District 25 eliminates school-of-choice policy

The School District 25 Board of Trustees held a meeting Wednesday night at Pocatello High school during which they eliminated a decades-old school-of-choice policy. The board eventually decided to table its decision on school boundary changes until a later date. Shelbie Harris / Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — A unanimous decision by the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees on Wednesday eliminated a 2-decade-old policy that allowed students to choose what high school they wanted to attend.

Tax credits attached to Bonneville project

Construction on an approximately $11 million project to renovate the Bonneville Hotel is expected to begin in September and conclude a year later. Monte LaOrange /mlaorange@postregister.com

It’s hard not to notice construction of the multimillion dollar mixed-use retail space at Broadway Street and Memorial Drive. This year, expect similar activity at the nearby Bonneville Hotel.

Otter, Little tout health care order

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter poses for a portrait on Wednesday. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Walking down the green-carpeted hallways of Mountain View Hospital, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter toured the facilities before holding a news conference to tout his executive order to let health insurance companies sell cheaper plans that don’t comply with all the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

Managers to continue studying Yellowstone

Cars line up at Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance gate in West Yellowstone, Mont. Last year marked the second busiest year in the park’s history, with 4,116,525 visits. Jacob W. Frank / National Park Service

Since 2008, annual visitation to Yellowstone National Park has increased 40 percent. The influx of people taxes park resources — both staff and biological.

Yellowstone bison illegally released from pens

Yellowstone National Park staff are scrambling to locate and recapture 52 bison that were illegally released from their pens at the park’s Stephens Creek facility. Park staff move bison in Stephens Creek bison pens in this January 2015 photo. Jim Peaco / National Park Service

Yellowstone National Park staff are scrambling to locate and recapture 52 bison that were illegally released from their pens at the park’s Stephens Creek facility.

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