Island Park News

Stories of the people, critters & events of Island Park & its neighbors.

Island Park News is the community facebook page for Island Park, ID, started in memory of Elizabeth Laden. This was the website for the online version of the Island Park News from 2006 until January of 2012. A new website now offers the Island Park News Go to to find out what's happening in the Eastern Idaho’s Yellowstone-Teton Territory.

I have visited friends a number of times in Island Park when I have been seeing clients in either Bozeman or Idaho Falls. I work for a progressive software company. We are often hired to oversee custom application development for companies requiring specialized, industry-specific needs that are usually outside the scope of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) programs. Often times companies buy COTS components thinking that they will reduce overall system-development costs since components can be bought or licensed instead of being developed from scratch. However, when a company utilizes over the counter COTS software, they’re at the whim of the company that built the software. Imagine the disruptions that could occur if the company's COTS software componant was discontinued? Although the initial cost and development time usually was reduced, far too often the company ends up with an increase in software component-integration work, a dependency on the COT vendor, security issues and incompatibilities from future changes. The custom business and web application development that we create for clients is actually owned by them. They can keep the programs and tools as long as they like. Custom software development alleviates concerns that the one day-in and day-out programs a company relies on will suddenly not be available anymore. I really enjoy traveling to either new or exisiting clients in the Yellowstone vacinity. I have traveled into Yellowstone from the western side of the park with my Island Park friends more than a dozen times, in all season, in the last ten years. To folks that live in the area that may seem paltry, but to others who may have visited Yellowstone only once or never at all, there is envy. This big sky country is fabulous and I am envious of the people who live there year round.

Now for a nostalgic stroll back to the front page of the August 30 2012 EDITION of the Island Park News.

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Elizabeth Laden Passes Away

Elizabeth Josephine Laden-Losch, 63, of Island Park, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of natural causes. She was born Feb. 16, 1949, in Albany, N.Y., to Joseph and Elizabeth Patterson Laden. She married John Losch on Oct. 31, 1992. She studied journalism in college and has been involved in the news and newspaper business ever since graduating. She worked for the Bozeman Chronicle, was a videographer for CNN and a contributor to The Associated Press. She has been the editor and publisher of the Island Park News since 1997.

She was "The Voice" of Island Park. She wrote and published two books, "Mystic Warriors of the Yellowstone" and "Angels of the Unborn." She was civic-minded and very involved in the communities of Island Park and West Yellowstone. She was a member of the P.E.O., the Targhee Women's Club, National Newspaper Association, Society of Environmental Journalists, Chamber of Commerce and many other organizations. She was involved in promoting and helping with breast cancer awareness events.

There is also a community facebook page for Island Park, ID, started in memory of Elizabeth Laden.



The Island Park News Mobile Edition


Wednesday, September 5​
Targhee Women’s Club 
meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Lodgepole Grill at Phillips Lodge. Program: Island Park History. Call Monica the Sunday before to reserve your seat — 558-7868. Lunch is $11, includes tip. Bring exact amount, please. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, September 6
• Henry’s Fork Farmers Market
, 4-7 pm, Mountain Mayhem parking lot in Last Chance. Fresh local produce, homemade desserts, crafts. 
• St. Anthony Area Chamber...


Douglas "Doug" Auger Perry

ASHTON, ID — Douglas “Doug” Auger Perry, 44, passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Ashton. He was born on August 21, 1968 to Mark and Louise Auger Perry...


Work to start on area bridges

ISLAND PARK — Work on the Pond’s Lodge and Mack’s Inn bridges on U.S. 20 will begin Tuesday (Sept. 4), the Idaho Transportation Department announced. The work is scheduled...


Yellowstone will not change winter regs this year

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone will operate under the same winter plan this year as it did in the winter of 2011/2012 and the two winters before that, park officials...


Dateline looks at Angie Dodge's murder case

Judge denies new DNA testing to find Angie’s killer


IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls mother whose daughter was murdered and raped in 1996 wants the man convicted of...


Policy allows wolf hunts in Grand Teton Park

JACKSON, Wyo. — The federal government has moved forward with a policy that will remove wolves from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming, and will...


City announces vacancies

ISLAND PARK — A city of Island Park news release on Tuesday, August 28 notes two vacancies — one paid and one volunteer position.


S&R rescues stranded boaters

ISLAND PARK — On Saturday, September 1, Fremont County Search & Rescue volunteers rescued a Rupert couple and their two dogs whose boat was stranded..


