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December 11th

Eugene Joseph Pfaff, 84

December 11, 2012

Eugene Joseph Pfaff, 84, of Fort Hall passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at his home.
 Eugene was born Sept. 30, 1928 in Afton, Mo., to Joseph Erving Pfaff and Anna Conrad Pfaff. He received his education in St. Louis, Mo.  He then joined the United States Army and served from the end of World War II until the beginning of the Korean War. 
On July 22, 1950 Eugene married Daeline Pugmire in Blackfoot. 

December 10th

Blackfoot School District officials release documents about pact with former superintendent

December 11, 2012

Former Blackfoot School District superintendent Scott Crane received nearly a quarter million dollars in the employment separation agreement signed between Crane and the school district.
The separation agreement was released on Monday.
Crane's separation agreement was signed April 20, 2012, four days before the trustees "approved the agreement as executed by Employee B-2012 and the Chairman of the Blackfoot School District Board of Trustees on behalf of the board," as stated in the board minutes of the April 24 meeting.

School district officials admit errors

December 10, 2012

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.

December 9th

Winter walkers learn about downtown businesses

December 10, 2012

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.

Kids, law officers shop, wrap together

December 10, 2012

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.

December 8th

Wake-Up Call has ribbon-cutting

December 8, 2012

While Wake-Up Call has been in Blackfoot for 10 years, it's in its third location in the past three years.
That's because Keshone Schneider, who started there as a junior at Blackfoot High School, and her husband Darin have bought the business and have put it in the center of town. Its address is 790 West Bridge.
"My goal is to bring the store back to a good sit-down coffee shop," Keshone said. But there's more.
She noted that she will continue to sell purses and LA Idol women's jeans as the former owner did. And. she has added more clothing items.

Ex-teacher wins suit against School District No. 55

December 8, 2012

The Blackfoot School District has three days to comply with District Judge David Nye's decision that the specifics of a contracted service must be made public.
The judge ruled in favor of Plaintiff Joyce Bingham and The Post Register and against Defendant/Respondent Blackfoot School District 55 on Friday.
Bingham, a former teacher in the district, was the first to publicly question the payout of $105,428 paid by Blackfoot School District for contracted services on July 2, 2012.
"I'm glad the law was followed," said Bingham. "I'm glad the judge read the law the way I did."

December 7th

Broncos draw first blood

December 8, 2012

BLACKFOOT — With the score tied at 45-45 and just over two minutes remaining in the huge cross river rivalry game between the Broncos and the Panthers junior McKye Watt stepped up and drilled a three pointer from the baseline. After a missed three on the other end, Watt followed that up with another three ball from the opposite corner to give his team a 51-45 lead.
Unlike years past however, the Watt in question was wearing Bronco green and those shots proved critical as the Blackfoot squad evened their season record at 2-2 with a 54-50 win over Snake River.

John Michael Reading, 62

December 7, 2012

John Michael Reading, 62, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at his home.
\He was born April 20, 1950 in Chadron, Neb., to John William and Betty Jean Feldhousen Reading.  John was raised and attended school in Chadron.       
On July 7, 1973 he married Kay Marie Larsen in Rexburg.  After their marriage they lived in Nebraska for two years, then moved to Pocatello for a year and a half.  They moved to Blackfoot in 1977.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on March 17, 1979. 

Brown works for veterans

December 7, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Kenneth Finis Brown looks you in the eye and speaks of the sacrifices made by veterans to keep this country free.
"Patriotism is not dead," he said.
Brown has been working for veterans for the past 50 years.
Born in Peoria, Ill., in 1922, Brown is a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate from 1943-1945. He served on convoy duty.
Brown sailed the world, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters as well as in the Mediterranean.

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