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The tree, wreath and holiday decor auction at the 34th annual Christmas Tree Fantasy Thursday night brought in about $16,000, according to event chair Jana Rupe.
One Christmas tree donated by Milestone/E.M. Tanner sold for $1,200 while another tree, decorated in the memory of Gene 'Fatboy' Taylor, was purchased, donated back to the auction, and then sold again.
Rupe said she is pleased with the outcome of this year's auction, considering there were fewer trees donated to the event this year.
"We are always happy with what we get," Rupe said. "Blackfoot is a very generous community."
Following an hour-long presentation on Friday, District Judge David Nye took the case of Joyce Bingham vs. Blackfoot School District 55 under advisement.
Bingham brought suit against the school district because they refused to explain a large payment which she found when she examined its budget.
"As I looked on the website at the district's published budget, I noticed the first listed expense in July was $105,428 for a contracted service," said Bingham. "Checking back to January, any other contracted services were usually paid on payday which is around the 20th of each month.
BLACKFOOT â€” The corner of Riverside Plaza has been home to the Plaza Twin Theater, Bradbury College, the Blackfoot Bookstore and before that, sports cards were traded in this space.
Coming Fall 2013, plans are for a new charter school, Bingham Academy, to fill the corner space at Riverside Plaza.
Fred Ball, project director for the charter high school and administrator of the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, said the board hopes to receive authorization next week from the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.
BLACKFOOT â€” The auction at the Bingham Christmas Tree Fantasy begins at 7 o'clock tonight in the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Fantasy hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Soup and other offerings are available at the Fantasy Cafe that is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The entrance fee to the Fantasy is $2 per person or $10 for the immediate family.
Former Idaho National Laboratory (INL) workersâ€”both union and non-union, workers and managementâ€”can now receive a free test to detect early lung cancer.
This program is funded and supported by the Department of Energy .
"In the U.S., there are 160,000 deaths each year from lung cancer," said Steven Markowitz, MD, the occupational medicine physician who directs the screening program. "There are 800 deaths caused by lung cancer each year in Idaho.
Five years ago on the 10th of December Jamie Warren got a new chance at life through a double lung transplant. Warren was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. At 28 she was told she only had 6 months to live and deemed an unfit candidate for the transplant until her lungs had just about taken their last breath. With her lungs functioning at only 11 percent her husband made the decision to put her on a ventilator while the doctors held an emergency meeting to decide her fate. Three days later, Warren was granted a miracle.
When students from Joe Ingersoll's AP government class at Aberdeen High School entered the city council chambers on Tuesday, Gov. Butch Otter immediately acknowledged them.
During a lull in taking questions from the audience at Aberdeen's Capital for a Day, he encouraged them to ask their own.
Eventually Carl, one of the students, asked about what tax liabilities and benefits he could receive if he started his own landscaping business.
Items of note from Nov. 4-14.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: Nov. 4 12:36 a.m.: A man said his Ford Explorer has been taken and that the keys were left inside the vehicle.
DOG HOUSE: Nov. 5, 12:11 p.m.: A woman said her large doghouse was stolen out of her backyard about two weeks ago.
FALSE ALARMS: Nov. 5, 6:49 a.m.: A caller said a man is going door-to-door claiming he is with an alarm company that is attempting to sell fraudulent products. They said the man was last seen two weeks ago.
MISSING PILLS: Nov. 6, 2:22 a.m.: A woman said she is missing her pain medications.
If customers bring in a can of food, Parcel Express is offering $2 off on any package of five pounds or more that can be shipped UPS or FEDEX.
The canned food will be donated the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
Bring in your package, the $2 off coupon and a can of food.
The coupon can be found in Home Direct that is published by the Morning News. It was mailed to homes on Nov. 16 and 17.
The coupon expires on Thursday, Dec. 20.
"Our food bank can use any donations," said SEICAA director Bobette Beesley. "Every year it gets more and more interesting.
After nearly 40 years in business, Winkler TV Satellite is giving back to the community by gathering coats, blankets, toys and non-perishable food items for Bingham County's SEICCA and 'Children's Community Christmas Project.'
"This is something I've wanted to do for a long time," said owner Esther Winkler, who has worked alongside her husband, Carl, since they started the business as a TV repair shop inside Blackfoot Appliance in 1976.