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A variety of officials celebrated Bingham County's Latino community on Thursday as the Latino Economic and Development Center (LEAD) presented the Plazas Comunitaris by the Consulate of Mexico and artist Jose Antonio Quezada unveiled a mural depicting Latino education and workers in Idaho.
Sonia Martinez, LEAD Director, described Plazas Comunitarias as a "technology-based resource center for Spanish-speaking adult learners to learn English and complete their elementary or middle school education, work towards a GED or take online workforce training."
It's not every day that law enforcement officers are served a free lunch while the interior and exterior of their police car is washed and shined.
However, the staff from Blackfoot's On The Spot Carpet Cleaning did just that Wednesday afternoon for the city and county officers for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Derek Preece, owner of On The Spot, said he started the annual event nine years ago "as way of thanking the men and women who serve the community.
The Eagle Rock & Pocatello Kennel Dog Show will be held at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Thursday-Sunday.
Organizers say this year's show will be one of largest shows held in many years featuring top dogs from around the country competing for top prizes in a variety of competitions.
The event a great family event and is free for spectators to come and enjoy.
BLACKFOOT â€” Besides saying goodbye to the Blackfoot High Class of 2013, students and staff also bid farewell to eight employees. The schoolâ€™s English department will particularly feel the loss of staff with the departure of three teachers. Evelyn Young, who taught at the school for 24 years, retired along with Janine Shigihara, who taught there for 14 years and Barbara Golder, who taught for 12 years. Coach Jeff Marshall, who served as the schoolâ€™s assistant football coach for 18 years,
has left the district to take on the position of head football coach at
Tim Carroll, director of milling at Pendleton Flour Mills (PFM) in Blackfoot was named the 2013 Milling Operative of the Year.
He received the award last May during the 117th annual conference and expo of the International Association of Operative Millers. The conference took place in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Sosland Publishing Co.'s "Milling & Baking News" has given this award since 1986. The award recognizes the active milling operative who has made a significant contribution to milling from an operations' point of view.
BLACKFOOT â€”Randy Smith officially resigned from his position as a prosecutor in the Bingham County prosecutorâ€™s office on Thursday, June 6,
said Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson. Smith was hired as a
prosecutor in the county office in August 2010. He was the prosecuting attorney on some high-profile cases. These included the sexual abuse case of former Snake River Junior High principal Christopher Cox in 2012 and the
â€śhazingâ€ť cases against Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes in 2010.
The Blackfoot Fire Department recently received a $5,000 grant from Basic American Food to help purchase a fire extinguisher simulator.
â€śThis is for training,â€ť said Fire Chief Kevin Gray. â€śThe simulator will be used for classes and for training.
Without the simulator, 30 to 40 fire extinguishers need to be filled for training exercises.
The simulator has a screen like a television set. As the firemen train with fire extinguishers, the simulator tracks them as they â€śpull, aim, squeeze and sweepâ€ť with fire extinguishers.
â€śIt saves you dollars and is a little less risky,â€ť Gray said.
POCATELLOâ€”Whether you're a staunch believer in Bigfoot or just mildly curious about the elusive creature, you'll want to check out the "Walking With Bigfoot" Convention at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello on June 15.
Author Becky Cook, who grew up hearing stories of "Bigfoot on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and wrote the book "Bigfoot Lives in Idaho," organized the event and is pleased to welcome some renowned speakers on Bigfoot to the convention.
The National Trappers Association's 12th annual Western Trapping & Outdoor Expo is taking place this weekend at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Thirty-five vendors are on site. From 1,200 to 1,500 people are expected to attend this three-day expo that started Friday and ends Sunday.
The animal 9-year-old Dawson Kramer likes to trap is a muskrat. Dawson and his family are from Fairfield.
His dad, Rusty Kramer, said he learned trapping from his dad and grandpa.
"We never did fishing," Kramer said. "We trapped."
He sells the skins for mittens, hats or taxidermy.
BLACKFOOT â€” 77 fifth graders from Blackfoot elementary schools, and one fifth grader from Fort Hall, were awarded a free bike from Phil Meador
Toyota, for succeeding in their Perfect Attendance Spells Success (PASS)