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Our next BIG STORY: Gem State small schools grapple with small numbers

Small schools across Idaho rely on creativity and planning to address challenges in practice and play. In this week’s Big Story, Sports Reporter Ben Jones delves into the difficult reality of some of the Gem State’s smallest high school girls basketball programs. This second installment complements last week’s coverage of small high school boys basketball programs.

Health Care Buzz: Health care challenges, outreach expanded, more glossary of terms and the continuing scams

Welcome to 2020! As we begin a new decade, the challenges of understandable healthcare issues will continue to be a major stress in our lives. The election cycle adds confusion when clarity is preferred. Most of us, however, don’t understand our health care benefits until we need them — whether it is worker’s compensation, commercial, liability, traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage.

Quick, healthy meals: Minidoka County educator’s Instant Pot program explodes across the country

Minidoka County's family and consumer sciences educator has developed an cooking program using the Instant Pot, which is being adopted by extensions around the country.

$22 million available in rural transit funds through Nov. 12

BOISE — More than $22.3 million is available for Idaho’s rural transit service providers through Nov. 12 from the Idaho Transportation Department Public Transportation Office. There are public transportation services in 43 of the 44 Idaho counties.

Register Now for Over 60 and Getting Fit and Active Aging Classes at CSI

TWIN FALLS — Registration is now open for Over 60 and Getting Fit and Active Aging classes at the College of Southern Idaho. CSI, in partnership with the Office on Aging, has sponsored the Over 60 program every fall and spring semester for more than 30 years.

Register for Kindergarten Readiness Program in Rupert

RUPERT — A free six-week summer program to help children get ready for kindergarten will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. July 2 to Aug. 8, with the exception of July 4. It will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Parish Hall behind St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Sixth and I streets in Rupert.

Arts and Humanities Scholarship recipients announced

KETCHUM — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has announced the winners of its 2019 Arts and Humanities Scholarship program which provides monetary awards to local students and educators to help advance their education and experience in the arts. A private reception to honor this year’s scholarship winners was held April 9.