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Archive - Oct 2012

Help available for homeless students

October 31, 2012

Homelessness in a small town may not be as visible as it is in a big city; however, it is still a problem and it is affecting students and families in the community. Officials at Blackfoot School District 55 are reminding those with school aged children (K-12) that help is available through the "McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act," a program to keep kids in school with the supplies, transportation and meals that they need.

Noted violinist performs Saturday

October 31, 2012

Grammy-nominated artist Jenny Oaks Baker is performing in concert at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Snake River High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 per person.
Baker will teach two workshops that will run from 4-6:15 p.m. on Saturday. One is a master class. The subject of the second workshop is yet to be announced.
"A master class is kind of a private lesson in front of an audience," Baker said. "I'm instructing the student as well as the audience.
The price to attend the workshops is $5 per person for one workshop; $8 per person to attend both.
To get tickets, call 684-9684.

County teams will be tested in quarterfinals

October 31, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Well the opening round of the 2A and 3A state football tournament are in the books and as expected, Firth, Shelley and Snake River all advanced through the great eight playoffs and into the quarterfinal round.
Blackfoot won their final regular season game in the snow globe bowl with Rigby and they will kick off their playoff run on Friday. My fearless predictions were a perfect 5-0 last week, although I must confess I was hoping that Aberdeen would spoil my perfect week with a road win at Declo but alas, that was not to be. So, without further ado, my breakdown for this weeks intriguing week of playoff football.

October 30th

Tater Trot scheduled for Nov. 10

October 30, 2012

Last November, 99 individuals pulled on their gloves, hats, and other thermal wear and struck out into the cold, wind, and sleet at the inaugural Blackfoot Tater Trot Run and Walk.  Covering distances of 5 or 10 kilometers, they traversed a portion of the Greenbelt from Veterans' Park, to Jensen Grove, and north to Rose Road. On their return, they were greeted by the smiling faces of volunteers from Community Dinner Table who served up hot, steaming baked potatoes and warm drinks.

First CDT dinner of the year feeds 300

October 30, 2012

A delicious meal of homemade taco soup and cornbread with honey warmed the hearts and the bellies of at least 300 people at the first Community Dinner Table (CDT) dinner of the season at Jason Lee Memorial Church in Blackfoot Tuesday.
The dinner was prepared and served by volunteers from Blackfoot South Stake.
Blackfoot South Stake received a big round of applause when CDT board member Lee Hammett announced that "this is the most people served at the first meal of the season in years."

Halloween the perfect time to sign up for AlertID

October 30, 2012

AlertID is described as a "virtual neighborhood watch" and with Halloween safety on the minds of many parents, now is the perfect time to sign up for this free countywide service. By registering at, anyone can instantly see an "easy to read" map showing where sex offenders are working or living in the area and receive important neighborhood crime and emergency information.

October 29th

Dawn Enterprises conducts open house

October 30, 2012

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month during October, Dawn Enterprises conducted an open house in Blackfoot. The facility is at 280 Cedar St. in Blackfoot.
The company has been in business 35 years. It helps disabled individuals, be they socially, mentally or physically challenged.
On Monday, guests were invited to tour the facility.
In the production part of the business, hoods are contracted to be made for a number of companies or entities.

Stoddard kids kick off annual reading challenge

October 30, 2012

With a resounding "ARRRGHH" and a theme of "Books Ahoy," students at Stoddard Elementary School in Blackfoot kicked off their third annual reading challenge Friday as part of the Idaho Reads! VISTA [Volunteers In Service To America] program.
Annie Tanner, Idaho Reads! VISTA representative for Stoddard, said the whole purpose of the program is to promote family literacy and encourage parent involvement in the school.

Verla Nelson, 77,

October 29, 2012

Verla Evelyn Nelson, 77, of Shelley passed away October 23, 2012 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born May 3, 1935 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Lloyd Sheppard and Vilo Plant. She grew up Blackfoot where she attended school and graduated from Blackfoot High School. She married Wilford Neil Staples August 21, 1954 and their marriage was solemnized May 24, 1965 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He passed away December 13, 1981. She married Raymond Nelson February 28, 1983, He passed away February 24, 1991.

Ronald M. Jensen, 82

October 29, 2012

Ronald M. Jensen, 82 of Basalt passed away October 23, 2012 at EIRMC in Idaho Falls, Idaho surrounded by his loving family.
Ronald was born September 23, 1930 in Basalt, Idaho to Mary Ellen Singleton Jensen and Rulon M Jensen. His father passed away in 1930. Ronald went to grade school in Basalt and was valedictorian of the 8th grade. Ronald graduated from Firth High School where he played football, basketball, and softball, as well as being involved in the Ag program.

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