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Two Blackfoot men died in an industrial accident in Georgetown, Idaho, on Thursday. The victims are 45-year-old Trent Sorensen and 19-year-old Bo Taylor.
The accident occurred during work on the Georgetown City Sewer Project.
Sorensen and Taylor were attempting to repair a leak inside a manhole.
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Senator Mike Crapo presented Quentin Murdock with the 2014 Spirit of Freedom Award on Thursday at the Idaho state Veterans home in Pocatello. These awards have been presented by Crapo since 2002.
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FORT HALL â€” Lee Juan Tyler explained the purpose of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' economic symposium simply.
"We want to be part of something that helps our future," said Tyler, the vice chairman of the tribal business council, as he opened the symposium on Wednesday.
"We have to help each other," Tyler said. "We need to be a team."
His audience included business and community leaders from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties as well as a few tribal leaders.
It was not an easy decision to make; in fact, at times the frustration was evident. However; the Blackfoot School District board of trustees voted 3-2 to grant Teton Stage Lines 10 bus routes at a special board meeting on Tuesday night.
The board called the meeting to finalize the 2014-15 school transportation bids. The were reopened last month after Donavan Harrington, the owner of Idaho Falls-based Teton Stage Lines, appealed the board's decision denying him the routes even though his firm was the lowest bidder.
A new flashing sign now sits in the crosswalk where a Blackfoot High School student was hit crossing the street in the early morning hours last winter. City and school officials are hoping that the new sign will prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Last February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.
BLACKFOOT â€” Henry Miles and his wife Carol didn't know what to expect when Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963 arrived.
The couple had grown up in Blackfoot, Idaho, and didn't know a lot of black people although they were now living in Washington, D.C. There Henry had met Glen Roane, like him a contract negotiator who purchased underwater ordinance for the Polaris submarine. Roane was black and had grown up in Viriginia.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Dyle Clark prepared to step onto a landing craft in the Philippines during World War II, a sailor said, "that's enough."
"I turned to my buddy and said, 'there's room for two more and we climbed in," Clark recalled recently.
"When we were climbing the nets onto the boat after that, the general asked, 'did we get them all?' He was told we had left about 350."
Those guys were later involved in a big battle and many were killed, Clark recalled.
Teachers in the Blackfoot School District can earn leadership premium dollars (from $850 to $5,780) by taking on leadership tasks in the upcoming school year "above and beyond" their contracted work.
The leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee.
Blackfoot School District Superintendent Chad Struhs said that the Aug. 6 flash flood that hit town could have easily ruined Blackfoot High School's entire new gym floor had it not been for the quick work of the custodial staff in the building when the water started rushing in.
Struhs addressed the flood damage that the district incurred at the school board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that "several buildings were flooded" from the storm.
BLACKFOOT â€” As the growing season reaches its peak and folks begin to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from fields gardens and orchards, organizers of the Community Food Pantry are hoping that growers will donate their excess produce to help feed those in need.
"There's always an ongoing need for food; and recipients at the food pantry really appreciate the fresh produce, because many of them don't have gardens," Ronda Cheatham said.