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Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Pets: More than just a want Psychological benefits of owning a furry friend

Nicolas Sloan, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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With Christmas right around the corner, many children all over the US dream of getting a new puppy or kitten for Christmas, and research shows that that could be a great idea. Countless studies have shown that pet-owners, compared to families or individuals without pets, show less signs of stress, high...

Students help animals at local shelter

Students help animals at local shelter

Tania Carrillo Malagon

December 14, 2017


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Approximately 100 Cats and dogs in Idaho Falls are without a home this Christmas. According to Gayle Contreras, who works at the Idaho Falls Animal Shelter, cats and dogs aren’t being spayed or neutered, and most of the time the animal owners can’t afford to have extra animals to take care of so...

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Worldwide Cultural Celebrations

Shay Harris, Reporter

November 15, 2017


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The celebration of Thanksgiving in different countries are quite different than what we do here in America. For example Norwegians refer to the holiday as Høsttakkefest, which directly translates to “Harvest Thanksgiving Feast.” However, the roots mostly reflect both religious and secular tradition...

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

November 13, 2017


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El Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2. Many think it is similar to Halloween, but it is a different holiday. It is a day to honor the dead and remember their life. The living use this holiday to connect with the dead. Famil...

Haunted Attractions

Shay Harris, Brittany Corona, Shelby Lee, and Cassidy Monson

October 24, 2017


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Ammon Cemetery The Ammon Cemetery has long been known as a spot for paranormal activity. One common tale of the cemetery that has circulated around is that a girl named Susan Marie Gulkstein climbs up a tree next to her grave and watches people visiting loved ones. The story is that the girl fatally d...

Loss of Sleep: How Bad Is It?

Loss of Sleep: How Bad Is It?

Marcos Resendiz, Reporter

September 27, 2017


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Sleep deprivation has been a problem for many students and many of them don’t know the impact it can have towards a lot of people. In the long term sleeping is an important part of life and lacking sleep can bring death closer to you than ever. Lack of sleep can cause oneself to not be as alert; even...

Your phone affects how well you sleep

Your phone affects how well you sleep

Emilio Lee

September 27, 2017


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Sleep. It is one of the most important things in order for our bodies to grow, regain energy, and function, along with breakfast being the most important meal of the day. But with today's day and age of advancements with technology, not many people seem to be worried that screens are affecting their bod...

Sleepless in September

Sleepless in September

Keegan Oldham, Co-editor

September 27, 2017


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Nathan Mack (11) at Skyline High School struggles daily with insomnia. “I just go through life constantly tired... (Without insomnia) I am sure that I would be a lot happier in life.” The seriousness of insomnia causes many problems for Nathan. His grades, relationships, and health are all affected. With s...

Safety Tips for drivers

May 25, 2017


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Summer is just around the corner, and road trips may be in your future. With road trips come risks, so make sure you don’t become a statistic. Follow these safety tips when driving. Don’t Be an Aggressive Driver 1.Aggressive drivers are people who drive too fast, fail to yield right of way. 2.Follow oth...

Pump heels, overalls, berry lips and chokers

Pump heels, overalls, berry lips and chokers

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

March 28, 2017


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The only item that has been kissed goodbye without a doubt are chunky platform heels. The ‘90s was a decade full of new trends to try out. More skin was shown. Strapped dresses/shirts and short skirts with stockings were worn to show off shoulders and legs. Nothing screams ‘90s more than plaid and...

CNN Invites Students to Fight Slavery

CNN Invites Students to Fight Slavery

Tania Carrillo Malagon, reporter

March 1, 2017


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Many people think slavery is over, but in reality there are 21-45 million people trapped in slavery all over the world today. CNN is doing a freedom project on March 14 to raise awareness about the slavery that is going on, and they are encouraging schools to do something creative to stand up to slavery...

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