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LDS missionaries safe after Taiwan earthquake

REXBURG — All LDS missionaries serving in Taiwan are safe after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the country yesterday. President Kurt Blickenstaff, president of the Taiwan Taichung mission, sent an email to all missionaries’ parents saying the missionaries were safe and there was no significant damage to missionary apartments, according to Deseret News. The earthquake’s epicenter was near…

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New music venue opens in Rexburg

 50 College Avenue in Rexburg, Idaho, has been the hub for many businesses over the past few years. It has been transformed from Sammy’s, to Zeeke’s and now Skizzy’s.  “I feel like I have a good team of people helping me that I’ve hired to help me do the marketing, social media, just, like, connect…


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Punxsutawney Phil said winter is over!

Written by Natalie Simpson, @byuiscroll Tuesday, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, and according to tradition, an early spring can be expected. “Interpreting Phil’s behavior, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, ‘There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast,’” according to NPR. However, Phil was not the only groundhog…

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US Peace Corps comes to BYU-Idaho

By Sam Dalton, @_SamDalton The United State Peace Corps will be holding its first ever recruiting meeting on BYU-Idaho’s campus Feb. 25 in the Manwaring Center. Amber Gomes, the recruiter for the Peace Corps in Idaho, will be meeting with interested students in MC 380 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to give more information about the Peace…


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Former BYU-Idaho employee arrested

Written by Torry Barnes, @TorryBarnes A former BYU-Idaho employee is facing felony charges after stealing thousands of dollars from the school with campus credit cards, according to a Rexburg police report. John Bottema, a former employee in the accounting office, in the Spencer W. Kimball Student and Administrative Services building, is accused of withdrawing around $6,200…

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Idaho healthcare budget presented

Written by Natalie Simpson, @byuiscroll The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare began their legislative budget presentation Monday, Jan. 18. The overview continued each day and was completed Thursday, Jan. 21. The presentation covered budgets for Health and Welfare, Indirect Support Services, Public Health Services, Medicaid, Mental Health Services, Health Care Policy Initiatives, Psychiatric Hospitalization,…


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“Trump”et in a new America

Editor’s note: The following is a column from the editorial staff. When Donald Trump first announced his plan to campaign for president, I thought it was a joke. As Donald Trump has dominated the Republican polls, I’ve been completely dumbfounded. What do people see in this guy? How could he possibly still be in the…

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Church responds to LGBT suicide reports

Written by Torry Barnes, @Torrybb The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded Thursday to a report of rapid suicide rates among the LDS LGBT community, according to the Deseret News. “Every soul is precious to God and to the Church, and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking,” church spokesman said to Deseret News. “We…

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Cruzin’ for the Constitution

Editor’s Note: The following is a column from the editorial staff. Freedom is very inconvenient. It requires sacrifice, selflessness and a thick skin. Very rarely does freedom ask how one feels. Rather it asks what is right. Freedom is also fragile. “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people…


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