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November 19th

Santa's Helpers work at Rupe's

November 20, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Local law enforcement waited tables at Rupe's Burgers Tuesday night to raise money for the Santa's Helpers program.
All profits and tips made between 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday night go towards the Santa's Helpers program.
"Our goal is to raise $2,000 tonight," said Erin Hidalgo, a dispatch supervisor for Bingham County, who organizes the fundraiser each year.
The Santa's Helpers program, that's coordinated by the Bingham County Dispatch Center, has been helping provide 100 local families a better Christmas each year since 1997.

Generation slowpoke? Kids don't run as fast as parents once did, study finds

November 19, 2013

TODAY—Despite their "pumped up kicks,” kids today aren’t running nearly as fast as their parents did at the same age. In fact, in a one-mile run, youngsters now are about 1.5 minutes slower on those laps than children 30 years ago, according to a new study.

November 18th

Candidate forums for mayoral elections scheduled

November 19, 2013

Candidate forums for the upcoming mayoral election between Paul Loomis and Dan Cravens have been scheduled. Loomis and Cravens are facing a runoff election as the top two candidates of six since none of the candidates gained 50 percent (plus one) of the votes needed in the city election on Nov. 5.
-The Blackfoot Chapter of the Freedom First Society will hold the first forum on Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m at Blackfoot City Hall.

November 17th

BHS yearbook staff creating centennial edition

November 18, 2013

Morning News-Lisa Lete
Blackfoot High School yearbook editor Halle Phillips and advisor Teresa Gallegos enjoy going through old yearbooks and discovering fun, historical facts about the school and the community as they work with new technology to put together a commemorative 100th edition.

The yearbook staff at Blackfoot High School is creating a 100th volume "special edition" of the 2013-2014 publication, one that will be a keepsake for anyone with ties to Blackfoot High School.

November 16th

Zumbathon raises money for cheerleader

November 16, 2013

BLACKFOOT— The Zumbathon fundraiser for BHS senior captain cheerleader Margie Catindig raised upwards of $600 to go towards her trip to New York City to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"I love that our community can come together and for being able to help me be able to achieve something so exciting," said Catindig.
Cheerleading coach Mindi Loosli came up with the idea of a Zumbathon.

November 15th

Former BHS player mentioned on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

November 15, 2013

Former BHS football player and current New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill was mentioned on Jimmy Fallon's show (in the first segment of the show) last week. Check out the video here:,p14,d0

November 14th

Heinz plant closure will affect region

November 15, 2013

POCATELLO—The announcement that the Heinz manufacturing facility in Pocatello will be closing within the next 6-8 months, wiping out 410 jobs, was like a punch in the gut to the entire region.
KPVI News 6 broke the story on its website Thursday afternoon after being tipped off by a local Heinz employee. Station officials contacted Heinz headquarters prompting the release of a statement by Michael Mullen, Heinz Senior President of Corporate and Government Affairs. Mullen confirmed the impending closure of the plant.

Diabetes awareness month

November 14, 2013

BLACKFOOT— Susan Jensen, founder of Rollin For A Cause, has been successful in achieving her goal of having the Diabetes awareness ribbon printed on the front page of every issue of the Morning News for the month of November a reality.
"It's amazing what you can do if you go through the proper channels and just actually ask for something like this [the ribbon in the paper] to be done. It's amazing," said Jensen.
The month of November is National Diabetes Awareness month and today marks World Diabetes Awareness Day.

November 13th

Health insurance help given at BPAC presentation

November 14, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Three presenters who are part of the 19-member board of Your Health Idaho were at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to explain the Idaho health exchange to the 22 people present.
"I came mostly for my married children; to learn how it will affect them," said Deanna Lamprecht.
She said she received some answers.
The presenters were Steven Weeg, Todd Bateman and Randy Gardner. Weeg explained the requirements of the insurance. Bateman gave an overview of comparing different insurance plans. Gardner explained how to use the Your Health Idaho website.

Health insurance exchange forum tonight

November 13, 2013

free panel presentation on the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (870 S. Fisher St.t) from 7-9 p.m. tonight.  Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Board Chair Stephen Weeg will give an up-to-the-minute overview of the Exchange. Todd Bateman with Regence Blue Shield will address important details to know when evaluating plans and Your Health Idaho Community Outreach representative Randy Gardner will share experiences with the Exchange and how to navigate the process.

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