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Blackfoot City Council will hold a public hearing on May 7 to discuss reopening the city budget to release funds for further repairs on East Airport Road. The stretch of road is riddled with potholes and has been the subject of numerous complaints in recent months by homeowners in the area and by those who have to drive the road frequently.
BLACKFOOT â€” Like most mothers of young women, Serrina Slay looks forward to seeing her daughter dressed in a beautiful gown and taken to her high school prom for a wonderful night that she will always remember. However, Slay's only child, Rachael Slay, a non-speaking autistic girl, is in need of a date to the Blackfoot High School Prom and Slay is hoping that a nice, young man will step up to take her special needs daughter to the dance.
Abbi and Belle Mecham, twins with autism, have a different perspective of life and share that perspective with others.
By JEN ANDRUS
BLACKFOOTâ€” Audrey Mecham had high expectations for her two beautiful twin girls born in August of 2001.
When the girls went into kindergarten they had notable struggles with their attention, transitions and language skills.
Mecham realized that there may be something different that they needed help with. After a long process of testing through first and second grades, Abbi and Belle Mecham were diagnosed with autism.
Malia Saupan was named the 2013-2014 Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Snake River Saturday night at the high school. Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program.
For becoming Miss Distinguished Young Woman of Snake River, Saupanâ€™s scholarship earnings totaled $3,300. She received a $2,100 scholarship for becoming Miss DYW. She also won $300 scholarships for Be Your Best Self, interview (with the judges), fitness and self-expression.
Saupan said what she enjoyed best about DYW is â€śthe friendships Iâ€™ve made.â€ť
Now is the time for any businesses, faith groups, school groups or community groups to form a team and jump on board to participate in Bingham County's 8th annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser.
Bingham County's "Relay for Life" Team Development Co-chair, Bobbie Steffensen describes the event as "an organized overnight community event (in conjunction with American Cancer Society) where team participants walk a track to celebrate and remember those who have been affected by cancer and fight back by fundraising for cancer research and patient resources."
Randy and Vauna Walker from Pingree do a lot of traveling, hauling their quarter horse, named DTF Way Ta Fire, to barrel racing competitions.
"Barrel racing is a hobby of ours," said Walker.
In the Diamond and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16, DTF Way Ta Fire "set a new arena record at the finals," Walker said.
Only those horses in their first year of competition can be entered into a Futurity.
The quarter horse posted the fastest time at the Diamonds and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Mayor Mike Virtue addressed County Commissioners Mark Bair and Whitney Manwaring Thursday morning to discuss the ambulance budget that was approved in 2010.
The numbers had to be adjusted to "break even," said Virtue. The first two years of the budget remained the same and a slip escalation was scheduled to begin in 2012.
Virtue said, "The levy may change plus or minus. There is a little bit of uncertainty but not much."
Representatives of the Central Bingham Conservation District (CBCD) are taking tree and shrub orders orders now through April 26 for the district's annual tree and shrub sale. According to Kathy Schafer, administrative assistant for the CBCD, the annual sale is non-profit service to the community, providing them an opportunity to buy low cost trees, shrubs and mulching fabric. The sale is done in conjunction with the Snake River High School FFA team to help them raise money for the state FFA competition in Moscow.
When the runners and walkers in the Tommy Vaughnâ€™s Blackfoot Marathon and More are making their way from the respective start lines to the finish, volunteers from the community will work to ensure their safety and comfort.
BLACKFOOT â€” It has been nearly five years since some friends saw a need to help hungry people in the community and put together the Community Dinner Table.
On Tuesday, members of the Christ's Cowboy Country Church served the final Community Dinner Table of the 2012-2013 year. The first on Oct. 28, 2008, drew just 92 participants. There were well over 300 this time around.
"We've served 23 meals over each winter for the past five years," said Elizabeth Fields, one of the officers in the non-profit organization. That has totaled over 31,500 since that first one.