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March 25th

City workers seek help battling vandalism

March 25, 2014

City officials are asking the public's help at Jensen Grove.
Scott Hays, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blackfoot, is asking the public to report any suspicious activity there.
"There has been a lot of vandalism this spring, worse than normal," he said. "We need people to report if they see anything out of normal and call the police at 785-1235 or parks and rec at 785-8622.
"Fortunately, the vandals didn't break the door in the women's restroom but we did need to reset the anchors—putting anchors in the block wall to rehang the door," said Hays.

Panthers explode for 14 runs in win over Soda Springs

March 25, 2014

THOMAS — For the first time this season the Snake River High School baseball team took on someone other Bingham County rival Shelley.
After a big first inning in a victory on Saturday, the Panthers and head coach Rich Dunn were looking to put together their first complete game of the season.
The Panthers jumped out quick with four runs in the first and closed out the game with seven runs in the fifth on the way to a 14-4 five inning win over the visiting Cardinals Tuesday afternoon at Snake River High School.

March 24th

Group cleans up BLM land near Groveland

March 24, 2014

Twenty-five volunteers spent four hours on Sunday cleaning up a two-acre area at the end of McDonaldville Road.
"This is all BLM land," said Jerry Wallace, Sunday's clean-up organizer. "It's close to town so a lot of people use it.
"People just trash it," he said. "It's mostly used for target practice so there is glass everywhere."
Wallace posted this project on Facebook. Twenty-five people responded and showed up to help. People came from as far as St. Anthony, Rexburg and Idaho Falls.

March 23rd

Aberdeen man finishes mission in Laos

March 24, 2014

ABERDEEN — At the end of February, Leland Sorensen resumed a journey which had begun on a hilltop in Laos on March 17, 1969.
That's the day Sorensen, a U.S. Air Force pararescueman, tried to rescue F-105 pilot 1st Lt. David Dinan, who had bailed out of his aircraft after attacking an enemy position perhaps as little as 20 miles away.
Sorensen had found the pilot's body but was unable to bring it home.
Last year, after a search of records turned up his name as the one who had seen the pilot last, military officials invited Sorensen to aid in another search.

March 22nd

Panthers scratch out win over Russets

March 22, 2014

THOMAS — With runners on first and second and two outs and facing a one run deficit Shelley's Colt Johnson came to the plate with a chance to tie the game with a base hit.
Two days after losing a close game to Shelley in a crazy windstorm, the Panthers and senior Brad Coombs had a chance to notch their first win of the season if Coombs could retire Johnson.
Coombs jumped out to a quick 0-2 count putting Johnson in a hole. With a tight breaking pitch Coombs struck out Johnson looking to preserve the Panthers 6-5 win Saturday at Snake River High School.

March 21st

Scout builds grave finder sign for Groveland Cemetery

March 21, 2014

Have you ever had difficulty finding grandpa's grave? Help is available at the Groveland Cemetery.
A grave finder sign has been erected at the cemetery. The sign was designed and built by Caleb Adams for his Eagle Scout project.
"At first, I thought of repairing the shed that is worn down," said Adams. "The sexton suggested a sign might be good.
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Former mayor quoted in new book

March 21, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Former Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue offers some insight on the economics of small towns in the new book: "The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America" by Gerald L. Gordon. Virtue, a two-term mayor, retired in January following the swearing-in of Blackfoot's new mayor Paul Loomis.
The book, published December 2013 by CRC Press, contains nearly 100 case studies of small towns, their history, successes and failures, and the economic challenges that small towns face today. The book features a profile of Blackfoot and an interview with Virtue, who was serving as mayor at the time.

March 20th

Schmitt K’s 11 in season opening 4-1win over Snake River

March 20, 2014

SHELLEY — With the wind howling somewhere between 25 and 40 mph Thursday afternoon the talk prior to the Shelley Russets season opener with defending 3A state champion Snake River was focused on how the baseball would react to the wind.
But it became evident in the very first inning that hits would be hard to come by as both the Russets and Panthers had their aces on the mound.
Shelley got a bloop two-RBI single from Stockton Stohl and scratched out two more runs in the fourth on the way to a 4-1 win over the Panthers at Shelley High School on Thursday.

March 19th

Broncos battle with Knights on tennis court

March 19, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Long after all the other matches had finished and most of their teammates had left and gone home the Blackfoot doubles pair of Rachel Cannon and Anna Inskeep were still on the tennis courts of Blackfoot High School engaged in what turned out to be a three set battle.
After dropping the first set 6-4, the duo battle back to take set two 6-4.
But as the winds began to pick up and the spectators began to leave as the temperature dropped Inskeep and Cannon kept battling eventually earning a 7-5 third set win.

Charter School officials correct open meeting violation

March 19, 2014

Members of the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School board corrected a violation of open meeting law during a special meeting on Wednesday. That violation occurred on March 12.
During Wednesday's meeting, board members Gary Larsen, acting chair Kelly Moulton, Bryan Barclay and Steve Elliott voted unanimously to declare the violation.
The board members then declared a vacancy on the board and filled it.
Becki Adams was elected unanimously.

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