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BEAUMONT – Philip Klein, an area blogger and private investigator, has been hit with a libel and slander suit, brought by the grandfather of DeOrr Kunz Jr. – the Idaho Falls toddler who vanished in July 2015.

Alleging breach of contract, DeOrr Dennis Kunz, along with the father of the boy, DeOrr Vernal Kunz, filed suit against Klein and his company, Klein Investigations and Consulting, on Nov. 1 in an Idaho state court.


Two years ago, Dennis Kunz hired Klein for $20,000 to find his grandson and clear his son, Vernal, of any suspicion.

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With the yuletide season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what food and wines to serve during the holidays.

If you’re going the prime rib route, big reds with bold flavors are definitely the way to go. White wines and light reds pair well with turkey, pork and salmon. As you can see, choices abound this time of year.

Here are some tasting notes and food recommendations for several recently released wines from Idaho’s Snake River Valley that should keep everyone happy at the dinner table — even that wine-snob cousin.

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Authorities identified the man from Salmon, Idaho, who was killed by an airborne elk earlier this week.

Trevor Stenlund died Monday, Oct. 30, in Blackfoot Valley, Montana, after a vehicle hit an elk and sent it flying into his truck, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office says, according to KPAX.

The incident happened at approximately 7:15 p.m. A woman driving a Toyota Scion hit an elk on Highway 200 and sent the animal flying, Montana Highway Patrol says.


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MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana Highway Patrol says an elk that wandered into a roadway caused a deadly crash Monday evening north of Missoula.

The crash happened after 7 p.m. on Highway 200 near Potomac.

According to patrolmen a car was headed east when it hit the elk. That caused the elk to go airborne and hit a Dodge truck going the opposite direction.

The 21-year-old driver of the truck lost control and went down an embankment.

The man, who officials said was from Salmon, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene.

MHP said he was wearing his seat belt.

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Idaho’s unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest on record.

     In September, the statewide unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, which is the lowest since the Department of Labor’s record-keeping began in January 1976.

“September’s decrease was due to a robust increase in the number of Idahoans working and a continued drop in the number of unemployed,” the Department of Labor said in a news release. “Employers in five of the state’s 11 industry sectors increased their payrolls in September, pushing Idaho’s total nonfarm jobs up to 715,000 from 714,400 in August.”

     Blaine County’s preliminary rate for September was even lower, at 2.3 percent.

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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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