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April 1st, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY â€” Saturday morning well over 20,000 stood in unison as the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thomas S. Monson entered the churchâ€™s conference center for 182nd Annual General Conference of the Church.
Visitors to the gathering in Salt Lake City are diverse coming from many nations and cultures. Steven Blaine from Edinburgh, Scotland traveled to the meeting without a ticket to the meetings. He hoped that someone would have an extra ticket to give him.
He said, â€śI want to hear and see the Prophet and our leaders.â€ť
As he prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of what started as Vaughn's A&W, Kevin Rupe pondered on the key to success.
"Dad set a high standard that I still try to uphold," said Rupe, who has operated Rupe's Burgers since 1987.
"You have to like people and be friendly," said Kevin's mother, Carol, as she watched him visit with the customers. "They were both like that."
Vaughn Rupe worked for Challenge Dairy back in 1962 when the previous owner suggested that he buy the business.
"I didn't see how we could afford to do it," Carol recalled. "He was making good money where he was.
SHELLEY â€” Journey's End Golf Course in Shelley will open for the season Tuesday under a new owner â€” Neil Williams of Idaho Falls.
"When I tell people I've bought a golf course, they look at me funny," Williams said.
"You mean a miniature golf course?" they ask.
"No, I mean a real golf course," Williams replies. "I think this is an asset for the community and a great opportunity for my family."
THOMAS â€”Paige Williams out-spelled Alex VanOrden on the word "anti-pollution" and spelled "prejudice" for the win at Snake River Middle School's Spelling Bee on Thursday.
The students had the spelling words for about three weeks. Contests were held in each classroom until teachers had narrowed the field down to six students per classroom. The students then competed in a school-wide spell-off of 30 students.
Alysson Porter, who was unavailable for the photo, took third in the sixth grade bracket.
BLACKFOOT â€” A large contingent of James' Pendlebury's extended family gathered at the Idaho Potato Museum to see him honored on Wednesday.
Members of the museum board inducted Pendlebury into the Hall of Fame. Pendlebury was instrumental in bringing the Idaho Potato and Fruit Growers Association into being in 1913. That association was the first in Eastern Idaho to ship potatoes by rail to farflung markets in the West.
THOMAS â€” Snake River's Distinguished Young Women program will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The theme for the evening will be Jungle Fever and the emcee will be Amanda Burt, who was Snake River's Junior Miss in 2010.
Hannah Hansen will also share her talents and enthusiastic personality one last time as the reigning 2012 Distinguished Young Woman. She has done a great job representing Snake River this past year.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” A last-ditch attempt Tuesday by Democrats to revive a bill that would require teachers and administrators to identify and crack down on students who harass and threaten their classmates was beaten back in the House, a move that likely ends any chance of bolstering anti-bullying policies in public schools this year.
The legislation, which was amended extensively before clearing the Senate earlier this month, has been held up ever since in the House by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, chairman of the House Education Committee.
BLACKFOOT â€” Grant Thorson of Woodville is running to replace Cleone Jolley as Bingham County commissioner in District One.
Community Dinner Table serves up it's 25,000 plate-
When the Community Dinner Table opened it's doors for free meals to the needy through the winter season 4 years ago, it did not anticipate the kind of growth that would occur each passing year. The Dinner Table awarded young Michael Sullenger in being it's 25,000 plate served.
THOMAS â€” Sixth grader Latimer High won his school's geography bee and qualified for Idaho's Geography Bee. Latimer attends Snake River Middle School.
Latimer was notified in February that he is one of the top 100 geography students in the state. This qualifies him to compete in the state Geography Bee.
The Idaho Geography Bee is scheduled Saturday at Boise State University.