BPA torch awards program.

Grace FFA won the Dairy Judging contest in Rexburg. BYU-Idaho sponsors the Ag Rendezvous every year for FFA chapters demonstrating skills in Ag learning. Michael Toone led the freshman team. Grace also had a horse judging team including Stetson Jensen, Stetson Stoddard, Kayla Smith, Todd Wright, Brady Bowles, and Pam Sechser.

30 Years ago, 1994

The Caribou County Sheriff’s Department reported that the opened 839 cases during the 1993 year. They included 53 Agency assists, 23 animal complaints, 25 attempts to locate, 50 burglaries, and 15 domestic disturbances. Loss from theft or burglary totals $22,450 with $9,0004 recovered. Vandalism cost victims $8,809. One hundred forty-two people were booked into the Caribou County Jail, including 108 males and 22 females. Twelve juveniles were arrested and detained at the Saint Anthony Youth Services Center. Prisoners served 1,138 days in county jail. Ninety warrants were received, processed and served. 528 citations were served. 16 were for minor consuming, seven were for procuring alcohol for minors, six were for battery, one was for disturbing the peace, 15 were for failure to purchase licenses, 17 were for DUI, 9 were for inattentive driving, 315 were for speeding, and the rest were for other driving violations.

Soda Spring Cardinals captured the second place trophy at the A-3 wrestling tournament in Pocatello. Senior Joe Harding won the championship at 275 pounds; Chad Etcheverry took the second place after losing in overtime. Coach Month Hinojosa praised the efforts of all the kids. Also competing were Matt Kirby, Myron Allen, Josh Norman, Wade Price, Ben Fryar, Joe Harding, David Hopkins, and Mike Harding. Ruth Mussler was announced to be to new art teacher at Grace and Thatcher Elementary schools. She will spend one day a week at Thatcher and a day the next week at Grace. Students would be learning everything from chalk still life drawings, block printing, line drawings, and much more.

Governor Cecil D. Andrus has announced the award of more than $6.7 million to 33 Idaho communities for construction of public facilities, housing, and senior center projects. The grants are awarded for projects that address health and safety factors and provide for positive economic impacts. The grants included funds for handicapped access remodels to the courthouse, electrical wiring for the Senior Center, and additional ADA renovations for the center.

40 Years ago, 1984

The Soda Springs City Council passed a resolution and an ordinance to amend the city’s comprehensive

plan to allow the Federal Land Bank to be in a commercial zone, rather than the residential zone they were previously in. No one opposed the change at the public hearing.

The Soda Springs Library and City of Soda Springs were each presented with a set of three pictures by Dr. and Mrs. Evan Kackley, long-time residents now living in Boise. The set consisted of an 1890 photograph, and a silhouette of the scene, naming the homes and buildings. It was the Kackleys’ hope that the pictures would stimulate young people’s interest and serve as a remembrance to many.

The tenth annual Fifth District All Star Game was played in Pocatello over the weekend. The East squad defeated the West 109 to 92. Representing Caribou County were Scott Bailey and Shane Jensen of Grace, Steve Straatman of North Gem, and Richard Houseman of Soda Springs. Houseman scored 13 in the contest.

The Grace High School production of “Lil Abner” opened at the Elementary School auditorium. Byron Shaw and Chuck Stoddard led the preparations for the play, which reportedly had the largest cast in recent memory on stage at once.

During the City Council meeting in Grace, a letter from Mayor Roy Corbett was read in which he offered his resignation due to his inability to be in Grace and attend meetings in the foreseeable future. The council decided to accept the resignation. Corbett still hd almost two years left in his terms. The council decided to approve the appointment of Chairman BErdell McCurdy to the position of mayor until the next city election.

Students at Hooper and Thirkill elementaries participated in the “Great Balloon Race” sponsored by Weekly Reader in Soda Springs. Students launched helium balloons with messages attached identifying the school and asker the finder to return them so that the students could see how far they had gone.

A production of “Along the Way” was announced by the soda Springs Idaho Stake, with auditions to be held in Bancroft and Soda Springs. The play will require from 40 to 100 people in a variety of roles, and tells the story of Richard Ballantyne, founder of the Sunday School.

50 Years ago, 1974

Plans to modify the Blackfoot reservoir along with associated environmental impacts were discussed in a statement prepared by the Army Corps of Engineers. The original dam on the Blackfoot River was completed in 1909. During 1923 and 1924, the dam was raised five feet to its present high water mark of 6124. The corps plans to strengthen the existing dam, enlarge the spillways, and replace the outlet works.

The girls chosen to represent Soda Springs at this year’s Girls State in Caldwell. Nola Shuler of the American Legion Auxiliary stated that Penny Lamoreaux and Lori Sanders had been selected as the representatives.

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April is NATIONAL GARDEN MONTH, so let’s get ready!

We are beginning to enjoy warmer, sunnier weather in southeast Idaho, finally! Many of us are beginning to clean up our yards/gardens, buying potting soil, or planting seedlings indoors. It’s important that we take a few steps in preparing for a successful garden season: Prepare a list of produce that grows easily in our area

• Apples, Peaches, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc.

• Zucchini

• Carrots

• Tomatoes

• Jalapenos

• Cabbage

Know when to plant your seeds or plants. Generally, we see the last “frost” happening in our area around May. I encourage you to start your indoor seedlings NOW, and to transplant/plant outside right around Memorial Day.


Every meal served with Juice/Milk/Coffee

March 29 - Easter Dinner, Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Apples, Carrot Cake

April 3 - Biscuits and Gravy, Peas, Pineapple, Apple Crisp

April 5 - Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Cauliflower, Peaches, Oatmeal Bread, Pudding Dessert

April 10 - Hamburger Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, Mandarin Oranges, Sourdough Bread, Cheesecake Delight

April 12 - Navajo Taco, Mandarin

Oranges, Mexican Wedding Cake

April 17 - Chicken Roll-Up, California Veggies, Fruit Salad, Monster Cookie

April 19 - Birthday Dinner, BBQ Pork Ribs w/Baked Potato, Cauliflower, Applesauce, Dilly Bread, Birthday Cake & Ice Cream (Dine-in Only)

April 24 - Ham and Noodle Casserole, Green Salad, Apricots, Wheat Bread, Walnut Coffee Cake

Strawberry Mango Fruit Salad with Lime


Easy “Ranch Dressing” Cottage Cheese Dip


● 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

● 1 teaspoon dill, dried

● ½ teaspoon onion powder

● ½ teaspoon garlic powder

● Salt & pepper to taste

● 2 teaspoons parsley, dried

● 1 cup veggies for “dipping” (carrots, celery, bell peppers, etc.)