Yellowstone reopens rivers to fishing

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Cooler water temperatures have allowed Yellowstone officials to lift  fishing restrictions from the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison rivers effective Friday, August 31.

Mandatory fishing restrictions...


Yellowstone Fires Update

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK ‚  August 31, 2012 — The fire danger Level in Yellowstone remains at Extreme, and fire restrictions are in effect.

High winds under hot and...


TRLT to host sandhill crane workshop

DRIGGS, ID —Teton Regional Land Trust will celebrate the annual sandhill crane migration through Teton Valley with a 1.5 hour photography workshop with nature photographer...


Shooter's preliminary hearing set for Sept 5


ISLAND PARK —Jerrod Hillman, 34 — the Plano man accused of shooting and wounding a Parker man and shooting at another person, faces...


'Locked and loaded' is not good enough

Firearm safety training is key to smart self-defense – sign up today


ISLAND PARK — Nearly all of Island Park is connected through social...


Celebrating Yellowstone

Mountain Views

Last weekend we enjoyed a relaxing break in Gardiner, MT. Saturday, August 25 was the National Park Service’s anniversary. It’s also the day Yellowstone...


Fishing with Fearless

Marler’s musings

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a story about the trials and tribulations of two good ol’ boys trying to find their way...


Earth minerals critical to U.S.

Guest column

By U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

A dependable supply of rare earth minerals is essential for national security, industrial production, and economic success. However, we import...


Pfeiffer's Pfacts

by Fred Pfeiffer

Eagle owl flies over Asia

We know the eagle and the owl as two different birds. There is, however, a bird known...


City to take time studying Henry's Lake Flat issues


ISLAND PARK — Just six citizens attended the Island Park City Council meeting Thursday, August 23, and that number included Laurie and Steve...


Highway work suspended statewide Labor Day weekend

BOISE — Work that could impact travel will be suspended on all Idaho Transportation Department highway construction projects statewide Sept. 1-3 for the Labor Day...


Caldera Cat Tales

A weekend adventure


Our people went on a trip last week and left Patches and me to fend for ourselves. They left...


County gets grant to replace Warm River Bridge

FREMONT COUNTY — On Monday, Fremont County Parks and Recreation Department Director Tamra Cikaitoga said the county has been awarded a $97,000 Recreational Trails Program...


Forsgren to engineer Mack's Inn sewer upgrade project

FREMONT COUNTY — On Monday, the BOCC chose Forsgren Associates of Rexburg to engineer the Fremont County Mack's Inn Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrade.

Sewer System Supervisor...


BOCC approves taller tower and key card entry to Annex and PA's office

FREMONT COUNTY — On Monday, the Board of Fremont COunty Commissioners (BOCC) and an Information Technology (IT) Department representative agreed that a taller communications tower...


Wildlife Summit drew diverse crowd

People from around the world participated in the Idaho Wildlife Summit the weekend of August 24-26.

The list of those tuning in online spanned the globe,...


Harriman's native plants garden gets bigger and better

ISLAND PARK — The Native Plants Garden Project at Harriman State Park broke ground in the spring of 2010. Volunteers completed a lot of work...


Smart growth group works on PR campaign, elects board

ASHTON — Fremont County Smart Growth Coalition (FCSGC) held its annual picnic and membership meeting Friday August 24 at Ashton City Park.

President Jeff Dufault reviewed...


ASTEP orientation is September 11

ISLAND PARK — Registration and orientation for the 2012/13 school year's After School Tutoring and Enrichment Program (ASTEP) is set for 6 to 7 pm...


Why atheists really don't exist

From "God doesn't believe in athiests" by Ray Comfort

Imagine you are a professed atheist. Answer these questions: First, do you know the combined 


New computer shop opens in St. Anthony

St. ANTHONY —Chuck Arnold says he’s opened The Computer Shop in St. Anthony, “to give our area quality inexpensive service at a fair price.”

Arnold has...


Rangers on the lookout for bad drivers

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Rangers will be on the lookout this weekend for equipment violations, safety violations, and for impaired drivers.

Park staff members are committed to safety...


Southeast Idaho Fires

NORTH CANYON FIRE: This 368 acre fire is located about 20 miles west/northwest of Montpelier, ID. Luckily the gusty winds experienced in the...


Yellowstone warns visitors to give wildlife space

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — One sure sign that fall is just around the corner is that some animals  here in the park are beginning to leave the...


ISU track & field coach killed in irrigation ditch

BINGHAM COUNTY, ID — Idaho State University assistant track and field coach, Jacquelyn R. Poulson, 31, was one of three people electrocuted in a Bingham...



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