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  • Car rolls after three-vehicle crash at Idaho Falls intersectionCar rolls after three-vehicle crash at Idaho Falls intersection

    Mike Price, EastIdahoNews.com IDAHO FALLS — Everyone involved in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Woodruff Avenue and John Adams Parkway escaped major injury Tuesday. Law enforcement and emergency responders were called to the intersection at around 5:15 p.m, city spokeswoman Kerry Hammon said. It’s unclear what caused the crash, but at least one of the vehicles overturned and landed on its roof. One person received minor injuries, but no one involved was transported to the hospital. The westbound lane of John Adams was closed briefly to allow officers time to clear the crash. Mike Price, EastIdahoNews.com The post Car rolls after three-vehicle crash at Idaho Falls intersection appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • BIZ BUZZ: Understanding impact of new tax law, new business opens in Rexburg and moreBIZ BUZZ: Understanding impact of new tax law, new business opens in Rexburg and more

    h2{color: Blue;} h3{color: red;} Courtesy The Singing Waffle Do you want to know what’s happening on the east Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered. Here is a rundown of this week’s business news across the valley. If you have a Biz Buzz item you want to share, send it to rett.nelson@eastidahonews.com. Remember to use “Biz Buzz” in the subject line. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the free Biz Buzz email newsletter. NEWS POCATELLO/CHUBBUCK New certification available for Idaho State University students YouTube screenshot taken from ISU College of Business The following is a new release from Idaho State University. POCATELLO – Students emphasizing in human resource management at Idaho State University can now receive a professional certification. As a result of the ISU College of Business’ alignment with Society for Human Resource Management’s guidelines, students enrolled in the college’s human resources emphasis program are eligible to apply for the group’s Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) exam. “Earning your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field — and a valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s economy,” according to the Society for Human Resources Management Website. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.” Students may qualify for the exam if they are in their final year of study, are in good academic standing and have a minimum of 500 hours of “relevant HR experience.” BLACKFOOT Blackfoot businesses close their doors Courtesy photo | MyHappyPappy.com BLACKFOOT – Two businesses in Blackfoot are now closed indefinitely, the Blackfoot Morning News reports. “After extensive research and planning, we were hopeful that we had conceptualized a strategy that might contribute positively to local communities,” according to a note on the door of Pappy’s Premium Ice Cream and Country Kitchen on Meridian Avenue. “Despite our best efforts, our business model did not work.” The owners could not be reached for comment. Pappy’s menu offered slow, home-cooked meals made from scratch. The Reeling Trout, which is also closed, was a beer and wine venue located on Meridian. IDAHO FALLS Local accountant explains how changes in tax law will impact your life IDAHO FALLS – You could be seeing an increase in the amount of money you take home from your paycheck. Last Thursday, the U.S. Treasury released new withholding tables that incorporate changes from the new tax law. CNN reported on Sunday the U.S. Treasury estimates “90-percent of people who get a paycheck are likely to see more in take-home pay, as soon as February.” Other changes impacting taxpayers include new tax brackets, lower income tax rates, an increase in the standard deduction and the elimination of personal and many itemized deductions. David Bishop is a certified public accountant in Idaho Falls. We spoke with him to better understand how these changes will affect you. Click here to hear the interview REXBURG The Singing Waffle completes first week of business jQuery().ready(function(){var player = videojs("hls-20180116164247");}) video#hls-20180116164247{} REXBURG – David Taylor is feeling great about his first week of business in Rexburg. Taylor is the owner of The Singing Waffle, a new karaoke and dance venue that opened its doors Thursday. “When you launch a business, there’s typically a ramp-up period,” Taylor tells EastIdahoNews.com. “I’m pretty darn happy that we came out of the chutes with 470 people showing up over the first three nights.” Taylor says The Singing Waffle was created with Brigham Young University-Idaho students in mind. For $8, students can enjoy a Belgian waffle while showing off their musical talents. “We saw a real void in Rexburg for good, affordable entertainment,” says Taylor. “My wife started thinking about the waffles.” The Taylors have a waffle recipe that traces back 300 years in their family line. On top of that, they have been entertaining students in their home for the last five years. “Everybody raves about the waffles, so that was a natural thing for us to build into the business model.” The karaoke playlist includes more than 15,000 songs and is mixed in real-time. The Singing Waffle is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:30. They accept reservations for families and church groups Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. They are at 157 N. Second East across from Freddy’s. SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Citrus Pear Dinners jQuery().ready(function(){var player = videojs("hls-20180116164858");}) video#hls-20180116164858{} IDAHO FALLS – Convenience. Healthy. Fun. These words were used frequently by Megan Beutler and McKenzie Rockwood when they told us about Citrus Pear Dinners. The purpose of the business is to teach people how to make quick, nutritious meals that taste good. That is accomplished by teaching classes. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. If you want your business to be featured in the Small Business spotlight, send an email to rett.nelson@eastidahonews.com. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT… Facebook to show more content from friends, less from publishers and brands 53 Sam’s Club stores are closing their doors Walmart is raising its minimum wage and handing out tax cut bonuses The post BIZ BUZZ: Understanding impact of new tax law, new business opens in Rexburg and more appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Bond revoked, defendant jailed in battery caseBond revoked, defendant jailed in battery case

