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February 14th

County planning and zoning approves bunny bus

February 15, 2013

Jared Martin applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow livestock, particularly rabbits and poultry, in a Heavy Commercial Zone of .3 acres at 141 N. 740 W.
Martin explained his business of breeding rabbits and selling them to a company in California for slaughter.
Martin keeps roughly 1,500 rabbits on his property currently in a bus that he has pens stacked onto. Martin also has poultry that feed on the waste of the rabbits, thereby cutting down on the waste found on the site.

Tax issues, health insurance exchange keep lawmakers hopping

February 15, 2013

Taxes and a health insurance exchange were the main topics of discussion at Thursday's legislative breakfast.
Each Thursday members of the Bingham County legislative delegation speak with members of the community via Skype hookup. The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce sponsors the meeting at Stan's Restaurant.
Representatives Julie VanOrden and Neil Anderson are among 16 freshman members of the House who are encouraging Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to include members of the Legislature on a proposed exchange oversight committee.

February 13th

Firth BPA gets ready for Valentine's Day

February 14, 2013

Six BHS musicians earn All-Northwest honors

February 14, 2013

Six Blackfoot High School (BHS) qualified for All-Northwest. This designation honors outstanding music students from Alaska, idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The 2013 NAtME All-Northwest takes place Feb. 14-17 in Portland, Ore.
The Blackfoot students who qualified are singers Ashley Anderson, Miranda Day, Lillie Wright and Evan Peterson. Participating with the band are Gabe Wistisen, French horn and Dylan Neff, bassoon.
Anderson and Day are sopranos and will sing in the Treble Choir. Wright is an alto; Peterson is a bass. They will perform in the Mixed Choir.

February 12th

Idaho AgCredit donates to Senior Center

February 13, 2013

Pam Beus, executive director of Bingham County's Senior Citizen Center, was pleased to accept a $2,000 donation from Greg Rose, vice president and branch manager of Idaho AgCredit in Blackfoot on Tuesday.
The funding comes from a charitable program called "Sharing Success" started by CoBank, the bank that funds Idaho AgCredit's loans, and is a part of a $1 million campaign donating to "Feeding America," the nation's leading hunger relief charity.

BHS 'We the People' class wins another state championship

February 13, 2013

Blackfoot High School students from Holly Kartchner's government class proved their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, once again by taking first place in the state for the sixth year in a row at the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" mock congressional hearing competition in Boise on Feb. 6.
The class of 20 students is now eligible to to participate in the national "We the People" competition April 25-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

February 11th

No one injured in I-15 crash

February 12, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke
Benjamin Sorensen, 36, of Blackfoot hit the end of a guard rail on the right side of Interstate 15 at milepost 109 on Monday afternoon. He then continued driving south in the burrow pit, aiming to return to the Interstate. Sorensen hit the bridge and had enough momentum to get across the irrigation canal.
When stopped, the pickup was resting on the passenger side, just south of the irrigation canal. The grill of the Chevy pickup was pushed in and the front wheel on the driver's side had come off.

February 10th

Arizona officers stumped by missing man

February 11, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Law enforcement officers in Yuma, Arizona are outright stumped as to what has become of missing Blackfoot man Jack Doering.
Doering, 82, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, went missing in the Yuma area at about 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 17 after he got ahold of the keys to his gold 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, and took off by himself from a shopping center where he and his wife, Leah, were getting haircuts. The two Blackfoot residents have been wintering in the area since October.

February 8th

BHS auto students take third at Weber State

February 9, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Two Blackfoot High School (BHS) automotive technologies students placed third at Weber State University's Automotive Contest in Ogden, Utah, last Thursday.
Cade Hebdon and Joey Snapp earned their honors at the multi-state invitational.
"Just to get on the podium is really doing something," said BHS Auto Instructor Dallen Worthington. "It's pretty competitive.
"Some of my students come into this program with their sights set on winning this competition," he said. "It's pretty neat when their work comes to fruition for some of them."

Blackfoot debaters qualify for nationals

February 8, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Come June, three articulate Blackfoot High School (BHS) debaters are heading to Birmingham, Ala., for national competition.
Gentry Carter, Samantha Johnson and Blake Dewvall will compete at the national level of the National Forensic League (NFL). The double elimination qualifying meet took place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Madison High School in Rexburg.
"We have a really young team," said debate coach Marcy Curr. "I'm really proud of them."
Gentry and Blake are juniors. Samantha is a sophomore.

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