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October 5th, 2014
About 30 women of Muslim faith gathered for prayer, food and camaraderie at the opening of Pocatello's new mosque on Fifth Street in Pocatello on Friday evening. The gathering marked the breaking of a fast and the celebration of Eil-al-Adha, a holiday that celebrates the scriptural figure Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.
If you need a lift in your life, talk to cancer patient Deserae Jones of Blackfoot.
Asked what advice she would give others, Jones said, "Attitude is everything.
"I'm around a lot of cancer patients," she said. "Some are happy; some are negative.
"You need to accept the situation and move on," Jones said. "The key is a positive attitude."
Last May, Jones discovered a "weird lump" while washing. That discovery was made on a Friday. She went to a doctor the following Monday, had a mammogram on Wednesday and was told she had cancer on Saturday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Employees at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) started handing out breakfast to the motorists at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Three thousand five hundred breakfasts were handed out. By about quarter to nine, all the breakfasts had been distributed and the tables were being taken down.
The hospital had ordered 500 more breakfasts this year than last.
"It gets bigger every year," said Paul Kotter, director of Public Relations and Marketing at BMH.
Blackfoot School District has officially implemented the United States Department of Agriculture's "Smart Snack" program which means big changes in what students can buy from vending machines, school stores, a la carte, snack carts and even school fundraisers.
The donuts, cookies, chocolate bars, fruit flavored candies and sugary sodas that once easily accessible in vending machines and school stores will soon be completely replaced with healthier options such as nuts, light popcorn, low fat tortilla chips, granola bars, fruit cups, water, fruit juice and diet drinks.
Voting opens on Wednesday to determine the five national winners in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge."
Stoddard first grade teacher Melissa Hunt is one of 15 national finalists in this challenge.
The teacher and the project with most email votes in each zone will be the winner.
Each email address can vote one each day, seven days a week at the websiteâ€”thankamillionteachers.com. Participants must be 18 years old to vote.
The contest ends Nov. 30.
Hunt is competing against two other teachers in Zone 1â€”one teacher in Montana and another in Washington.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€” An Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad threw a huge public party Saturday that promised "peace, love and potato salad."
PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer vendors and, yes, plenty of potato salad. With more than 3,000 pounds of potatoes, the charity-minded party was open to people of all ages.
BLACKFOOT â€” (BACK ROW) Margie Baird, Daniza Llanos, Celina Vera, Patty Ojeda, Monica K. Nevarez, Maribel Priest (FRONT ROW) Maddy Baird, Patty Mares, and Maria Mares were some of the 60-70 at a Zumba fundraiser on Friday night. The group gathered to raise money for the family of Esperanza Vera who was battling cirrhosis of the liver and passed on Sept. 25, 2014. The group raised $542 Friday. The family needs help coming up with the money to pay for funeral costs.
BLACKFOOT â€” Work was in high gear on Saturday at the Bingham Community Pantry at 245 W. Sexton in Blackfoot.
"We will have a building to feed people," said Lee Hammett, chairman of the CDT board.
The Bingham Community Pantry is part of the Community Dinner Table (CDT).
On Saturday, volunteers were putting up walls, putting in doors, working on plumbing and electrical wiring.
Contractor Tad Stoker of Final Touch Exteriors was measuring and installing the plywood for walls with the assistance of Chris Cannon, president of the Blackfoot South Stake.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot High School Homecoming pep assembly on Friday was full of energy and full of surprises as the student body got pumped up for Friday's football game against the Madison High School Bobcats. This year's Homecoming theme is "Flashback to the 50s."
As was anticipated, a brand new "lean, mean and green," Bronco mascot was unveiled in a humorous student skit, officially retiring the worn out 1970s and 1990s mascots.
See the full story in Saturday's Morning News.
HUDSON, Maine (AP) â€” A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road.
Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the tiny creature this week while she was watching turtle hatchlings to make sure they arrived safely at the other side of the street.
She noticed one of the turtles had been left behind. It was so dirty she thought at first that it had two feet in front.
It wasn't until she got home and washed off the turtle that she realized it had two heads. The turtle fits easily into the palm of her hand.