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July 23rd

Scout makes city hall sign his Eagle project

July 23, 2013

At just 12 years old, Shad Hess wondered why there wasn't a sign in front of Blackfoot City Hall letting people know where the city's businesses is conducted. So, he took it upon himself to make building and erecting a sign his Eagle Scout project.
"How is anyone supposed to know where City Hall is when there is no sign in front of the building?" Hess asked.
Hess said he approached Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue with the idea of the sign and Virtue put him in touch with some local businessmen who donated goods and services to make the sign a reality.

Jensen Grove Lake water supply shut off

July 23, 2013

Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue learned Tuesday morning that the water supply going into Jensen Grove Lake would be shut off by Tuesday afternoon because of a water shortage. He said this is the earliest he has seen the water supply cut off in 13 years.
"Last year we were fortunate to still have water until November. I was hoping this year that we'd last until at least mid-August but it's just been too dry," he said.
Virtue explained that the city purchases water rights to fill the lake from Snake River Irrigation and that its administrators control the water flow.

New vet happy to be in Blackfoot

July 23, 2013

BLACKFOOT—This winter's snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures won't be a shock to Minnesotan Paul Syverson, the new veterinarian at Blackfoot's 'Animal Health Clinic.' In fact, East Idaho fits the bill just right for what he and his wife, Josie (a doctor at Portneuf Medical Center) were looking for as they start their careers.
Upon completing his schooling at the University of Minnesota, Syverson said he and Josie were looking for a rural, agriculture-based community similar to their hometown Benson - in western Minnesota.

July 22nd

Snake River Library offers free technology class

July 22, 2013

The Snake River School/Community Library is offering a free technology class from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday at the library until school begins.
Throughout the school year, this technology class is offered from 4-7 p.m. each Monday.
Megan Hawley was recently hired to work as a tech assistant at the library.
"I've learned how to set up a computer, from building it to programming it," said Hawley. "I'm amazed I've learned as much as I have in only one and one-half weeks.
Hawley will be a junior at Snake River High School this fall.

July 21st

Triathlon winners come from near, far

July 21, 2013

Saturday's Blackfoot Triathlon.
Women's champion Melissa Pett, meanwhile, came from Idaho Falls.
Both were first-time participants in the event, which was in its fourth year.
"What really drew me is it's a USAT (United States of America Triathlon Association)-sanctioned course," said Warden, who is a triathlon coach who trains 15 athletes.
"I liked the course. It was well marked. And it was great to see the volunteers and police officers out there; I felt safe throughout."

Local man addicted to restoring cars

July 21, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke
Iki Ikard stands next to his 1932 Ford Street Rod. The car was air-conditioned, had an automatic transmission and a V8 engine.

Bingham County resident Ike Ikard defines his hobby of restoring old cars as an addiction.
In the early 60s, Ikard purchased his first car. It was a 1932 Ford B Model.
"It was in a bunch of pieces and cost $200," Ikard said. "I didn't even have a garage."
"Eventually, my friend Bob Nelson told me to bring the car to his garage where we could work on it together."

July 19th

Blackfoot Community Center shares in $15M grant

July 19, 2013

Blackfoot Community Center has received a School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grant to help students at Snake River Junior High School.
The Blackfoot initiative is one of 13 across the nation who will share $15 million. This three-year grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.
"[The Blackfoot Community Center staff] will give training and oversight to AmeriCorps members," said Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center.

July 18th

Legion Riders conduct buffalo stew feed

July 18, 2013

A buffalo stew feed, sponsored by the American Legion Riders, is open to all comers. The meal will be served from noon to 8 p.m. today at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot.
The buffalo meat is fresh, said organizer Dave Breshears. So is the fry bread that will be served with the meal.
The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to the American Legion Legacy Fund.

Pair of Snake River students earn leadership scholarships

July 18, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Two Blackfoot area youth are spending part of their summer at a prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, Mass.
Joslyn Phillips and Davian Martinez, both incoming sophomores at Snake River High School, were invited to attend and each received a $500 scholarship from the program.

A bad year for ticks

July 18, 2013

BLACKFOOT—Local veterinarians are reporting that it's a bad year for ticks in East Idaho and while the little bloodsuckers will latch onto just about anything, dogs seem to be their main victim of choice, followed by humans.
Laddie Curran, who purchased a home on Riverton Road three years ago, said he was shocked when just in the past couple of weeks he found two ticks on himself and a total of seven between his two dogs. Two of the ticks on his dogs had already filled up with blood.

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