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Shoshone-Bannock tribal officials recognized 10 individuals at a reservation-wide graduation ceremony for their contributions to Indian education recently. The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center was the gathering place for nearly 400 people.
Tribal youth education coordinator Claudia Washakie said the ceremony is something new that tribal leaders are planning to do yearly in an effort to honor and recognize those who have given so much to education, while they are still here.
Dairymen and women, of both goats and cows, traditionally show in all white clothing.
Goats are judged in two showsâ€”the meat goat show that took place on Monday and the dairy goat show on Tuesday.
"I love the teaching that goes with judging," said judge Judy Novak.
"Primarily what I'm looking for in a goat is feet and legs," Novak said. "They're not going to last as a milk and baby producer if they don't have straight feet and legs.
"Eventually, they can't walk," she said.
"If you want to buy a goat, everything needs to blend smoothly into the next featureâ€”from muzzle to tail.
Items of note from July 18-27.
CHUCKY?: July 18, 9:10 p.m.: A man said he found a doll holding a knife on a bathroom sink. He thinks it happened while he was out of town.
BURGLARY: July 20, 4:17 p.m.: A man said he had some wheels and tires stolen from a truck parked on W. Bridge St.
INCOMING EGG: July 21, 12:10 a.m.: A man said someone has thrown an egg at the back of his vehicle.
PROWLER: July 21, 12:09 a.m.: A man said there is a prowler outside his house.
Both lanes are now open to traffic.
â€”The Idaho State Police is on scene of a one-vehicle crash southbound I15 at milepost 83. Two unknown females have are involved. FT. Hall EMS has responded. Injuries are reported of a concussion and possible difficulty breathing from the victims. Life-flight is en-route to the scene. Â Both southbound lanes are currently blocked from milepost 84. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Â
Rabbits were the first animals to be judged at the Bingham County 4-H Fair Monday morning.
Rabbit judging is a quiet as, well, a rabbit.
"It's a quiet contest," said judge Matt Rosenberg. "In showmanship, I have a list of questions I ask the exhibitors."
The questions can range from common diseases in rabbits to specifics about the 49 breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
The judge also watches how the exhibitor handles his/her rabbit in the competition. Is the rabbit calm? Does the rabbit sit quietly? Is the exhibitor watching the judge?
Snake River Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk wants to continue the winning ways of the Snake River School District in all aspects of school lifeâ€”academic, athletic, fine arts and agricultural programs.
"This school is important to the community," Gabrylczyk said. "People work hard to facilitate a variety of programs.
"People care about kids," the superintendent said. "It's exciting to be part of it."
Among the changes he is proposing is a strategic plan in the district.
Those in and around Bingham County should be able to breathe a bit easier as fires burning east of Blackfoot on the Fort Hall Reservation are close to full containment.
Jason Fallon, information specialist for Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District, said the Steven Peak fire, which scorched 850 acres is 100 percent contained. The larger Ridge Top fire (combined with the East Fire) has blackened 16,630 acres and is at 55 percent containment.
Richard Johnson understands that all students are not classroom learners.
"Some of us don't function in a classroom," said Johnson, who is conducting the Angry Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest on Oct. 5 and 6.
Registration for the contest, which requires teams of students, members of clubs, etc., to build a catapult to launch a six-pound pumpkin for distance is now open. The cost is $15 for egg launchers, $25 for amateurs and $50 for professionals.
Dan Mielke captured this image of fires which blackened Fort Hall Reservation lands east of Blackfoot on Saturday night. By Monday morning all the fires had been contained but they continued to burn and push smoke into Bingham County's skies.
BLACKFOOT â€” Susan Jensen and Colleen Morgan are rollin' out their cause in a big way. The annual rally for Type 1 Diabetes known as "Rollin' for a Cause" is the result of the cumulative efforts of two ladies who saw the heartache and financial distress caused by the disease and wanted to make a difference. The team is affecting the lives of several Bingham County residents who know firsthand the difficulties of diabetes.
The proceeds of the event will be going to local families struggling with the extra medical expenses of Type 1 Diabetes.