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BOISE (AP) â€” A coalition of conservation groups and a U.S. congressman from Oregon have sent separate letters asking the U.S. Forest Service to require a pro-hunting group get a permit before being allowed to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho.
The letter sent Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio and another sent Monday by environmental groups cite a recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision revoking a special use permit for the predator derby.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) â€” Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a ride home.
Police say 30-year-old Christopher Russell left behind a path of destruction as he tried to maneuver the bulldozer through West Hudson Park. The bulldozer leveled signs, three benches, a tree, a drinking fountain, and left a maze of tracks in the grass.
Harrison Police Capt. Mike Green tells the Jersey Journal that Russell told officers he was cold and was trying to ride home to Newark.
DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) â€” The Dickson County Sheriff's Office in Middle Tennessee ended up paying a ransom after a malicious computer program blocked access to their files.
Detective Jeff McCliss told WTVF-TV that malware on a computer locked the agency's case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos. He says the malware, called "Cryptowall," doesn't tamper with files on a computer, but keeps them locked until a ransom is paid.
Blackfoot City Councilman Chris Jensen will present the Pool Committee's decision to Mayor Paul Loomis and the city council at Tuesday's meeting, 7 p.m., at the City Hall.
Jensen, an engineer by trade who is familiar with the pool's issues, served as an ex-officio member on the committee the past six months as the members studied the aging pool. The committee concluded last month that the city's best option is to find a way to invest $2 million into the existing pool and bring it back up to standards.
IDAHO FALLS (AP) â€” Maybe Chris Tapp wants to freeze the moment, to stop time from slowly slipping away. In prison time is all he has, and all he has to lose. He has lost 6,510 days so far.
"You wonder all the time. What would it be like if he hadn't got in the situation he's in right now? What kind of person would he become? If he'd have kids. The things you'd be able to do that you can't. I don't have Thanksgiving. I don't have Christmas," Vera Tapp said, biting her lips, trying but failing to hold back tears.
BLACKFOOT â€” Through the years, lifelong Blackfoot resident Arlene Yancey, who will turn 99 years old next year, always organized the class reunions for the 90 students in her Blackfoot High School graduating "Class of 1934," and she'd like to have another one: Blackfoot High School's "80th Class Reunion."
Yancey, who was born to Clara and Birtie Petersen on Jan.19,1916 and raised on a farm in the Rose area, is fortunate to have lived a good, long life. She is still in good health and is hoping that there are a few surviving classmates out there who could celebrate a class reunion with her.
READING, Pa. (AP) â€” A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.
Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.
Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries.
BLACKFOOT â€” Whether shopping on Thanksgiving afternoon or at 4:30 in the morning on Friday some stores have reported that while business was busy on Thursday and Friday, things also went smoothly. Beall's in Blackfoot opened its doors Thursday at 4 p.m. and stayed open till 1 a.m. on Friday.
"Today has been quiet; we haven't had the flood of people that we had Thursday" said Cheryl Gertsch, the store manager for Beall's.
Some customers reported positive experiences with Black Friday shopping at Beall's. Beall's offered rewards to folks who were willing to wait in line to shop.
Sallee Weaver, a resident of The Willows assisted care facility, said she appreciated the chance to get out.
Michael Jordan, who produced his driver's license to prove that's his name, thanked a friend for telling him about it.
Both were among those who enjoyed the Community Dinner Table's third annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday.