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BOISE â€” Stronger than expected job growth in December drove the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent. December was the fifth straight month Idaho's unemployment rate has fallen, hitting its lowest level since September 2009.
December also saw a one percent year-over-year increase in jobs with 13,000 more people working than in the previous yearâ€”the largest total since March 2009 and the largest year-over-year growth in total employment since mid-2007 before the recession officially began.
BLACKFOOT â€” The U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive early Thursday morning at the Best Western Blackfoot Inn.
Nicodemos Adermann, 38, of Pocatello, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation by the U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force.
On Wednesday the U.S. Marshals received information that Adermann and a companion was staying at the Best Western in Blackfoot, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrin Lambert said. It is unknown how long Adermann was in the Blackfoot area.
FORT HALL â€” An outside consulting firm is planning to study whether releases from the FMC plant can be tied to higher occurrences of cancer, childhood asthma and mortality on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Fort Hall Environmental Health Assessment Study is a provision of the 1998 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Decree between FMC and the Environmental Protection Agency that requires FMC to work with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to determine the potential health effects caused by releases from the FMC phosphorus plant.
THOMAS â€” Brent K. Young received his Snake River High School (SRHS) diploma Wednesday evening, only 43 years after he finished high school.
Last month, the Snake River school board members voted to award Young his diploma.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1968, Young was told he could graduate with his class. The Vietnam conflict changed that when he was called into active duty in October of that year.
"I'm truly excited to do this for you," said SRHS principal Dean Bonney. "My oldest brother graduated in 1969; he is nine years older than I. Things seemed very different then.
BLACKFOOT â€” Each year the Prospectors' Club, a community support organization made up of former Chamber presidents and other Blackfoot business leaders, honors one individual.
"It's for those who've gone beyond the norm for the community," said president Leonard Martin, the publisher of the Morning News.
This year's recipient of the Best Foot Forward Award, presented at the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, is Susan Nalley.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County was in a unique situation last year when the Snake River flooded as county crews worked to clear snow from roads, Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring said during his State of the County address at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday.
The costs associated with the flooding reduced the ability of the county to chip seal roads, which is something the county hopes to work on this year, Manwaring said.
One major project in the works is improvements to Ferry Butte Road from Highway 39 to Tilden Road.
City in good shape financially
BLACKFOOT â€” In addressing business and community leaders at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday, Mayor Mike Virtue said he believes the city is in a good position for economic recovery.
Through frugal budgets and smart decisions, Virtue said the city is in excellent financial shape and that 2012 should be another good year.
"I think we're in a positive position for when the economic recovery happens," Virtue said.
REXBURG â€” Two men who police say were part of a much larger crime ring based in Florida were arrested Friday after making fraudulent purchases at Walmart stores in Blackfoot, Chubbuck, Rexburg, Mountain Home and Boise.
Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis said Onis Alvarez-Rodriguez, 27, and Alejandro Perez-Castellanos, 19, were arrested Friday afternoon after they attempted to purchase an iPad 2 with a fraudulent credit card at the Rexburg Walmart.
PINGREE â€” An early morning fire Sunday destroyed approximately 600 tons of hay and straw near 1025 South 1500 West.
The Blackfoot Fire Department responded to the call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. They were assisted by the Springfield and Aberdeen Fire Departments. Eleven firefighters and two engines with three water tenders responded. The last unit cleared the scene at 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
The hay belonged to Val Carter of Pingree and the loss is estimated to be near $115,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation and is currently being called suspicious.
POCATELLO â€” The Ag Expo opened Tuesday with over 125 exhibitors at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The Ag Expo continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
The Potato Conference is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Pond Building on the ISU campus. Park at Holt Arena and ride the free shuttle bus.
The public is welcome. Admission is free.
At least 100 seed potato producers met Tuesday afternoon in Clarion Inn in Pocatello to study seed potato production.