1. Mix together all the dried spices.

2. Mix the spices into 1 cup cottage cheese.

3. Enjoy this “ranch dip” with your favorite fresh veggies!

*If you want to make an even easier dip, omit the seasonings and use dry ranch seasoning powder instead! Add

½ packet per 1 cup cottage cheese.

Seasonal Foods in April

April 26 - Orange Pork Chop w/ Rice, Green Salad, Applesauce, Dilly Bread, Lemon Bar •

City Of Soda Springs, Idaho Request For Proposal

Release Date: March 21, 2024

Due Date: April 12, 2024


The City of Soda Springs, Idaho, hereby requests proposals for the position of City Attorney. The Applicant selected by the City would serve as legal counsel to the Mayor and City Council and will serve all City departments and various boards, committees, agencies, and commissions as set forth in Idaho Code 50-204 and 50-206. The City’s selection will be based on its evaluation of the written proposal, the Applicant’s qualifications and experience, client references, an oral presentation (if requested) and the overall fee structure. Proposals must be received by Chelsey Davids, City Attorney Assistant, on or before 4:00pm on Friday, April 12, 2024. Proposals can be submitted in writing or by email. All proposals shall provide a straightforward, concise delineation of the Applicant’s capabilities to satisfy the requirements of the request. Emphasis should be on completeness and clarity of content. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals for any reason, to negotiate with any attorney or law firm to select one or more of the applicants deemed to have submitted a proposal which in the judgment of the City is in the best interest of the City.


1. Applicants are responsible for submitting their proposals to the City of Soda Springs City Hall, 9 West 2nd South, Soda Springs, Idaho 83276 or by email to Chelsey Davids, City Attorney Assistant, chelseyd@sodaspringsid. com no later than 4:00pm on Friday, April 12, 2024.

2. Questions or clarifications to the technical specifications must be sent in writing to Chelsey Davids, City Attorney Assistant prior to the submission of the proposal to the above address or email.

3. All proposals must be typewritten.


The City has a Mayor/City Council form of government with the Mayor operating as the Chief Executive Officer. The population of the City is approximately 3000. The annual budget is approximately $12 million for the Fiscal Year 2024. The City owns and operates the power system within the city limits along with providing the usual water and sewer services. The City is a municipal corporation and operates under extensive City policies and ordinances. Like most municipalities, the City is involved in a variety of activities which require a diversity of legal services. Land use, planning, zoning, law enforcement, labor relations, human resource matters and criminal misdemeanor law are among some of the services required. The City often conducts business using e-mail and other electronic media, when reasonable within the confines of con-

fidentiality, public records requirements and other business constraints. To that end, it is frequently important for the City to be able to receive electronic copies of ordinances, policies, contracts and other documentation that are readable and editable by the City’s software.


Scope of Legal Services Required

The City is seeking proposals from Applicants having experience and qualifications in representing public sector entities, preferably municipalities. It is the intention of these specifications that the Applicant could be engaged to provide a variety of services, including but not limited to the following:

• Municipal Corporation Law - matters pertaining to municipal corporation law specifically, the laws affecting elections, finance, contracts, ordinances, boards, and commissions.

• Employment Law – matters pertaining to non-collective bargaining agreement claims, human resource law and policy including employee benefit issues.

• Collection Law – matters related to the collection of accounts receivables and other related collection issues.

• Litigation – litigation related to planning and zoning issues and governance matters pursuant to applicable law.

• Real Estate and Development Law – matters involving land development, real estate, leasing, and land use, including naming rights for facilities and the relation of all these issues to governmental bodies.

• Criminal Prosecution – consult and advise city police officers regarding all criminal charges, misdemeanors and infractions and attend court weekly.

Your response to the proposal should address, at a minimum, your capacity to provide services in each of the areas of legal work described above, including prior experience. You may add additional information that you deem to be appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience of Legal Counsel The proposal must identify the principal attorney(s) who will be providing legal services to the City. The proposal should demonstrate the qualifications, competence and capacity of the attorney(s) to represent the City in each of the municipal legal service areas. Resumes shall be submitted for each attorney specifically assigned to provide services to the City. The Applicant making a proposal must describe the expertise in providing municipal legal services, specifically identifying its expertise in dealing with State and Federal regulatory processes, zoning, land use, code enforcement, finance, taxation, environmental, economic development, real estate, labor, and employment, legislation, law enforcement, criminal prosecution, government relations and litigation.

and email addresses who may be contacted by the City in connection with the proposal.


Good Standing and License: The Applicant submitting a proposal must provide proof of good standing and license to practice law before all courts and administrative agencies of the State of Idaho.

Access and Availability: Each Applicant will be required to attend at least two meetings a month (a hybrid of in-person and remote/virtual attendance can be considered) and must identify an address of the office of the attorney(s) who would provide services to the City and their proximity in miles and driving time to the City of Soda Springs City Hall. The Applicant must provide the processes they will undergo to assure that the handling of City of Soda Springs legal services are dealt with in a timely manner. Each Applicant shall identify their standard response time to questions and assistance [e.g. verbal response within four (4) hours, written response within two (2) days]. Applicants shall also explain availability in emergency situations when an immediate response is needed.

Meetings: Regular meetings are scheduled as follows:

• City Council – 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month beginning at 5:00pm and generally running for less than 2 hours.

• Planning and Zoning Commission –2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm and generally running for less than 2 hours.

