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Monday could see partly cloudy skies in East Idaho

By Kendra Evensen, Skies could be partly cloudy on Monday in East Idaho, which could negatively affect people’s view of the the first total solar eclipse to cross the…

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Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym'n are headlining the Bannock County Bluegrass Festival, which runs Aug. 18-20 at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello. A host of other entertainment events are planned leading up to Monday's rare total solar eclipse that is expected to bring large crowds to East Idaho.

Many entertainment events planned as solar eclipse approaches

By Journal Staff While many are eagerly awaiting the rare total solar eclipse coming on Monday, there are plenty of other activities happening in Eastern Idaho in the days leading…

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Blackfoot may seek $5 million pool bond in November

By Kendra Evensen,  BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot officials may soon ask voters for a $5 million bond to make some significant renovations to the local swimming pool. Mayor Paul Loomis…

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Blackfoot officials are planning to remove water towers on Idaho, pictured here, and Walker streets due to safety and cost concerns. But Bingham Memorial Hospital officials said they would consider adopting the iconic towers some call emblems of small town America.

Bingham Memorial Hospital mulling adoption of iconic water towers scheduled for removal

BLACKFOOT — Bingham Memorial Hospital may provide an answer to saving two iconic water towers some consider to be emblems of small town America. Blackfoot officials are planning to remove…

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Ridley's grocery store on North Main Street in Pocatello has stocked pallet-loads of bottled water in anticipation of the large crowds of people expected to visit Eastern Idaho to see Monday's rare total solar eclipse.

East Idahoans urged to prepare for solar eclipse crowds

By Kendra Evensen,  No one really knows just how many people are coming to Eastern Idaho to watch the total solar eclipse on Monday, or how those visitors will…

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Pocatello Police Department patrolman Carlos Lugo is an Army veteran who lost half of his left arm in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan. But he didn't let that stop him from becoming a police officer.

Army veteran amputee fulfills dream of becoming police officer

By Shelbie Harris, POCATELLO — As a 9-year-old living in Stockton, California, Carlos Lugo grew up in a very low-income family. His mother, a single parent surviving on government…

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Hundreds of thousands of visitors will head to Idaho this weekend in anticipation of the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation in 99 years. Idaho officials say the Monday, Aug. 21, eclipse is also a great way to showcase the state and convince visitors to return.

Idaho officials hope eclipse visitors will return

  By Kendra Evensen, Tourism in Idaho has already been on the rise in recent years, but thanks to the total solar eclipse coming on Monday it’s about to…

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Ashley Brown holds a sign calling for acceptance of neighbors at a Sunday vigil at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise. Protestors gathered to condemn Saturday's deadly racist violence in Virginia.

Idahoans condemn deadly white nationalist violence in Virginia

By Nicole Blanchard and Ruth Brown Idaho Statesman Government officials, church leaders and many others are speaking out against white supremacy and other forms of racism as the nation continues…

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Jason Hawkins, the Driscoll TopHay general manager, right, stands with TopHay Agra-Industries General Manager Marshall Schneider near hay bales and the new Hunterwood hay press located at the Pocatello Regional Airport.

New hay press near Pocatello airport creates opportunity for overseas alfalfa distribution

  By Shelbie Harris, POCATELLO — Aside from California, Idaho is the largest producer of alfalfa hay in the nation and with a new joint-venture between Driscoll TopHay and…

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East Idaho native releasing stand-up comedy special on Netflix

  By Adam Jacobs, Rexburg Standard Journal NEW YORK — Most Americans know Ryan Hamilton as the comedian with the “happy face.” Hamilton has shared his smile and his humor…