Blackfoot School District trustees admit that they violated Idaho opening meeting laws on March 13, 2012, and April 24, 2012. At a special meeting held Monday, the board passed a resolution acknowledging the open meeting violations, apologizing to the public and vowing to secure training and education on the Idaho Open Meeting Act through the Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney's Office or the Idaho Attorney General.
The violations were brought to the board's attention on Nov. 26, 2012, through a registered letter from the The Post Register in Idaho Falls, said board chairman Scott Reese.
Karili Garcia and her daughter-in-law Katie Garcia were among the first to begin the Eighth Annual Winter Walk on Saturday.
"We did it last year and it was so much fun," Karili said.
"We like to see the businesses and what they have to offer," Katie added.
Each December a group of downtown merchants open their doors and invite the community to enjoy a treat and learn about their businesses. Thirty-two participated this year, up from 28 who took part in 2011.
Papa S.'s Christmas shopping is done, with gifts wrapped and under the tree; however, he's not about to reveal what's inside the packages and ruin a surprise. The 7-year-old student at Stalker Elementary School in Blackfoot, was one of 50 children who spent Saturday morning with a local law enforcement officer shopping and wrapping gifts for their family members as part of Bingham County's Santa's Helpers Program.
Santa's Helpers, sponsored by the Bingham County Sheriff's Dept. and Blackfoot Police Dept., is a program for children in need to go Christmas shopping with an officer.