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July 30th, 2012

Idaho State's Josh Hill ready for solid senior season

July 31, 2012

With his senior season rapidly approaching, Idaho State's Josh Hill feels a sense of urgency.
Hill, who was a member of Blackfoot's state championship team in 2007, will be one of the Bengals' key players on offense as they seek to build on last season's 2-9 record.
Last season Hill started at tight end and caught 48 balls for 407 yards and one touchdown. In his career he has caught 73 passes for 640 yards and four touchdowns.

4-H Fair begins with rabbit judging

July 31, 2012

Rabbits were the first animals to be judged at the Bingham County 4-H Fair Monday morning.
Rabbit judging is a quiet as, well, a rabbit.
"It's a quiet contest," said judge Matt Rosenberg. "In showmanship, I have a list of questions I ask the exhibitors."
The questions can range from common diseases in rabbits to specifics about the 49 breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
The judge also watches how the exhibitor handles his/her rabbit in the competition. Is the rabbit calm? Does the rabbit sit quietly? Is the exhibitor watching the judge?

New Snake River leader seeks to maintain district's winning ways

July 30, 2012

Snake River Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk wants to continue the winning ways of the Snake River School District in all aspects of school life—academic, athletic, fine arts and agricultural programs.
"This school is important to the community," Gabrylczyk said. "People work hard to facilitate a variety of programs.
"People care about kids," the superintendent said. "It's exciting to be part of it."
Among the changes he is proposing is a strategic plan in the district.

Bingham County fires contained

July 30, 2012

Those in and around Bingham County should be able to breathe a bit easier as fires burning east of Blackfoot on the Fort Hall Reservation are close to full containment.
Jason Fallon, information specialist for Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District, said the Steven Peak fire, which scorched 850 acres is 100 percent contained. The larger Ridge Top fire (combined with the East Fire) has blackened 16,630 acres and is at 55 percent containment.

Pumpkin chuckers needed for catapult contest

July 30, 2012

Richard Johnson understands that all students are not classroom learners.
"Some of us don't function in a classroom," said Johnson, who is conducting the Angry Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest on Oct. 5 and 6.
Registration for the contest, which requires teams of students, members of clubs, etc., to build a catapult to launch a six-pound pumpkin for distance is now open. The cost is $15 for egg launchers, $25 for amateurs and $50 for professionals.

Fires blacken reservation lands

July 30, 2012

Dan Mielke captured this image of fires which blackened Fort Hall Reservation lands east of Blackfoot on Saturday night. By Monday morning all the fires had been contained but they continued to burn and push smoke into Bingham County's skies.

July 29th

Rollin' for a Cause fights diabetes

July 30, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Susan Jensen and Colleen Morgan are rollin' out their cause in a big way. The annual rally for Type 1 Diabetes known as "Rollin' for a Cause" is the result of the cumulative efforts of two ladies who saw the heartache and financial distress caused by the disease and wanted to make a difference. The team is affecting the lives of several Bingham County residents who know firsthand the difficulties of diabetes.
The proceeds of the event will be going to local families struggling with the extra medical expenses of Type 1 Diabetes.

July 28th

Cats end Broncos season 4-2

July 28, 2012

AMMON — The Blackfoot Broncos American Legion season came to a disappointing end on Saturday morning as the Eastern Division leading Madison Cats came from behind for a 4-2 win over the Broncos at Hillcrest High School relegating the Broncos to a tie for fifth in the district tournament.
"We played good ball, I thought that we played good enough to get a win today," Blackfoot skipper Jeff Katseanes said. "Madison are the number one team in their district and we had a great battle with them. We have nothing to hang our heads about."

July 27th

Shoshone-Bannock Hotel has soft opening

July 28, 2012

The customer service was impeccable and the pride was evident among all the employees, from the bellman at the front door to the women serving coffee in the deli, at Friday's soft opening of the sparkling new $47 million Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
Members of the tribe broke ground on the 83-acre plot of land in April of 2011, and what was approximately a 14-month construction project, is now a crown jewel in East Idaho, ready and open for business.

ISP trooper raising money for Special Olympics

July 28, 2012

Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera made camp on the top of Tommy Vaughn's Thursday evening to raise money for Special Olympics. He will come down from his rooftop perch at 9 p.m. this evening.
It's all part of Blackfoot's first "Cop on Top" event, a fundraiser created to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics are a sports training and athletic competition of "Olympic-like" sports for children and young adults with intellectual difficulties.
"We're very happy to help with the Special Olympics," said Camille Rupe.

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