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POCATELLOâ€”A group of students and concerned citizens gathered at the Idaho State University quad on Tuesday to hear local leaders, rancher, scientists and educators speak about climate change in Idaho. The event titled: "Time To Act, Idaho: A Climate Change Event" was hosted by a coalition of scientists, business and community leaders to help raise awareness of the impacts of extreme weather, drought and the impact on Idaho's economy and natural resources.
Five students have traveled to Blackfoot and Idaho Falls from all over the world through the American Intercultural Student Exchange(AISE).
"I've hosted since 1994 and we've had probably around 39 exchange students. To offer another adolescent the opportunity to see the world and to share cultures is priceless,"said one of the host mothers, Traci Leonardson.
Two of the exchange students are young men, who are living in Idaho Falls with their host family. They are juniors at Idaho Falls High School (IFHS).
Saturday was a glorious day to celebrate the 85th edition of Shelleyâ€™s Spud Day. Thousands attended.
This yearâ€™s theme was â€œUnder the Big Top" and the Spud Day committee certainly delivered.
The parade featured Miss Russet--Carly Nelson--and her court, cheerleaders, dancers, politicians, floats and farm equipment.
Seven thousand baked potatoes were prepared for all comers. At noon, people lined up across the city park to receive a potato loaded with butter, sour cream and cheese. Milk was also served.
BLACKFOOT â€” What the Mangum brothers wanted was a dog. What they gained was a summer of experience and a Summer of Service Award from ABC.
Starting in June, Braden Mangum, 13, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, and Tracen Mangum, 11, a sixth grader at Snake River Middle School, worked at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter. Since school has started, they continue to work each Friday at the shelter.
The shelter is open from 12 noon to 1 p.m., each weekday, Monday through Friday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Academy, a new public charter high school, will open in August 2014 in Blackfoot. It will be located in the corner of Riverside Plaza that had formerly been the home of the Plaza Twin Theater, Bradbury College and Blackfoot Bookstore.
Doug Owen has been hired as the principal.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to open a new school; to put it all together," said Owen. "This is a really good bonus.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to hire a new faculty; to hire a complete staff," he said.
Write-in candidate Kurt Ricks, who declared his intent to run for Blackfoot mayor on Monday, decided to drop out of the race on Wednesday.
Ricks said that after consulting with his financial advisor, it was decided that he didn't have the means to back up a campaign with the needed advertising to make the campaign a success.
He also said he was disappointed that the Blackfoot Rotary Club did not invite him to a candidates luncheon on Tuesday - the day that an article ran in the Morning News announcing his candidacy.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Five years ago when the U.S. economy was crumbling, the Claude Nielsen family of Thomas took a chance by opening a small music shop in downtown Blackfoot. That store, "Music & Families," despite the odds it was up against, has grown into a successful family business with no signs of stopping.
Claude said it all started back in the 90s when his daughter [Larene] who was about eight years old at the time - wanted to learn to play the violin.
Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center, discussed an AmeriCorps grant to the trustees on Wednesday. This grant is a collaboration between the Blackfoot Community Center and the Snake River School District.
This grant is a school turn-around grant worth $250,000 per year. The grant is for three years.
Snake River Junior High was chosen because it is the only priority school in this area.
Asked if there were milestones, Howell explained there are quarterly reports.
When there's a national tragedy such as Monday's shooting at the Washington Naval Ship Yard that killed 13 people, there are always ripple effects throughout the country as friends and family await news of loved ones who may have been in the line of fire. Paul and Judy Loomis of Blackfoot were among those waiting with bated breath for news of their son, Jared Loomis, who was working in the Navy Yard building at the time - just down the hall from the shootings.
The City of Blackfoot confirmed on Monday that a seventh person - Kurt Williams Ricks- has declared intent to run for Blackfoot nayor. Since the deadline to file for candidacy has passed, Ricks will run as a write-in candidate.
While Ricks' name won't officially be on the ballot, he joins fellow candidates Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez, Paul Loomis and John Hoobler in his quest for Blackfoot's top leadership position.
Ricks, who has lived in Blackfoot for 15 years, says he is a concerned citizen who sees some problems in the city.