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January 6th, 2014

Have American parents got it all backwards?

January 6, 2014

The eager new mom offering her insouciant toddler an array of carefully-arranged healthy snacks from an ice cube tray?

That was me.

The always-on-top-of-her-child's-play parent intervening during play dates at the first sign of discord?

That was me too.

We hold some basic truths as self-evident when it comes to good parenting. Our job is to keep our children safe, enable them to fulfill their potential and make sure they're healthy and happy and thriving.

Supreme Court puts gay marriages in Utah on hold

January 6, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the state law banning the practice violates the Constitution.
The unsigned, one-paragraph order did not spell out the court’s reasoning in the case -- orders that put lower-court decisions on hold frequently do not do so. The order did not indicate any dissents.

January 5th

SR grad becomes top lawyer

January 5, 2014

THOMAS – William Wray of Las Vegas is among the top attorneys in America dealing with construction law. He has advised clients regarding all aspects of many of that city’s casino properties.
Wray grew up  in rural Bingham County and is a proud graduate of Snake River High School.
“1981 was Year of the Cat,” he said of his graduation year. “We had an extraordinarily successful class both in athletics and in academics.”

January 3rd

Gov. Otter Orders Idaho To Take Over Management Of Privately-Run Prison

January 3, 2014

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Friday told lawmakers and media the state will take over management of a prison that's been operated by Corrections Corporation of America for several years.

In a letter to the Idaho Board of Correction, Otter says the state can do a better job of running the facility.

Cheerios drops genetically modified ingredients

January 3, 2014

Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal.

While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its sourcing — and now, for example, only uses non-GMO pure cane sugar instead of beet sugar, says spokesman Mike Siemienas.

January 2nd

Mayor Virtue preparing for life after politics

January 3, 2014

Always quick with a joke, Blackfoot's outgoing mayor, Mike Virtue, claims he will "just be making a cameo appearance" at the next city council meeting.
Virtue, who has served two terms as mayor, will tie up a few loose ends at the Jan. 7 meeting; then, he'll sit back and relax as a spectator to watch Paul Loomis take the "oath of office" as the city's new mayor.

January 1st

Local author publishes another book

January 1, 2014

In a whimsical tale self-titled after a "certain family member's" nickname, local author Geraldine (Gerry) Mathias presents her new children's book: "The Tale of Strawberry Rose," just released in December.
Mathias who has lived in the Riverside area for 44 years, said she has been "a closet writer" for many years and that retirement has afforded her time to work on writing projects that have been "swirling around in her head for years."

December 31st, 2013

Health officials warn: 'flu's coming'

December 31, 2013

Health officials have confirmed that a man over the age of 60 in south central Idaho has died from the H1N1 flu virus. It’s believed that his death is Idaho’s first flu related death of the season. So far, health officials in Bingham County say that the flu hasn’t hit the area too hard, but “it’s still early in the season.”
Last year there were 35 flu-related deaths in Idaho.

December 29th

Woman expresses thanks for Christmas blessings

December 29, 2013

BLACKFOOT—Words of thanks aren't enough for Angelina Qulimaco of Blackfoot. A single mother, she hopes to be able to pay it forward some day in a big way for the Christmas that was provided this year for sons Alec (10) and Tyler (8) and her.

December 25th

Are you battling the wintertime blues?

December 25, 2013

Does a white Christmas leave you feeling blue? Do you have no energy or motivation? These are all signs of the wintertime blues - otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - that get even the best of us during the long, winter months when the days are short and temperatures are frigid.
According to Dr. Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of the "Winter Blues," up to 18 million Americans suffer from the condition each year.
SAD can be attributed to a few causes for those who are vulnerable: genetic susceptibility, environmental factors and the lack of light.


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