Pocatello surgeon gives patients a new lease on life

Dr. Aaron Altenburg practices in Pocatello at OrthoIdaho. He performs about 700 joint replacements a year – around eight joint replacements each day he’s in surgery.  Courtsey of Dr. Aaron Altenburg

POCATELLO — Having two orthopedic surgeries early on in life helped draw Dr. Aaron Altenburg into the world of medicine. This, combined with a lifelong fascination with biology, chemistry and the human body, cemented his decision to go into orthopedic surgery.

INL reactor listed among Trump’s 1st year highlights

The interior of Idaho National Laboratory’s Transient Reactor Test Facility, which was built at the U.S. Department of Energy’s desert site west of Idaho Falls in 1958. The reactor was shut down in 1994, but recently became operational again. Courtesy of Idaho National Laboratory

A recent Trump administration report on the science and technology-related highlights of President Donald Trump’s first year in office lauds the restarting of an Idaho National Laboratory test reactor as one of the major accomplishments.

Crapo financial deregulation gets vote next week

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, talks to reporters as the Senate moves closer to passing legislation to roll back some of the safeguards Congress put in place to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A vote is expected next week on a sweeping bill crafted by Sen. Mike Crapo, legislation that would overhaul financial regulations created after the 2008 financial crisis. The bill has rare marks of bipartisanship during a period of intense party division in Washington, and it could mean lighter regulatory burdens for mid-sized regional banks and small community banks. But analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggests it could also increase the risk of future bank failures and bailouts.

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