City wayfinding well underway

A city worker prepares to install one of the wayfinding signs.

The city of Idaho Falls’ wayfinding project started in 2013 with an idea for better signs at the Idaho Falls Zoo. Since then, the program has expanded to include monuments, a network of signs near key trails and roadways as well as a thorough city rebranding.

County proposes $82M budget


The Bonneville County Commission will hold a hearing Wednesday to allow the public to comment on its proposed 2018 budget. The budget calls for no increase in the property tax rate, with tax revenue growth coming instead from growth and property value increases within the county. The budget would authorize a total of $82 million in spending, up from $79 million last year.

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches

A polar bear steps out of a pool while walking on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Industry experts, researchers and veterans of the Far North say there remain many obstacles to reaping the riches once blocked by the ice. Conservationists also oppose the large-scale extraction of Arctic resources, fearing that the fragile environment will be irreparably harmed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LANCASTER SOUND, Nunavut (AP) — From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren — a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.

Battered by Harvey, Houston braces for flooding

Two kayakers try to beat the current pushing them down an overflowing Brays Bayou along S. Braeswood in Houston, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Rescuers answered hundreds of calls for help Sunday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey climbed high enough to begin filling second-story homes, and authorities urged stranded families to seek refuge on their rooftops. (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — As Houston braced for more rain and rescues, officials started releasing more water from reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey early Monday, even though the move aimed at protecting the city’s downtown could make already devastating flooding worse around thousands of homes.

Guatemala’s leader dives into constitutional crisis

A woman supporting Ivan Velasquez, commissioner of the U.N. International Commission Against Impunity, shouts at count-demonstrators across the street in Guatemala City, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales stood firm on his decision to expel the Velasquez, after the U.N. commission announced on Friday it was seeking the removal of the president's immunity to pursue an investigation into campaign finance violations. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two days after prosecutors announced they would seek to lift Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’ immunity, he ordered the expulsion of the head of a highly praised U.N. anti-corruption commission and plunged into a faceoff with the nation’s top court and the international community.

Vikings rally to beat 49ers 32-31

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Hoyer had the San Francisco offense humming, an encouraging performance for one of the league’s lowest-scoring teams over the last three years.

Experts: Engine cut-off switches can save lives

The Sea Dog Universal Kill Switch is one example of a lanyard style emergency cut-off switch that can be used to stop a boat’s motor should the boat’s pilot be tossed from the boat or otherwise incapacitated.

Law enforcement and boating safety experts are pointing to Monday’s fatal boating accident at Ririe Reservoir as an example of why cut-off engine switches are important equipment for powerboats.

Labor of love

Dakota Betzer claps his hands in the kids playroom that doubles as an in-home therapy space at their home in Shelley on Thursday. The Betzers have converted a Mormon meeting house, built in 1918, into a home for the large family.

Rick and Tina Betzer have adopted 16 children with disabilities. They have built their family by caring for children who were considered unadoptable. But with Medicaid cuts being contemplated, they worry about their future.

Cecil Andrus, Idaho icon, dies at 85

Former Idaho governor and Interior Secretary Cecil D. Andrus poses for a photo at his office in Boise in 2014. Andrus, who engineered the conservation of millions of acres of Alaska land during the Carter administration, has died. He was 85. Andrus died late Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 of complications from lung cancer, daughter Tracy Andrus said. Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman via AP, File

Cecil Andrus, Idaho’s longest-serving governor, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Democrat and champion of wilderness and the Idaho outdoors, died late Thursday after a battle with cancer, the night before his 86th birthday.



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