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Local nonprofit organizations participating in "Idaho Gives" on Thursday are gearing up for what they hope will be unprecedented day of giving in Bingham County.
The statewide 24-hour fundraising blitz will begin at midnight on Thursday and will end at 11:59 p.m.
Items of note from April 3-7
Bingham County Sheriff
HUNGRY PIGS: April 3, 9:38 a.m.: A woman said two pot-belly pigs keep eating her dogs food.
FRAUD II: April 3, 12:21 p.m.: A woman said she received a phone call from someone who requested her to send them a $1100 money order for them to release her prize. She said she did send them a money order that she got from Walmart.
FRAUD: April 3, 1:10 p.m.: A caller reported sending $1100 to Nicaragua for a lottery scam.
THEFT: April 3, 1:34 p.m.: A man reported four tree stands and some other items stolen.
BLACKFOOT â€“ More than 50 people participated in â€śWalk a Mile in Her Shoesâ€ť on Saturday.
â€śWe appreciate everyone who comes out to walk,â€ť said Susan Nalley, chair of the board of the Bingham Crisis Center. â€śWe always have amazing support from the community.â€ť
Asked why he was walking, Bryce Moser said, â€śMy wife is on the board and itâ€™s for a good cause; it helps to bring awareness of the Crisis Center and about domestic abuse. Itâ€™s a lot of fun.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” The laughter and the "ARRRGHHHs" could be heard throughout the building at Stoddard Elementary School as students celebrated exceeding their Idaho Reads! VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) reading challenge at a "pirate themed" reward party Friday.
Annie Tanner, Idaho Reads! VISTA volunteer for the school, said that the goal for the school-wide reading challenge was for the students to read 200 books (with a book title starting with each letter of the alphabet) by March 31. The students exceeded the goal by reading 207 books.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dan Cravens announced he is running to become the next mayor of Blackfoot at noon Thursday in front of City Hall.
Asked how he would accomplish these goals, Cravens said, â€śThe mayor is the lead ambassador for Blackfoot. That doesnâ€™t cost the city a cent.
â€śThere are also federal and state programs to help local employers,â€ť said Cravens.
Not long ago, my wife, Jill, and I bought our first home, Cravens said. â€śWe hired a carpeting company to re-carpet a few of our rooms.â€ť
Blackfoot High School students won gold medals (first place) in cabinet making and welding at the Idaho SkilllsUSA competition last week.
Jake Lauritsen, a junior, won first place and a gold medal in cabinet making. Zackary Hall, a senior, won first place a gold medal in welding and a bronze medal in technology- related math.
Both Lauritsen and Hall will compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo. Lauritsen will compete in cabinet making. Hall will compete in welding.
Dan Cravens, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor, has scheduled a news conference at noon Thursday at the Blackfoot City Hall.
While sources close to Cravens have indicated that he plans to announce a run for mayor of Blackfoot, Cravens said he will have no comment until Thursday.
Mayor Mike Virtue has indicated that he will not seek another term. He has been in office since 2006.
In addition to his job with the state, Cravens is vice-president of the Bingham Economic Development Corporation and is chairman of the Bingham County Republican Party.
POCATELLO â€“ A new surgery to help patients with chronic reflux disease is available exclusively at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
"Chronic reflux disease, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus has been my passion for 30 years," said surgeon Kurt Birkenhagen. He has offices in In Blackfoot and Pocatello.
Birkenhagen's interest is not only professional but also personal. He has personally suffered from chronic acid reflux, heartburn and Barrett's esophagus.
Items of note from March 22-April 3.
Bingham County Sheriff
TAPE RECORDING: March 24, 7:08 p.m.: A woman said she has a tape recording that she needs an officer to listen to.
GAS CAPS: March 24, 9:41 a.m.: A caller at Pratt Truck Service said several vehicles are missing the gas caps.
FAKE COINS: March 25, 1:36 p.m.: A man said he bought coins at an auction and found out that they are counterfeit when he took them to be appraised.
BREAK-IN: March 26, 6:27 p.m.: A man said someone has broken into his house but he has not noticed anything missing.
Despite Friday's pesky rain and wind, the Blackfoot High School prom and the festivities surrounding it went perfectly for Rachael Slay, her date Nathaniel Stansfield and a group of friends, who arrived at the prom like royalty in the luxury of shiny,10-seat limousine with leather interior.