    By JOHNATHAN HOGAN jhogan@postregister.comA Shelley man facing a felony battery charge is returning to Bonneville County Jail after his bond was revoked for a misdemeanor conviction and for failing to meet the presentence terms of his plea agreement. Delfino Cruz, 23, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, but defense attorney Kyle Hansen had filed a motion for continuance due to difficulties scheduling a polygraph examination as required by the plea agreement Cruz signed in September, just before the case was headed to trial. Cruz was charged in September 2016 for rape where the victim was asleep or unconscious and incapable of resisting. The charge was reduced to battery with intent to commit a serious felony as part of the plea agreement. According to court documents, Cruz was drinking with friends in August 2016 when the victim asked him to help her into the back seat of her car. Cruz then reportedly raped her, despite the victim yelling to stop. Chief Deputy Bonneville County Prosecutor John Dewey argued for revoking Cruz’s bond and said he does not intend to be bound by the plea agreement. Dewey said Cruz has taken 19 weeks since the plea agreement and has still not completed the psychosexual evaluation and polygraph exam. Dewey said it seemed like the defendant was “shopping around” for a polygrapher who would give Cruz favorable results, and that the delay was inappropriate. Dewey also said Cruz had been convicted in November for disturbing the peace in Blackfoot and was facing a second charge. “I’d just remind the court that this defendant had to be extradited from Illinois at the start of this case,” Dewey said. Hansen said his client was having difficulty paying the costs for the examinations and denied “shopping around” for a favorable polygrapher. Hansen asked the court to provide financial assistance to Cruz to pay the examination costs. District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. said sentencing could not happen Tuesday regardless of whether the continuance was appropriate. The lack of presentence reports gave the court little to base its decision on, Watkins said. “Absent that report, I would not be in a position to determine whether you are a risk to the community,” Watkins said. Watkins agreed to extend funds to Cruz for the examination costs, with the requirement that he reimburse the court. The judge said the delays had been excessive, and revoked Cruz’s bond, requiring him to return to the custody of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Cruz originally had been given a $15,000 bond, after his arrest in November 2016. He was given a second bond of $50,000 after being extradited from Illinois in August. A new bond was set Tuesday at $100,000. A new sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 5. Battery with intent to commit a serious felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • I.F. man faces two felonies for attacking deputiesI.F. man faces two felonies for attacking deputies

    POST REGISTER An Idaho Falls man was charged Sunday with two felony counts of battery on an officer. Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 11:30 p.m. to a 911 call at a residence on Bone Road, a Sheriff’s Office news release said. Upon arrival deputies encountered 43-year-old Layne K. Elkington in his vehicle. Elkington showed signs of alcohol use and was attempting to leave, the release said. Elkington exited his vehicle and was aggressive toward the deputies, swinging his fists and hitting a deputy in the arm during a brief struggle. Elkington was taken into custody and arrested for felony battery on an officer before being transported to the Bonneville County Jail. Through investigation deputies learned the 911 call was placed due to Elkington’s intoxication and violent actions, including damaging property at the residence. Once at the jail Elkington continued to be combative and began fighting with jail deputies in the booking area, the release said. As deputies tried to restrain him, Elkington grabbed a deputy’s arm, pulling it the wrong way in what appeared to be an attempt to break it, the release said. The deputy suffered an abrasion from the struggle and Elkington was quickly restrained and kept from injuring himself or others. Elkington’s actions in the jail led to an additional felony charge of battery on an officer. Felony battery to an officer is punishable by up to five years in prison. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • BYU-I ranked second among Christian collegesBYU-I ranked second among Christian colleges

    POST REGISTER Brigham Young University-Idaho is ranked second among America’s conservative Christian colleges and universities, according to a recent online ranking. The ranking of 30 schools by onlinechristiancolleges.com has BYU-Idaho, which is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at No. 2 on its list of 30, just behind Grove City College in Pennsylvania. BYU in Provo, Utah, ranked third. According to the website, the ranking takes into account tuition value, the school’s emphasis on individual attention, the student-to-faculty ratio, the amount of Christian activity and coursework built into graduation requirements and any national recognition the school has received. The list notes BYU-I’s student-to-faculty ratio of 23-to-1 and its requirement of 14 credit hours of religious studies to get a bachelor’s degree. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Cookies can help get milk for needy familiesCookies can help get milk for needy families

