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FORT HALL ‚ÄĒ Catholics from throughout the region gathered at the Saint Kateri Tekawitha Catholic Church in Fort Hall for mass and the first Feast Day celebration in honor of the recently canonized Saint Kateri Tekawitha.
More than 300 years ago, Kateri lived in what is now the state of New York. Her mother was Catholic and her father a member of the Algonquin tribe.
BLACKFOOT ‚ÄĒ Camdon Chidester, son of Scott and Linnea Chidester, traveled to Nadi, Yavusania, Fiji for a Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY) trip to assist in building outdoor bathrooms for villagers in need.
HEFY is a nonprofit humanitarian organization for youth ages 16-19. It was established in 1999 to provide LDS teens with humanitarian service opportunities.
HEFY has grown into a vibrant volunteer organization led by a nation-wide advisory council that organizes humanitarian programs for hundreds of volunteers in countries around the globe.
BLACKFOOT‚ÄĒThe Blackfoot school board is now complete after new trustees Dewane Wren and Derek Preece along with longtime trustee Mary Jo Marlow were sworn in at a special board meeting Thursday afternoon.
Wren replaced former trustee Peter Lipovac in Zone 2 and Preece replaced Taylor Johansen in Zone 4. Lipovac and Johansen officially resigned from the board at the end of June.
Mary Jo Marlow, who has served on the board for 16 years, was reelected in May for a four year term representing Zone 5.
THOMAS ‚ÄĒ On Wednesday Students moved quietly about their tasks, moving sprinkler pipe, pulling weeds, doing other things farmers do daily.
They are participants in the crop science class at Snake River High School.
Joining them were members of Crop Production Services, which provides
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited to help because we‚Äôre in the fertilizer business,‚ÄĚ said Leon Anderson of CPS.
‚ÄúMost crop consultants average about 55 years old so we‚Äôre trying to get
kids interested in farming,‚ÄĚ Anderson said of CPS‚Äô participation in the class.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs going to be a whole bunch of openings,‚ÄĚ
BLACKFOOT ‚ÄĒ Patients and staff at State Hospital South (SHS) can now enjoy a water fountain in the flower garden thanks to Idaho State University‚Äôs College of Technology nursing students.
The students dedicated the fountain Wednesday afternoon in memory of a
beloved employee, Marvin Welch, who served as psych tech at the hospital
and helped nurture the garden, making it a special place.
He died in 2004.
‚ÄúHe [Welch] helped change the culture here,‚ÄĚ said Amos Grim, assistant
director of nursing at the hospital.
BLACKFOOT ‚ÄĒ The highly acclaimed bluegrass duo "Otter Creek" will perform at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on Friday, offering bluegrass and country music fans an entertaining and unique "backstage" experience.
BPAC programming director Susan Mann, explained, "In a backstage event the audience sits right on the stage surrounding the performers in a circular seating arrangement. There is a lot of interaction between the performers and the audience. If you've never been to a backstage concert before you will absolutely love it."
Stan‚Äôs Restaurant on Main Street in Blackfoot has been a gathering place in Blackfoot since 1951.
So when the longtime, family owned eatery closed its doors rather abruptly last week, the word got out fast, leaving patrons and vendors asking ‚Äúwhy?‚ÄĚ
Attempts were made by the Morning News to reach the longtime restaurant owner,Gregory Richardson, for comment on the closure of Stan‚Äôs last week.
Family spokesman Tom Richardson (Gregory‚Äôs brother) offered to shed some
insight on the closure and the history of Stan‚Äôs.
FIRTH ‚Äď Five Firth High School students left Saturday to participate and
compete at the National Conference of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
The conference takes place from July 6-12 in Nashville, Tenn. The goal of Emma Mecham‚Äôs project, ‚ÄúRed Hot Readers‚ÄĚ Focus on Children, Junior Division, was to organize and execute a reading program for the first through fourth grades at A.W. Johnson Elementary in Firth to help
encourage children to read. Emma is the daughter of David and Deslynn Mecham.
The goal of Katie Kirby‚Äôs project, ‚ÄúHome Run‚ÄĚ Focuses on Children,
An evening storm that moved through the area Saturday evening botched up the traditional Blackfoot Pride Days Ping Pong ball drop.
The highly anticipated event drew hundreds to Jensen Grove Park as they waited for an airplane to fly over and drop approximately 4,000 Ping Pong balls, all worth a prize.
However, when the storm started brewing, bringing winds and rain, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue and Pride Days coordinator Aaron Moon made the call to bring in a backup plan.
The National O-Mok-See Competition opens this Sunday at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds and will conclude Friday. The competition is free to watch.
"This is the second year the national competition has been in Blackfoot," said participant Mike Owens. "I've been all around the country in national competitions.
"This is the first time an O-Mok-See has taken place in the same location in the 21 years I've participated," he said.