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The sign’s are very distinct and very much to the point. No dumping. If you are going to use the public area for target practice, pick up after yourself. If you want to four-wheel or motorcycle through fragile high desert terrain, stay to the designated paths.

A new business will be coming to Gem County this summer after the Gem County Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit allowing light industrial activity at the former Merrill’s Egg Farm off Star Lane.

The number of Idaho’s seniors – people age 65 and older – grew nearly 8 percent from mid-2016 to mid-2017, the highest percentage of all age groups. Overall the state experienced a significant population increase of nearly 37,000 or 2.2 percent across all age groups for the same time period,…

In June 2018, 22 homes sold in Gem County, leaving 73 new and existing homes available for sale at the end of the month — down 6.4 percent from the same month last year, but up 25.9 percent from May 2018.

For three decades the Emmett community has been home to a pair of events that has put the city on the map – or at least on the road circuit for car enthusiasts. They have been a combination that works well and they both return this Saturday.

The Elderly Opportunity Agency in Emmett is now offering free transportation opportunities for seniors and disabled in the community. The new travel service is not limited to Emmett destinations only but to health and nutrition destinations throughout the Treasure Valley.

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A wide spectrum of athletes turned out Saturday to participate in the first Emmett Ninja Warriors competitions at the Gem Island Sports Complex. The competitive obstacle course designed and erected as a senior project by Robert Plaster, provided for head to head competition and time individu…

Emmett High welcomed a new athletic director last week as Gavin Watson was hired for the position. Watson will be coming to Emmett from New Plymouth where he has been a coach and activities director for the past two years.

The Emmett High football team candidates have already had a busy summer of getting to know new coach Rich Hargitt. A floating number of 40 to 60 kids have frequented the summer workout program — concentrating on the weight room and getting familiar with Hargitt’s spread offensive scheme.

As Emmett High athletes near the end of their high school playing careers, it appears that some of the intense focus on a single sport gets a bit blurry. For at least a couple of Huskies seniors, the focus actually broadened out this year as each embraced a “foreign” originated sport just fo…

While it’s not exactly a call of “surf’s up,” the float season in southwest Idaho officially got underway June 22 when Ada County officially opened the Boise River to tubers and floaters. In Gem County, the season doesn’t really have an official opening – or closing.

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The staff of the Messenger Index has enjoyed weeding, planting, and teaching some kids about the Youth Learning Community Garden located at the Emmett City Park next to the blue storage building. Gem County Commissioner Bill Butticci has been in charge of this project for years. Our staff ha…

The 30th annual Emmett Show and Shine is on Saturday, July 21, 2018. This has become one of the largest collector car shows in southern Idaho. We are expecting over 800 classic, hot rod, rat rod or just about any type of car, truck or motorcycle you can imagine.

What makes a show car? Is it the wheels, the engine, the amount of chrome?

Wednesdays following the Emmett City Council meetings tend to be unusually busy for Emmett’s City Clerk, especially those occurring during the new budget preparation time frame. Besides preparing minutes from the night before covering both the Budget Work Shops and the regular meetings, ther…

Attention all BSU Bronco fans! We are pleased and so excited to tell you that the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office is coming to the Emmett Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 21!

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During 2017, when I was involved in the campaign race for Emmett City Council, I repeatedly commented on the need for communication and transparency to be formed between the city leaders and our citizens. After being sworn into the council position this past January, I developed a Facebook p…

Recently I wrote this newspaper about the wonderful railroad nostalgia in Emmett (sedentary monster locomotives, idled scenic passenger cars, the depot) available trackside at Blaser Park; fine for looking backward, but no value looking forward, of course. Even viewed in its best light, an A…

The first few days of summer vacation were hard on Billy. He was there, at his appointed post – that being the school crossing – at the right time of morning, but look as he may, he couldn’t find any kids.

My wife, Donna, looked out the window and saw two little girls. The girls are about nine years old and are good friends. Both of them are from single parent homes and have struggled in the tough situations they have found themselves in. We have watched these little girls, who were already qu…

So thankful for honest people, my grandson lost his wallet this weekend in Emmett with $300 in it. Someone found it and called Eagle High School to find the owner!!! Thank you, thank you.

Many anglers have driven by the South Fork of the Payette River, gazed into its translucent, Coke-bottle green water and wondered “where are the trout?”

A wide spectrum of athletes turned out Saturday to participate in the first Emmett Ninja Warriors competitions at the Gem Island Sports Complex. The competitive obstacle course designed and erected as a senior project by Robert Plaster, provided for head to head competition and time individu…

A new business will be coming to Gem County this summer after the Gem County Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit allowing light industrial activity at the former Merrill’s Egg Farm off Star Lane.

Emmett High welcomed a new athletic director last week as Gavin Watson was hired for the position. Watson will be coming to Emmett from New Plymouth where he has been a coach and activities director for the past two years.

The Emmett High football team candidates have already had a busy summer of getting to know new coach Rich Hargitt. A floating number of 40 to 60 kids have frequented the summer workout program — concentrating on the weight room and getting familiar with Hargitt’s spread offensive scheme.