• Staff Meeting – Every Tuesday at 10:00am

Compensation: Each Applicant must state the compensation that will be

required for the services of the attorney(s). The City will entertain proposals for payment on an hourly basis, on a flat or fee capped basis, or any combination thereof. The compensation proposal will be inclusive and cover all costs associated with providing legal services to the City including attending at least two meetings a month and weekly court appearances. Itemized bills including the attorney providing the service, date, time and description of service and department requesting service will be required to be submitted before each payment will be made by the City. Such bills shall be submitted on a basis no more frequently than monthly.

Representation: The Applicant selected to provide legal services for the City would not be allowed to represent any person, corporate entity, or City employee in any action against the City or before any City board or committee in the regulatory process.

Specialized Counsel: The City shall not be restricted from appointing other counsel when, in the judgment of the City, the need arises. The City Attorney agrees that he/she will assist the Mayor, City Council, the City Clerk and other department heads in any way possible.

Selection Process: The City Attorney is a direct appointment of the Mayor and approval of the City Council. Proposals shall be reviewed by the Mayor and administrative staff who shall select proposals to be further reviewed by the City Council. The Mayor shall make a recommendation to the City Council, who shall make a final selection. City Contact Information:

Interested applicants can pick up and drop off their applications at the district office located at 241 South Main Street #3 (basement of Flying S Title) in Soda Springs between the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 5:00

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tant, 9 West 2nd South, Soda Springs, ID 83276 208-547-2600 The IDAWY Solid Waste District is accepting applications for a full-time landfill position for our Caribou facility located near Grace. The desired applicant must have the ability and knowledge to operate large equipment. A commercial driver’s license is preferred, but not required.
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Nekelle Smith does billing for MR&E. She has been reviewing the contract between the city and MR&E looking at the CPI's for increases. The contract states that rates are determined by combining two (2) years CPI rates. This would end up being quite a substantial increase of approximately $5.00 a month. Residential cans would go from $13.00 a month to $18.74. MR&E realizes that taking this amount of increase is unreasonable and suggested the city look at changing the contract to allow the two parties to come to an agreement in the event that the CPI is unreasonable. The section addressing the CPI's is 23.4. MR&E presented a proposed rate list chart. The only rate that will have a substantial increase will be the Commercial cans. These cans are the ones used by the businesses, church, and the school. The rate for a second garbage will slightly increase as well. The new rates will be approx. $1.00 to $3.00 in increases. Councilmember Eric Christensen made a motion to accept the new rate increase proposal chart. The motion passed 3-0. Councilmember Eric Christensen made a motion to amend the current contract changing section 23.4 which would allow for both parties to come to a reasonable agreement. The motion passed 3-0.

Mountain West Waterworks

Matt Foster is the regional manager for Mountain West Waterworks. They help municipalities and other water and wastewater districts get their required licensing. They will help maintain or help with full operations. They will help with daily functions or oversee the licensing requirements. Mountain Water Works helps cities to stay in compliance and will work with city engineers to get things back to compliance. Matt asked if the city has any current needs. Mayor Spencer asked if they are willing to help with the schooling end of things. Matt explained that they just hold the licenses and would be willing to provide that service for a monthly fee. They will help the city with training so they can


Jade Albert Beus, Jackson, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50

Shawn C Dagley, Auburn, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50

Kody Mitchell Dotson, Erie, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50

Rusty Reid Hurd, Morgan, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50

Khanh Ngoc Nguyen, San Jose, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50

Pandia Constantine Ralli, Jackson, fail to register vehicle annually, $10.50, costs $56.50

Elizabeth I Schmidt, Chicago, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50

Curtis Ryan Thomas, Grace, speeding, $33.50, costs $59.50

William Hornbrook Wotkyns, Jackson, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50

Samuel Patrick Culver, Pasco, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, cost $56.50

Trent Dylan Healy, Jackson, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50

Scott Brandon Heer, Grace, fail to register vehicle annually, $10.50, cost $56.50

Boaz Dean Simpson, Thayne, speeding, $33.50, costs $59.50

Arield Shane Wasem, Etna, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50

Sophie Velocity Wilkes, Long Beach, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50

Shijie Xu, Flushing, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50


Greyson Emory Floyd, Afton, rail to register vehicle annually, $10.50, costs $59.59; fictitious display of plate or registration card, $58.50, costs $56.50

Samuel W Adams, Omaha, speeding (16 mph or over), $98.50, costs $56.50


Ryan Mark Farnes, Pocatello, speeding, $33.50, costs $59.50

be self-sustaining. Matt explained that they have a lot of experience and could really help the city.

Councilmember Eiman asked where the city is at with licenses.

Mayor Spencer explained that we have struggled with getting someone trained. The trainings are in Boise but now that we have two employees the city can get them to some training and get some testing done.

The city is contracted with the city of Grace for now. Mayor Spencer expressed that the goal is to get to a point where the city does not have to rely on the Grace license number.

They are more than just license holders; they will help with problem that arise and the consulting end of things.

Council asked how they figure their charges. Matt explained that they would set up a contract based on a monthly retainer for in scope services but anything out of that scope would be additional fees plus travel costs. Mountain West is getting ready to open a branch in Preston so they will be located a little closer soon. Councilmember Nate Eiman asked about the sewer pond needs with needing to re-do the lining. Matt explained that they would be willing to work with the engineers and review project designs etc. The council thanked the reps for presenting their information and for the business cards.

Idaho Enterprise

Brandon Hall introduced himself to the council. The Idaho Enterprise has taken over the subscription list for the Caribou County Sun. The first issue came out last week. They will be present at events in Soda Springs, Bancroft, and Grace as much as they can. They are doing obituaries and other community news. They are happy to print notices for the city. Legal fees are up to the state. A yearly subscription is $55.00.

Printing will be each Wednesday. Submissions need to be in by Monday at noon at the latest.

