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City officials are asking the public's help at Jensen Grove.
Scott Hays, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blackfoot, is asking the public to report any suspicious activity there.
"There has been a lot of vandalism this spring, worse than normal," he said. "We need people to report if they see anything out of normal and call the police at 785-1235 or parks and rec at 785-8622.
"Fortunately, the vandals didn't break the door in the women's restroom but we did need to reset the anchorsâ€”putting anchors in the block wall to rehang the door," said Hays.
Twenty-five volunteers spent four hours on Sunday cleaning up a two-acre area at the end of McDonaldville Road.
"This is all BLM land," said Jerry Wallace, Sunday's clean-up organizer. "It's close to town so a lot of people use it.
"People just trash it," he said. "It's mostly used for target practice so there is glass everywhere."
Wallace posted this project on Facebook. Twenty-five people responded and showed up to help. People came from as far as St. Anthony, Rexburg and Idaho Falls.
ABERDEEN â€” At the end of February, Leland Sorensen resumed a journey which had begun on a hilltop in Laos on March 17, 1969.
That's the day Sorensen, a U.S. Air Force pararescueman, tried to rescue F-105 pilot 1st Lt. David Dinan, who had bailed out of his aircraft after attacking an enemy position perhaps as little as 20 miles away.
Sorensen had found the pilot's body but was unable to bring it home.
Last year, after a search of records turned up his name as the one who had seen the pilot last, military officials invited Sorensen to aid in another search.
Have you ever had difficulty finding grandpa's grave? Help is available at the Groveland Cemetery.
A grave finder sign has been erected at the cemetery. The sign was designed and built by Caleb Adams for his Eagle Scout project.
"At first, I thought of repairing the shed that is worn down," said Adams. "The sexton suggested a sign might be good.
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BLACKFOOT â€” Former Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue offers some insight on the economics of small towns in the new book: "The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America" by Gerald L. Gordon. Virtue, a two-term mayor, retired in January following the swearing-in of Blackfoot's new mayor Paul Loomis.
The book, published December 2013 by CRC Press, contains nearly 100 case studies of small towns, their history, successes and failures, and the economic challenges that small towns face today. The book features a profile of Blackfoot and an interview with Virtue, who was serving as mayor at the time.
Members of the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School board corrected a violation of open meeting law during a special meeting on Wednesday. That violation occurred on March 12.
During Wednesday's meeting, board members Gary Larsen, acting chair Kelly Moulton, Bryan Barclay and Steve Elliott voted unanimously to declare the violation.
The board members then declared a vacancy on the board and filled it.
Becki Adams was elected unanimously.
A Blackfoot woman and two of her children are safe after officers from Fort Hall Fish and Game found them inside a cabin on the reservation Tuesday.
On Monday the Bingham County Sheriff's office was notified that Sarah Hjelm and two of her children were missing.
At that time, an attempt to locate was issued for the vehicle that Hjelm was driving.
Through the investigation, officers learned that no one had heard from her or the children since Sunday around 12:30 p.m.
Two of the original wooden beveled glass doors, that once opened to travelers at the stone train depot in the early 1900's (now the Idaho Potato Museum and Blackfoot Chamber), have been given new life as display cases, thanks to the handiwork of local cabinetmaker and businessman Mason Sandow.
Sandow, who owns MHS Custom Cabinets, has built a career cabinet-building. It is a skill he has honed since he was a woodworking student at Blackfoot High School five years ago, winning a national championship cabinetmaking competition.
Violinist Cindrie Lowder, a senior at Aberdeen High School, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City at the beginning of February.
Twelve hundred young adults from six countries applied to perform in the "2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall."
The applicants were narrowed down to 200 in the choir; 100 in the band and 100 in the orchestra.
"I met a lot of kids and made a lot of new friends," said Cindrie Lowder.
"We practiced from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three days," she said.
Come enjoy an evening of singing, dancing, color and entertainment at the Snake River High School auditorium.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and runs through Saturday. There is no show on Wednesday.
Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling Sheila Van Orden at 681-4902.
Over 60 students make up this cast. They have been practicing since January.
Senior Jacob Seamons plays Adam Pontipee in this musical production. Seamons played Jacob Marley in the musical, â€śScrooge.â€ť