    POST REGISTER Local Girl Scouts are engaged in their yearly tradition of raising money by selling cookies. And this year, in addition to satisfying your Thin Mint craving, you can also help get cookies and milk for families in need. Cookie-buyers also can choose to donate a box to the Idaho Foodbank through the Cookies from the Heart program, and for every box donated Dairy West, formerly known as the United Dairymen of Idaho, will donate $1 toward milk. “Milk is one of the must nutrient-packed items a family can have on the table, providing protein, calcium and eight other key nutrients,” Cindy Miller with Dairy West said in a news release. “It is one of the most needed items, but rarely available at foodbanks, so this is a perfect way to provide families with this key staple.” This is the third year Dairy West has been doing this. Girl Scouts of Silver Sage started cookie pre-sales Jan. 12. They will be at local retailers, including many Albertsons’ locations, selling cookies at their cookie booths from Feb. 23 through March 18. Visit girlscouts-ssc.org for information. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Committees mull federal taxesCommittees mull federal taxes

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  • Missing dog rescued after 15 days in the desertMissing dog rescued after 15 days in the desert

    BOISE (WKTI) — The community was on a mission: find Apollo. Apollo, a white terrier mix ran away after a rollover accident on I-84 near the Stage Stop in Boise just after Christmas. Police officials responding to the accident called officers with the Idaho Humane Society to assist with the search and rescue — but Apollo had vanished. The officers knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task, because Apollo was white and fresh snow had fallen. “IHS staff frequently visited the site of the accident, putting out fresh food and water. They also worked with community members at the Stage Stop and surrounding area to keep a vigilant watch for the dog,” said Humane Society spokesperson Kristine Schellhaas. “Hope was never lost in the search for Apollo; for weeks, several Humane Society officers spent their days off driving their personal vehicles around the area in hopes of rescuing the dog,” she added. “I went out into the desert looking for Apollo, to see if I could locate any tracks,” said Humane Society Officer Staley. “A buddy of mine helped by the hiking around the area — and several other officers with four wheelers were looking for Apollo on their days off as well.” Then the call came that Apollo may have been spotted! “I looked out the window and saw him snooping around,” said the David Banks, a caretaker at the Double Tapp Range. Banks called the IHS and Humane officers arrived at the scene — where they successfully rescued Apollo and brought him to the IHS Veterinary Medical Center for veterinary care. “Miraculously, Apollo had survived 15 days alone in the desert through arduous conditions,” Schellhaas said. This wasn’t the first time the caretakers at the Double Tapp Range had located a dog. A red Doberman named Tallie had been out in the area several weeks after getting out of the Stage Stop last year. The dog reportedly jumped out of the vehicle when the owner’s back was turned, but was reunited after Humane Society officials located and returned the animal thanks to it being microchipped. The owners were happy to get her back. Apollo was reunited with his family Tuesday. This article was originally published by KWTI. It is used here with permission. The post Missing dog rescued after 15 days in the desert appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Group claims illegal trap killed wolverineGroup claims illegal trap killed wolverine

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  • South Idaho school district sued after reported student rapeSouth Idaho school district sued after reported student rape

    Stock image SHOSHONE (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old girl has filed a federal lawsuit against a south-central Idaho school district that says school officials told the girl she couldn’t remain at the school after she was violently raped by an older student in a computer lab. The Times-News reports in a story on Saturday that the lawsuit filed late last month contends the Shoshone School District denied the girl an education by creating a hostile environment and subjecting her to sexual discrimination. The lawsuit says a surveillance system recorded the rape in early 2017 and that school officials viewed the video shortly after. The lawsuit says a prominent high school student athlete in November pleaded guilty in juvenile court to multiple charges of lewd conduct with a child under 16. Shoshone School District officials declined to comment about the lawsuit. Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com The post South Idaho school district sued after reported student rape appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive abilityWhite House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability

