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BLACKFOOT â€” Americans have served in a variety of roles to make the world safer.
From 1954-1958, Ed Wagner from Blackfoot served on minesweepers that helped to clear the Pacific Ocean around Taiwan of mines.
"It was kind of a tense time," said Wagner. "WWII was over and the Korean War had just ended. France signed a peace treat with North Vietnam and was vacating that country. The Communist Chinese were chasing the Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan.
"The North Vietnamese had mined the Mekong Delta pretty heavy," he said. "At the time, everything was fluid and going.
BLACKFOOT â€” Last Saturday, Miiko Toussaint of Blackfoot was named on of the 10 finalists in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals competition. She was awarded a $3,500 cash scholarship for being in the top 10 and another $1,000 for being in the top five in the fitness category.
"DYW is all about developing you; becoming your best self," said Toussaint. "It was really humbling to be a little fish in a big pond.
"I did my best," she said. "I stayed true to myself.
"[In my self expression answer,] I did really well until I talked about where babies came from," said Toussaint.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot city leaders came close to amending the city's current cemetery ordinance to "allow dogs on leashes" on the grounds of Grove City Cemetery at Tuesday night's city council meeting. However, testimony from a few city residents swayed them back again. The amendment will stick: "No dogs allowed."
Tyus Hanson threw a no-hitter and Brady Trappett had a homerun as Blackfoot's American Legion team defeated Rigby 15-0 on Monday night.
Hanson struck out 10 and walked just one in the five-inning game.
Alx Martinez drove in four runs on two hits to pace the Broncos' offense. Trappett had two hits and three RBI and Cade Adakai had two RBI.
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One thing baseball players learn from a young age is no lead is ever safe.
No matter how many runs your team may score it somehow always seems to be not enough.
The Shelley Russets learned that lesson the hard way Monday in Idaho Falls as they took on the Idaho Falls Grizzlies at Skyline High School.
After putting up four runs in the first inning on a two-RBI single from Stockton Stohl and an RBI double from Colt Johnson, the Russets' bats went cold for the next two innings.
Predators, possibly coyotes, have been stalking livestockâ€”goats and sheepâ€”in about a five-mile area just south of Firth.
Property owners living along 700 North and near Kimball Hill have had a predator problem for about a month.
"I've raised goats for 10 years," said Vickie Williams. "The coyotes are right in the backyard.
"Never have they killed goats or other animals before," she said. "I've never had a problem until this year."
Last Saturday morning, one of her Nubian does was killed by a predator. The doe was in her pasture.
An annual grand fireworks show to honor the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 will take place at dusk on Thursday at the Rodeo Grounds in Fort Hall. Â
There will be free parking on the rodeo grounds for all who would like to participate.
The treaty was signed July 3, 1868, at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory.
It reserved rights for tribal members that include self-government as well as hunting and fishing rights.
The two tanks on display at Veterans Memorial Park near the Blackfoot Airport are getting new paint jobs.
Cameron Hansen of Boy Scout Troop 209, friends and family were on the job Friday, covering the historic vehicles with olive drab after putting on primer a week ago.
"This started when my dad told me to call the city and ask if they had any suggestions for Eagle projects," Hansen said.
"They told me the tanks need repainted," he said. "That sounded pretty interesting."
Supporters of two employees whose contracts were not renewed packed Wednesday's Blackfoot School Board meeting.
A handful addressed the release of Merle Smith as girls' basketball coach at Blackfoot High School. A larger group addressed the release of Allen Tripp as manager of the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center and plans for the center's future.
"The BPAC has been doing a tremendous job," said superintendent Chad Struhs. "We want it to continue to grow."
Bingham Co-op presented a check for $16,705 to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) on Wednesday.
The annual Harvest for Hunger food drive started in February and ended in March. The food drive is sponsored by Bingham Co-op and its parent company, Cenex Harvest States.
"This is $2,000 more than we gave last year," said Jeff Nii, Bingham Co-op's marketing director. "It's better than we've done before.
"I want to thank the community and the Chamber of Commerce," he said. "A lot of people sent in money.
"I hope we can grow with this," said Nii.