Here's a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) ― Former Idaho Republican lawmaker Jack Barraclough has died at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Barraclough's son, Jared Barraclough, told the Post Register (http://bit.ly/OCH6Gn ) that his father suffered a massive stroke earlier this month and died at the hospital on Tuesday. He was 84. Barraclough represented Idaho Falls for seven terms in the Statehouse, taking over as chairman of the House Education Committee in 2004. His tenure in the Legislature lasted through 2006, when he lost a bid for re-election to Democrat Jerry Shively. Before joining the Legislature, Barraclough was a hydrologist and project chief with the U.S. Geological Survey. State Sen. Bart Davis of Idaho Falls said Barraclough was well-respected by other lawmakers for his knowledge of water issues and his work on legislation involving the Snake River Plain Aquifer.