    (CNN) — President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday. He said the testing was conducted at the President’s wishes, and the results were normal. Ahead of the exam, the White House said that tests for mental acuity would not be included. The question arose after a week of speculation about Trump’s mental fitness for office, spurred by the publication of a damaging book that suggested Trump’s own aides worry about his stability. Later, Trump attempted to clarify matters by tweeting he was a “very stable genius.” Jackson told reporters Trump scored 30/30 on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which according to its website is a “cognitive screening test designed to assist Health Professionals in the detection of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.” The doctor deemed Trump in “excellent health” last Friday and provided details of the President’s medical exam during a briefing on Tuesday. Trump weighs 239 pounds, the White House physician said on Tuesday. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches, Trump falls just within the “overweight” range on the body mass index. Trump and his doctor discussed his diet and exercise during last week’s physical and set a goal of losing 10-15 pounds. “He would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates,” Jackson told reporters at the White House. Jackson said Trump’s resting heart rate was 68 and blood pressure was 122/74. The President himself decided what to make public, in accordance with medical privacy rules. He’s been unwilling in the past to disclose information that candidates and presidents typically reveal, such as his tax returns. But during the 2016 campaign he did authorize his personal doctor to release some medical information. Dr. Harold Bornstein’s summary included Trump’s height (6 feet 3 inches) and weight (236 pounds), cholesterol (HDL 63, LDL 94, triglycerides 61), blood pressure (116/70), blood sugar (99) and normal results from liver, thyroid, heart and colon exams. He also said Trump took Crestor, a cholesterol lowering statin; a low dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks; antibiotics to treat skin rosacea; and Propecia for baldness. Jackson performed the yearly physical Friday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. On Friday evening, the White House released a statement from Jackson — who also performed President Barack Obama’s last presidential physical — that indicated the exam went “exceptionally well” and described Trump’s health as “excellent.” Past presidential physicals have also included lifestyle details like diet and exercise routines. Trump isn’t known to exercise beyond short walks, and he uses a cart when he plays golf. His diet isn’t known to have changed from the high-calorie dishes he has favored in the past: well-done steak with ketchup, meatloaf, hamburgers, vanilla ice cream, salads with blue cheese dressing and chocolate cake. He does, however, avoid tobacco and alcohol. The post White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Local man arrested on two counts of battery on an officerLocal man arrested on two counts of battery on an officer

    Layne K. Elkington IDAHO FALLS — A local man was arrested on two counts of felony battery of an officer Monday. Layne K. Elkington, 43, was arrested by Bonneville County Sheriff deputies after they followed up on a hang-up 911 call. “Dispatchers could hear something going on in the background and had been (to the home) before,” sheriff’s spokesman Bryan Lovell said. When deputies arrived at the home on Bone Road, they learned Elkington, who was heavily intoxicated, was acting violent and had damaged property. He was attempting to leave in a vehicle when officers stopped him. Elkington allegedly exited his vehicle and was aggressive toward the deputies, swinging his fists and hitting one deputy in the arm during a brief struggle, according to a news release. Elkington was taken into custody and arrested for felony battery on an officer before being transported to the Bonneville County Jail. Upon arrival at the jail, Elkington continued to be combative and began fighting with jail deputies in the booking area. As deputies were attempting to restrain him, Elkington allegedly grabbed a deputies’ arm and pulled it the wrong way, in what appeared to be an attempt to break it. The deputy suffered an abrasion from the struggle and Elkington was quickly restrained and kept from injuring himself or others. Due to his actions Elkington was booked into jail with an additional felony charge of battery on an officer, according to a news release. The post Local man arrested on two counts of battery on an officer appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Twin Falls to close Elm Street/Pole Line intersectionTwin Falls to close Elm Street/Pole Line intersection

    TWIN FALLS — The city is closing the intersection of Elm Street North and Pole Line Road on Wednesday while crews install a new water line.

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  • This dog survived a rollover on I-84 and 15 days in the desert. Then he was found.This dog survived a rollover on I-84 and 15 days in the desert. Then he was found.

    BOISE — First, Apollo survived the crash. But after running scared into the Idaho desert, his family worried they’d still lost the white terrier mix.

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  • Cruz ordered back to jail to wait for sentencingCruz ordered back to jail to wait for sentencing

    Delfino Cruz | Mike Price, EastIdahoNews.com IDAHO FALLS — A man accused of rape has had his bond revoked and has been sent back to jail to await sentencing. Delfino Cruz, 22, of Shelley had his bond revoked for failing to complete a psychosexual evaluation and a polygraph test stipulated in his plea agreement within an appropriate amount of time. He is now back in jail with a $100,000 bond. Cruz was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday after entering an Alford plea in Sept. 2017 for the charge of battery with intent to commit a serious felony. The plea agreement reduced the original charge of rape and stipulated Cruz undergo a psychosexual evaluation and submit to a polygraph test. He was originally scheduled to be sentenced in November but requested more time to follow through with the terms of the plea agreement. The sentencing was rescheduled for Tuesday. Bonneville County Prosecutor John Dewey said it has taken double the normal time for Cruz to obtain a psychosexual evaluation and polygraph test. Because of Cruz’s failure to complete those things a presentencing investigation was unable to be completed prohibiting Tuesday’s sentencing from going forward. District Judge Dane Watkins ordered Cruz’s bond revoked and remanded Cruz into the custody of Bonneville County on a $100,000 bond. He is now scheduled to be sentenced on March 5. Cruz was first arrested on Nov. 3, 2016, after being accused of raping an Idaho Falls woman. He was held on a $100,000 bond which was later reduced to $15,000. He posted bond on Nov. 11, 2016. He was arrested again in August 2017, after Bonneville County had to extradite Cruz from another state for violating the terms of his original release. He was placed on a $50,000 bond, and he posted bond on Aug. 18. The post Cruz ordered back to jail to wait for sentencing appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • 4 months, nearly 50 Idaho salons, and $34,000 in fines for failed inspections4 months, nearly 50 Idaho salons, and $34,000 in fines for failed inspections

    A woman walked into a Twin Falls salon one day in early July 2016, hoping for a manicure and shellac. She ended up at her doctor’s office, being told she would probably lose all her fingernails.

