Archive - 2014 - Latest News
By BOB HUDSON
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County's lawmakers reiterated their support of an Agriculture Security bill during Thursday's weekly legislative breakfast at Tommy Vaughn's.
The Idaho Senate passed the bill 23-10, sending it onto the House. There Reps. Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden are among its co-sponsors.
"I've had a lot of email asking me to vote against it," Van Orden said. "Mostly from the Treasure Valley.
"Of the 12 phone calls I've received from my constituents, three asked me to vote against and the other nine were for it," she added.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot Girl Scout Troop #584 is celebrating their world famous cookies with a sweet new fundraiser called "Cookies In the Kitchen." The event will be March 1, 5:30-7p.m., at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. Local businesses and Blackfoot High School culinary students will compete to create "the best" original dessert made from Girl Scout Cookies.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained to listen to the students read.
The program is called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
The R.E.A.D. program helps children improve their reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.
Studies show that students are very responsive to the calming effect that trained dogs can have in the classroom.
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) is training up its own dog helpers, said BCCLC teacher Kelly Jo Fisk.
If needed, help is on the way. The Blackfoot fire station has upgraded its equipment to be able to identify if a patient is having a heart attack. [A heart attack is called a myocardial infarction (MI).]
The physio-control machine is a 12-lead program, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. It gives paramedics 12 different views of the heart.
"This is state of art equipment," he said.
Each of the four physio-control machines owned by the fire department received upgrades. The cost was $8,000 per upgrade.
"We budgeted for the upgrades," said Gray.
Bingham Cooperative is kicking off its annual Harvest for Hunger food drive by raffling off a propane powered portable generator. Ticket prices are one ticket for $5 or six for $25.
Everyone can purchase tickets, including Bingham Coop employees, said Bingham Coop Marketing Director Jeff Nii. The generator retails for $1,000.
With the help of its patrons, employees and members of the community, last year Bingham Co-op gave $14,100 as well as boxes of food to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
BLACKFOOT â€” A photography studio, beauty makeovers and massage therapy might seem like an odd combination under one roof for a business, but it's working out perfectly for young business owner Shauny Solinsky at her new business "Velair" (130 S. Broadway) in Blackfoot.
Shauny, who was the only girl in her family, said she always loved playing in makeup and would often dress up and put makeup on her two little brothers, taking pictures, much to their chagrin.
BLACKFOOT â€” Hopefully there will be closure soon for the family of Blackfoot man Jack Doering, who has been missing for over a year, as San Bernandino County officials work to identify human remains found in the California desert that are believed to be his.
Doering, who would be 83 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's disease, has not been seen since Jan. 17, 2013 when he grabbed the keys his Chevy Suburban and drove away from a Yuma, Ariz. shopping center where he and his wife Leah were getting haircuts. The longtime Blackfoot residents wintered in the area.
BLACKFOOT â€” As this year's Bingham County "Relay for Life" event moves forward for its annual June 13 fundraiser, organizers are grateful for the sponsors and teams who are on board and eager to welcome more.
With this year's theme of "Be Someone's Hero" and a goal of $120,000, Relay for Life co-chair Dawn Larsen said, "We would like to once again thank our sponsors for their continuing support in our efforts to fight all types of cancer in our community. As we visit the businesses this year, we hope that you will take the opportunity to be a sponsor."
FORT HALL â€” Job hunters who attended the spring job fair at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center in Fort Hall on Wednesday were pleasantly surprised at the number of employers represented who are ready to hire now or in the near future. The two-day event , sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and 477 Programs, offered job training workshops on Tuesday followed by the job fair featuring 20 employers with information on careers and job opportunities.
BLACKFOOT â€” Braden Mangum,14, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, has been named one of Idaho's top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual National Awards Program, sponsored by Prudential Financial.
He will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from May 3-6.
"Service projects help people and things that are in need," said Braden.
Braden and his brother, Tracen, started as volunteers at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter in June 2013.
The boys wanted a dog; their parents wanted them to learn responsibility.