John Deere Donation

Blaire Rindlisbaker contacted the city regarding a donation from John Deer in Preston. They are wanting to donate money to the community for

Hutch Howard Daniels, Smithfield, speeding, $33.50, costs $56.50


Olivia Kaye Lerwill, Rigby, inattentive or careless driving, $100.00, costs $157.50 – Agency: CCSO

Elio S Rios, Pamona, fail to give immediate notice of accident, $75.00, costs $56.50 – Agency: SSPD

Ryan K Jeppsen, Rexburg, battery, $100.00, costs $275.50, 180 days jail, 110 days suspended, 18 months probation – Agency: CCSD

Edward Joseph Wilson, Pocatello, use or possess drug paraphernalia with intent to use, $75.00, costs $297.50; possession or use of a legend drug or precursor without authorized prescription, $75.00, costs $545.50; possession or use of a legend drug or precursor without authorized prescription, $75.00, costs $157.50, 30 days jail, 24 days credit time served, 6 months probation – Agency: SSPD

a safety improvement project. Clerk Swensen suggested using the money to replace the rubber bark around and under the playground equipment. The bark has been needing to be replaced for several years. Another project that could be a possibility is updating and adding more electrical outlets at Teuscher Square for the annual lighting event. Blaire asked if the city could use a new swing set or some type of equipment. Maintenance will look at the swings and slide. Councilmember Eric Christensen asked about purchasing a couple picnic tables for the park.

Resolution 24-01 Water & Sewer Connection Fees

Councilmember Eric Christensen made a motion to approve the new specified water & sewer connection fees that were discussed at the last couple of meetings. The motion passed 3-0.

Kennel License Application

Rylie Askew presented a complete kennel license to the city council. Motion passed 3-0.

Sheriff Mabey

Last year in January they had twice as many traffic stops as this year. This past year the Department has done approximately $500,000 in upgrades to the dispatch center. Their dispatch center will be linked with Bannock County by automatic transfer. They are working really close with the sister counties. Last year they brought in almost one million dollars in revenue to help the Sheriff s Department. They found a couple of stolen vehicles here in the city and have had some interesting people come through.

Sheriff Mabey reported that in the past, they haven't been interested in contracting with the city due to the expense that would eat up most of the city's budget. There is also not enough work in the city of Bancroft to pay for a contract.

Sheriff Mabey has a few thoughts on how they might be able to work something out if they can continue the same amount of service they are currently providing.

Personnel Policy Benefits (Observed & Floating Holidays)

Councilmember Jessica Vawser asked what the city attorney said about adding observed and floating holidays to the personnel policy, and if the current sick time etc. is based on eight (8) or (10) hour work days. The attorney advised that most businesses and municipalities are typically using a scale of eight (8) hour work hour for sick time and other benefits offered to employees whether they work 8, 10, or 12 hour shifts.

Council discussed options for adding a few observed holidays to the personnel policy.

After a discussion, Councilmember Eric Christensen made a motion to add the three (3) observed holidays: Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Day before Thanksgiving and 2 (two) S-hour floating holidays totaling 16 (sixteen) hours in total. The motion passed 3-0.


Councilmember Jessica Vawser asked if the pot holes by the railroad tracks have been addressed. Mayor Spencer stated that the county mix has been outside and is extremely hard. Councilmember Vawser is concerned due to a vehicle getting stuck in the hole. Mayor Spencer will have maintenance get some mix in the back of the truck and park it inside so the holes can be fixed.

Cm Jessica Vawser has read the codes regarding dogs and would like to go through the ordinance as a council. She suggested that residents be required to provide verification of rabies shots, and records showing that the animal is spayed or neutered. Jessica would also like to require residents to fiIl out a Kennel License Application annually instead of every three (3) years. She is concerned that the ordinance allows up to six (6) dogs and that is too many dogs with home lots being so small. Jessica is concerned that dogs are running at large and the city should make sure they have been vaccinated and had rabies shots for safety reasons.

1797 Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine

1866 First ambulance goes into service

1881 "Greatest Show On Earth" formed by P.T. Barnum and James Anthony Baily

1885 U.S. Salvation Army officially organized

1910 First seaplane to take off from water under its own power is piloted by Henri Fabre from the Étang de Berrre lagoon at Martigues, France

1922 First microfilm device introduced

1935 Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket

1944 Astrid Lindgren sprains ankle and begins writing "Pippi Longstocking"

1957 First National Curling Championship held

2013 Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to wash the feet of women in the Maundy Thursday service

2017 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 meters found in Kimberley, Western Australia

2019 Study of a 71 year-old British woman who has never felt pain, for the first time understood as due to a gene mutation, published in British Journal of Anesthesia

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Cardinals Learn Lessons From Tough Weekend

The Cardinal Baseball team traveled to Challis last weekend to play in a four team tournament. In the tournament they would face Idaho City, Salmon, and Challis-Mackay. The Cardinals would be missing several players during the tournament due to it being spring break and players being out of town. Coach Via commented, “We were missing some key guys and that showed both from a pitching and leadership standpoint.” Coach Via also pointed out that the team has yet to be able to practice outside on a real field so these early season games are more akin to practices helping the players get used to what they need to do in games. Despite those setbacks there were some positives during the weekend. Will McCollough, Stoney Irick and Junior Horsley had some good moments on the mound. Coach Via was also pleased with the improvements he is seeing in the hitting from the team. “We are putting the ball in play more consistently versus having so many strikeouts.” Coach Via was impressed with how his players were able to step into some positions that they are not familiar with and handle the extra pressure.

As for the games themselves the Cardinals would go winless in all four games. In the first game the Cardinals would face Idaho City. Early in the game the Cardinals would look good and hold a 2-1 lead at the end of the first inning. With no runs scored in the second Soda would give up two runs in the bottom of the third and trail 3-2 going into the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth the Cardinals would tie things up at three runs each. In the bottom of the fourth the wheels would fall off for the Cardinals as multiple errors and a switch on the mound resulted in Idaho City putting up eight runs and take a commanding 11-3 lead over Soda. The Cardinals would not be able to score in the fifth resulting in their first loss of the weekend.

In game two Soda would face Salm-

on. The story would be much the same as the first game. The Cardinals would battle in a close game early. After three innings the Cardinals were keeping things close and trailed by just one run 3-2. However once again errors would haunt the Cards as they would give up seven runs in the top of the fourth and would now trail 10-2. The Cardinals wouldn't be able to score again and the Savages would add one more run ending the game with a score of 11-2.

