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September 26th, 2013
IDAHO FALLS â€”The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking volunteers to help them on some projects throughout the region as they celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday (Sept. 28).
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to pitch in celebrate the event and help spruce up some of the area's outdoor treasures. All volunteers will receive a NPLD t-shirt and a coupon for free entrance into any national park.
BMH to conduct open house tonight
For the MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Memorial Hospital will be the site of a physicians' open house tonight from 5-7 p.m.
Administrators are inviting members of the community to come meet the new healthcare providers working at the hospital.
That group includes:
â€¢ Ron Ellsworth, MD â€“ Family Medicine and ObstetricsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
â€¢ Ricky Gardner, MD â€“ Family Medicine and Obstetrics
â€¢ Jared Kam, MD â€“ Family Medicine and Sports Medicine
â€¢ Travis Evans, NP â€“ Family Medicine
â€¢ Jonathan Godfrey, MD â€“ Gastroenterology
Longtime Blackfoot city councilman Chris Jensen is the only one of four councilman who is being challenged in the upcoming city election.
Jensen, who was elected to the council in 2005, currently holds Seat 1. He is being challenged by Kenneth Ashcraft and Andy Hasselbring.
Jensen, a Blackfoot resident of 20 years, said he's not sure why his place on the council seems to be the "hot seat" that people want - but he will strive to keep it.
"I have thought about it and I'm not sure if it's because of something that I've done wrong or something that I've done right," he said.
The North Bingham County District Library in Shelley was stuffed, filled, crammed with kids and cardboard for the first "Cardboard Challenge" conducted at the library.
The idea came from the book, "Not a Box," and the online video, "Caine's Arcade," said librarian Sesha Hammond.
"We changed the emphasis from "not a box" to "not a cardboard box," she said. "This challenge helps children use their imaginations."
"[This activity] made their minds really think," said mom Jamie Kidman. "This was a good way to get out and do something during Spud Harvest.
POCATELLOâ€”A group of students and concerned citizens gathered at the Idaho State University quad on Tuesday to hear local leaders, rancher, scientists and educators speak about climate change in Idaho. The event titled: "Time To Act, Idaho: A Climate Change Event" was hosted by a coalition of scientists, business and community leaders to help raise awareness of the impacts of extreme weather, drought and the impact on Idaho's economy and natural resources.
Five students have traveled to Blackfoot and Idaho Falls from all over the world through the American Intercultural Student Exchange(AISE).
"I've hosted since 1994 and we've had probably around 39 exchange students. To offer another adolescent the opportunity to see the world and to share cultures is priceless,"said one of the host mothers, Traci Leonardson.
Two of the exchange students are young men, who are living in Idaho Falls with their host family. They are juniors at Idaho Falls High School (IFHS).
Saturday was a glorious day to celebrate the 85th edition of Shelleyâ€™s Spud Day. Thousands attended.
This yearâ€™s theme was â€œUnder the Big Top" and the Spud Day committee certainly delivered.
The parade featured Miss Russet--Carly Nelson--and her court, cheerleaders, dancers, politicians, floats and farm equipment.
Seven thousand baked potatoes were prepared for all comers. At noon, people lined up across the city park to receive a potato loaded with butter, sour cream and cheese. Milk was also served.
BLACKFOOT â€” What the Mangum brothers wanted was a dog. What they gained was a summer of experience and a Summer of Service Award from ABC.
Starting in June, Braden Mangum, 13, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, and Tracen Mangum, 11, a sixth grader at Snake River Middle School, worked at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter. Since school has started, they continue to work each Friday at the shelter.
The shelter is open from 12 noon to 1 p.m., each weekday, Monday through Friday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Academy, a new public charter high school, will open in August 2014 in Blackfoot. It will be located in the corner of Riverside Plaza that had formerly been the home of the Plaza Twin Theater, Bradbury College and Blackfoot Bookstore.
Doug Owen has been hired as the principal.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to open a new school; to put it all together," said Owen. "This is a really good bonus.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to hire a new faculty; to hire a complete staff," he said.
Write-in candidate Kurt Ricks, who declared his intent to run for Blackfoot mayor on Monday, decided to drop out of the race on Wednesday.
Ricks said that after consulting with his financial advisor, it was decided that he didn't have the means to back up a campaign with the needed advertising to make the campaign a success.
He also said he was disappointed that the Blackfoot Rotary Club did not invite him to a candidates luncheon on Tuesday - the day that an article ran in the Morning News announcing his candidacy.