Archive - Jun 2013 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€” Besides saying goodbye to the Blackfoot High Class of 2013, students and staff also bid farewell to eight employees. The schoolâ€™s English department will particularly feel the loss of staff with the departure of three teachers. Evelyn Young, who taught at the school for 24 years, retired along with Janine Shigihara, who taught there for 14 years and Barbara Golder, who taught for 12 years. Coach Jeff Marshall, who served as the schoolâ€™s assistant football coach for 18 years,
has left the district to take on the position of head football coach at
Tim Carroll, director of milling at Pendleton Flour Mills (PFM) in Blackfoot was named the 2013 Milling Operative of the Year.
He received the award last May during the 117th annual conference and expo of the International Association of Operative Millers. The conference took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Sosland Publishing Co.'s "Milling & Baking News" has given this award since 1986. The award recognizes the active milling operative who has made a significant contribution to milling from an operations' point of view.
BLACKFOOT â€”Randy Smith officially resigned from his position as a prosecutor in the Bingham County prosecutorâ€™s office on Thursday, June 6,
said Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson. Smith was hired as a
prosecutor in the county office in August 2010. He was the prosecuting attorney on some high-profile cases. These included the sexual abuse case of former Snake River Junior High principal Christopher Cox in 2012 and the
â€śhazingâ€ť cases against Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes in 2010.
The Blackfoot Fire Department recently received a $5,000 grant from Basic American Food to help purchase a fire extinguisher simulator.
â€śThis is for training,â€ť said Fire Chief Kevin Gray. â€śThe simulator will be used for classes and for training.
Without the simulator, 30 to 40 fire extinguishers need to be filled for training exercises.
The simulator has a screen like a television set. As the firemen train with fire extinguishers, the simulator tracks them as they â€śpull, aim, squeeze and sweepâ€ť with fire extinguishers.
â€śIt saves you dollars and is a little less risky,â€ť Gray said.
POCATELLOâ€”Whether you're a staunch believer in Bigfoot or just mildly curious about the elusive creature, you'll want to check out the "Walking With Bigfoot" Convention at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello on June 15.
Author Becky Cook, who grew up hearing stories of "Bigfoot on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and wrote the book "Bigfoot Lives in Idaho," organized the event and is pleased to welcome some renowned speakers on Bigfoot to the convention.
The National Trappers Association's 12th annual Western Trapping & Outdoor Expo is taking place this weekend at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Thirty-five vendors are on site. From 1,200 to 1,500 people are expected to attend this three-day expo that started Friday and ends Sunday.
The animal 9-year-old Dawson Kramer likes to trap is a muskrat. Dawson and his family are from Fairfield.
His dad, Rusty Kramer, said he learned trapping from his dad and grandpa.
"We never did fishing," Kramer said. "We trapped."
He sells the skins for mittens, hats or taxidermy.
BLACKFOOT â€” 77 fifth graders from Blackfoot elementary schools, and one fifth grader from Fort Hall, were awarded a free bike from Phil Meador
Toyota, for succeeding in their Perfect Attendance Spells Success (PASS)
BLACKFOOTâ€” It's truly a wonder what one loving and strong male influence can have on one's life.
Some people call this man their grandfather, brother, uncle, or family friend; but most refer to this man as their father.
We asked our Facebook friends why they feel that their dad is the best dad in the world, and we were truly touched by their response.
MORGAN'S BRIDGE â€” The wagons didn't show up for the commemorative Wagon Train but about 30 riders took advantage of the trail ride.
Morgan's Bridge was the campsite on Thursday.
The trail ride continues today from Morgan's Bridge to the lunch site at Trail Creek Road. Tonight's camp will be set up at Miner's Creek Road.
Everyone is welcome to join the trail ride at any point.
Musicians performed Thursday evening. Cowboy poetry will be featured tonight.
The ride ends at Cedar Creek on Saturday. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the county is sponsoring a free barbecue at Cedar Creek.
BLACKFOOT â€” Chris Herres of Blackfoot worked in
mining and industry for a number of years. She taught
classes in safety and similar subjects.
â€śThis is an investigation, not a commitment,â€ť said
Herres of her interest in the program. She added that
she has long enjoyed teaching.
On Wednesday she explored a program called
American Board. It provides individuals interested in
changing to a teaching career an alternative to a traditional
path to a certificate.
Cherri Sabala, the Idaho representative, said the
program takes up to a year to complete. It requires a