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October 17th

Crapo, Risch Oppose Debt Ceiling and Government Funding Deal

October 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against legislation to delay the nation’s borrowing limit until February 7, 2014, and temporarily fund government operations until January 15, 2013.
Included in the agreement is a requirement for both chambers of Congress to go to conference on a budget with a reporting deadline of December 13, 2013, as well as new safeguards to ensure people who receive federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under Obamacare are eligible to receive them.

Simpson puts Idaho businesses, jobs first

October 17, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today voted to re-open the federal government, avoid default on our nation’s debt, and preserve the historic spending cuts Republicans have won in Congress over the last three years.
"There has to be a way to address our nation’s fiscal problems without making them worse in the process,” says Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson
While acknowledging his vote in favor of the bill might be unpopular with some of his constituents, Simpson said the potential economic consequences of continued stalemate outweighed any political consideration.

Graduation Night

October 17, 2013

THOMAS — Wednesday was graduation day for Mona Vee Carter. Her diploma was dated June 2, 1954.
Carter and her younger sister, Sonia (Carter) Merrill, went through 12 years of school together. When it came to their graduation in 1954, Sonia received a diploma; Mona received a blank piece of paper because school officials said she hadn't completed the required work.
"We are able to right a wrong," said Wally Aldous, the Snake River school board chairman.
Carter, who will turn 80 on Nov. 6, said she was very excited about receiving her diploma.

October 16th

Local football players raising funds for breast cancer

October 17, 2013

It's the "Buck Bowl" this Friday, featuring the Blackfoot Broncos vs. the Madison Bobcats.
Stan Buck is the coach of the Broncos football team; his brother, Mitch Buck, coaches the Bobcats.
This contest is also used to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.
Football moms Tawni Lewis and Karen Hoskins came up with this idea four years ago. Originally, the plan was to honor breast cancer survivor Kim Buck who is Stan Buck's wife.
"Now, each year Kim Buck selects three local women who are going through breast cancer treatments," said Lewis.

Attorney General presents open meetings seminar

October 17, 2013

When a local government entity tried to hide an action which cost that entity substantial money, a citizen used Idaho's public records and open meetings laws to bring the issue to the public's attention.
On Wednesday, representatives of cemetery districts, library districts and state agencies received training on those laws from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and his chief deputy, Brian Kane.
Idahoans for Openness in Government and the region's three daily newspapers sponsored the event.

October 15th

80-year-old woman receives high school diploma

October 15, 2013

THOMAS— To learn why the Snake River School Board presented an honorary diploma to Mona Vee Carter, age 80, at the beginning of Wednesday's meeting, check out our print edition of Thursday's paper.

City council schedules meeting on trees

October 15, 2013

Complaints by business and property owners that pine trees along Bergener Boulevard are blocking sign visibility has turned into "a question of aesthetics," prompting a public hearing next month.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue addressed the city council at a meeting on Tuesday saying that the managers of Papa Murphy's and the property managers of the strip mall housing GNC, Fantastic Sams and Sally's Beauty Supply brought the issue to his attention.

October 14th

Ag worker seeking post on Blackfoot City Council

October 15, 2013

Businessman and political newcomer Kenneth Ashcraft moved to Blackfoot five years ago because he landed a good job in the city. He would like to see others have the same opportunity to find a good job in Blackfoot and grow the local economy. That's why he's running for Blackfoot City Council Seat 1.
Ashcraft is vying for the seat against longtime incumbent Chris Jensen and local realtor Andy Hasselbring.
Ashcraft, who works in sales and marketing for Crary Industries (an agricultural equipment company), believes that Blackfoot already has the tools needed to attract well-paying jobs.

October 11th

Children's musical opens Monday at Snake River

October 12, 2013

THOMAS — "The Island of No Return," a children's musical, opens at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Snake River High School auditorium. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. while people are seated.
Tickets cost $5 per person.
Each evening, performances begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday—Oct. 14, 15, 18 and 19. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. while people are seated.
Eighty children fill the roles in this musical. The children are ages 3-13.
"It's organized chaos," said director Jana McBride.
Auditions took place Aug. 23, 24. The cast has been practicing since then.

Name of crash victim released

October 11, 2013

SHELLEY — Idaho State Police have released the name of the 19-year-old female who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on I15, south of Shelley. She is Colleen N. Jackson, 19, of Saugus, Calif. Her name was withheld until relatives in California were notified.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, Jackson was driving northbound on I15 in a 2005 Dodge pickup when she approached a slower moving vehicle.
Jackson made an abrupt lane change from the right lane to the left lane. She over corrected back to the right lane where she lost control of the vehicle and rolled.

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