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December 16th

Council puts tree decision aside for now

December 17, 2013

Blackfoot City Councilman Rich Woodfin presented a tentative three-phase plan to remove eight blue spruce trees along Bergener Boulevard at last week's city council meeting.
The trees became an issue this fall when some of the business managers and property owners complained that the trees are blocking visibility to their signs and storefronts.

Home> U.S. This Is How To Do Last Minute Christmas Shopping

December 16, 2013

Today is the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Service and Tuesday brings the first deadlines for shoppers seeking to have packages delivered by Christmas morning.

If you still have shopping to do before the holidays, be sure to remember these top tips for a Last-Minute Christmas.

1. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.

Remember that the post office, Amazon, FedEx, and UPS are going to be busy this week. Keep in mind the deadlines they set for Christmas Day delivery.

Tuesday, Dec 17: Last day for Amazon's free standard shipping and FedEx's ground shipping.

Federal Judge rules against NSA spying

December 16, 2013

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program that collects millions of Americans' telephone records may be unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman that the legal challenge to the massive surveillance program — disclosed in full earlier this year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — would likely succeed.

December 15th

Area Catholics celebrate 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'

December 16, 2013

About 200 Mexican Catholics from throughout the region gathered at the Eastern Idaho State Fairground on Sunday for the annual tradition commemorating "Our Lady of Guadalupe," led by Father Jose de' Jesus Gonzalez of Blackfoot's St. Bernard's Catholic Church.
The official feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dec. 12 - is a hugely celebrated religious holiday in Mexico and in Hispanic communities throughout the United States. Catholics contend that on Dec. 9 in the early 1500's that an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to the poor indigenous Mexican man named Juan Diego.

December 13th

Chubbuck man jailed on suspicion of burglary

December 14, 2013

A Chubbuck man is in the Bingham County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of burglary on Thursday.
Blackfoot Police arrested 32-year-old Tyler James Wasia about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday. He is a suspect in several recently reported burglaries in Blackfoot as well several other crimes in surrounding counties.
Wasia faces four counts of grand theft and one of being a persistent violator. He has a $50,000 bond.
He may face additional charges after the other agencies involved complete their investigations.

'Layaway Santa' rings up $21k for strangers

December 13, 2013

NBC—He was just going to pick up bicycles for a charity event. Instead, this real-life Santa turned his stop at a central Florida Wal-Mart into an early Christmas delivery for 76 strangers.

Greg Parady, 40, was at The Villages Wal-Mart last Saturday to pick up the bikes for a Toys-for-Tots drive held by his financial planning firm, when he overheard a woman saying she didn't know if she could afford her layaway this year and might have to cancel her order.

December 12th

P&Z panel approves pair of applications

December 13, 2013

Planning & Zoning (P&Z) commissioners approved the requests of both applicants on Wednesday.
P&Z commissioners unanimously recommended approval of a four-lot preliminary plat for the New Meadows III Subdivision. Clem Yancey made this request. The plat is in a residential zone approximately 135 N. 365 W.
The P&Z commissioners also unanimously approved a six-foot variance to setback requirements for a communication tower at 138 N. 740 W.

Texas teen's fatal DWI defense: 'Affluenza'

December 12, 2013

HOUSTON (AP) — "Affluenza," the affliction cited by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, experts said Thursday.

December 11th

City Council makes alleyway a one-way

December 12, 2013

In an effort to help ease evening congestion in downtown Blackfoot, the Blackfoot City Council unanimously approved a recommendation to make the alley between Broadway and Ash - running from Pacific to Bridge Street - a one-way street at its meeting on Tuesday.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue explained that a traffic problem is created in the area when evening activities are going on, particularly dance lessons at Downtown Dance studio.

December 10th

Christmas Extravaganza festivities continue

December 11, 2013

Tuesday marked the second day of the Christmas Extravaganza at the museum. Wednesday, the museum will be open from 4 - 8 p.m., complete with a performances by Hovia Edwards at 5 p.m. and Angela Carlson at 6 p.m.

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