Archive - 2014 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€“ The Bingham County Historical Gallery at 3 NW Main in Blackfoot received a grant to help preserve its collection.
This grant was for $7,025. It was provided by the CHC Foundation based in Idaho Falls. (CHC stands for Community Hospital Foundation but the foundation now uses only initials.)
Janet Alvarez, the former president of the Bingham County Historical Gallery, did the research for the grant and then wrote it.
The letter confirming the grant was received on June 1, 2014. All money was to be spent in one year.
â€śWeâ€™ve already spent the money,â€ť said Alvarez.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) â€” An employee of an Idaho trucking company abandoned a trailer load of frozen chicken at a western Montana truck stop after the company reportedly refused a ransom demand.
The Missoulian reports that the trailer, dripping the juices of rotting chicken, was discovered at the Flying J Truck Stop west of Missoula on Tuesday. Truck stop manager Crystal Friede said the trailer had been there since at least Saturday.
Just days after retiring from his 28 years of service to the Blackfoot Fire Department, firefighter Kurt Aikele succumbed to lung cancer in 2012. Kurt worked full time as a paid firefighter for 21 years and then volunteered for about seven years after that. On Saturday, Kurt was honored for dying in the line of duty at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) memorial service in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Over 1,000 honor guards were on hand at the ceremony to give a touching and patriotic tribute to the fallen firefighters and their families.
n celebration of Indian Days, five students from Fort Hall Elementary School, dressed in a traditional Native American costume, presented a talent and a speech before judges on Tuesday afternoon in hopes of being selected as school royalty. A "Brave" and a "Princess" will be announced on Thursday.
Organizer and school secretary Cindy Jay said this is a way for the students to celebrate their Indian heritage and show their school pride.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners approved the budget for the Bingham County Ambulance District on Monday.
The fixed amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is $851,084.
Projected revenue comes from property taxes for a total of $743,376. Other revenue is anticipated to come from the PacifiCorp Judgment ($7,268); Ag Replacement Monies ($23,886); Personal Property Replacement ($10,554) and Sales Tax/Other Revenue ($64,000).
The project revenue total is $851,084.
The Bingham County Volunteer Council wants the community of Aberdeen to know that "they are here for them and have resources to help if there is a need."
The small agricultural community has taken an economic hit with the closure of the Simplot potato processing planet which affected about 200 workers in the area.
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) â€” A central Florida woman celebrated her 90th birthday by flying a four-seat Cessna.
Billy Jones had to sit on a pillow to see out the windshield Tuesday, but she took off with flight instructor Kurt Schneider by her side and landed some 30 minutes later at Flagler County Airport.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the flight wasn't out of the ordinary for the 5-foot-tall Jones. For her 80th birthday, she went skydiving. When she turned 85, she flew a glider.
Jones has been taking flying lessons with Schneider for months "just for the fun of flying."
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) â€” A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.
KOAT-TV reports New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash in Roswell late Friday.
The driver, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals.
Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School students have gone without using the new gym this year since flood waters ruined the floor following a flash flood on Aug 6. However, this week, just in time for BHS's Homecoming festivities on Sept. 27, students will be able to a hit the shiny, "spic and span" new floor which now sports an 18 inch Bronco head smack in the center.