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September 24th, 2014
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.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) â€” A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio.
Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk's predicament on Sunday. Police found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs.
Skunks are known for the offensive spray they can emit when threatened. But Sgt. Jon Varley says an animal control officer was able to free the skunk without getting sprayed
The animal was then released.
Weeks of casting, costuming and rehearsals are coming together tonight for teen director Christine McPhie as the Blackfoot Community Players presents the opening night of "Males Order Brides, tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Blackfoot's historic Nuart Theater..
Christine, 17, a student at the Idaho Virtual Academy online school, chose directing the play as her senior project.
The auditor from Quest CPA, P.C. of Payette reviewed the audit report with the Snake River School District trustees on Wednesday at the trustees' regular meeting.
CPA Kurt Folke said the district's funds "are in good shape." The general fund had an increase of $69,095 over fiscal year 2013-2014.
"It was an increase for the last fiscal year," he said. "It was added to the carryover to the general fund.
"The ending fund balance for the purpose of cash flow was $852,921," said Folke.
"The general fund balance that is needed for one month is about $720,000.