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Mink looking good

January 5, 2013
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Area mink rancher Lewis Palmer examines some of his mink.

By RODNEY D. BOAM Citizen editor The Mink industry is growing in Franklin County and the rest of Idaho as the world’s appetite for the fine fur increases. Mink rancher Lewis Palmer is trying to strengthen his position in the market. He said he has just completed his harvest but is not sure how...

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Improvements eyed for Oxford Slough

January 4, 2013
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By CITIZEN STAFF  OXFORD – Federal officials want to make the Oxford Slough Waterfowl Production Area more meaningful for the public, including working to have more water permanently in the marsh. Such an effort would also include developing the uplands for better upland animal use, said John Braastad, who manages the 1,864 acre site...

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School funding under the microscope

January 4, 2013
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Preston and West Side School districts are among the 16 poorest funded in Idaho.

Former chief economist says lawmakers don’t live up to Constitutional duty  For 25 years, Ferguson served as the state’s chief economist, working for both Democratic and Republican governors. After retiring in 2010, Ferguson became director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, a nonpartisan nonprofit. The organization’s self-described mission is to bring fact-based information...

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Air pollution levels moderate

January 3, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor   Air pollution levels in Franklin County are holding their own in the moderate category, even though a temperature inversion that has trapped stagnant air at the surface remains in effect. The Department of Environmental Quality issued its very first air quality advisory for Franklin County on Dec....

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County asks city for help with airport upgrades

January 3, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Franklin County Commissioner Scott Workman said the county is asking Preston City to consider in its next budget year helping to pay for improvements that have been done or are contemplated at the Preston Airport. “We’ve asked for $5,000 to help us pay for several improvements. This past...

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Crossley rewarded for teaching

January 3, 2013
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Preston High School Ag Instructor Larin Crossley works with sophomore Kati Talbot on a welding project before school ended for the holidays.

By ROBERT S. MERRILL Assistant editor Preston High School’s Larin Crossley has received a nationwide Outstanding Teacher Award for his efforts as an agricultural instructor and will get to drive a new Toyota Tundra for two years as part of the recognition. Crossley is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National...

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