Community, faith leader Sheila Olsen dies at 79

Sheila Olsen, shown talking with Joe Ahlstrom while attending the August 2011 GOP picnic at Tautphaus Park, died Sunday at age 79. Olsen was well known in Republican and LDS church circles. Robert Bower / Post Register file

Sheila Olsen, a longtime pillar of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the state Republican Party, died of illness Sunday morning at age 79.

DOE gives peek at budget highlights

The President's FY19 Budget is on display after arriving on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The U.S. Department of Energy released highlights of the proposed budget, and there’s a variety of news, both good and bad, for Idaho National Laboratory contained in it. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The U.S. Department of Energy has released highlights of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, and there’s a variety of news, both good and bad, for Idaho National Laboratory contained in it.

Report finds holes in child representation

An Office of Performance Evaluations report on representation for children and youth in child protection cases found that “gaps in representation have occurred and the state does not have a way to validate all children and youth are being served.” Getty Images

Idaho has serious gaps in representation for children involved in protective services cases, according to a report by the Office of Performance Evaluation.

No clear answer for Jackson Hole’s elk problem

Wyoming Game & Fish warden Jon Stephens glasses a group of elk on a hillside in Spring Gulch in early January. Stephens was making contact with hunters with permission to hunt on the private land and hoping to land a trophy bull. Bradly J. Boner / News & Guide

JACKSON, Wyo. — The calls to Game Warden Jon Stephens’ cellphone usually start up as April’s snowpack recedes and animals stream off the National Elk Refuge by the hundreds.

Seeking creature comforts in the great outdoors

Members of the Cook family tour a 2018 Northwood Arctic Fox 811 RV during the 17th annual Idaho Falls RV Dealers Sale at Kingston Plaza on Thursday. The sale runs until Feb. 19. John Roark /

When going on vacation, millions of Americans eschew five-star beachfront resorts or penthouse suites off Sunset Boulevard. For many, the conveniences of home and freedom of travel are all the luxuries they need.



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