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September 29th

State DYW contest opens Thursday

September 30, 2013

IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) contest is this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium. The contest begins each evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person per evening or a ticket for each of the three evening performances can be purchased for $25.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office.
Four distinguished young ladies will represent Bingham County in this contest.
·         Miko Toussaint represents Blackfoot.
·         Malia Saupan represents Snake River.
·         Aspen Poulson represents Aberdeen.

September 27th

High school students pursue quest for smoke-free parks

September 28, 2013

BLACKFOOT—The student health council at Blackfoot's Independence High School is not giving up on its quest to see 'smoke-free' parks in the city.
Members of the student health council will give a presentation (on behalf of the Southeastern Idaho Public Health's Tobacco Prevention Program) at Tuesday's city council meeting. The student presentation will be followed by a public hearing on the issue.

Fundraiser ongoing for Blackfoot native

September 27, 2013

IDAHO FALLS — Jen Andrus was hoping to win "Bish's RV Challenge" and walk away with a brand new $20,000 travel trailer. Her wish was short-lived.
The former Morning News reporter was selected into the top 25 and then got enough votes on Facebook to be one of the top 12 contestants to play in the "Survivor"-style competition and live in an RV for a week.
She completed the first challenge (a team obstacle course) on the first night and then something went wrong.

Longtime district board clerk retires

September 27, 2013

BLACKFOOT—Longtime Blackfoot School District Board Clerk Margaret Contor attended Thursday night's school board; however, she was not in her usual seat.
Contor retired from the district this month after nearly 25 years of service and was at the meeting for special recognition from the board in front of a room full of friends, patrons and district personnel.
Contor started at the district in the early 80s as a part-time secretary and took on the full-time position of duty clerk and secretary to the superintendent in 1989.

BMH open house successful

September 27, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Free flu shots were a great draw at the open house at Bingham Memorial Hospital on Thursday. The open house ran from 5-7 p.m. People started lining up one hour before the open house started to get free flu shots.
"We have flu shots for everyone who is here before 7 p.m.," said one of the receptionists.
"I came for the free flu shots," said Sally McCasland. "I knew several of the doctors here; I've received really good care here."
Winn Larson brought his mother, Lois, for a flu shot, and then got a flu shot for himself, along with dinner.

September 26th

Family concert and petting zoo

September 26, 2013

IDAHO FALLS— Monday, Sept 30 the Idaho Falls Symphony will be hosting a Family concert and will also be having a instrument petting zoo.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's paper for more information on this opportunity for your family to get together to enjoy a fun-filled evening.

BLM seeks volunteers for National Public Lands Day

September 26, 2013

IDAHO FALLS —The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking volunteers to help them on some projects throughout the region as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday (Sept. 28).
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to pitch in celebrate the event and help spruce up some of the area's outdoor treasures. All volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and a coupon for free entrance into any national park.

Bingham Memorial Hospital to conduct open house tonight

September 26, 2013

BMH to conduct open house tonight
For the MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT — Bingham Memorial Hospital will be the site of a physicians' open house tonight from 5-7 p.m.
Administrators are inviting members of the community to come meet the new healthcare providers working at the hospital.
That group includes:
• Ron Ellsworth, MD – Family Medicine and Obstetrics                       
• Ricky Gardner, MD – Family Medicine and Obstetrics
• Jared Kam, MD – Family Medicine and Sports Medicine
• Travis Evans, NP – Family Medicine
• Jonathan Godfrey, MD – Gastroenterology

September 25th

Incumbent Jensen wants to retain his seat

September 26, 2013

Longtime Blackfoot city councilman Chris Jensen is the only one of four councilman who is being challenged in the upcoming city election.
Jensen, who was elected to the council in 2005, currently holds Seat 1. He is being challenged by Kenneth Ashcraft and Andy Hasselbring.
Jensen, a Blackfoot resident of 20 years, said he's not sure why his place on the council seems to be the "hot seat" that people want - but he will strive to keep it.
"I have thought about it and I'm not sure if it's because of something that I've done wrong or something that I've done right," he said.

Children accept North Bingham Library's challenge

September 26, 2013

The North Bingham County District Library in Shelley was stuffed, filled, crammed with kids and cardboard for the first "Cardboard Challenge" conducted at the library.
The idea came from the book, "Not a Box," and the online video, "Caine's Arcade," said librarian Sesha Hammond.
"We changed the emphasis from "not a box" to "not a cardboard box," she said. "This challenge helps children use their imaginations."
"[This activity] made their minds really think," said mom Jamie Kidman. "This was a good way to get out and do something during Spud Harvest.

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