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May 16th, 2014

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top BHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

May 15th

Inmate work crew helps clean up county

May 16, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County inmate work crew have spent the past three weeks working on county property, said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The inmates work four days each week–Monday through Thursday, said Rowland.
"This is what I ran on," said Rowland. "They get out of their cells and learn a trade skill.
"[Their work] saves the county money and beautifies the community," he said. "We are trying to make them better candidates to get jobs.
"I have a waiting list," said Rowland.
See Friday's Morning News for the full story.

May 14th

County fifth graders enjoy Dare Day

May 14, 2014

Fun, sun, water, music and friends.
"It's Dare Day; what more can I say?" said Bingham County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Luker. He is the Dare officer in Bingham County.
"There are 800-900 fifth graders from every school in Bingham County celebrating their decisions to be drug free," he said. "They get to meet friends from across the county. High school role models from all five high schools are here to help."
Activities were set up in four areas on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. All the games were duplicated in each of these four areas.

May 13th

Robinson reflects on over 30 years with school lunch program

May 14, 2014

Tami Robinson has held the title of Blackfoot School District's child nutrition supervisor for over 20 years but she is the first one to say, "I am not an 'official' nutritionist. People keep calling me a nutritionist, but my education only goes as far as high school."
Robinson claims that it was through hard word and dedication that she excelled in her job, earning her the title of nutrition supervisor. As Robinson prepares to retire in just a few weeks, she reflects on a rewarding career with the district's lunch program that began when she started as a substitute cook back in 1983.

May 12th

City celebrates BMH

May 12, 2014

National Hospital Week will be celebrated this week at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis proclaimed May 11-17 as Hospital Week.
As stated in the proclamation, "Whereas the hard-working people that compose our hospitals deserve universal regard and appreciation for keeping our community healthy; … [Loomis urges] all residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable healthcare possible in Blackfoot.

May 11th

Stamp Out Hunger drive a success

May 11, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Mail carriers and rural mail carriers in the Blackfoot area brought in almost three tons of non-perishable food on Saturday.
Almost 30 volunteers were on hand at the Blackfoot Post Office parking lot to sort the food contributed by Blackfoot residents.
The exact weight of food contributed on Saturday was 5,740 pounds.
The food bank at the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) was the beneficiary of these food stuffs.
"We are happy," said Bobette Beesley, SEICAA Outreach Manager/Bingham County Coordinator. "It helps a lot.

May 8th

Butch Otter talks job growth in East Idaho

May 9, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Job growth in East Idaho was one of the topics Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter talked about during a brief visit to the Morning News on Thursday.
Otter is running for reelection to a third term as governor in 2014, seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20.
Otter said he and Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer are preparing to roll out a new "workforce development" program called "Accelerate Idaho."

May 7th

BHS "We The People" national champs reflect on experience

May 8, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot High School's "We The People" are still riding high from their first-ever "national win" at the competition in Washington D.C. last month. Of 23 team members and six units, "Unit Four" team members Jacob Harris, Gentry Carter, Nick Lemon and Marius Repenning claimed a first place trophy. It was a victory that they are happy to share with the entire team!

May 6th

City fees going up

May 7, 2014

BLACKFOOT—The Blackfoot City Council moved to increase the city's sewer, sanitation and water fees at Tuesday's city council meeting. The higher fees will hit the utility bills of residents starting in July.
The council also increased pool admission at the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming pool; however, the fees will be revisited again in six months after the pool committee completes its evaluations on the pool and reports back to the council with suggestions on what can done to bring the aging facility back up to par.

May 5th

Blackfoot Community Players kick off romantic comedy

May 5, 2014

The Blackfoot Community Players are presenting the romantic comedy "All Of A Sudden Peggy" May 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19 at the Nuart Theater. This is a show that brings director Heather McPhie's love for theater full circle.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Ticket prices are $7.
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