Archive - Dec 2013 - Latest News
Health officials have confirmed that a man over the age of 60 in south central Idaho has died from the H1N1 flu virus. Itâ€™s believed that his death is Idahoâ€™s first flu related death of the season. So far, health officials in Bingham County say that the flu hasnâ€™t hit the area too hard, but â€śitâ€™s still early in the season.â€ť
Last year there were 35 flu-related deaths in Idaho.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Words of thanks aren't enough for Angelina Qulimaco of Blackfoot. A single mother, she hopes to be able to pay it forward some day in a big way for the Christmas that was provided this year for sons Alec (10) and Tyler (8) and her.
Does a white Christmas leave you feeling blue? Do you have no energy or motivation? These are all signs of the wintertime blues - otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - that get even the best of us during the long, winter months when the days are short and temperatures are frigid.
According to Dr. Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of the "Winter Blues," up to 18 million Americans suffer from the condition each year.
SAD can be attributed to a few causes for those who are vulnerable: genetic susceptibility, environmental factors and the lack of light.
The long anticipated day is finally here. Merry Christmas.
Area churches offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are:
Ebenezer Baptist Church, 529 N. Ash, Blackfoot will have its regular Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on Christmas.
Blackfoot Southern Baptist Church has joined with the Cowboy Church for a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at Christ's Cowboy Country Church at the Mill Iron Arena on Weeding Lane.
Calvary Chapel's Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 20 E Pacific.
Sixth and seventh grade students at Blackfoot's new Summit Middle School enjoyed a field trip to Salt Lake City (SLC) this month to study architecture. The field trip was not paid for by Blackfoot School District 55 but was funded, instead, by donors who chose to remain anonymous.
Summit Middle School opened this fall on the top floor of the Blackfoot School District Office as a non-traditional school geared around "project-based learning."
The trip started early about 6:30 a.m. as 19 students, four parents, and teachers Garth Carlson and Amy Wren piled into a bus and hit the road.
A fundraiser is planned for the Bingham County Search & Rescue. A lobster dinner is scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Elks Lodge in Blackfoot. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.Â
"We are shipping in lobster from Maine for this fundraiser," said organizer Mike Fresh. "For those who don't like lobster, they will be served rib eye steak."Â
Lots of activities are planned, including a raffle and silent auction.
High quality goods will be auctioned, said Fresh. These include hunting gear and clothes.
BLACKFOOT â€” Spudnik and its employees gave the Bingham Crisis Center a check for $9,342 on Friday.
The employees raised $4,671; that sum was matched by Spudnik.
Spudnik employees also donated 6,204 pounds of food. It took three pickup trucks to move the food.
"We had a huge competition for the food donations," said planning committee member Kyler Jacobs. "We enjoy helping [organizations] that give to people who need it.
"We, as a company, like supporting those who live around us," said Jacobs.
BLACKFOOT â€” A year of hardships is not dampening the Christmas spirit of Mandy and Jeffrey Stewart. In fact, they are anticipating a Christmas more fun and meaningful than ever as they strive to build an outdoor igloo and winter playland (of sorts) out of plastic products for their children and the children of their close friends. Mandy has appropriately dubbed the igloo project - "Operation Christmas Igloo."
Due to some health problems and a series of unfortunate circumstance, the Stewarts lost their house and cars and are currently staying in Blackfoot with family.
Two local authors, Kirby Jonas and Donna McArthur, will be signing copies of their latest books on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stinkin' Cute Scrapbook Store (126 Bridge St.) in Blackfoot.
Businesswoman Dawn Moldenhauer, owner of the store, is good to host local authors in her store for book signings, saying, "The local authors need our support. It's nice to have some good authors here in Blackfoot to personalize Christmas gifts and not have to drive out of town to a chain store."
Members of Blackfoot's faith communities have collaborated to put together a live nativity at Jensen Grove on Saturday and Sunday.
The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. each of those nights. Horse-drawn wagons will take people through the wooded park to view scenes depicting the events that surround the birth of the Savior.
Live entertainment and refreshments will be available next to the warm fires in the shelter.
Organizers encourage people to come Saturday since they said they expect shorter lines that day.