On day two of the tournament Soda would take on the co-op team of Challis-Mackay. Once again the Cardinals would work hard to keep things close. After one inning they would trail 1-0 and after two they would be down 3-2. That would be as close as Soda would get in this one as well. Challis would add three more runs over the next two innings building the lead to 6-2. Stoney Irick was a workhorse from the mound in this one throwing over 85 pitches before finally getting relieved. Junior Horsley would finish the game pitching. The final result however was much the same as the day before. The Cardinals would fall 9-3.

In the final game of the tournament Soda would once again face Idaho City. The Cardinals appeared to finally breakthrough in this game as they would hold a solid 7-0 lead in the top of the third. In the bottom of the third errors would once again pile up and the momentum would shift in a major way as Idaho City would score a whopping 14 runs in the bottom of the third. That is all it would take as the final score would be 14-7.

Coach Via and the Cardinals will look to learn from their mistakes and build on the positive things that happened. Trey Dunford was named the Cardinals MVP by the tournament coaches. The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Firth before hopefully, weather permitting, hosting their home opener on Friday the 29th against North Fremont.

Grizzlies Swing Into The Season

Jody Reeves

The Grace boys and girls golf teams opened up their season in Aberdeen on Wednesday March 20th. Golf like wrestling is a sport in Idaho that combines the 1A and 2A classifications. This opening competition would put the Grizzlies up against the Aberdeen Tigers and the Bear Lake Bears. The Grizzlies would shoot well despite being hampered by weather and unable to see grass at home. Both the






Keathen Edwards 91

Koby Rindlisbaker 92

Jamie Smith 96

Easton Lloyd 97

Derek Hill 98

Jack Eddins 114

Jax Corbett 58 (9 holes)

Paden Lester 62 (9 holes)


Senate Bill 1365 as amended (S1365a) was signed by the Governor this week. S1365a is a bill I worked on with the county coroners that directs the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to give Idahoans an option to add next-of-kin to their driver’s license applications. This data base will help coroners and other law enforcement to easily locate the next-of-kin in cases of a death or some other emergency. As our world is changing and phone books are getting thinner and more people are using cell phones, it is getting more difficult to locate people. Some coroners have reported it has sometimes taken several days and even weeks to find relatives of deceased people. This is a good bill and I appreciate the help of the coroners to get it through the legislative process.

The EMS bill I have been working on passed the Senate this week and was transferred to the House to be heard. Senate Bill 1416 (S1416) is a step in the process to help our Emergency Medical Services around the State. Our EMS personnel and districts throughout Idaho are underfunded and often understaffed. Districts are dealing with burnout and problems with retention and recruitment. S1416 begins the process that will result in eventual funding assistance from the State to help with equipment and support. It is important to note that EMS volunteers will remain volunteers and keep their independence. Every district is different, and we want this to stay that way. S1416 also has intent language that will make EMS an essential service in the State as EMS is always on the scene of an emergency doing what they do best. Hopefully, the bill will get a hearing in the House and move forward.

Western Hemisphere that manufactures elemental phosphorus. Bayer employs about 800 of our friends and neighbors. Their kids attend our schools. Our local hospitals, doctors, and nurses take care of them when they get sick, and they buy groceries and parts for their cars at our local shops. These good people who work at Bayer also volunteer in our communities in their churches and schools. In addition, the product created by Bayer is used by almost every farmer in the State of Idaho and in the United States. The sugar beet industry would cease to exist without pesticides. The other crops in Idaho would also be affected. Without Bayer, we would be forced to get the products we use to grow food from China, placing our food supply and our national security at risk as China and Vietnam are the only other places to get what we need to farm successfully.

boys and the girls would come out on top winning the team scoring. Individually, Tate Williams would lead the boys team followed by freshman Keathen Edwards. On the girls side Kameron Mansfield would not only have the best score for the Lady Grizzlies but would boast the best score of any participant on the day. The Grizzlies made a statement in this opening match showing that they are still the team to beat in Southeast Idaho.




Karly Christensen 90

Madison Edwards 100

Shaston Lloyd 100

Ava Christensen 120

Kennadi Andersen 61 (9 holes)

Olivia Lopez 62 (9 holes)

Another issue that I have been working on is some pesticide legislation that has been very interesting. Crazy lawsuits have been in the news the last few years as pesticide companies including Caribou County’s Monsanto (now Bayer) has been sued for billions of dollars. For the past six years, tort litigation centered around pesticide warning labels has created uncertainty about whether U.S. products will continue to be available for our U.S. agriculture industry. The question arises of how much can these companies lose to out-of-control juries before they must shut down and go elsewhere in the world.

The issue locally is the fact that Soda Springs is the only place in the

Doing what we can to help our businesses here in Idaho is important as our communities, economy, and national security depend on whether these businesses can survive. We need to help them focus their resources on sustaining their U.S operations instead of fighting endless litigations. What the legislation we are working on does is address “the failure to warn” as it pertains to pesticide labeling, meaning the existing federal regulations for pesticide labeling should be sufficient as a warning unless a plaintiff can demonstrate in court that they were harmed by the product, or the company acted in a fraudulent way. We will continue to work on this issue as it is very important for not only our communities and the State of Idaho, but for our nation as well! As always, I like to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at: I will do my best to get you answers!!

Rep. Josh Wheeler, District 35

While I hope families back home are enjoying spring break, here in Boise we continue to push forward with the work of the state. Many of the bills we heard this week were related to budgets for various agencies.

The foster care bills I mentioned last week did pass off the House floor this week, and I am encouraged that we will see improved oversight and a better environment for Idaho foster kids and families. I was able to present a bill regarding the Idaho electrical code this week. There was some excellent debate, and it ultimately did pass off the House floor. My international physicians bill needed an amendment on the Senate side, due to a technical change coming from an unrelated piece of legislation. I’m optimistic it will pass, and look forward to seeing it head to the Governor’s desk. Always fascinating to see the ways in which our legislative process plays out, with ample opportunity for correction and improvement.

