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January 14th

Car hits school bus at railroad crossing

January 15, 2013

Difficulty stopping on a slick road caused the driver of a small Volkswagen to slide into the rear of Blackfoot School District Bus #96-1, while it was stopped at a railroad crossing traveling west on Walker Street Monday afternoon. The accident caused severe damage to the front of the vehicle which became lodged under thick bumper and tow hook on the bus.
According to district transportation director Melissa Carassco, there were three special needs students from Blackfoot High School on the bus at the time. No one on the bus was injured.

Car hits school bus at railroad crossing

January 15, 2013

Difficulty stopping on a slick road caused the driver of a small Volkswagen to slide into the rear of Blackfoot School District Bus #96-1, while it was stopped at a railroad crossing traveling west on Walker Street Monday afternoon. The accident caused severe damage to the front of the vehicle which became lodged under thick bumper and tow hook on the bus.
According to district transportation director Melissa Carassco, there were three special needs students from Blackfoot High School on the bus at the time. No one on the bus was injured.

January 13th

Former resident pick as Congressman's aide

January 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In December, Idaho First District Congressman Raul Labrador named Jason Bohrer his chief of staff.
Bohrer is the son of Herb and Linda Bohrer from Springfield.
As chief of staff, Bohrer manages a little bit of everything.
“As chief of staff, I check to see how the Congressman’s legislative priorities are progressing,” Bohrer said. “I help to schedule hearings, line up co-sponsors and make sure votes are ready to go on bills that help advance the Congressman’s legislative priorities.

January 11th

Heading downhill

January 12, 2013

Steckleins donate $1,000 to Springfield park

January 12, 2013

Elmer and Lucile Stecklein, owners of Elmer's in Blackfoot, donated $1,000 to the Springfield Park project on Thursday.
The Springfield Park committee started raising funds for playground equipment in the community park last March.
"We thought this was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community since many fond memories were made in Springfield," said Lucile Stecklein.
Steckleins raised their three daughters—Beverly, MaryLou and Patricia—in the Springfield area.
At the time, they lived on Stecklein Road in Pingree and had a store in Springfield.

January 10th

Police seeking hit-and-run vehicle

January 11, 2013

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Police Department is investigating a hit and run that occurred on December 30, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.
A vehicle traveling North on Meridian at Jensen Grove Drive failed to stop at the stop sign, slid through the intersection and crashed into the fence at the entrance to Jensen’s Grove. The vehicle then left the scene.
The vehicle appears to be a mid to late 90’s Chevy pickup with an extended cab. The Blackfoot Police were able to see the accident on security footage.

Miss Idaho in semi-finals for Quality of Life Award

January 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Miss Idaho, Whitney Wood, 19, is competing in Miss American 2013 this week in Las Vegas, Nev. The finals of Miss America will be televised on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Miss Idaho is a semi-finalist for the Miss America Quality of Life Awards. These awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service.
Miss Idaho is one of seven who are competing for this award. Wood's project is Handbags of Hope: "Giving Women Confidence They Can Carry."

January 9th

Governor spotlights local businessman in speech

January 10, 2013

In his State of the State address on Monday, Idaho Governor Butch Otter praised Doug Sayer, founder and president of Premier Technology, for his "simple but profound commitment" to "buy Idaho products and services."

Concerned citizen hopes to revive plan of overpass

January 10, 2013

Building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot is a concept that has been kicked around off and on for years. Blackfoot native Jim Patrick is adamant that the time to move forward with a plan "is now."
Patrick, who lives east of town, addressed Blackfoot's City Council on Tuesday in hopes of lighting a fire under city leaders to aggressively look into it.

Young Hawker gets morticians license to carry on family business

January 9, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Blake Hawker has never had any inhibitions about becoming a funeral director. He believes this is what he was meant to do.
Hawker, 27, earned his mortician's license in December and will now work with his father Perry as a funeral director at Hawker Funeral Home on Shilling Street in Blackfoot, with the intention of eventually taking over the family business.
When asked why he chose the funeral business as a career, Hawker replied, "I grew up around this business. I helped at funerals when I was kid. This is all I've known."

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