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December 25th

BHS exchange student shares Christmas traditions

December 25, 2012

Julian Andriesen is a foreign exchange student from Germany. He celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday, Dec. 23.
He hales from Wuppertal in the western part of Germany. He has one sister, Celina, who is 15. His parents are Andre and Elke.
The Advent season begins on Dec. 1.
"In our family, my mom makes our Advent calendar," Julian said. "Since there are four in my family, we each make six small presents for the calendar so we have a small present for each day of the Advent season.

Exchange student shares Christmas traditions

December 25, 2012

Sven Poensgen, a foreign exchange student from Germany, loves the color green
“Almost everyone at Blackfoot High School knew him the first week he was here because he always wears green jeans,” said his host mom, Marcy Curr. “It’s a good thing he attends a high school whose color is green."
Curr is the debate coach at BHS.
Sven's hometown is Ratingen-Lintor, Germany, which is northeast of Duesseldorf in western Germany.
His mother and stepfather are Birgit and Knut. His father and stepmother are Dirk and Elena. His grandmother is Helga and his aunt is Kerstin.

Local woman to take break from volunteering at age 95

December 25, 2012

Lois Larson, age 95, is taking a “leave of absence” from her volunteer work at the Bingham Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. She has worked there for 17 years.
 “It’s nice to work in the gift shop,” Larson said. “You get to visit with people. They tell you about their visit in the hospital.”
 “I’m still available when needed,” she added.
Her decision to take a leave of absence is because of a bad knee.
Larson lives in Firth. Family members drive her to Blackfoot for her shift.
“I’m thankful for what I’ve got; I’m thankful for my family and that I can take care of myself,” she said.

December 24th

Top 20 stories of 2012 — #7

December 24, 2012

#7 Former principal sent to prison


BLACKFOOT — Christopher Charles Cox, 39, the former principal at the Snake River Junior High School, was sentenced in August for one count of sexual abuse of a child under 16 years of age.
He was originally charged with three counts of sex abuse but Bingham County Prosecutor Scott Andrew said his office dropped two of the charges in exchange for Cox’ guilty plea.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced Cox to not less than three and not more than 18 years in the Idaho Department of Correction.

December 23rd

Students prepare Santa babies

December 24, 2012

Little girls and baby dolls go together at Christmas.
This Christmas students in the fashion design class at Firth High School decided to combine learning to sew and doing a service project.  The activity had a two-fold purpose. The students learned to sew to fulfill a need and children received a “Santa Baby” this season.
Three ladies purchased 16 dolls for this project. The students made a blanket, pajamas and a dress with bloomers for each doll.

County commissioners present paintings to Fort Hall officials

December 24, 2012

Bingham County commissioners recently gave two cherished paintings by Shoshone-Bannock artist Willie Preacher depicting native life from bygone days to the Fort Hall Business Council and Shoshone-Bannock Justice Center at a gathering last week.
The oil paintings titled "Traveling to Fish for Salmon" and "Winter Camp" were completed by Preacher in the 1970s and had been hanging on the wall of the old Bingham County Courthouse for about 20 years.

December 22nd

Federal judge rules in favor of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

December 22, 2012

It was a win for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Thursday when Federal Court Judge Lynn Winmill sided with the tribes in a long standing dispute between the tribes, Power County resident David Evans and the contractors who built his home.
Winmill dismissed a complaint filed by Evans and his building contractors, requiring them to go through Tribal Court first. The suit was instigated by Ken Esteppe and retired FMC plant manager Paul Yochum and was paid for with Power County taxpayer dollars.

Spudnik donates large check to Bingham Crisis Center

December 22, 2012

Spudnik and its employees gave the Bingham Crisis Center $6,962 on Friday. Spudnik employees also gave 2,635 pounds of food to the Crisis Center. There was enough food donated to fill the beds of two pickup trucks.
Included in the foodstuffs were flour, baby formula and canned goods.
"Wow! I'm overwhelmed," said Dixie Chapman, Bingham Crisis Center director. "Those funds will help so many people.

December 20th

City installs new indoor lighting to save money

December 21, 2012

The City of Blackfoot will save up to $2,000 a year with the installation of full-spectrum energy efficient Vitalux lights throughout city offices.
Steve Allen of Blackfoot, a lighting specialist for Maintenance Engineering, sells and installs the lighting with an incentive from Idaho Power to pay 50 percent of implementation and the electric bill.

Board members offer justification for Crane payout

December 21, 2012

In front of a packed house, and under intense pressure from an angry public (some even asking for the board's resignation), Blackfoot school board members offered some, but not all, of the details as to why they chose to pay former superintendent Scott Crane $220,000 in a separation agreement and hiding it from the public.

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