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Geodesic Dome Now Available for Camping in Downey

A new type of glamping experience is now available in Southeast Idaho. Instead of spending the night outdoors in a tent, you could spend it in a dome away from home. In rural Downey, in the middle of peace and quiet, sits a geodesic dome. The Howe family had 1,000...
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Man who failed to report roommate’s death and sold his property enters plea agreement

POCATELLO — A Downey man who lived in the home of his dead friend for days and sold that friend’s property has reached a plea agreement. Joshua Jay Bluemel, 38, has agreed to enter guilty pleas for felony charges of destruction of evidence and possession of methamphetamine, court records show. The Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office will dismiss a felony charge for failure to report a death in exchange for the plea.
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'I feel lucky': Hyde Park kids and their dog fend off cougar cub

HYDE PARK — A brother and sister in Cache Valley had a close call with a cougar cub that they mistook for a cat. Sixteen-year-old Lucy and 9-year-old Jackson Britsch were walking with their dog Harley on what should have been a routine stroll. "Jackson pointed out he saw...

Marsh Valley High graduate represents US in basketball abroad

Payton Howe, a recent graduate of Marsh Valley High School, traveled abroad to represent the U.S. in basketball at the United World Games in Austria. Howe was selected to play on the U.S. team by PhD Hoops, a training and travel organization, based on his skills and character. The UWG in which he played in Austria is the largest youth tournament in Europe. This year’s tournament featured 15 sports and...

Miles, Travis H.

Travis H Miles, 56, passed on June 25, 2022. He was born to Gerald Henry Miles and Helen Priscilla Hansen in Logan, Utah on August 14, 1965. At the young age of seven, Travis was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which led to many hardships in his life. Travis graduated from Sky View High School in 1983 and later received several certifications from Bridgerland Applied Technology Center. In 1989 after being on dialysis due to diabetes complications, Travis received a kidney transplant at the age of 24 which failed almost immediately after. He was lucky to receive a second transplant which proceeded to last him almost 30 years. In 1995 Travis married Heather Glenn, and they lived in Smithfield, Utah until 2005 when they divorced. In 2006 Travis met the love of his life, LaNette Hansen, and married into his forever family; becoming father to 4. Austin, Arron (Audrey), Angela (Jim and Zoey), and Kyle. They lived in Hyde Park, Utah where they built their family home. Travis and LaNette divorced in 2014; however, his relationship with his family remained unbreakable. His daughter Angela and he remained especially close. Travis was lovingly called Papa by his grand daughter Zoey. Travis started working at Bourns in 1992 and continued there until he retired in 2020 when he started dialysis for the second time. Travis was a friend to all and was passionate about affecting the most positive change in people. He was often heard saying, "Don't waste your energy being upset. Let it roll off of you like water off a ducks back." Travis is greatly loved by so many and will be especially missed. Funeral services will be on Friday, July 1st at the Smithfield LDS chapel, 79 E 200 S in Smithfield. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E Center in Logan, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the IMC Transplant Center 5169 S. Cottonwood St., No. 320, Murray, UT 84107, in memory of Travis Miles. To view the funeral live visit the link provided at under his obituary.

Cole named Miss Idaho Days Queen

The theme of this year’s Miss Idaho Days Scholarship Pageant was “Reach for the Stars.” Six young ladies who reside in Franklin: McKenzie Murphy, Kylee Chatterton, Rylee Morrison, Madison Wood, Mickayla Robertson and Baylee Cole, participated in the event competing for the Miss Idaho Days crown at the Franklin stake center on June 24. Each contestant received a $100 scholarship for participation.

Artful Living: Richmond couple creates fairyland property between life and travel adventures

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of stories by Cache Valley freelance writer Cindy Knowles based on the idea that everyone has an interesting story to tell. Cindi Gardner lives in a residential Richmond neighborhood, but walking up the winding path to her home through the woods and florals would make you think differently. Her two-acre piece of property that has been planted and cultivated by her, and her husband, David, has created a beautiful oasis in Richmond.

Idaho Days: A fun time for everyone

Franklin City, Idaho, residents, out-of-state visitors and family reunions gathered on June 23-25 for the three-day celebration of the 162th year of the first and oldest permanent settlement in Idaho. Keeping with the traditions of the Idaho Days’ past, events that have become staples of a very full, fun-packed weekend...

Lava Hot Springs thrives as a wellness attraction

Wellness tourism and mineral and thermal springs took a bath during the COVID-19 pandemic, but both sectors are predicted to rebound dramatically over the next five years, according to a press release from the Lava Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The town is already seeing “a robust turnaround,” said the release. Prior to the pandemic, wellness tourism expenditures and mineral and thermal pool revenues were experiencing strong growth in North America and worldwide, according to the Global Wellness Institute’s December 2021 report, “The Global Wellness...