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November 10th

Man walking 3,000 miles for hospice awareness

November 11, 2011

BLACKFOOT — If you were traveling on Highway 91 between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot Thursday, chances are you saw a man in a red jacket walking along the side of the road with a sign that reads "walking for hospice care."
What you may not know is that the short 28-mile journey is part of a 3,000 mile walk Dr. Colin Skinner is making that began in Devil's Lake, North Dakota and continues to San Francisco. And its all to raise awareness of hospice care.

Winter driving tips

November 10, 2011

Snow is in the forecast again for this weekend as a fast-moving strong storm system moves across Eastern Idaho Friday and Saturday, and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists that it's that time of year again when we have to re-train ourselves for winter driving. The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. But if you can't here is a list of things to do or not to do to make your travel safer.

* Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights - even the hood and roof - before driving.

November 9th

Simplot to close Aberdeen plant

November 10, 2011

BOISE — The J. R. Simplot Company is planning to build a state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Caldwell, with site preparation anticipated to begin next May and start-up expected by spring of 2014.
The new plant will replace the company's existing potato processing plant in Caldwell with additional closures in the next 2 to 3 years of facilities at Aberdeen and Nampa, resulting in the loss of just under 800 jobs.

Election idiosyncrasies

November 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Three cities in Idaho have an ordinance that requires council members to be elected by 50 percent plus one vote. These three cities are Blackfoot, Hailey and Idaho Falls.
Eight cities in Idaho require mayors to be elected by at least 50 percent plus one vote. These eight cities are American Falls, Blackfoot, Boise, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello and Spirit Lake.
The ordinance is not recommended by the Association of Cities. If a city adopts this ordinance and a runoff election is necessary, the runoff election is paid for by the city.

City to pay for runoff election

November 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The City of Blackfoot will have to pay an estimated $6,000 to have a runoff election Dec. 6 after Butch Hulse narrowly missed the number of votes needed to obtain a majority of the votes in the three-person city council race.
Hulse, who received 49.7 percent of the vote and Clair L. Broadhead, who received 37.4 percent of the vote, are running for Seat 4 on the city council. The position pays $5,040 a year plus benefits.

Idaho Capitol evacuated after white powder found

November 9, 2011

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The governor's office says the Idaho Capitol was evacuated after a suspicious letter or package was found containing a white powder.

A spokesman for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter confirmed Tuesday the state Capitol was cleared at about 11 a.m. while authorities investigated. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the governor was in the building at the time and evacuated along with other state employees.

Hanian says Otter has since left the grounds and is attending a meeting elsewhere.

November 8th

Run-off election scheduled for Blackfoot council race

November 9, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot will have a run-off election for city council seat number 4 on Tuesday, Dec. 6. City council members in Blackfoot must win by 50 percent plus one vote of the cast ballots to be declared the winner.
For seat 4, Butch Hulse had 388 votes or 49.68 percent of the vote. Clair Broadhead garnered 292 votes or 37.39 percent of the vote. Randy Herbert had 101 votes or 12.93 percent of the vote.
Blackfoot city councilmen Rich Woodfin had 703 votes. City councilman Farrell Cammack earned 663 votes. Each of these men ran unopposed for their council positions.

Paisley Studios grand opening Thursday

November 9, 2011

BLACKFOOT — When Paisley Studios moved down the street to a bigger space at their new location at 100 W. Bridge St., photographers Heather Parmenter and Kayla Evans decided to try something new.
The new studio features a full-service salon upstairs and a photography studio downstairs.
"We just wanted to do something different," Parmenter said. "We wanted to fill the space."
The salon has three stations manned by Brittney Chavez, Kristina Gregory and Laurie Shawver. They do hair, makeup and nails.

Members of church group "Count Their Many Blessings"

November 9, 2011

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The ride from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Rigby, Idaho, usually takes under two hours. But, for Holly Galbraith and the seven young women traveling with her last Saturday, the day was not what they expected.
Galbraith, a 35-year old youth leader, gave herself extra time that morning allowing for slick road conditions as the group set out for an Especially for Youth church activity.

Tuesday accident near 600 West injures three

November 8, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Three people were transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital after their car struck a truck that was crossing Highway 39 at 600 West Tuesday night.
At 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, Idaho State Police responded to what was reported as a one-vehicle rollover. Upon arriving at the scene it was determined that there were two vehicles involved and the accident was not a rollover.

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