Dems feel hopeful about November

Miranda Marquit, left, chairwoman of the Bonneville County Democrats, and Brenda Deans, a volunteer for the Pat Tucker campaign, go door to door surveying potential voters Monday evening. Democrats sense a possible opening to pick up local legislative seats this year. Monte LaOrange /

Local Democrats are hoping to make gains in November, and they’re getting out early, knocking on doors, trying to make the case to a heavily Republican electorate that they should cross over.

85-year-old continuing to race while boosting motorcycle community

Harold Brown takes the inside corner during a flat-track knobby tire race event June 2 at the Rigby Rodeo Grounds. “If I practice, I can do a little better but I can’t keep up with those guys,” said Brown, 85. “I just love the competition — even if I come in last place.” John Roark /

RIGBY Harold Brown breaks nearly every preconceived notion of life as an 85-year-old. Still a trucking contractor by day, Brown eschews bingo games and golf courses.

Camp partnership allows kids to find themselves

Campers pose for a photo at Big Elk Creek Camp. Courtesy YMCA

Marshmallows roast golden brown as exuberant, off-key renditions of “Boom Chicka Boom” and “Alice the Camel” ring out from a grove of pine trees. A group of kids freckled in mosquito bites and dirt laugh as they take turns whacking a stick against a log. Friends stick out their arms to compare the tan lines underneath their recently woven bracelets.

We all scream for ice cream

Jennifer Jones and Steve Jones, owners of Pop’s Ice Cream, have set up shop at 475 Park Ave., in downtown Idaho Falls. They are banking on the large amount of people flocking downtown to events and enjoying a day by the river this summer to drive business. John Roark/

When Steve and Jennifer Jones stumbled upon a vacant storefront in downtown Idaho Falls, they thought of a sweet opportunity — an ice cream parlor.

Beck files second defamation claim


Republican activist Doyle Beck filed a defamation lawsuit last month aimed at a website called, over criticism of his surreptitious recording of former GOP Chairman Steve Yates. Beck made the recording of an apparently private conversation in Yates’ office two years ago by placing his cellphone in his breast pocket and recording video. He subsequently released the video to the media and online, alleging that it offered proof that a “secret society” had been formed to oust those aligned with Beck from leadership of the Bonneville GOP.

Guatemala volcano sends lava into homes, kills 25

Neighbors stand outside a temporary morgue near Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire in Alotenango, Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018. One of Central America's most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday, killing people and injuring many others while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

EL RODEO, Guatemala (AP) — A fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.

Giuliani: Trump could pardon himself, but why?

FILE- In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy in Washington. Sharpening their legal and political defenses against the special counsel’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s attorneys stressed Sunday, June 3, that they would contest any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury but downplayed the idea that Trump could pardon himself. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the White House sharpened its legal and political defenses against the special counsel Russia probe, an attorney for President Donald Trump’s legal team made it clear that it would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.



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