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Youth volunteers Braden and Tracen Mangum presented the City of Blackfoot with a $1,000 check to be used for improvements at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter at Tuesday's city council meeting. The boys were awarded the scholarship through ABC's Good Morning America for their efforts in project "Save A Pet," a summertime project they did at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter to help get more dogs and cats adopted into good homes.
From 120 to 130 veterans were honored at the Veterans' Day assembly at Firth High School Monday morning.
"It's an honor to see this many veterans come support us," said Stewart Portela, assembly organizer and Firth military history teacher. "I appreciate the veterans and the community helping.
"I think that's the best program we've ever had," he said.
Firth graders at Firth Middle School thanked the veterans by singing, "Thank You Solder!" The choir was accompanied by the Community Orchestra.
Blackfoot businesswoman Lori Marvin has a passion for serving our country's veterans. Through the years Marvin has organized numerous volunteer projects for the betterment of those who have served our country. Her efforts have not gone unnoticed; Marvin is the recipient of the "Elks Veteran Volunteer of the Year" award. This volunteer award is given to one man and one woman in the state whose service to veterans is reflected in projects within their home Elks Lodge and community.
This is the 20th year Firth High School has hosted a Veterans' Day assembly. The event is open to the public.
Veterans and their families are special guests.
The assembly begins at 10 a.m. Monday in the Firth High School gymnasium, 101 N. Park Ave. Prelude music performed by the Community Orchestra at Firth begins at 9:30 a.m. Members of the student organizations Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Key Club have planned a meal for the veterans and their families following the assembly.
Blackfoot High School has a new addition. Â On Thursday high school administrators unveiled a new mascot statue: a rearing bronco which stands 10 feet tall.
The bucking bronco statue is the 2013 service project of the Blackfoot Rotary Club. Â
"Our goal is to make our world and our nation and our community better places," said club president David Cannon. Â "This year's service project will rally school spirit, as well as a sense of unity among the community."
Cannon's grandfather was an active member in the Rotarian community until his final years.
BLACKFOOTâ€”While four of Blackfoot's mayoral candidates may be resting this week, for Paul Loomis and Dan Cravens - it's time for a second round.
It's no surprise that the six man mayoral race has resulted in a runoff election between the two candidates with the most votes - from Tuesday's city election. It's a city law that a mayoral candidate receive 50 percent of the votes (plus one) in order to claim the election. Loomis received the most votes of 667, followed by Cravens - who garnered 452 votes. The two will go 'head to head' in a runoff election scheduled for Dec. 3.
Election night featured close elections and some surprises.
Paper ballots were used in the 10 elections across the county.
Blackfoot will have a runoff election in the mayoral race.
Votes totals in the Blackfoot race are:
Â° Paul Loomisâ€”667 votes at 39.282 percent
Â° Dan Cravensâ€”452 votes at 26.62 percent
Â° Rick Biglerâ€”251 votes at 14.782 percent
Â° Carlos Mercadoâ€”171 votes at 10.071 percent
Â° Carlos Martinezâ€”90 votes at 5.3 percent
Â° John Hooblerâ€”65 votes at 3.838 percent
BLACKFOOTâ€”A free fun, interactive 6-week program called "Eating Smart - Being Active" will be offered - starting this evening - and every Tuesday night in conjunction with the Community Dinner Table suppers at Jason Lee Methodist Church in Blackfoot. The classes will run about one hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The classes, which will be taught by nutritionist Denise Durocher from the University of Idaho Extension office in Pocatello, will cover healthy eating and cooking for less, planning meals, saving money at the grocery store, food safety and being active.
Value tickets are available for those who would like to see the acclaimed "California and Montreal Guitar Trios" perform at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) Thursday at 7:30 p.m - at a discounted price.
Susan Mann, BPAC programming director, announced on Monday that $10 tickets will be offered for the last 10 rows of the auditorium.
PINGREE â€” Music teacher Rebecca Battle may live in a small town, but her students are achieving â€śbigâ€ť things under her instruction.