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Wet December: Above-average precipitation breaks trend

January 12, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor For the first time in several months, the Preston area received above-normal precipitation and ended December close to an inch above long-term averages. Official records show the community received 2.37 inches of moisture. Normal precipitation is 1.52 inches. “We were well-above average for December, but are still behind...

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January 11, 2013
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Train derailment clean up continues

January 11, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   A cleanup process of a train derailment in Dayton that happened on Wednesday, Jan. 9, is on-going and it will continue during for the next few days. “We do not know how long the process will take to complete, but it is likely to last for some...

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Seasonal roads closed; enforcement of ordinances, tags underway

January 11, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Several seasonal roads in Franklin County are now closed to vehicular traffic because of snowfall. Enforcement of road–closed ordinances have begun. The road from Birch Creek to Cub River is closed to all vehicles except snowmobiles or snow–grooming equipment from Dec. 20 to April 15. The road from...

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Technology making farmers more efficient

January 11, 2013
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Matt Johnson, a Valley Implement service technician, uses a lap-top computer to check the systems of a SDX 450 Case 4-wheel-drive tractor with a ballpark price tag of $450K.

By RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor Mobile communication devices or smart phones are becoming a real asset for farmers across the country. Technology has come a long way from the day when a guy sat on a tractor seat pulling a plow with nothing but blue skies above and the air around him to...

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FS seeks campground hosts

January 10, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL  Assistant editor Funding cutbacks for the Montpelier Forest Service Ranger District are forcing officials to consider a change in how campground maintenance and operations are accomplished on seven campgrounds located throughout the district, including Albert Moser and Willow Flat east of Preston. Currently, the campgrounds are operated by Forest Service...

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Moser takes over State Liquor Store

January 10, 2013
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By RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor The state-run liquor store is alive and well in Preston despite the teetotaling nature of the community. Franklin County has a large LDS population, a religion that teaches abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Despite that faith, the liquor store has a faithful following. Misty Moser has recently taken the...

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Clifton to apply for transportation grant

January 10, 2013
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By JEAN CARTER  Clifton City Council is putting together a Transportation Planning Study, and they are asking residents to complete a survey in order to prioritize projects, such as drainage of the roads, construction and maintenance of streets and the placing of street signs. Other survey questions concern bike/ pedestrian paths, traffic safety and...

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Train accident victim identified

January 9, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor A northbound Union Pacific train derailed west of Preston at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and a fatality occurred, according to Idaho State Police who is investigating the accident. The driver of the dump truck has been identified as Heber Lewis, 56, of Preston. The crossing is equipped with...

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VIDEO REPORT – Train derailed in Franklin County

January 9, 2013
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Early footage of a train derailment with fatality in Franklin County, Idaho. Check back for followup coverage and interviews.

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