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BLACKFOOT â€” Carson Hall is going to Disneyland.
The five-year-old Blackfoot boy was selected by the Make-a-Wish Foundation to go to Disneyland to make his wish of meeting Mickey Mouse come true.
Carson was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing and thinking. He is the son of Lisa and Steven Hall of Blackfoot.
â€śHeâ€™s had a hard start,â€ť Lisa said.
BLACKFOOT â€” A train traveling from Idaho Falls to Pocatello spilled dry fertilizer on the tracks as it traveled through Blackfoot Tuesday morning.
The fertilizer, a nitrogen-based dry product often used for commercial purposes, spilled primarily near the crossings at Bridge and Judicial approximately 11 a.m., according to Union Pacific Western Region Director of Media Relations Aaron Hunt. The train carrying the fertilizer is a local one that primarily travels between Idaho Falls and Pocatello with stops along the way in Firth and Blackfoot.
Thurl Bailey autographs his picture for Firth High School students Adrian Campos (left) and Justin Walker. Bailey was a professional basketball player from 1983 through 1999. He played for the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
By LESLIE MIELKE
Â FIRTH â€“ Former NBA basketball player Thurl Bailey spoke to the student bodies of Firth High School, Firth Middle School and A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth Monday morning.
FORT HALL â€“ Educator Brenda Honena has worn many headpieces in her 18 years working in the Blackfoot School District.
In her years with the district, Honena has worked as a teacher, principal and Indian Education Program Director. This is her first year as the principal and her sixth year as the Indian Education Program Director.
Each role has a different emphasis, Honena said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Five kids who committed to remain drug free received a new bike Saturday from the Elks Drug Awareness Program.
The kids entered a raffle sponsored by the Elks Lodge. The drawing was conducted at the Drug Awareness Trailer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair last month. The bike giveaway is just one of the programs the Elks use to teach children and parents about the dangers of illegal drugs.
â€śIt feels good to give some of the kids something back,â€ť said Joe Hewlett, B.P.O.E. Drug Awareness Committee chairman.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot High School football team will have something in common with the pros tonight -- they are going pink. In support of breast cancer awareness month the Broncos have dedicated their senior night to Coach Stan Buckâ€™s wife, Kim and all other breast cancer survivors.
The team will wear pink mouthguards, wristbands, stickers and shoelaces to show their support. Generous donations from Bingham Memorial Hospital and Stadium Sports helped make the event possible. Cheerleaders will also throw pink footballs and other pink items to the crowd.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School District Board of Trustees Thursday voted unanimously to refinance bonds issued in 2002 to finance the construction of the Blackfoot High School Gymnasium and the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The School Districted held a competitive bond sale Thursday of the remaining $6,145,000 general obligation refunding bonds. Five bids were received from interested financial institutions, with the lowest bid submitted by Zions Bank with a true interest cost of 2.21 percent. The original true interest cost on the Districtâ€™s 2002 bonds was 4.69 percent.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Students at Stoddard Elementary are getting â€śfired upâ€ť about reading this year and local firefighters are helping them.
BLACKFOOT â€” Adjectives such as joyful, thankful, grateful and blessed can be used to describe breast cancer survivor Kim Buck. Come Dec. 23, Buck has been cancer-free for six years.
â€śI feel wonderful,â€ť Buck said. â€śIâ€™m a very blessed lady and I know it.â€ť
In May 2004, Buck was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
â€śMy insurance agent had talked me into purchasing cancer insurance the previous September,â€ť Buck said. â€śI just went in for a check-up because I had purchased the insurance.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Despite a down economy, one local business has been growing and is now looking to hire at least 50 new employees.
Premier Technology, Inc., a manufacturing, engineering and construction firm, has recently received several new contracts, requiring the company to seek additional employees.
Premier Technology has partnered with the Idaho Department of Labor to host job fairs throughout the state. The fair in Blackfoot is today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Department of Labor, 155 N. Maple St.