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  • INL spends the majority of its money with small businessesINL spends the majority of its money with small businesses

    By KEVIN TREVELLYAN ktrevellyan@postregister.comIt takes a little more paperwork to do business with Idaho National Laboratory. Requirements are more stringent for lab contracts. Processes and specifications are more clearly outlined from the get-go, including the type of labor used on a project, the plasterboard within a wall or the paint covering it. That doesn’t keep small businesses from working with the lab, however. INL contractor Battelle Energy Alliance spent $194,555,080 with small businesses during fiscal year 2017, which was 58.1 percent of the lab’s total business. That’s about 7 percent more than the small business quota Battelle is required to meet every year through services, including construction and research work, as well as consumables, such as office supplies. Far from being an impediment, the small business quota complements lab missions, INL Small Business Program Manager Stacey Francis said. “We buy everything from paper clips to nuclear fuel, and a lot of that comes through small businesses,” she said. “The advantage is many of them are here in our backyard. If I order something from an office supply company in Rexburg — it’s delivered directly to my desk the next day.” Small business quotas exist across the Department of Energy lab complex, and are reconsidered each year based off past performance and upcoming lab priorities. If nuclear fuel expenditures are expected to increase, for example, small business quotas may decrease slightly because fuel is purchased elsewhere. Of the small business spending Battelle did last year, 42 percent went to Gem State companies, which was 12 percent above an in-state quota. To seek businesses, Francis’ team conducts outreach through the state, and attends forums as well as events. Of Gem State spending between 2005 and 2017, Battelle’s largest chunk, $938 million went to eastern Idaho. Western Idaho received $264.8 million in awards and southeastern Idaho received $180 million. Though doing business with Idaho companies is preferable, Battelle pursues the cheapest contract, regardless of where the associated business is based. “We’re spending federal government taxpayer dollars, so we have to be good stewards of those dollars,” Francis said. “If somebody from Utah comes in with the best value, then we’re obligated to look at them.” Some services also aren’t offered in Idaho. Though fabrication is often done locally, much high-end manufacturing is done out of state. Software also is usually developed elsewhere. There are advantages to working with local businesses, however. “They’re so versatile and agile — they can turn on a dime,” Francis said. “Whereas a large business takes a lot longer to adapt to changing scope.” Local businesses also possess a familiarity with the region, as well as other contractors and suppliers, that’s hard to replicate on a larger and more distant scale. Idaho Falls-based Walsh Engineering Services was created in 2005 to fill an underserved niche at INL. When Battelle has work that exceeds its internal engineering capacity, it turns to companies such as Walsh. “The benefit is that we understand how work is done for the site, and that’s why we’re able to perform for them. We work with them so often we understand the requirements,” said Walsh Vice President Mark Varvel. That’s important because the requirements are different than those of the commercial sector. Brad Allen is an estimator for Utah-based Raass Brothers. The construction company mainly takes governmental contracts, previously including INL. Each lab contractor operates a little differently, but it’s typical for them to more thoroughly vet government contracts for labor, materials and other components, Allen said. There are more submittals, reports and updates to complete throughout the span of the project. “When it’s private there’s a lot more leniency. They ask for paint and that can mean any number of options, whereas the government would spell those things out,” he said. “They have plans, drawings and specs, and you have to provide exactly what it is they’re asking for — no variations.” That can be nice to avoid gray areas during a project, Allen said — “You know exactly what it is you have to do and how you’ll do it,” — but it also means government contracts can be more complicated. “When we first started doing site work there was a learning curve — a pretty heavy learning curve. Going through that process took a couple jobs to figure that out,” Allen said. “But once you get dialed in and know what you’re doing there are fewer surprises with the work you’re doing.” Possibly most important: the check at the end of the job. For commercial work, it doesn’t always come. “In the outside world you don’t always know if you’re going to get paid. You hope you do, but there are chances things fall through,” Varvel said. That doesn’t usually happen when you contract with a government agency. “The government doesn’t necessarily award a project they don’t have funding for, so your risk of not being paid is pretty much nonexistent,” Allen said. “As long as you fulfill your obligation you’ll get paid.” Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 208-542-6762. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Bill seeking to raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21 will return to legislatureBill seeking to raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21 will return to legislature

