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BLACKFOOTâ€”At the age of just two or three, it was obvious to the parents of Blackfoot tattoo artist Durst Hayden that their son was a gifted artist and would go on to do great things with his talent.
"When I was little I'd spend hours drawing detailed pictures of monsters, trucks and airplanes," he said. "My mother, who was a Born Again Christian, always told me 'God has a big plan for you.' "
His father, who Hayden said, 'was born into and died in a rough biker gang,' wanted something better for his son, and told him, "I am an example of what 'I don't want you to become.' "
Longtime Blackfoot businessman John Hoobler is running for mayor of Blackfoot with a vision of seeing more people in the community find a good job or open their own business in town.
Hoobler shares his quest for Blackfoot's top leadership position with Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez and Paul Loomis. Blackfoot's current mayor Mike Virtue will not seek reelection.
Hoobler, a Blackfoot resident for the past 24 years, said, "I have gone to high school here, worked here, owned businesses and raised a family here."
BLACKFOOT â€” Seventy-three fourth and fifth graders at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) built a flag that was displayed on the outside of their mobile classroom in honor of Patriot Day on Wednesday.
Most fifth graders were not yet born when the twin towers were hit on Sept. 11, 2001.
Patriot Day is designated as a day of remembrance and service.
Fifth grade teacher Kelly Jo Fisk said the students took a virtual tour of events on 9-11 using the smart board in her classroom.
"We also took a virtual tour of the memorial," she said.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Retired Army Lt. Colonel, Paul Marion Loomis, has hopes of continuing a life of service as Blackfoot's new mayor.
Loomis joins fellow candidates Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Marinez and John Hoobler in his quest to replace current mayor Mike Virtue who will not seek reelection in November.
Loomis' decision to run for mayor is based upon his belief that "service is important in the community," as demonstrated in his 26 years of service in the United States Army.
BLACKFOOT â€” Ed and Kaylynn Gorder, familiar faces in the Blackfoot business community, became the new owners of Stan's Restaurant on Friday. The Gorders are the owners of successful local businesses Downtown Bread and Gorder's Honey. Kaylynn has managed the bakery/eatery [Downtown Bread] at 111 W. Bridge St. for the past 7 years, while Ed has run the honey business on Highway 39 for 25 years.
Maverik employees, law enforcement officers and military personnel from across Idaho are teaming to pump gasoline and wash windshields for customers while collecting donations for Special Olympics Idaho. Fueling Dreams for Special Olympics will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Maverik station, 895 W. Bridge St. in Blackfoot.
People can participate in two ways. They can buy icons in Maverik stores through Saturday, Sept. 14, and/or fuel at Maverik on Saturday and Tip the Cop pumping gas.
Law enforcement officers will pump gas and wash windshields for tips.
One hundred and seven elementary students stepped into their sparkling new classrooms for a full a day of school at the new Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (charter school) on Tuesday.
While the school, consisting of four temporary modular units, opened about a week later than originally scheduled due to some minor glitches, principal Joel Weaver said, "We are officially in and excited to see this school become one of the best schools around."
SHELLEYâ€” At approximately 3:00 p.m. the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle property damage crash at the intersection of US Highway 91 and 1000 North road between Shelley and Firth. Macario Oliva, 57, of Shelly, was traveling south on US Highway 91 in a 1995 GMC Manure truck when he attempted to turn left onto 1000 North road. Douglas Erickson, 59, of Layton, Utah, was also traveling south on US Highway 91 in a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier. Erickson attempted to pass Oliva in the intersection where he struck the rear of his truck.
IDAHO FALLS â€” At 6:46 a.m. MST on Wednesday, Sept.
11th, 2013, the local â€śBugles Across Americaâ€ť team will play the first round of Taps honoring civilians, veterans and first responders involved in the series of coordinated terrorist attacks upon the United States in New York City and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2011.
The public is invited to the event at the War Memorial on
the Greenbelt on Memorial Drive (west of the Bonneville County Courthouse).
A bell will be rung at the exact time of each of the crashes (MST), followed by the American Legion
BLACKFOOTâ€”The sound and smell of revving engines filled the air Saturday night at the Eastern Idaho State Fair [EISF] Grandstand Arena during the infamous Demolition Derby.
"I've been coming to the derby since I was three years old; it's in my blood," said Dakota Chavez of American Falls.
This year officials added two events to the traditional lists of divisions, including the truck and the figure eight division. Because a truck division was added, there were also k-rails set up a few feet from the grandstand walls as a safety precaution.