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Pipe replacement on Idaho 24 north of Rupert

SHOSHONE — As early as Monday, daytime traffic on Idaho 24 north of Rupert will be reduced to one lane to allow for the removal and installation of three pipe culverts. A portion of the road shoulder will be removed and rebuilt. Subject to weather conditions, work is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. Drivers should be prepared for short delays and watch for flaggers during working hours — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A larger rehabilitation project is expected to begin in August and will include additional pipe work, rock removal and sign replacement. The general contractor for the project is Western Construction Inc.

ITD and the Idaho State Police advise motorists to slow down and pay attention when driving in work zones, where increased speeding fines and other penalties apply.

More information: call 511 or go to for information on the state highway or interstate systems.

Blaine County School District enrollment begins Monday

HAILEY — Blaine County school enrollment will open to new students for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday. This includes students currently attending Sage School, Pioneer Montessori, Syringa Mountain School or the Community School who are planning to enroll in Blaine County School District next year. Students who enroll now will be able to sign up for classes for the upcoming school year.

Beginning Monday, contact or go to the school that your student is planning to attend next fall to get enrollment information. Contact information and school locations can be found at

New-student enrollment does not include incoming kindergarten and preschool students.

For students attending Alturas, Bellevue and Hailey Elementary preschools and kindergartens, enrollment will be from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m April 11 at the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey.

Kindergarten and preschool enrollment for Ernest Hemingway STEAM School will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at the school, 111 Eighth St. E., Ketchum. Preschool spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minidoka Southside Canal repair postponed

RUPERT — Repairs to the Southside Canal headgates at Minidoka Dam will be postponed until October because of schedule conflicts and the April 1 start of the irrigation season. Public recreational access to areas around the headgates will be reinstated.

When the irrigation season ends this fall, the Bureau of Reclamation will install four new supporting arms and gate reinforcements on the two radial gates that control irrigation water into Southside Canal from Lake Walcott — 12 miles northeast of Rupert. In 2016, heavy ice-loading on Lake Walcott caused one of the Southside Canal gate-arms to buckle. A temporary repair was performed to prevent future ice-loading issues. The repairs scheduled for October–December will be permanent.

Heyburn Elementary students to receive dental sealants

HEYBURN — Beginning March 15, Heyburn Elementary first- and second-graders can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities, as part of Delta Dental of Idaho’s Grins-on-the-Go program.

Dental sealants fill the deep grooves of the back teeth where 90 percent of cavities occur. Fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surfaces of teeth.

To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Heyburn Elementary and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form — available from the school.

Grins on the Go clinics take place on-site at schools. There is no cost for the service; Medicaid or private insurance is not billed.

More information: call Delta Dental Community Outreach at 208-489-3541.

At a glance

Prosecutor clears state detectives in Pocatello shooting

POCATELLO (AP) — A county prosecutor has cleared three Idaho State Police detectives of wrongdoing in a March 2017 shooting of a woman in southeast Idaho.

The Idaho State Journal reports Minidoka County Prosecutor Lance Stevenson cleared the detectives Tuesday after conducting an investigation into the shooting of 21-year-old Shaylee Williamson, who survived the encounter in Pocatello.

State police say Williamson was a passenger in the vehicle that 25-year-old Rocco Chacon was driving. Chacon, who was wanted on felony warrants, was attempting to flee from police and hit a detective with the car.

State police say the detectives then opened fire on the vehicle, striking Williamson by accident.

Chacon was arrested on multiple felony charges. Williamson was not charged.

Possible marriage plans for pair charged in double murder

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Two Montana residents charged with killing two people whose dismembered bodies were found in tubs of chemicals may be taking steps to get married.

An application for a search warrant reviewed by the Missoulian showed Augustus Standingrock wrote to his mother thanking her for sending him the marriage paperwork and asking if she also sent paperwork to his co-defendant, Tiffanie Pierce.

Standingrock and Pierce have pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in the deaths of 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles.

Their bodies were found in the basement of Pierce’s Missoula residence in August.

Standingrock and Pierce are jailed with bail set at $2 million each.

Separate trials are set for later this year.

It’s not clear how they’d be able to get married. A judge’s order bans them from having any contact with each other.

Appeals court gives green light to ‘climate kids’ lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the U.S. government is failing to protect them from climate change.

The lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserts the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They are seeking various environmental remedies.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the government’s request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case.

Julia Olson, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement that the group will put the federal government’s “dangerous energy system and climate policies on trial.”

Law makes it easier for Hanford workers to get worker comp

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill designed to make it easier for workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to qualify for worker compensation benefits.

The state Legislature recently passed a bill to ease the standards Hanford workers, who for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, must meet in order to receive such benefits.

The bill, signed Wednesday, creates a “presumption of causation” in state law, which is a presumption that some Hanford workers who become ill are sick because of the many chemicals that pollute the site.

The bill relieves Hanford workers of the difficult task of proving the exact chemical they may have been exposed to that caused an illness.

But the presumption can be rebutted by clear and convincing evidence that something else caused an illness.

Lab confirms crows killed by poison

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lab tests confirm that poison killed the crows seen falling from the Portland sky in late January.

Witnesses also saw crows suffering seizures on the ground, and the Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say it was because of a neurotoxin known as Avitrol, which is marketed as a bird-control solution.

The Audubon Society of Portland first reported the lab findings.

The group says the pesticide is highly toxic and should only be administered by a licensed applicator. It describes the poisonings as irresponsible and probably illegal.

It’s unknown how many birds died, but it was at least 10.

Thousands of crows swirl through the sky on winter afternoons and settle in or near downtown. Though some Portlanders are fascinated by the ritual, others consider the noisy birds and their droppings a nuisance.