    Stock image BOISE — An advocacy group seeking to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 is back at the Statehouse this year. National advocacy group Tobacco 21, worked with Idaho advocates to introduce the legislation last year, but the bill failed to make it out of committee. “We know that 95 percent of adult smokers start smoking before age 21,” Corey Surber, St. Alphonsus Hospital Director of Advocacy, said. “We’re spending about $508 million a year in tobacco-related illness costs, and that comes down to about $640 for every household in Idaho. It’s a significant cost in terms of lives and financially to the state.” The advocates say much of the pushback they receive is from tobacco and e-cigarette retailers. “We didn’t hear from legislators concern about decrease in tobacco tax revenue… it’s more around the freedom issues or whether the government should intervene in telling people what to do,” Surber said. “We think the proper role of government is to protect the health and safety of Idahoans.” As for e-cigarettes and vapes, Dr. Jennifer Shalz says allowing teens and young people access to these products doesn’t keep them from smoking in the future. “Research has not supported that it’s that effective to get people to stop smoking and, as it turns out, the only people who are just using e-cigarettes are the adolescents,” Shalz said. Shalz says it comes down to nicotine dependence. “They’ll start vaping first and they’ll move on to cigarettes,” Shalz said. “That’s the hope of the tobacco companies. They are they replacement smokers. They are replacing the people who are smokers who died.” Five states, including Oregon, have passed legislation raising the smoking age to 21. Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, will introduce the legislation in the Senate State Affairs Committee this session. This article was originally published by fellow CNN affiliate KIVI. It is used here with permission. The post Bill seeking to raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21 will return to legislature appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as presidentMormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church appointed a 93-year-old former heart surgeon Tuesday as its new president, following a longstanding succession plan that aims to keep the faith on course with a minimum of upheaval.

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  • Sinkhole in Idaho garage uncovers secret room | Fox News - Fox NewsSinkhole in Idaho garage uncovers secret room | Fox News - Fox News

    Fox NewsSinkhole in Idaho garage uncovers secret room | Fox NewsFox NewsA trip to the garage of their Idaho Falls home uncovered the reason behind their early morning alarm.and more »

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  • Police searching for man who allegedly kissed and grabbed 10-year-old girlPolice searching for man who allegedly kissed and grabbed 10-year-old girl

    Dallin Smith, Google Maps REXBURG — Authorities are searching for a man who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl inappropriately while in a C-A-L Ranch store Sunday. Capt. Randy Lewis told EastIdahoNews.com the police are searching for a 30- to 40-year-old Hispanic male with a limp. The man allegedly kissed a 10-year-old girl on the forehead, grabbed her buttocks and told her he loved her. The girl was inside the Rexburg store with her father when the alleged incident took place. Lewis said her father was using the bathroom when the alleged incident took place. He left when the father came out of the bathroom. The incident is currently under investigation. The post Police searching for man who allegedly kissed and grabbed 10-year-old girl appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • ‘It’s been a very traumatizing evening’: 3 Utah children safe after car theft‘It’s been a very traumatizing evening’: 3 Utah children safe after car theft

    GRANTSVILLE, UTAH (KSL) — A Utah family is recovering from a scare Sunday evening after a man stole their car and nearly took the three children in the car with him, officials report. KSL reports at around 5:30 p.m., the family had arrived at their home near the east end of Grantsville on Main Street when a man appeared on their property, according to Grantsville police spokeswoman Alison Peterson. The man, armed with a gun, attempted to steal the family’s vehicle while the three children were still inside, but the parents were able to quickly remove the kids as the man was driving off. The mother was dragged by the car during the carjacking and sustained minor injuries, Peterson said. The children were not injured. “It’s been a very traumatizing evening for this young family, and under the circumstances they’re holding up and they’re doing all right,” Peterson said. Police said the man, later identified as 27-year-old Tyler Nuckolls, was apprehended 30 minutes later in Tooele near 800 North and 700 West. Two Tooele police officers received injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening during the arrest. Nuckolls was booked into Tooele County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and burglary, carjacking, child kidnapping, theft of a vehicle, theft of a firearm, fleeing and failure to stop at the command of a police officer. The post ‘It’s been a very traumatizing evening’: 3 Utah children safe after car theft appeared first on East Idaho News.

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  • Idaho Falls’ economy risesIdaho Falls’ economy rises

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  • Update on Deadly Pedestrian Crash in Idaho Falls - KPVI News 6Update on Deadly Pedestrian Crash in Idaho Falls - KPVI News 6

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  • Idaho Falls Future Marine Seeks to Better Himself, Inspire Community - Marines.mil (press release)Idaho Falls Future Marine Seeks to Better Himself, Inspire Community - Marines.mil (press release)

    Marines.mil (press release)Idaho Falls Future Marine Seeks to Better Himself, Inspire CommunityMarines.mil (press release)Nagitsy is enlisted in the Shoshone-Bannock tribes of southeastern Idaho and has bloodlines of four tribes; Northern Cheyenne, Eastern Shoshone, Shoshone-Bannock and Navajo. “I started connecting with my old traditions,” said Nagitsy. “When my great ...

