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When we approached the first mail stop, Ray Arnold rolled his Cessna 206 up on its left wing and spiraled down inside the narrow canyon that funnels Big Creek past Taylor Ranch. Bare ground the color of a cougar’s hide filled the front window. The airspeed was slow, the bank was steep, and my senses were on high alert: One bad turn and we could hit the mountain, or fall into the creek. But Arnold’s hand was steady and he rolled out just above the rushing water. Another turn revealed a smaller creek and the twisted grass strip of the University of Idaho’s Taylor Wilderness Research Station.

Arnold touched down and rolled toward the bend in the runway where caretakers Meg and Peter Gag waited for us by their mailbox with their six-year-old daughter Tehya, their dog Bitsy, and a pile of cargo: the recyclables they were sending back; a cooler, for transporting perishables from the grocery store; and a few pieces of luggage for their day trip to Boise, where Tehya had a doctor’s appointment.

Arnold and the Gags off-loaded the bright orange mailbag, a stack of eight-foot lumber, a furnace, a week’s groceries, and other supplies. Gag strapped his daughter’s car seat into the Cessna as she rooted through the mailbag for birthday cards and presents from grandma.

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The following is a news release from the Seventh District Bar Association.



IDAHO FALLS — The Seventh District Bar Association is pleased to announce and open the application process to accept students for this year’s 2017 Citizens’ Law Academy (CLA).

The CLA is an adult education program offered free to attendees, and is coordinated by the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program in collaboration with our Seventh District Bar Association which includes the following ten (10) counties: Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Custer, Jefferson, Madison, Clark, Fremont, Lemhi, and Teton Counties.

The purpose of the CLA is to educate others as to their rights under the law, discover what lawyers do and how they serve the public, and understand how the judicial system works.

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BOISE: Did you catch Lance Pekus’s run on American Ninja Warrior last night? Well you’ve got a chance to congratulate him for a season well done and give him your best wishes as his wife, Heather, continues her battle with MS.  Lance is scheduled to hangout with the Idaho Beef Council at their booth on Thursday.  He’ll also be part of the Beef Council’s demo of how to cook up some “Super Sloppy Joes” on the expo’s main stage from 6-6:30 p.m. that day.

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To analyze the first year of the state's $11.25 million literacy initiative, Idaho Education News compared spring 2017 test scores against spring 2016 scores — and compared spring 2017 scores against the benchmark goals districts and charters submitted to the State Board of Education.

The purple bars represent the percentage of districts and charters that met or exceeded their spring 2016 scores. The green bars represent the percentage of districts and charters that met or exceeded their benchmark goals.

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Winter was not kind to Boise in 2016-17. And, according to the 2018 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we might be in for another harsh winter season in 2017-18.

Last winter, we had the sixth-coldest December recorded and the 11th-ranked January. Boise saw a total of 38.8 inches of snow in December, January and February — the 10th snowiest winter since record collecting began in the late 1800s.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that the Intermountain region of the United States, “will be colder than normal, especially in the south” and that there will be “above average snowfall.” December is predicted to average 28 degrees, down 5 from the normal temperature for the month. January and February are predicted to be warmer than average at 31 and 35 degrees, respectively.

While we are still engulfed in smoke... we have our first Winter Storm Watch. Snow in higher elevations, and Lost Trail Pass.

The STORMTracker Weather Team says much colder air, rain, and snow are on the way by week's end.

A potent storm system will swing into the Northern Rockies on Thursday and Friday, creating widespread rain and mountain snow.

Rawlins says this will be one of the strongest storm systems to affect the state in several months.

You should start to see changes in the sky as early as Wednesday.

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Over 30 quakes have struck Southeast Idaho so far today as temblor swarm surpasses 200

The earthquake swarm in Southeast Idaho looked like it might be ending or at least slowing down on Thursday and Friday.

But then Saturday arrived and by day's end 19 quakes had struck.


There have been 31 more temblors so far Sunday, bringing the earthquake total since the swarm began on Sept. 2 to 201 quakes. All of the quakes have occurred in the Caribou County area east, southeast and northeast of Soda Springs.

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Lance Pekus, the cowboy who lives Salmon, was the last competitor in the “American Ninja Warrior” stage 1 finals show Monday night.

He finished with the fastest time — so he advances to stage 2 of the finals on Sept. 18 — but that’s not the only reason fans were in tears. Pekus and his wife, Heather, spoke publicly about why she and their kids were watching him from Idaho.

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