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February 18th, 2013
Set for adventure, Patti Kerscher Allen from Blackfoot is heading to Alaska to work in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She leaves on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and will work for three weeks assisting Vet Tech Cassandra Winslow, a former search and rescue canine handler, with whatever she needs done.
"I'll be whatever she tells me to do," Allen said. "It's going to be exciting.â€ť
The race lasts at average of 12 days, but it takes a long time to get everything back to Anchorage after the race. Allen will be working the four â€śhubs,â€ť flying with the dogs, and working with "drop dogs."
POCATELLO â€” The excitement of family and friends of Idaho Army National Guard Sgt. Glen Morgan of Blackfoot was palpable as they waited for the private military C-12 cargo plane to touch down at the Pocatello Av Center Sunday morning, bringing him home after a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan with 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom."
The Smith family from American Falls has been keeping their eye out for a new place to expand their NAPA Auto Parts stores in Southeast Idaho and found the perfect opportunity in Blackfoot. They opened the doors to a new store on Monday at 1250 W. Bridge, in the old Spudnik building next to Gold's Gym. The family opened their first NAPA store in American Falls in 1998 and a second store in Aberdeen in 2008.
"Concerned Citizens of District 55," a group formed in January to monitor the actions and decisions of Blackfoot School District 55 and share information with the public, is sponsoring a public meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to discuss the district's supplemental levy election on March 12.
Most recently, the group spearheaded recall efforts against former school board members Scott Reese and Jenny Hong for their decisions regarding the $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane. The two have since resigned.
Items of note from Jan. 21-Feb. 6.
SEX OFFENSE: Jan. 21, 3:16 p.m.: A woman said a man is abusing her puppy. She said she left the dog overnight and when she came back the dog was terrified of men and will not play. She also said he did not feed or water the animal.
BREAKING IN: Jan. 22, 10:19 a.m.: A caller said it looks like a man and woman are breaking into an apartment on Cone St.
GUN FOUND: Jan. 22, 4:06 p.m.: A caller said they found a handgun in the ice in the parking lot of Rolberto's Mexican Restaurant.
Jared Martin applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow livestock, particularly rabbits and poultry, in a Heavy Commercial Zone of .3 acres at 141 N. 740 W.
Martin explained his business of breeding rabbits and selling them to a company in California for slaughter.
Martin keeps roughly 1,500 rabbits on his property currently in a bus that he has pens stacked onto. Martin also has poultry that feed on the waste of the rabbits, thereby cutting down on the waste found on the site.
Taxes and a health insurance exchange were the main topics of discussion at Thursday's legislative breakfast.
Each Thursday members of the Bingham County legislative delegation speak with members of the community via Skype hookup. The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce sponsors the meeting at Stan's Restaurant.
Representatives Julie VanOrden and Neil Anderson are among 16 freshman members of the House who are encouraging Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to include members of the Legislature on a proposed exchange oversight committee.
Six Blackfoot High School (BHS) qualified for All-Northwest. This designation honors outstanding music students from Alaska, idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The 2013 NAtME All-Northwest takes place Feb. 14-17 in Portland, Ore.
The Blackfoot students who qualified are singers Ashley Anderson, Miranda Day, Lillie Wright and Evan Peterson. Participating with the band are Gabe Wistisen, French horn and Dylan Neff, bassoon.
Anderson and Day are sopranos and will sing in the Treble Choir. Wright is an alto; Peterson is a bass. They will perform in the Mixed Choir.
Pam Beus, executive director of Bingham County's Senior Citizen Center, was pleased to accept a $2,000 donation from Greg Rose, vice president and branch manager of Idaho AgCredit in Blackfoot on Tuesday.
The funding comes from a charitable program called "Sharing Success" started by CoBank, the bank that funds Idaho AgCredit's loans, and is a part of a $1 million campaign donating to "Feeding America," the nation's leading hunger relief charity.