Salvation Army prepares annual community meal

Zoe Wilkinson, in blue, pours a pumpkin pie mix into a crust on Tuesday as other Presbyterian Youth mix ingredients for the 50 pumpkin pies the group is preparing for the Community Thanksgiving Meal at the Elks on Thanksgiving. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

The 28th annual Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Idaho Falls Elks Lodge, 640 E. Elva St.

Woman raising funds to help homeless man who rescued her

In this Nov. 17 photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a CITGO station in Philadelphia. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $40,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

FLORENCE, N.J. — Kate McClure didn’t expect to run out of gas on her drive to Philadelphia last month.

Venezuelan tycoon funds jailed Utah man’s defense

In this Nov. 8 photo, wealthy businessman Wilmer Ruperti, center, in car, leaves a courthouse in Caracas, Venezuela. Ruperti, a key ally of Venezuela’s government, is paying the legal bills of Joshua Holt, an American who claims to have been wrongly imprisoned in Venezuela, a new wrinkle in a case that has further strained relations between Washington and Caracas. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela — A Utah man’s hopes for being freed from a Venezuelan jail, where he’s lingered for more than a year in declining health, now lie with a wealthy shipping magnate closely linked to the country’s socialist government.

Many regional ski resorts open Thanksgiving weekend

Jason Walleser, left, and Johana Henne ski toward Mary’s Nipple at Grand Targhee Ski Resort on Nov. 5. Grand Targhee Resort claims to be the first resort in the country to be 100 percent open. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

While many plan to focus on family and a big meal this Thanksgiving weekend, others will head for skiing opportunities throughout the region.

Anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

FILE - This Friday, April 7, 2017, file photo, shows cigarette butts discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building. Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies are returning to prime-time television, but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice.

Idaho officials keep eye on CWD’s spread

Ben Davis, left, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, takes a knife to a buck shot by a hunter to cut out the lymph nods of the deer to see if the animal have chronic wasting disease Nov. 12 in Weldon Spring, Mo. The Missouri Department of Conservation mandated the testing in an effort to continue tracking how widespread the disease is in the state, and where the infected animals were found. Montana recently became the 22nd state to have animals infected with CWD. (David Carson,/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP) David Carson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Idaho wildlife managers are poised to retool a plan that outlines how they will handle a fatal disease that affects wild deer if one should ultimately test positive for the illness known as chronic wasting disease or CWD.

Ehardt distances herself from PAC

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Councilwoman Barbara Ehardt, who faces incumbent Mayor Rebecca Casper in Dec. 5 runoff, underlined Monday that she isn’t affiliated with the Businesses for Growth PAC that has targeted Casper. She said she feels it raised legitimate issues, but if it were up to her they would have been raised differently.

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