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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.

Chain saw stolen in Florida thief's pants

December 4, 2014

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants.
Surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment in Port St. Lucie shows the man putting the tool worth more than $600 down his pants on Oct. 28.
Police tell Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Anthony Ballard had come in asking for $1 worth of change.
Police say employees chased Ballard, who ditched the tool in a wooded lot. The employees called 911 when they saw Ballard return to look for it.

December 2nd

Forest Service pressured to stop Idaho wolf derby

December 2, 2014

BOISE (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups and a U.S. congressman from Oregon have sent separate letters asking the U.S. Forest Service to require a pro-hunting group get a permit before being allowed to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho.
The letter sent Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio and another sent Monday by environmental groups cite a recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision revoking a special use permit for the predator derby.

Man steals bulldozer for ride home

December 2, 2014

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a ride home.
Police say 30-year-old Christopher Russell left behind a path of destruction as he tried to maneuver the bulldozer through West Hudson Park. The bulldozer leveled signs, three benches, a tree, a drinking fountain, and left a maze of tracks in the grass.
Harrison Police Capt. Mike Green tells the Jersey Journal that Russell told officers he was cold and was trying to ride home to Newark.

December 1st

Sheriff pays ransom for case files

December 2, 2014

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Dickson County Sheriff's Office in Middle Tennessee ended up paying a ransom after a malicious computer program blocked access to their files.
Detective Jeff McCliss told WTVF-TV that malware on a computer locked the agency's case files, which included autopsy reports, witness statements and crime scene photos. He says the malware, called "Cryptowall," doesn't tamper with files on a computer, but keeps them locked until a ransom is paid.

City council to hear pool committee's recommendation

December 2, 2014

Blackfoot City Councilman Chris Jensen will present the Pool Committee's decision to Mayor Paul Loomis and the city council at Tuesday's meeting, 7 p.m., at the City Hall.
Jensen, an engineer by trade who is familiar with the pool's issues, served as an ex-officio member on the committee the past six months as the members studied the aging pool. The committee concluded last month that the city's best option is to find a way to invest $2 million into the existing pool and bring it back up to standards.

Mother, son hope conviction will be overturned 

December 1, 2014

IDAHO FALLS (AP) — Maybe Chris Tapp wants to freeze the moment, to stop time from slowly slipping away. In prison time is all he has, and all he has to lose. He has lost 6,510 days so far.
"You wonder all the time. What would it be like if he hadn't got in the situation he's in right now? What kind of person would he become? If he'd have kids. The things you'd be able to do that you can't. I don't have Thanksgiving. I don't have Christmas," Vera Tapp said, biting her lips, trying but failing to hold back tears.

November 30th

Woman hopes to reunite BHS 'Class of 1934'

December 1, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Through the years, lifelong Blackfoot resident Arlene Yancey, who will turn 99 years old next year, always organized the class reunions for the 90 students in her Blackfoot High School graduating "Class of 1934," and she'd like to have another one: Blackfoot High School's "80th Class Reunion."
Yancey, who was born to Clara and Birtie Petersen on Jan.19,1916 and raised on a farm in the Rose area, is fortunate to have lived a good, long life. She is still in good health and is hoping that there are a few surviving classmates out there who could celebrate a class reunion with her.

'Ugly' Christmas tree prompts outcry

December 1, 2014

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.
Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.
Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries.

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