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LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Some silken-haired beauties are eager sidekicks to motorcycle riders, wind whipping their thick locks as passers-by watch the wild ride with envy. That is until the slobber starts.
These passengers are pooches â€” mastiffs, Labradors and Chihuahuas often clad in goggles and tiny leather jackets that fly along in blimp-shaped buckets attached to the side of motorcycles. They are set apart from other pets by speed instead of breed.
When Dave Phillips, CEO of Blackfoot's Nonpareil, called Mountain View Middle School to say he had some science equipment to donate, he wasn't kidding.
Principal Wes Jensen and school's four science teachers (Randy Hickman, Eileen Huestis, Dennis Hansen and Alan Southern) have not been able to quit smiling over the boxes of test tubes, flasks, thermometers, funnels, beakers, cylinders wash bottles (and more) delivered to the school on Thursday.
The Idaho Education Association (IEA) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Snake River School District and Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk on behalf of former teacher Elaine Asmus.
Until last summer, Asmus was a science teacher in the Snake River School District where she taught almost 30 years.
The suit was filed in Federal District Court on Wednesday and will be heard before U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
The school district has 30 days to "answer to the complaint" after it is served, said IEA Region Director Maggie Calica.
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” A Southwest Airlines flight landed in Los Angeles with one more passenger than when it took off.
A passenger gave birth shortly after Flight 623 took off from San Francisco on Tuesday and the Phoenix-bound jet diverted to Los Angeles International Airport.
The woman was assisted by the flight crew and a doctor and nurse who were aboard, airline spokeswoman Emily Samuels said. She said hopefully the airline has a new customer for life.
The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy ended on a high note last Saturday.
"I am overwhelmed by the generosity of residents of Bingham County," said Mary Ann Johnson, Christmas Tree Fantasy chairman. "It just blows my mind."
"About $18,000 was raised at the auction [on Thursday evening]," she said.
"Anyone can donate a tree, not just businesses, said Johnson. "The general public is also invited to come and bid at the auction."
Jake Archibald of Blackfoot is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet following a drawing at the Morning News office on Monday.
The contest took place on the newspaper's website throughout the past month.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) â€” Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.
Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.
The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don't allow pets.
IDAHO FALLS (AP) â€” A warm and dry Idaho winter might be on the way, weather experts say.
That means some state water managers will be turning to the decades-old technology of cloud seeding to squeeze every last snowflake out of the storms that do appear.
Idaho Power officials said Tuesday they are ramping up cloud-seeding operations in the upper Snake River Valley, as well as the Payette River basin near Boise. Another eastern Idaho cloud-seeding effort, operated by the High Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, also is up and running for the winter.
Don Carlson of American Falls and Kathy Daly of Pocatello were among those who traveled long distances to support the noodle bazaar at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday.
"Not many people make homemade noodles any more," said Carlson.
"I try to support all the churches," Carlson continued. "It's super when people support a community."
The parishioners at St. John's have made noodles and other homemade goodies and sold lunches on the first Saturday in December to help finance maintenance of their little church.