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May 15th, 2012

Stoddard reporters tour newspaper office

May 16, 2012

Stoddard fifth graders toured the Morning News office Tuesday on a field trip.
Students in Kristine Barrus' classroom produced two newspapers this school year.
"We had to ask the five "w's"—who, what, where, why and when," said Daniel Andrade. "Then we had to make up some stories."
Co-editor Austin Andrews wrote about volcanoes.

Chamber director resigns

May 16, 2012

The executive director of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Potato Museum has submitted her resignation.
"I want to spend more time with my daughters at the age that they are now," said Leah Rigby, who has been in her position for the past 14 months. She noted that her daughter Madison is 14 and is involved in several activities. Brittnie, a student at BYU-Idaho, will turn 21 later this year.
In addition, she has two granddaughters and a grandson, ages 3, 1 1/2 and 1 1/2.

May 14th

30 years of cutting hair and still going strong

May 14, 2012

Although she's one of those people who styled her dolls' hair, Kathy Tauscher didn't plan on doing hair as a living.
At least not initially.
"I worked as a waitress at the Tree House when it closed unexpectedly," she said of a local restaurant. "My mom encouraged me to train so I went to the Blackfoot College of Beauty with my twin sister (Karen Martin)."
That was over 30 years ago. She started KaDee's In Style with Debbie Palmer and the two worked as partners for four years. She and Dena Tauscher were partners for 10 years.

Local businesses see Dr. Oz effect

May 14, 2012

Local retailers in the vitamin, weight loss and herbal supplement business are making a point to watch Dr. Oz on a regular basis after seeing the 'Oz Effect' take place first-hand in their stores.
The Dr. Oz Show (now in its 3rd season), appeals mostly to women aged 25-65 and is the second Oprah Winfrey Show television spin-off (second to Dr. Phil) to come from frequent guest appearances on the show.

May 13th

GOP candidates battle for county offices

May 14, 2012

BLACKFOOT – Since no Democrats filed to run for county offices, the only races in Tuesday's primary election are on the Republican ticket. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Candidates running for county offices are:
Commissioner Cleone Jolley from the First District did not run for reelection, so this is an open seat.
Running for County Commissioner, First District, are:
Mark R. Bair from Firth
Merril Blake from Shelley
Steven L. Cederberg from Shelley
Barry F. Johnson from Shelley
Matthew T. Thompson from Shelley

Baby Animal Day draws good crowds

May 14, 2012

Hundreds of families attended baby animal day at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds on Saturday. The event featured a variety of baby animals for children and adults to pet, hold, and watch. Three-year-old Ava Falter, expressed her fascination with the soft furry bunnies, "I want to buy it and put it in my bed!"
Baby animal day was a huge success. Sterling Hatch, founder of the event, said, "We try to expand a little every year."

May 12th

Buhl puts brakes on Snake River softball season

May 12, 2012

AMERICAN FALLS — The Snake River Lady Panthers had one last chance at punching their ticket to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon as they squared off with Buhl in the state play in game. Unfortunately for the girls in black and their large contingent of fans, that goal failed to come to fruition as Buhl ended Snake Rivers season with a 15-8 defeat.
"We didn't play our cleanest game of the year," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "I don't want to take anything away from Buhl, they made the plays when they had to and we didn't but this was a very hard way to end the season."

May 11th

Woman rescues victim of animal cruelty

May 11, 2012

Leslie Schwindt of Rockford has a severe case of "puppy love" when it comes to her newly adopted puppy-affectionately named 'Angel.' However, it doesn't mask her anger over the fact she found Angel in a hayfield in Rockford last week, shot up to five times with a 22-caliber long rifle.

Bingham County inmates get video visitation system

May 11, 2012

Bingham County inmates will soon be able to visually communicate with family and friends through a new video visitation system.
"We are so excited about this new video equipment," said Sheriff Dave Johnson. "Not only is it great for the inmates to be able to communicate face-to-face with their families, but it will help greatly with security issues and save time; no more moving the inmates back and forth to make calls."

Fire fighters pay off reading challenge

May 11, 2012

The second annual Fireman's Reading Challenge caught fire this year with almost all of Blackfoot School District participating along with several from Snake River School District. The total of reading minutes tallied up to nearly 5 million. The firefighters started the contest last year in an effort to engage local students in reading.
Winning this years contest was Ridgecrest Elementary with a total of 1,563,671 minutes read by 430 students. This was 500,000 minutes more than the next closest school.

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