House bill 596aaS is another example of this process playing out. We will be hearing this bill on the House floor again this week. It seeks to support the many independent pharmacies that serve our communities throughout the state. It puts some guardrails in place regarding

potentially monopolistic and predatory business practices. Another example of how helpful it can be for me to hear from local citizens and small business owners. The committees I serve on have all adjourned subject to the call of the chair. A sign that we are approaching the end of this legislative session. The sun has been shining brightly. While there is still work to do, I can almost taste my families home cooking again, as the work of this year draws to a close.

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Team Scores
Team Scores
Bear Lake-375
Bear Lake-425
Individual Scores
Individual Scores
Williams 88
Mansfield 77
Kameron Mansfield Jamison Smith

Corta, Smith, and Garbett Lead All Conference Honors

Jody Reeves

With March Madness in full swing, why not give one final nod to our local basketball players. Several local players from all three high schools were selected for all conference honors for their efforts this past basketball season. In the boys 2A South East Idaho Conference, senior Quinten Hansen and sophomore Cooper Thompson were selected to first team all conference with Caleb Thompson being named to the honorable mention team. At the 1AD1 level in the High Desert Conference twins Kai and Joe Clegg earned first team all conference. Easton Lloyd and Rayff Jorgensen would make second team all conference and Brennon Sorenson would earn honorable mention. In the Rocky Mountain Conference at the 1AD2 level Evan O’Brien earned first team all conference with Ryver Hayden and Gage Setser being named to the honorable mention team.

On the girls side Soda would be well represented in the 2A South East Idaho Conference. Aspen Davis and Brooklyn Kempe were selected for honorable mention with Abby Goodin and Gracie Moldenhaur were selected for second team all conference. Jinettie Garbett would grab the top honors with first team all conference as well as player of the year honors. In the High Desert Conference Grace would be well represented as well. Tayler Yost, Lydia Andersen, Karlie Christensen, Tessica Jorgensen and Kallie Stoddard were all selected as second team all conference. Jacie Christensen and Melodie Straatman were both selected as first team all conference recipients. Sydnee Smith was given top honors as the conference player of the year. In the Rocky Mountain Conference at the 1AD2 level

It's not uncommon for



Grizzlies Attend Unusual Meet

Jody Reeves

On Thursday, March 21st the Grizzlies traveled to Hazelton to take part in the Viking Relays. The Viking Relays is a unique meet with a mixture of traditional and uncommon events. Some of the unique events included a variety of co-ed relay races as well as many individual races that differ in distance than what they do traditionally. The Grizzlies fared well in the meet that featured a total of fifteen teams.

The Grace boys would finish second in the team points while the girls would come in third place. Some of the individual boys' bright spots featured Braden Kimball placing third in the 60 meter race, Adrian Mejia grabbing first in the 600 meters followed by Brock Johnson who placed third in that race. Mejia and Johnson would also place in the top five in the 1500 meters. Landon Moss and Nathanial Smith would each place in the top five in both the 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles. In the throwing events Trevor Mathews would take third in the shot put and Carson Reeves would take sixth in the discus improving his PR by more than ten feet. In the pole vault Carter Kimball would take second place with Bryant Jensen and Brett Hobbs each earning marks. And finally Jonah Wilkerson would take fifth place in the triple jump.

The girls also had their fair share of accomplishments. Brooklyn Porter and Tessica Jorgensen would place second and third respectively in the 600 meter race. They would be joined by Lily Gilbert in the 1500 meters where Gilbert would get the high mark placing second just edging out Porter who finished third. The Lady Grizzlies would take the top spots in the hurdle races with Bella Eddins taking first in the 100 meters and Kallie Stoddard placing first in the 300 meters. Skyla Cloud would take fifth in the high jump and Bella Eddins would take fourth in the triple jump.

With all of that success the most entertaining events of the day may have been the co-ed relays. In the 4x200 the Grizzlies would take second place despite some trouble with some of the handoffs. In the 4x800 meter race the Grizzlies would find themselves in a distant second place after the first leg of the race. The next two runners would begin to close the gap and when the final runner Adrian Mejia got the baton he was in striking distance. Mejia was able to take the lead coming down the stretch claiming first place for the Grizz. In the most thrilling race of the day, the Swedish relay, once again the Grizzlies would find themselves in a distant second place through much of the race. In the Swedish relay there are six runners to a team running a combination of 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters. When the


4x200: 2-Braden Kimball, Trevor Mathews, Kallie Stoddard, Jeanalie Shaffer 1:47.13 4x800: 1-Adrian Mejia, Brock Johnson, Brooklyn Porter, Lilly Gilbert 10:04.00

Swedish: 1-Trevor Mathews, Adrian Mejia, Bryant Jensen, Jeanalie Shaffer, Kallie Stoddard, Bella Eddins 3:36.21


60 meter: 13-Jeanaelie Shaffer

9.34, 27-Alayna Smith 9.95

300 meter: 16-Alayna Smith


600 meter: 2-Brooklyn Porter

1:54.74, 4-Tessica Jorgensen

1:58.18, 7-Breanna Heer


1500 meter: 2-Lilly Gilbert

5:52.00, 3-Brooklyn Porter

5:52.10, 6-Tessica Jorgensen

6:08.08, 10-Breanna Heer

6:20.99, 11-Kate Williams


100 hurdles: 1-Bella Eddins


300 hurdles: 1-Kallie Stoddard


Shot Put: 33-Kate Williams 20’6

Discus: 9-Tessica Jorgensen


67’2.5, 10-Kate Williams

High Jump: 5-Skyla Cloud 4’0

Triple Jump: 4-Bella Eddins

30’1.75, 10-Skyla Cloud 26’10

final member of the team Bella Eddins received the baton the Grizzlies were trailing by seven seconds with just 400 meters left in the race. In almost every case that would be an insurmountable lead with just one lap to go. Eddins did not easily concede the race however as she ran an amazing leg of the race eventually running down the lead runner with just ten meters left securing first place for Grace. All in all it was a fun and exciting day for the Grace teams. The Grizzlies will next be in action in Firth on the 28th of March.

have three of them all in the same year. Garbett, Smith and Corta all had very impressive careers for their schools and should be proud of this accomplishment. Congratulations to all the local players for their selections.


