Mayor candidates face off in last debate

In this file photo from an Oct. 19 Idaho Falls mayoral debate, incumbent Rebecca Casper and challengers Barbara Ehardt, Ronald Jorde, Kenly Osterhout and Jeff Thompson take turns addressing audience members at the City Club in Idaho Falls. The candidates also took part in a Thursday debate at Compass Academy. Thursday’s debate was completely run by students. John Roark /

The five candidates for Idaho Falls mayor faced off again Thursday evening at a forum put together by local high school students. 

Some fire experts blocked from attending fire conference

In this July 6, 2017 file photo, a wildfire burns near the historic mining town of Landusky, south of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in north-central Montana. Montana endured its worst fire season in years this summer. (Meg Oliphant /The Billings Gazette via AP, File)

MISSOULA, Mont. — Several of Missoula’s top federal fire scientists have been denied permission to attend the International Fire Congress later this month, leading conference organizers to suspect censorship of climate-related research.

Idaho looks to cash in on starry skies tourists

This June 18, 2017, photo provided by Nils Ribi Photography shows the Milky Way over the Smoky Mountains near Ketchum, Idaho. The International Dark-Sky Association on Tuesday designated the central Idaho city of Ketchum an International Dark Sky Community, only the 16th in the world. (Nils Ribi Photography via AP)

The stars are aligning for Idaho — mainly because they’re visible.



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