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FIRTH â€” When electric power goes out, it sure becomes quietâ€”and still.
Temperatures hovered about 1 degree Wednesday morning with a chill factor of -4 degrees when some 49,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers woke up to no power.
As of 4:20 p.m., the system showed all customers were restored to power.
he tree auction at the Christmas Tree Fantasy begins tonight at 7 p.m. at the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Registration for the auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Hors d'Ouerves will be served.
Nearly 50 items will be auctioned this evening. There are three memorial trees and one memorial wreath up for auction.
Paul Loomis was elected mayor of Blackfoot on Tuesday. The final tally was Loomis 923; Dan Cravens 502.
In the Nov. 5 election that set up this runoff election, voting tallies were Loomis 667; Cravens 452.
The total number of people who voted in this runoff election was 1,425. The total number of electors in the November election was 1,708. There were six candidates seeking the mayoral position in November.
The final voting tallies for this runoff election were posted in the Bingham County Clerk's election office 16 minutes after the polls closed.
LOS ANGELES â€” A California woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to what is believed to be the first traffic citation alleging a motorist was using Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass.
The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.
The technology will not be made widely available to the public until 2014, but defendant Cecilia Abadie was one of about 10,000 "explorers" who received the glasses earlier this year as part of a tryout.
BLACKFOOT â€” Come check out "A Child's Christmas" at the Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy. It is in the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot.
The event begins with a tea this evening, sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Volunteers were decorating trees and the building on Monday. The curtains encircling the room were donated by Pilar Ramirez of SA-SYS in Blackfoot.
Asked why she was decorating a tree, Francie Jeffery said, "It's a good cause."
"The money goes to charities," said Girl Scouts Katelynn Edmo and Sierra Key.
BLACKFOOTâ€”The malls and superstores aren't the only ones to offer great holiday bargains. One of Blackfoot's "best kept secrets" is the Bingham Crisis Center Thrift Store (34 Louella Street) in Blackfoot. It is featuring a week of discounts, a "Christmas Room" filled with holiday decor and a visit from Father Christmas himself.
The thrift store is a subsidiary of the Bingham Crisis Center operated solely by volunteers with proceeds from the store going to help the crisis center (a shelter for women and children) and others in need throughout the community.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday for the Blackfoot mayoral runoff election.
In Blackfoot, the mayoral candidate must gain 50 percent plus one vote to be elected mayor.
There were six mayoral candidates in the November election. No candidate approached the 50 percentile. The top two contendersâ€”Paul Loomis and Dan Cravensâ€”are running for the mayor's job.
Electors must live within the city limits of Blackfoot to vote in this election.
People living in the following precincts vote at these locations:
BLACKFOOTâ€”Traditional Black Friday shopping may have been a little less frenetic this year with so many stores opening up on Thanksgiving night and online retailers offering early discounts giving shoppers a jump on their bargain hunting.
Plenty of shoppers played along by hitting the Internet and the stores Thanksgiving night, but some retailers say, that by late Friday morning, traffic looked more like a regular Saturday afternoon that typical Black Friday frenzy, leaving one to wonder if the early sales knocked a bit of the wind out of Black Friday.
Nearly 300 people took advantage of Community Dinner Table's Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.
"We had a truly blessed day with 270 souls," said Lee Hammett, a member of the Community Dinner Table board of directors. "Each had the opportunity to describe four things they were thankful for. Â Many asked us to read them aloud - so we did. It was both heartwarming and touching to read the many variations of thankfulness about family, friends, food and faith.
You know the holiday season has officially begun when Santa Claus rolls through Blackfoot on a shiny red fire engine courtesy of the Blackfoot Fire Department. The Blackfoot firemen will escort Santa from the fire station at 11 a.m. and onto local businesses around town where Santa will listen to children's Christmas wishes.
His first stop will be at the Family Dollar Store, then onto Walgreens, Riverside Plaza, Ridley's and Walmart.