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Local News 12/29/23

The home where four university of Idaho students were murdered was demolished yesterday.  The home had been guarded by security since November of 2022. 

A University of Idaho Study Indicates That Idaho's Agricultural Sector Achieved Record Sales for Four Primary Commodities in 2023.  According to the report the state's agricultural cash receipts for the year amounted to $11 billion. Although this figure represents a marginal 1% decline from the record high of the previous year, it underscores the sector's overall stability.

Idaho State University has been awarded $2.2 million in grants to train students and educators who will work with children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Idaho State University’s Department of Communications and Disorders was awarded two grants from the Office of Special Education Personnel Preparation that will make $2.2 million in grant funding available over the next five years.

This is moving week for Jefferson elementary in Jerome.  The school is moving everything to

the new Frontier elementary where students will be when they return to school on January 8th.  The move will make it possible for Jefferson to be remodeled. 

Season restrictions are in place for off highway vehicles for parts of the Wood River Valley.  Areas include parts of East fork, Greenhorn, Ohio Gulch, Quigley to Muldoon.  Bell Mountain to Picabo.  Croy Creek, Big and little beaver drainages, camp and poison creek and the Elk mountain area.  The BLM said big game herds are returning to winter range. 

Idaho governor Brad Little said he was excited to see that the state ranks first for income growth and fifth for household income in all 50 states.  The median household income was $70,214, increasing by $9,153.

The annual tradition of the Sugar Beet Drop is set for another year in Rupert.  The large beet with hundreds of lights will drop from a 150 foot crane in the square 60 seconds to midnight.  The festivities will also include free ice skating, performances from local entertainers, and a fireworks show.

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