60 meter: 3-Braden Kimball 7.61, 23-Bryant Jensen 8.13, 29-Kaylum Balczewski 8.26, 39-Jonah Wilkerson 8.47, 45-Bryant Moss

8.66, 48-Gavin Draper 8.69, 52-Scottie Heer 8.86, 53-Toby Barnes 8.88

Throwers 60: 1-Trevor Mathews

8.16, 2-Carson Welch 8.18, 3-Nathaniel Smith 8.30, 4-Carson Reeves 8.55, 28-Case Williams 10.35

300 meter: 26-Bryant Moss 44.64

600 meter: 1-Adrian Mejia 1:36.04, 3-Brock Johnson 1:38.12

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1500 meter: 3-Brock Johnson 4:53.49, 5-Adrian Mejia 4:57.20
hurdles: 2-Landon Moss 46.99, 4-Nathaniel
11-Carson Welch 34’5.5, 17-Case Williams 31’7.25, 19-Bryant Moss 31’3 Discus: 6-Carson Reeves 94’2, 19-Case Williams 79’4, 19-Carson Welch 79’4 Pole Vault: 2-Carter Kimball 9’0, 4-Bryant Jensen 7’6, 5-Brett Hobbs 7’6 Long Jump: 13-Kaylum Balczewski 15’7.5 Triple Jump: 5-Jonah Wilkerson 38’0.5, 8-Landon Moss 35’2.25 4x100: 5-Nathaniel Smith, Byant Jensen, Carson Welch, Braden Kimball 47.01, 11-Carson Reeves, Kaylum Balczewski, Brett
110 hurdles: 2-Landon Moss 18.92, 3-Nathanial Smith 19.25, 7-Brett Hobbs
10-Jonah Wilkerson 53.82 Shot
3-Trevor Mathews
10-Carson Reeves 35’5,
Hobbs, Scottie Heer 52:46 SMR 800: 4-Grace Team A 1:58.32
Samantha Yost earned honorable mention honors with Hayden Corta snagging the top honor as player of the year. a player earn conference player of the year but it is impressive to Jinettie Garbett took player of the year honors. Conference player of the year Sydnee Smith. Four Grizzly throwers leading the pack in Throwers 60 meter race Kallie Stoddard with the baton running in co-ed relay Landon Moss leading the hurdles with Nathaniel Smith close behind

Team Of The Week: NG Cowboys Track And Field

I scheduled a meeting with Coach Corey Hatch and the North Gem track team for 5:30 to gather information for this story. As I pulled up to the school in Bancroft I found the team patiently awaiting my arrival and they appeared to be done with practice. This caught me off guard a little due to the fact that most athletic teams tend to practice for a full two hours after school. Coach Hatch stated, “I generally pick intensity over duration. We have intense practices and we’re usually done in about an hour.” Intense is a good word to describe Coach Hatch himself. When you look at him and watch him coach he can come off as a little gruff and demanding. He himself would agree with this saying, “I’m hard nosed. I realize everybody gets nicked up. But unless you're going to the doctor or have a bone sticking out of your leg I don't want to hear about it.” In other words, rub some dirt on it and get back to work. If you are able to look past his gruffness you will see a coach that truly cares about his athletes and wants them to see their own potential. “I hope they will all realize that they can achieve something they've personally never done before. I hope they will all set PR’s.”

You will hear the term PR a lot in track. It stands for personal record. For most athletes in track, that is a seasonal or weekly goal to obtain their own personal record. To get PR’s it takes a lot of motivation and willingness to take on the extra work to get there. That is something Coach Hatch knows something about as well. Not only is he the track coach but he is also the head football coach, assistant basketball coach and transportation supervisor for North Gem. It is not uncommon in a small school district for the employees to take on multiple tasks. In Coach Hatch’s case he does so willingly. You can feel how big of a fan of the kids he is and there is no doubt that he is proud to represent the North Gem School. “We have kids that are three sport athletes in their high school careers and I like seeing them get out there and work like that.”

I got to talk to some of those multi sport athletes and asked them how they felt track differed from other sports. Maycen Jenkins responded, “There’s a lot more accountability. Your times follow you.” Isaac Yost added, “Everybody gets their time in the spotlight.” I asked a few of the athletes what their goals for the season are. I was met with answers like “make it to state” and “place at districts.” Others have slightly different motivations. Rustin Hatch responded, “I just want to take some points from Grace and Rockland and get ready for football.”

Track and field is one of the sports that does combine some of the classifications pitting local schools North Gem and Grace against one another at the district meet. Whatever their motivations are one thing is for certain. When it comes to the Cowboy athletes they have had a work ethic and never quit

Jody Reeves

With the Soda Springs school district’s spring break in full swing the Cardinal track team made the trip to Oakley on Wednesday, March 20th. Despite being low on numbers several Cardinals still made their presence known in the competitive group of ten schools including district rival Aberdeen.

The Lady Cardinals would have a strong showing tying for first place as a team with Murtaugh. The boys would not score as well as a team due to low numbers, however the Cardinal men that did compete did very well. Degan Stoor would lead the Cardinal men placing tenth in the 100 meter sprint with a PR and fourth in the 200 meters. Stoor would also claim the top spot in both the 110 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles. Caleb Thompson and Zayden Garbett would also compete in the 100 and 200 meters and Thompson would grab first in the 400 meters.

