August 23rd, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The question is, how many choruses of "I've been working on the railroad" have the men and women who make up the two tie gangs and one surface and lining gang presently working in Bingham County endured?
Between Pocatello and Idaho Falls, two Union Pacific tie gangs, number 62 and number 65, are working to replace ties on the railroad tracks. One Union Pacific surface and lining gang, number 82, works tampering the rails.
Forty-two people are in each tie gang; 30 people are in each surface and lining gang.
BLACKFOOT â€” Lightning sparked several fires throughout Southeast Idaho over the weekend, including two large fires near American Falls and Fort Hall.
The largest, the Garden Fire, burned 1,750 acres southeast of American Falls. The fire started approximately 3 a.m. Sunday and was caused by lightning, according to the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.
Kent G. Ogden, 48, of Glenns Ferry, died on Aug,19, 2011, at Pine, Idaho.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifteen talented individuals performed on stage Saturday night at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, holding their own against the three professional broadway actors they trained with the previous day.
BAGHDADâ€” Members of Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 116th Cavalry Regiment, are reflecting on their tour as they prepare to re-deploy back to their home state of Idaho in the fall. The unit has spent nine months providing security for two camps at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad as one of the force protection units under the 116th Cavalry Brigade, United States Division â€“ Center, in support of Operation New Dawn.
SHELLEY â€” For fun, Ann Christensen from Shelley, and her trained cadaver dogs, Kessa, and Rocco, are working with the Idaho Chapter of the Oregon Trail Association to locate several suspected massacre sites along the Oregon Trial.
"Helping find historical graves is a wonderful break from what I normally use cadaver dogs for," Christensen said. "It was a blast."
To demonstrate the dogsâ€™ abilities to the large group accompanying them, the dogs were started a long way away from a few places graves have been identified.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Blackfoot Bronco's weathered a physical start with the Skyline Grizzlies on Friday afternoon and the got a hat trick from Carlos Flores who scored three second half goals as the Broncos began their 2011 season with a 3-0 victory.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â How would you like to have a dish at Blackfoot's newest restaurant named after you? It could happenâ€”all while helping a good cause.
Bingham County Relay for Life is just $2,000 short of reaching their goal, so they are asking community members to donate $10 by Aug. 31. In exchange, one name will be drawn and a new menu item will be named after them.
For the Morning News
BOISE â€” After their yearlong mobilization and deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn, the deployed members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (116th CBCT) are scheduled to return to the U.S. beginning late this month.
Deployed Army National Guardsmen of the 116th CBCT include about 2,700 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, with about 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Montana and 600 from Oregon.
THOMAS â€“ It is their youngest cast ever and they are doing their hardest show yet, but when the curtain opens Monday night, performers with the Snake River Musical Theatre department will be ready.
The group is teaming up with community sponsors to bring the acclaimed musical production "Phantom of the Opera" to the stage. The show, written and staged by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1986 has been on professional stages all over the world. But it was just recently released by the Rogers and Hammerstein Music Library to high school students across the nation.