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December 10th

Idaho Education Association sues Snake River School District

December 11, 2014

The Idaho Education Association (IEA) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Snake River School District and Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk on behalf of former teacher Elaine Asmus.
Until last summer, Asmus was a science teacher in the Snake River School District where she taught almost 30 years.
The suit was filed in Federal District Court on Wednesday and will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
The school district has 30 days to "answer to the complaint" after it is served, said IEA Region Director Maggie Calica.

Baby born in flight aboard airliner

December 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight landed in Los Angeles with one more passenger than when it took off.
A passenger gave birth shortly after Flight 623 took off from San Francisco on Tuesday and the Phoenix-bound jet diverted to Los Angeles International Airport.
The woman was assisted by the flight crew and a doctor and nurse who were aboard, airline spokeswoman Emily Samuels said. She said hopefully the airline has a new customer for life.

December 9th

Christmas Tree Fantasy ends on high note

December 9, 2014

The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy ended on a high note last Saturday.
"I am overwhelmed by the generosity of residents of Bingham County," said Mary Ann Johnson, Christmas Tree Fantasy chairman. "It just blows my mind."
"About $18,000 was raised at the auction [on Thursday evening]," she said.
"Anyone can donate a tree, not just businesses, said Johnson. "The general public is also invited to come and bid at the auction."

December 8th

Archibald wins Galaxy tablet in drawing

December 8, 2014

Jake Archibald of Blackfoot is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet following a drawing at the Morning News office on Monday.
The contest took place on the newspaper's website throughout the past month.

Cat cafe is catnip for feline fans 

December 8, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.
Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.
The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don't allow pets.

Cloud seeding used to boost snowpack 

December 8, 2014

IDAHO FALLS (AP) — A warm and dry Idaho winter might be on the way, weather experts say.
That means some state water managers will be turning to the decades-old technology of cloud seeding to squeeze every last snowflake out of the storms that do appear.
Idaho Power officials said Tuesday they are ramping up cloud-seeding operations in the upper Snake River Valley, as well as the Payette River basin near Boise. Another eastern Idaho cloud-seeding effort, operated by the High Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, also is up and running for the winter.

December 7th

Community gathers to support church

December 7, 2014

Don Carlson of American Falls and Kathy Daly of Pocatello were among those who traveled long distances to support the noodle bazaar at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday.
"Not many people make homemade noodles any more," said Carlson.
"I try to support all the churches," Carlson continued. "It's super when people support a community."
The parishioners at St. John's have made noodles and other homemade goodies and sold lunches on the first Saturday in December to help finance maintenance of their little church.

December 5th

Stoddard teacher wins $100,000 grant

December 6, 2014

She wins! Let the celebration begin!
Stoddard Elementary first grade teacher Melissa Hunt found out on Friday she was one of five national winners who earned a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance in its "Dream Big" initiative.
With the announcement that Hunt had won the $100,000 grant, Stoddard students erupted in cheers, applause and the rally cry: "Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt."
"I was trying to get them to say 'Stoddard Elementary' because this is community celebration," said Hunt.
"I work with amazing teachers and the kids are incredible," she said.

December 4th

City's finances in good health

December 5, 2014

Blackfoot city treasurer Heather Schild reported at Tuesday's Blackfoot city council meeting that the city is in good standing financially. However, new measures have been taken in the city's continued effort to "pinch pennies."
"The mayor [Paul Loomis] has tasked me to take extra measures to save money. The revenue looks good, but every penny saved helps," Schild said.
Schild said that city vehicles will now be fueled from the Bingham County pumps which will save the city between 19 and 34 cents per gallon. City vehicles use approximately 8,500 gallons of fuel per year.

December 3rd

Christmas Tree Fantasy auction tonight

December 4, 2014

The Christmas Tree Fantasy continues today and concludes on Saturday. Come see the beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths and enjoy the music provided by individuals, families and musical groups in Bingham County.
The fantasy auction begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. Trees, wreaths, a table setting and other items will be auctioned.
Everyone is invited to participate in the fantasy and auction.
"Bring your checkbook," said fantasy chairman Mary Ann Johnson.

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