November 13th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Bingham County Sheriff's Department and Blackfoot City Police cooked, served and bussed tables at Rupe's Burgers on Thursday in hopes of earning some generous tips for the Santa's Helpers program.
Sponsored by the Bingham County Sheriff's Department, Santa's Helpers is a program that helps assist families in need with Christmas gift giving. Up to 100 families are selected to receive help with the program each year.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) â€” Oregon police agree it was a bad first date.
They say a 23-year-old man met a woman for the first time in person Monday night after they talked online. She hopped into his vehicle at a drive-through restaurant in Wilsonville, south of Portland, and suggested he buy her a milkshake.
Sgt. Dan Kraus says the man got two $1 bills in change and put them into his wallet, which he left on the center console. Kraus says the woman grabbed the wallet, got out of the car and ran off.
On Saturday open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges begins again.
To help people understand what's available, a free Health Insurance Exchange Forum is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. this evening at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
Today and Friday, Idaho residents may anonymously shop www.YourHealthIdaho.org or call 1-855-YHIdaho (1-855-944-3246) to examine plans and rates before the enrollment period opens.
The enrollment period opens Saturday and will close on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) â€” A federal judge sentenced a West Virginia woman to five years in prison for trafficking nearly 300 pounds of marijuana in a recreational vehicle through Yellowstone National Park on the last of several trips she said she made between California and West Virginia.
Daphne Watkins, 53, pleaded guilty to one felony count. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl on Friday recommended imprisonment at a minimum-security facility in West Virginia.
He ordered Watkins to forfeit the RV, a 2003 Monarch Monaco, and $3,500 in cash found inside.
POCATELLO â€”Â While the weather outside has turned frightful, the high school football season is down to the final four in each of the state's six classification's.
Bingham County has continued to show its football dominance as four teams are still alive in this weekend's semifinals.
Blackfoot, Snake River, Shelley and Aberdeen will all take to the Holt Arena turf over the weekend looking to claim a spot in next week's state championship games.
MERIDIAN â€“ Samantha Lange, 24, had a good reason to miss her departmentâ€™s new student orientation at Idaho State University-Meridian in late August.
Richard â€śChuckyâ€ť Evan Huerta, 47, of Pocatello, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 14, 1967 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Fermin Huerta and Ella Mae Bercier.Â He spent his youth in Texas and returned to Idaho in 1988.Â He attended school in Falfurrias, Texas. Â
In 1998 he married Brianna Power; they were later divorced.Â On April 14, 2012 he married Cindy Johnson in Pocatello.
Richard worked for the City of Pocatello in the sanitation department; he was known as â€śI. R. Garbage Manâ€ť.
Julie Ann Daley, 60, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 27, 1954 in Shelley, Idaho, to Wayne Clifford and Verla Salverson.Â She was attended school in Shelley and Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High in 1972.Â Following high school she had various college experiences.
On June 10, 1975 she married Richard Eldon Daley in Blackfoot, Idaho.Â They made their home in the Blackfoot area.
AMSTERDAM (AP) â€” If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace.
The Dutch royal family uses the stately Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam as a working palace, not a residence. But the building's dark arches provide a favored spot for urination, often at night, out of sight of police who regularly patrol the palace vicinity.
After a multimillion-euro renovation ended in late 2011, people began urinating against the palace's sandstone facade. That prompted authorities to put up a fence.
FIRTH â€” Speaking at the 21st annual Firth High School Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Col. Guy Hollingsworth said, "please understand, freedom is hard to come by and even harder to hold on to."
Quoting a former Secretary of Agriculture he didn't name, Hollingsworth pointed out that only one-half of one percent of the men and women who have been and are now on the Earth have enjoyed the freedom "that you and I enjoy today. Many people are envious of what we have."