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  • Magic Valley Minute for Jan. 16, 2018: News to start your dayMagic Valley Minute for Jan. 16, 2018: News to start your day

    Good morning Magic Valley! Today should be partly sunny with a high near 46. Skies will get cloudier in the evening, and the low will be around 28. Winds will be light through the day.

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  • Students square off at Business Professionals of America competition at CSIStudents square off at Business Professionals of America competition at CSI

    TWIN FALLS — Each year, some 300 high school students from across the valley converge on the College of Southern Idaho campus to compete in the first leg of the Business Professionals of America’s annual leadership conference.

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  • Idaho Gives registration opensIdaho Gives registration opens

    BOISE — The Idaho Nonprofit Center's Idaho Gives registration has opened for nonprofits.

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    TWIN FALLS — The city of Twin Falls will replace a signal cabinet from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Street North and Cheney Drive. The traffic signal will not be operating, and flaggers will assist with…

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  • House Rev & Tax introduces '17 conformity bill, sends unemployment tax cut to full HouseHouse Rev & Tax introduces '17 conformity bill, sends unemployment tax cut to full House

    The House Revenue & Taxation Committee voted unanimously his morning to introduce a federal tax conformity bill, but it only covers 2017 the big issues with the new federal tax bill will come up in the 2018 tax conformity bill, which lawmakers are likely to take up yet this session. After that, the committee moved on to its hearing on HB 335, the bill to cut the unemployment insurance tax for Idaho employers.

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  • Feds want more info on state’s ed planFeds want more info on state’s ed plan

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  • Spudnik celebrates 60 yearsSpudnik celebrates 60 years

    By NATHAN BROWN nbrown@postregister.comBLACKFOOT — Sixty years after launching, Spudnik is doing well in the potato race. The company, which traces its origins back to two local brothers who invented a potato scooper to do the backbreaking potato-piling labor farmworkers had to do by hand before, employs about 300 people today and makes more than 70 equipment models, with different ones for different conditions or different farmers’ needs. “We are equipment manufacturers. We try to be seen as partners, though,” said marketing specialist Jan Muhle. “The farmers are so smart. They know what they need. … We try to offer solutions for our customers.” Spudnik celebrates its 60th anniversary Tuesday with an all-day open house, including showing a short video from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the company’s history and a customer appreciation dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Over the years, Spudnik expanded from just handling equipment to harvesters. Spudnik broke ground on its current manufacturing facility just outside of Blackfoot in 1997. In the early 2000s another opportunity came along when Grimme Group, a German potato, beet and vegetable machinery company, needed an American partner. Grimme was looking to expand but its harvesting equipment, although good for the smaller potatoes that are more common in Europe, wasn’t up to the bigger potatoes and more rugged conditions of Idaho. Grimme and Spudnik partnered to develop equipment, and in 2003 Spudnik became part of Grimme Group. Grimme and Spudnik still operate independently, although they share know-how “just to get the best solutions to the customers,” Muhle said. The name “Spudnik” is a play on the Soviet satellite “Sputnik,” which was launched around the time brothers Carl and Leo Hobbs were designing their first potato scooper. There’s an extra level of wordplay too, Muhle said — someone told them their scooper would “nick” the spuds. The company’s color is red — red shirts, red equipment, red lettering on the building. There’s even a babushka doll and a Russian-looking tea set in a glass case behind the reception desk. The company’s international sales have been growing — while the large majority of its customers are still in the U.S. and Canada, it has been selling more equipment in Russia and China. Muhle said the company wants to expand its facility in the near future. “We can outsell the capacity we have,” he said. Spudnik also is looking to expand into sugar beet equipment, along with potatoes one of the major crops of the Snake River Plain, recently developing beet harvesters and defoliators. “We’re always learning and talking to customers and trying to be as close as possible,” Muhle said. Reporter Nathan Brown can be reached at 208-542-6757. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Suspect who led to standoff identifiedSuspect who led to standoff identified

    POST REGISTER The Idaho Falls Police Department has identified 53-year-old Greg Huntsman as the man whose reported actions led police to evacuate an apartment building Saturday. Officers responded to a call from a person who witnessed a man in the street point a handgun at a woman and another man near 13th Street and South Ridge Avenue at about 2 p.m. Police were notified the potentially armed suspect was barricaded inside an apartment. The suspect reportedly spoke of suicide, a department news release said. Several Idaho Falls Police officers and the SWAT team were called to the scene. The building where the suspect lived was temporarily evacuated and residents nearby were asked to stay in their homes. Police blocked off traffic in front of the apartment complex between approximately 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Huntsman’s roommate opened the apartment for the SWAT team, which then deployed a tactical robot to search the apartment. When no signs of Huntsman were found, police went in and cleared the apartment. Police have not had any contact with Huntsman since the incident. Huntsman is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 135 pounds. The incident remains under investigation. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • Legislative group hears health care plan detailsLegislative group hears health care plan details

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  • New In Vitro procedure in Idaho Falls - LocalNews8.comNew In Vitro procedure in Idaho Falls - LocalNews8.com

    New In Vitro procedure in Idaho FallsLocalNews8.comIDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Couples having fertility issues have a new option here locally. It's an additional procedure to In Vitro fertilization that doctors say is effective. The process includes genetic testing. Doctors say Pre Implantation ...

