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Cheers and Jeers

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Sometimes it takes the worst to bring out our best.

Case in point was the bus crash this week that injured dozens of Carey Junior High School students on their way to a track meet.

Authorities have yet to determine why the bus crashed, but it suddenly left the roadway and rolled Tuesday west of Richfield on the way to Gooding.

Good Samaritans immediately stopped along the roadway to nurse the injured children. First-responders rushed to the scene. Helicopter crews flew the most seriously injured to area hospitals. Others were carried in ambulances.

The Blaine County School District was quick to alert parents and organized a meeting point where parents could learn more information. And while their first priority was rightly aiding the injured, authorities also cooperated with media as the situation developed to keep the public informed.

By Wednesday, all the children had been released from hospitals. Most were already back to school.

We shudder to think how bad things could have gone if so many people hadn’t acted quickly and professionally. So, thank you, to all the people who helped respond to the crash.

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Jeers to the man who boosted a Fish and Game trailer from the department’s headquarters in Boise two weeks ago – and is apparently still driving it around.

The trailer was last spotted at the Walmart in Jerome.

Authorities say the trailer was loaded with radio collars, dart guns, drive nets and other equipment used to trap and monitor big game. The gear is worth tens of thousands of dollars.

“Some of the stolen items have been recovered, apparently dumped by the thief at several random locations between Boise, Mountain Home and Jerome,” the department said in a statement. “But the trailer, together with most of the other capture gear, remains missing.”

Fish and Game asks anyone with information about the trailer to call its Nampa office at 208-465-8465, the CAP hotline at 800-632-5999 or Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550.

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Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya has been named to Time’s 2017 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, the first time the head of an Idaho company has made the list.

By now his story is familiar to anyone in Idaho: Born in a Turkish village, Ulukaya came to the United States 23 years ago on a student visa. He opened his first yogurt factory in New York in 2007 and the world’s largest yogurt factory in Twin Falls just five years later. Today, Chobani is one of the most successful companies in the world.

The Twin Falls factory is widely considered as the primary catalyst to transforming the Magic Valley economy, leading to more than a billion dollars in new economic development.

Now a billionaire, Ulukaya is known almost as much for his philanthropy and progressive leadership style as he is for his Greek yogurt.

“It really recognizes him for the brave business sense he has,” Mayor Shawn Barigar said. “It recognizes him for his business, but also points to his personal philosophies and his support of immigrants and his personal commitment to some of the challenges of the refugee crisis internationally.”

We’re grateful to have Chobani in our community — and grateful the company has a leader like Ulukaya.

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