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ARLINGTON, Wash. â€“ Five days after tons of mud roared down a mountainside and obliterated the village of Oso, searchers on Thursday continued the arduous task of digging for victims.
"This is not an exact science," said Travis Hits, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 21. "A dog will go out there and get a hit in a particular area. But what happens is down in all that muck and debris, sometimes that scent doesn't come up where the person is.
"It can come up the path of least resistance. So that person could be 30 or 40 feet away."
Sixth-grader Tracen Mangum received recognition for his volunteer service during a school assembly at Snake River Middle School on Wednesday.
Tracen and his eighth-grade brother, Braden, were recognized by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as two of the four Idaho youth who have made a difference in their communities.
The Mangum brothers volunteered at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter and developed a Facebook page that helped to decrease the euthanasia of dogs and cats from 800 animals in 2012 to 35 in 2013.
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.