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August 13th

House damaged in windstorm

August 13, 2013

As a result of Tuesday's sudden windstorm, three trees toppled on top of each other and came to rest on top of Lynda Thompson's house.
At 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday Thompson heard a crashing sound outside of her home.
"I thought it was the tree right next to the living room that had fallen over on my house, but I went outside once the windstorm was over and discovered that it was three trees that toppled on top of each other on the opposite side of the house," said Thompson.
Thompson had planned on mowing the lawn earlier that day, but was grateful that she chose not to.

Blind and visually impaired receive tips for living

August 13, 2013

IDAHO FALLS – Two Bingham County women have spent the past two weeks teaching visually-impaired and blind children in the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program.
The day camp went from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for two weeks. Classes were in the Parks and Recreation building in Idaho Falls. The camp ended last Friday.
 “We help children become more confident in what they do,” said Vicki Bateman from Shelley.
“With more confidence comes the understanding that it’s O.K. to be blind,” said Sandy Streeter from Blackfoot.

August 12th

BPAC announces concert schedule

August 12, 2013

The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) has scheduled five world-class concerts for the 2013-2014 concert season.
"This is the best season we have been able to present so far," said Susan Mann, BPAC's programming director. "We are so excited to present concerts of this caliber. It's definitely a season that will have something for everyone."
The seasons concerts include:
-Sept. 26 Ricky Nelson Remembered: A multi-media event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson's hit songs perform by his twin sons Mathew and Gunnar.

August 11th

Historical society to celebrate 30th anniversary

August 11, 2013

The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) will celebrate 30 years in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Blackfoot's train depot and the 25th anniversary of the Blackfoot Potato Museum. The triple celebration, will be held on Friday at noon at Depot Park behind the old train depot/Idaho Potato Museum.
According to local historian Lois Bates, a group of area residents met in 1983 in the John Brown home (currently the Bingham County Historical Museum at 190 N. Shilling) to discuss the importance of preserving Bingham County's History.

August 9th

ISU student to reign as Miss Sho-Ban

August 9, 2013

Escorted by Fort Hall Tribal Business Councilman Nathan Small, Taylor Thomas, 20, of Fort Hall was crowned the 2013-14 Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen in front of hundreds of spectators at the festival arbor in Fort Hall Friday.
The annual crowning of Miss Shoshone-Bannock is a tradition at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, this year being the 50th anniversary of the highly anticipated event.
Thomas, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, grew up in Fort Hall learning the traditional Native dances and studying the history of the tribe.

August 8th

State Bar Association honors two attorneys with Blackfoot ties

August 8, 2013

Attorneys Dwight Baker of Blackfoot and Walter Bithell of Boise recently received the 2013 Idaho State Bar Distinguished Lawyer award. This is the highest award that can be bestowed on an Idaho attorney by the bar.
"I had no expectation [of receiving this award]," said Baker.
Baker has been practicing law for 42 years and is a partner in the Baker Harris Law Firm in Blackfoot. Bithell is a Blackfoot High School graduate.

4-H Market Sale successful

August 8, 2013

BLACKFOOT — The 4-H Market Sale on Wednesday brought the 2013 edition of the Bingham County 4-H Fair to a close.
A total of 216 animals were auctioned. The grand champion and reserve grand champion of goats, rabbits, swine, sheep and beef were auctioned at the top of the sale.
These top 10 animals brought $10,425 to their owners.
The Stoddard Family Endowment hog was sold and resold seven times before the winning bidder took it home. Money raised from the endowment hog goes directly back into 4-H for scholarships. Bidders gave $1,625 to this scholarship fund.

August 7th

Talent contest for Sho-Ban

August 7, 2013

FORT HALL — Two candidates are vying for the title of Miss Sho-Ban 2013. They are Naivitsi Yabeney, age 18, and Taylor Thomas, 20.
The young ladies presented their talents Tuesday evening at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel.
Both used history passed on to them from their grandfathers to develop their talents.
Yabeney explained what a teepee represents and the construction of it.
"The teepee represents a woman's womb," she said. "The outer flaps represent the upraised arms of a woman.
"It was the women's job to set up camp and take it down," said Yabeney.

August 6th

Bus drivers go to school before school

August 7, 2013

School bus drivers from Regions 5 and 6 went back to school Tuesday to review bus safety. This is an annual meeting.
The school bus drivers fill about three-quarters of the auditorium at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
In the morning, two representatives from the power company spoke about what to do if the bus (or a car) becomes entangled in a power line. Idaho State Patrolman Aaron Aikele spoke about what to do in case of an accident.

Blackfoot man faces sexual abuse charges

August 6, 2013

A Blackfoot man is facing several felony charges after police said he was sexually abusing children.
Idaho Falls police said Bradley E. Drummond, 37, was arrested Monday on a warrant for two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16, two counts of felony injury to a child and one count sexual battery of a 16- to 17-year-old.
Drummond turned himself in at the Bonneville County Courthouse.
The warrant was issued following an investigation into allegations that Drummond was inappropriately touching children.
The incidents were reported to police in May.

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