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  • Man shot with pellet gun while taking out trashMan shot with pellet gun while taking out trash

    By JOHNATHAN HOGAN jhogan@postregister.comAn Idaho Falls man was seriously injured after he was shot in the abdomen with a pellet gun. The victim was shot while taking the trash out sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday. He removed the pellets himself and attempted to tough it out, according to Idaho Falls Police Spokeswoman Holly Cook. His parents called police around 4 p.m. when it was clear his injuries were getting worse, Cook said.   Officers arrived at the 300 block of 13th Street to find eight people exiting the apartment complex. Cook said the officers directed orders to the group and handcuffed two individuals who did not cooperate. Both were released within 10 minutes, Cook said. The victim, who was not named by police, was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment. Cook said the police department did not know the victim’s condition. Police are investigating the shooting. A standoff had happened on the same street earlier in the day, but Cook said it was unrelated. Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746. Rate this article:  Select ratingGive it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5 No votes yet

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  • News Bite: "What are they building there?" Here's who got a commercial building permit in DecemberNews Bite: "What are they building there?" Here's who got a commercial building permit in December

    TWIN FALLS — The Habit Burger Grill got a permit last month to remodel the spot for its restaurant at Canyon Park West.

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  • Police still looking for standoff suspect - LocalNews8.comPolice still looking for standoff suspect - LocalNews8.com

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  • City to consider widening Eastland DriveCity to consider widening Eastland Drive

    TWIN FALLS — A major rehabilitation project along Eastland Drive North and Pole Line Road is slated to begin this month — and it’ll continue throughout the spring and summer.

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  • Construction work underway in Idaho Falls - Idaho State JournalConstruction work underway in Idaho Falls - Idaho State Journal

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  • Popular local DJ announces he's retiring from radio - East Idaho NewsPopular local DJ announces he's retiring from radio - East Idaho News

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  • 'Don't be alarmed if there's a body down there,'...'Don't be alarmed if there's a body down there,'...

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  • Boise’s infamous Potato Drop helped earn a game show contestant $10,000Boise’s infamous Potato Drop helped earn a game show contestant $10,000

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  • Woman dies after casino boat fire off Fla. coastWoman dies after casino boat fire off Fla. coast

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  • Memorial gallery: DecemberMemorial gallery: December

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  • Magic Valley Minute for Jan. 15:  News to start your dayMagic Valley Minute for Jan. 15: News to start your day

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  • Oregon farm breeding ostriches to sell their meatOregon farm breeding ostriches to sell their meat

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  • Man injured after being shot with pellet gun in Idaho Falls - East Idaho NewsMan injured after being shot with pellet gun in Idaho Falls - East Idaho News

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  • Successful Idaho Falls investor reflects on his philanthropySuccessful Idaho Falls investor reflects on his philanthropy

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  • Successful Idaho Falls Investor Reflects on His Philanthropy - U.S. News & World ReportSuccessful Idaho Falls Investor Reflects on His Philanthropy - U.S. News & World Report

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  • UPDATE: Man killed after being hit by a truck in Idaho Falls - LocalNews8.comUPDATE: Man killed after being hit by a truck in Idaho Falls - LocalNews8.com

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  • More to developing countries than struggleMore to developing countries than struggle

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  • D91 board leans toward May high school bond voteD91 board leans toward May high school bond vote

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  • How to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economyHow to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economy

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  • Dollar Tree OpensDollar Tree Opens

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  • Local Women Pilots Group Receives Grant to Teach Women to FlyLocal Women Pilots Group Receives Grant to Teach Women to Fly

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    Idaho Falls News / 4 d. 21 h. 33 min. ago
  • SMR safety feature validatedSMR safety feature validated

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  • JFAC holds special hearing on PESF, the 'really important' rainy-day fund for schoolsJFAC holds special hearing on PESF, the 'really important' rainy-day fund for schools

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  • Woman in Stonebrook crash identifiedWoman in Stonebrook crash identified

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    Workers lay rebar Wednesday for the multimillion mixed-use center to be built at Broadway Street and Memorial Drive in downtown Idaho Falls. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com Things are looking up in downtown Idaho Falls, which is seeing its first new construction in more than 30 years with the mixed use Broadway project.

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