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Students from Blackfoot's Independence Alternative High School's health council will be passing out smoking cessation kits from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for today's Great American Smokeout. The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th annual November 15th smokeout by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit, or to at least quit smoking for the day.
"Even by quitting for one day, smokers will be taking a step towards a healthier life that can help reduce cancer risks," said Traci Lambson, tobacco prevention and cessation coordinator for Southeast Idaho Public Health.
Shelley Superintendent Bryan Jolley announced the school district will receive $208,000 in merit-pay bonuses this year at the trustees' monthly meeting Tuesday. The merit pay will be distributed to the school district today.
"The checks will be cut Dec. 5," said Jolley.
Idaho voters soundly defeated Props 1, 2 and 3. Prop 2 dealt with pay for performance.
Last Tuesday, the Idaho attorney general said the failure [of Prop 2] at the polls should not affect the payout.
Items of note from Oct. 24 - Nov. 3.
LOST WALLET: Oct. 24, 4:20 p.m.: A woman said she lost her wallet and she thinks she left it on top of her car in the Walmart parking lot. She returned to the parking lot but it was no longer there.
PIGGY BANK THEFT: Oct. 24, 6:15 p.m.: A woman said someone has stolen her three-year-old's piggy bank and there was $300-400 inside.
IDENTITY THEFT: Oct. 24, 6:17 p.m.: A man said he received a power bill for a residence in Pocatello in his name, but he has always lived with his mom and never had power under his name.
FORT HALLâ€”In celebration of the newly declared National Native American Heritage Month, members of Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are having some fun by participating in "Wear Your Moccasins To Work Day" all day Thursday.
"Someone started this up on Facebook and email as a way to show Native pride and we thought it sounded like fun," said Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the tribes. "We're just going to roll with the punches and join in."
Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub has reported a scam related to jury duty.
On Tuesday Staub said several people have recently come into the courthouse to report that they had received text messages saying they were being fined for failure to report for jury duty.
"We've been told the text message tells the people they're being fined $100 for failure to report," Staub said. She added that the people who have reported the text messages were not on a jury duty list.
Close to 100 individuals representing each branch of the Armed Forces were honored at the Firth Veterans' Assembly Monday morning.
The community and student bodies from both Firth High School and Firth Middle School attended. The students dressed in their best clothes. They looked good and were respectful.
Military historian Rob Morris, a history teacher at Idaho Falls High School, said, "Each veteran is a piece of the puzzle.
"There are so many vets and so few people to record their histories," he said. "When that person leaves this planet, his/her stories need to be immortalized.
BLACKFOOT â€” Runners and volunteers came together to raise nearly $2,000 for the Community Dinner Tableâ€™s Christmas box project on Saturday.
â€śThis will buy a lot of the staple foods,â€ť said CDT treasurer Ronda Cheatham.
Cheatham said that the Christmas boxes will contain enough food for two meals for a family of four.
In addition to its weekly meals on Tuesday, CDTâ€™s next event will be a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 22. Cheatham said CDT officials anticipate serving 200 meals. She said, â€śweâ€™ve had just a wonderful response. People want to be a part of this.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Clive Lott and Jim Lindsay are among those who are honored every Nov. 11 when the country celebrates Veterans Day.
Lott, 89, joined the U.S. Army Air Corps shortly after his 18th birthday. He spent some of World War II in England.
â€śI was nearly killed by a buzz bomb,â€ť he recalled recently. A buzz bomb was the vernacular for Germanyâ€™s V-2, an unmanned aircraft packed with explosives.
BLACKFOOT â€” Delbert Baron figures he has easily driven over a million miles behind the wheel of a school bus in his 38 years of driving bus for Blackfoot School District 55. Because of health problems, Baron has reluctantly handed over the bus keys to settle into retirement with his wife of 57 years, Nettie.
"Bus driving is serious business," said Baron. "There comes a time in life when safety is more important than trying to do the job."