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Bats were sleeping in class, too: A bat infestation prompted a Salt Lake City high school to cancel its after-school programs so school workers could root out the flying mammals. Janitors at the city?s West High School rounded up more than 300 bats from Monday through Wednesday, prompting the school to close its doors Wednesday afternoon. Some flying bats were caught in midflight by janitors using butterfly nets. Others were found sleeping in classroom corners. A Salt Lake City School District spokesman said the high school lies in a migratory bat path. ? Associated Press TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWS- PRESS, CALL (208) 752-1120 © Copyright 2017 News-Press Vol. 33, No. 50 Web: By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor PINEHURST ? A seemingly tense situation that occurred last Saturday between local law enforcement and a suicidal man came to a tragic end Monday when the man took his own life. On Sept. 16, deputies with Shoshone County Sheriff?s Office (SCSO) and an officer with the Osburn Police Department (OPD) responded to a residence at 605 Lewiston Ave. in Pinehurst for a report of a male subject allegedly threating several persons with a firearm. Tonia Brown, the Pinehurst SCSO deputy, explained in her incident narrative that the alleged threats stemmed from an earlier on-going argument between the male, identified as 67-year old David A. Hill, and several family members. The disagreement reached a boiling point that, according to one of the involved family members, ended with Hill shouting ?I will shoot you, you bastard. Get the f*** out of my house!? and ?Get off my property!? as the family members exited the home. As they left, one of the family members also told deputy Brown that Hill said he would commit suicide if the police showed up. Another family member stated that they knew Hill, an avid gun enthusiast, was armed because they could see the outline of a gun in right front pocket before they left. Upon arrival at approximately 4 p.m., SCSO

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Man involved in standoff commits suicide

A construction worker roofing the section of roof above the entryway into the church.

A new roof for the old Mission

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter CATALDO ? The Historic Cataldo Mission has been receiving much-needed repairs over the summer, including the daunting task of replacing the 40-year old roof of the church. What many people may not realize is how much effort goes into repairing and preserving a building like the Cataldo Mission. ?We had to take a 6-hour class on the history and importance of preservation,? said Gabe Bujko, a project superintendent with Ginno Construction. ?The class was very thorough and went back all the way to Greeks, because the construction of the Mission is based on Greek architecture.? While the project had The new cedar roof on the Cataldo Mission. many facets to it, including some minor repairs and maintenance efforts, the main project is the $200,000 roof repair that has needed to be done for a few years. ?We had been wanting to get the roof redone for a while, but Photos by Josh McDonald we were waiting on Federal funding,? Old Mission State Park direc- See MISSION, A7 Captain Jeremy Groves explained in a press release that law enforcement (LE) took no risks and established a perimeter around the residence ?for safety reasons until all information could be gathered and processed.? Deputies, many equipped with semi-automatic rifles, taped off sections of the street and See STANDOFF, A6

Rural schools funding in limbo

Possible SRS decline has county, school officials worried

By JOSH MCDONALD Staff Reporter WALLACE ? Each year, Shoshone County receives a chunk of money from the Federal Government in the form of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funds. These funds have been vital to the existence of rural schools (such as our schools) and roads over the past 16 years. The Secure Rural Schools Act was initiated in 2000 and has provided consistent funding for more than 775 rural counties and 4,400 schools located near national forests across the U.S. The Act also helps pay for restoration and stewardship projects on our public lands and forests. Idaho currently boasts more than 20 million acres of National Forest (second only to California) and received $23,470,051.88 (or about $1.15 per acre) in SRS money. Prior to the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Act being introduced, rural counties and schools received 25 percent of the revenues generated from timber sales from our national forests. This system prior to SRS was slowly having a negative effect on communities, such as Shoshone County, that depended on the forests for various jobs, resources, and recreational uses. See FUNDING, A5

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