The Lady Cardinals would be led by Jinettie Garbett in the sprints and Izzy Shelton in the throwing events. Garbett would lead ten different Cardi-


100: 13-Sadie Daniels 15.50, 25-Kymberli Jensen 17.25, 28-Kaylin Jenkins 18.34

200: 17-Indyana Hatch 32.78, 18-Sadie Daniels 32.92, 25-Mariah O’Brien 35.89, 26-Shalyn Thompson 35.94, 30-Kaylin Jenkins 38.68, 31-Kymberli Jensen 39.68

400: 10-Mariah O’Brien 1:18.66

800: 5-Shalyn Thompson 3:03.16

Long Jump: 12-Indyana Hatch 11’9, 14-Kymberli Jensen 11’0, 18-Mariah O’Brien 9’1

4x100: 3-Sadie Daniels, Indyana Hatch, Kaylin Jenkins, Shalyn Thompson 1:05.34

4x200: 3-Sadie Daniels, Indyana Hatch, Kaylin Jenkins, Shalyn Thompson 2:18.94

mentality instilled in them by Coach Hatch. Coach Hatch stated, “The community needs to know that we’ve got a group of kids here willing to work.”

Work is just what the Cowboys did as they attended their second meet of the year in Malad last Thursday. Several of the Cowboy athletes came away with either PR’s or at the very least improvements on their week one performances. North Gem entered the meet as they often do as the smallest school there as they joined 2A fifth district opponents West Side, Bear Lake, and host team Malad. This did not prevent the Cowboys from putting forth a good effort. The girls would have six compete in the 200 meter race with two getting PR’s and Indyana Hatch would have the teams fastest time in her 200 debut. Mariah O’Brien would improve her


100 meter: 10-Degan Stoor

12.08, 12-Caleb Thompson

12.18, 20-Zayden Garbett 12.40

200 meter: 4-Degan Stoor 23.82, 9-Caleb Thompson 24.79, 20-Zayden Garbett 25.57

400 meter: 1-Caleb Thompson


110 hurdle: 1-Degan Stoor 15.76

300 hurdle: 1-Degan Stoor 41.05 5-Zayden Garbett 47.74

nals in the 100 and 200 meters taking first in both events as well as the 400 meters. Shelton would place sixth in the discus and break her own school record in the shot put with a toss of 38’11.25 besting her previous throw by just over two inches. Rosie Harris would take forth in the pole vault, and high jump. India Galloway would take first in the 3200 meters and come in third in the 1600 meters just one spot behind teammate Rebekah Evans who grabbed second. The Cardinal 4x400 meter relay would also take the top spot with a PR time. The Cardinal men and women will continue their season journey Thursday the 28th as they attend the Cougar Classic in Firth.

100: 15-Alex Curtis 13.05, 18-Isaac Yost 13.10, 32-Helber Langrus 13.69, 48-Hyrum Barnes 15.11

200: 10-Alex Curtis 27.25, 15-Evan O’Brien 27.95, 18-Helber Langrus 28.26

800: 6-Haydn Frandsen 2:29.68

Shot Put: 2-Rusten Hatch 33’5.5, 6-Haydn Frandsen 31’3.5,

400 meter time by a full second and Shalyn Thompson would PR in the 800 meters. The team of Sadie Daniels, Shalyn Thompson, Indyana Hatch and Kaylin Jenkins would post the teams first 4x200 relay time of the year. Alex Curtis would shine for the men's sprinters as he would PR in both the 100 and 200 meter races. Haydn Frandsen would score team points with his PR in the 800 meter race. Three of the four Cowboy throwers would PR in the shot put led by Rusten Hatch while Evan O’Brien would grab a PR in the discus clearing 100’. The Cowboys will be back in action on March 27th when they travel to Malta to take part in the Raft River Spring Break meet.

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8-Hyrum Barnes 30’0.5, 9-Evan O’Brien 29’3.75, 11-Isaac Yost 27’9 Discus: 4-Evan O’Brien 101’10, 16-Isaac Yost 66’1 4x100: 4-Alex Curtis, Rusten Hatch, Helber Langrus, Isaac Yost 52.76 4x200: 3-Alex Curtis, Rusten Hatch, Helber Langrus, Haydn Frandsen 1:50.71 NORTH GEM BOYS Field events are a part of North Gem's portfolio this season, as well as track. North Gem has a lot of throwers to watch this year. Shorthanded Cards Still Have Good Showing Degan Stoor uses great form on his way to first place finish in the 110m hurdles Jinettie Garbett leads the field on the backstretch of the 400 meters 100 meter: 1-Jinettie Garbett 12.59, 3-Aspen Christensen 13.42, 35-Miriam Evans 15.27, 37-Emerey Lakey 15.40, 56-Are Comolli 16.59, 57-Lilian Haderlie 16.72, 59-Miley Dock 16.92, 61-Brecklyn Golightly 17.59, 62-Audrey Norris 17.90, 63-Delaney Johnson 18.09 200 meter: 1-Jinettie Garbett 25.89, 3-Aspen Christensen 27.58, 24-Emerey Lakey 31.74, 40-Lilian Haderlie 35.46, 42-Miley Dock 36.21, 45-Delaney Johnson 36.55, 46-Ari Comolli 36.80, 47-Brecklyn Golightly 36.97, 48-Audrey Norris 38.73 400 meter: 1-Jinettie Garbett 59.90, 2-Rebekah Evans 1:03.97, 3-Anna Petrova 1:05.91, Rosie Harris 1:07.72 1600 meter: 2-Rebekah Evans 6:09.64, 3-India Galloway 6:14.97 3200 meter: 1-India Galloway 13:18.67 100 hurdle: 3-Layla Torman 18.28 300 hurdle: 3-Layla Torman 52.17 4x400 relay: Layla Torman, Rosie Harris, Aspen Christensen, Jinettie Garbett 4:23.95 Shot put: 1-Izzy Shelton 38’11.25, 11-Chloe Garbett 28’0, 22-Macie Hansen 23’10, 31-Maddie Gentry 21’3, 41-Lucia Rodriguez Vazquez 13’6.5 Discus: 6-Izzy Shelton 97’0, 20-Chloe Garbett 67’8.5, 23-Macie Hansen 65’9, 37-Lucia Rodriguez Vazques 37’9.5 High Jump: 4-Rosie Harris 4’10 Pole Vault: 4-Rosie Harris 8’6 SODA SPRINGS GIRLS
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