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September 9th

Despite pesky storms, Fair has record year

September 9, 2013

Despite pesky storms on and off throughout the week, officials at the Eastern Idaho State Fair (EISF) are celebrating record-breaking attendance.
EISF manager Brandon Bird said that rainstorms early in the week slowed attendance; however, the fair finished strong with sold-out grandstand shows country star Chris Young on Thursday, Celebrity Apprentice winner/country star Trace Adkins on Friday the ever popular Demolition Derby on Saturday.
"The concerts were the best ever. Amazing entertainers." said Angie Wheeler of Pocatello. "I'd go see them both again anytime."

Fort Hall woman crowned Miss Indian Nation

September 9, 2013

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and residents across Idaho have reason to be proud of Fort Hall native Alexandria Alvarez, 25, who was crowned Miss Indian Nations XXI in Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday.
The "Miss Indian Nations" is a nationwide pageant hosted by the the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and is an ambassador leadership program created to promote goodwill and representation of all Native tribes and nations throughout the United States and Canada.
This is Alvarez's second attempt at winning the title.

Local sportscaster known for his flashy pants

September 9, 2013

POCATELLO—Two years ago, when KPVI News 6 sports director Matt Gittins posted a picture of himself on Facebook wearing a pair of ugly, green bowling pants from his high school days, he had no idea of the adamant reaction he would receive from the station's viewers. Since then he has stepped it up by wearing much "fancier" pants that have now become his "signature look" in East Idaho.

September 8th

Child dies in accident

September 8, 2013

A 4-year-old boy from Blackfoot is dead after being struck by a car on Saturday.
According to Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland, the accident took place during a youth football game at Snake River High School about 5:30 p.m. Conner Covington was playing on the east side of the fence. when a woman driving a SUV prepared to leave, Rowland said the boy darted in front of the vehicle and was run over.
The child was taken to Bingham Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Rowland said the investigation into the accident is continuing.

Hatchery one step in bringing sockeye back

September 8, 2013

Collaboration and “we have a lot more work to do” were the two points consistently made Friday at the dedication of the Springfield Hatchery.
“This is an important next step in a very important resource,” said Ed Schriever, Idaho Department Fish & Game Fisheries bureau chief. “This is the largest success story in recovery of an animal from Lonesome Larry to where we are now.
“We are not just about raising fish,” he said. “This is magical but it’s not magic.”
 “There’s science behind this,” said Schriever. “Genetic analysis is used for the maximum amount of production.”

September 6th

Community rallies for missionary's family

September 7, 2013

Prayers, kind words and financial donations have been pouring in from people of all faiths from around the world, for the family of Elder Taylor Ward of Vacaville, Calif. He is the LDS missionary who died from injuries received in a car accident near Rockford on Tuesday evening. An online fundraising effort is underway to help Ward's family with funeral expenses and the cost of transporting his body back to California.

September 5th

Charismatic country star a hit with EISF audience

September 6, 2013

Ominous storm clouds loomed over the Eastern Idaho State Fair Grounds Thursday evening threatening the first grandstand concert of the week featuring country star Chris Young. Thankfully, the only thunder was the thunderous applause and the roar of the crowd from the near sold out audience who came for the concert.

September 4th

School begins in District 55

September 5, 2013

New clothes, new books, new teachers and friends...and for some, a brand new school...marked the the first day of school on Wednesday for Blackfoot School District 55. The start of this year's school year marked the first day for 17 students, teachers Amy Wren and Garth Carlson and principal Brandee Hewatt at the new Summit Middle School, located upstairs in the district office on Shilling Street.
The school received a 21st Century Grant in Mid-April to offer a non-tradtional type of school, focused on "project-based learning."

September 3rd

Freestyle MX back at EISF

September 4, 2013

The Monster Worldwide Tour is coming to the Eastern Idaho State Fair (EISF) for the ninth year in a row tonight at 8 p.m. in the Grandstand arena at the EISF grounds.
Each year 10 of the best FMX riders from around the world are picked to go on this particular tour. They travel all around the country, logging an average of about 85,000 miles on their tour -bus, according to the founder of, Marc Burnett.
"The EISF show is by far the best crowd we have all year long," said Burnett.

City to move forward with wastewater treatment plant improvements

September 4, 2013

The Blackfoot City Council unanimously approved pursuing 'judicial confirmation' for a new clarifier and improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant at Tuesday's city council meeting.
A "judicial confirmation" means asking a judge to review the costs and deem it an ordinary and necessary city expense. If a judge agrees, then the city does not have to have a public vote to take on the debt.
A clarifier tank removes solids from coming into the plant from the city's sanitary sewer system and removes deposits (such as scum and oil) off the top of the water.

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