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September 24th

Popular bar makes good changes

September 25, 2012

Customers and employees affectionately call it Blackfoot's "Cheers." While it has been through management and name changes through the years, the iconic gathering place recently renamed "The Nail" Sports Bar, is a place where everybody knows your name.

County officials receive statewide awards

September 25, 2012

Three elected Bingham County officials received Mills-Alder Awards at the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) convention last week in Sun Valley.
The recipients are Treasurer Janice Lawes, Sheriff Dave Johnson and Commissioner Cleone Jolley.
The Mills-Adler Awards are voted on by the recipents' peers. The award goes to each "outstanding county elected official." Across the state, there are 132 county commissioners, 44 sheriffs and 44 treasurers.
Started in 1993, this is the first time in its history that the Mills-Adler Awards have gone to three elected officials from the same county.

September 23rd

Bingham Memorial gives check to county

September 23, 2012

Representatives of Bingham Memorial Hospital presented Bingham County Commissioner Cleone Jolley with a check in the amount of $356,628.33 on Friday. It is the latest payment made as a result of an agreement signed in 2007 when the hospital converted from a county-owned and operated facility to a non-profit, 501(c)3 private entity.
The payment amount comes from three funds:
° the annual lease payment for the liquid asset transfer,
° reimbursement for indigent care provided by the county to area residents and

Grant funds landscaping for Fort Hall Elementary grounds

September 23, 2012

Students and staff at Fort Hall Elementary School are enjoying bright colors and more of nature's beauty on the grounds of their school with the completion of a landscaping project made possible by a $5,000 grant from Lowe's
Fifth grade teacher Garth Carlson applied for the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant last year in hopes of getting the money "to help make the world a nicer place for the students." He was thrilled to receive the funds in time to get much of the landscaping done throughout the summer before school started.

Snake River Junior has new principal

September 23, 2012

“I got into education so I could have the same impact on students that certain teachers and coaches had on me,” said Thomas.
 [When this opportunity came up], “I was ready for a change,” he said. “I wanted to have more of an impact on education than I had in my own classroom.
Thomas grew up in Blackfoot, graduated from Blackfoot High in 1990 and then taught in American Falls.
“As I looked over the river, I was always a bit envious of Snake River,” he said.

September 21st

High tech spud digger the only one in the US

September 22, 2012

ABERDEEN — The Tectron harvester is a monster of a machine. It is the only one of its kind in the United States and has found a happy home digging up spuds in Bingham County.

Fort Hall teaches find school supply donors online

September 22, 2012

FORT HALL — Grappling with a classroom supply budget of only $75 per year, a group of teachers from Fort Hall Elementary School have found a gem of website - - that has helped them get thousands of dollars worth of books, equipment, furniture and other much needed supplies for their classrooms. is an online charity for the classroom.

September 20th

Jensen Grove gets first of new lights

September 20, 2012

Things are looking brighter for those who enjoy walking the greenbelt in Blackfoot in the evening hours as city workers installed the first of a series of lights along the pathway Thursday morning.
Mayor Mike Virtue said one 15-foot solar-powered Bollard light was installed near the boat docks and, if it works like it is supposed to, bids will be put out to purchase up to 40 lights to be installed along the greenbelt.

United Way Southeast Idaho kicks off 2012 campaign

September 20, 2012

Virginia Kelly of Pocatello is a former teacher who supported United Way during her career.
"I retired in 2000 but continued to support United Way," Kelly said during the organization's kickoff event at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel on Wednesday. She was one of several volunteers who participated in the kickoff breakfast.
During his keynote address, Gene Withers, the campaign chairman, said, "volunteers do so much for the area we live in. If you want to change the world, live unitedly."

BHS Class of '37 has 75-year reunion

September 20, 2012

The few remaining members of Blackfoot High School Class of 1937 met Wednesday afternoon for their 75th year class reunion.
Bonnie Gene Thyberg Pratt organized the luncheon at the Blackfoot Senior Center. A book of memories and photos was available for easy reminiscing and a brightly colored banner loudly proclaimed "Happy 75th Reunion".
The classmates eagerly greeted each other and began discussing the era long passed. The group was one of the first classes in the new high school, now the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center.

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