Veteran treks country raising suicide awareness

Eli Smith, a US Army veteran, poses for a photo Thursday in Idaho Falls while taking a break for lunch during a cross-country trip from Washington state to Maine to raise awareness for veteran suicides. “I lost a couple guys to suicide I served with and so I wanted to do something about it,” Smith said. Numbers vary, but as many as 20 veterans commit suicide each day. Smith said if you know a veteran who may be in trouble to reach out. “Call or text them,” Smith said. “Invite them over for dinner. Something small can help a lot.” Smith will be heading to Salt Lake City next on his three-year journey to the West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine, the easternmost point of the contiguous United States. John Roark /

An Ohio man has spent the last two years trekking across the country, raising awareness of the problem of veteran suicide. He plans to continue for another two years, hitting all four of the farthest-flung corners of the continental U.S.

Premier Technology launches major expansion

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, center, along with Premier Technology owners Doug Sayer, left of Otter, and Shelly Sayer, far left, and several local public officials broke ground Wednesday in Blackfoot on Premier Technology’s new expansion. The expansion will bring more than 100 full-time permanent jobs to eastern Idaho. Jordon Beesley / Idaho State Journal

BLACKFOOT — Premier Technology in Blackfoot held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its new 70,000-square-foot, $15 million facility expansion.

Lawsuit challenges law nullifying living wills for pregnant women

Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, one of the four plaintiffs in a new federal lawsuit regarding Idaho’s living wills law, poses on the front porch of her Caldwell home May 31. Brian Myrick / Idaho Press

BOISE — A new federal lawsuit filed Thursday by four Idaho women charges that Idaho’s law on living wills and advance health care directives unconstitutionally discriminates against pregnant women, preventing them from deciding on their own end-of-life medical care.

Skyline seniors take a walk down memory lane

Skyline High School graduating seniors walk the halls of Ethel Boyes Elementary School during a visit on Wednesday. John Roark /

Idaho Falls native Joseph Tyler has high aspirations. A graduating senior in Skyline High School’s class of 2018, Tyler has taken 14 advanced placement courses in his four years at the school, and will graduate with honors tonight.

Idaho to take over regulating water pollution from EPA

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to members of the media as Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter looks on during a signing ceremony of an important water agreement between the EPA and the state of Idaho at the Capitol on Tuesday. Brian Myrick / Idaho Press

BOISE — Even as national attention focused on new revelations that he’d used his official position to push for a Chick-fil-A franchise and payments to his wife, embattled U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt swept into Boise on Tuesday to sign a long-sought agreement for Idaho to take over water pollution permitting and enforcement from the EPA.



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