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March 3rd, 2014
BLACKOOTâ€”Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot native Jessie Woodland, 25, is dealing with one of life's toughest blows with grace and dignity; inspiring everyone she meets along the way.
A Blackfoot native, Jessie is at home battling a second round of gastric cancer. Her friends and family are rallying to help with her care and financial needs, while reaching out to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, in hopes of fulfilling one of Jessie's dreams - to meet Ellen.
KANSAS CITY, KANSAS â€” Agspring announced on Feb. 27 that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the General Millsâ€™ grain operations in Idaho. Â The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of May 2014.
The General Mills' grain operations in Idaho are in Newdale, Blackfoot, American Falls, Rockford, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Schiller Siding.
CARBON COUNTY, UTAH â€” Jack Le Roy Seiber, 22, of Blackfoot was killed Thursday in a crash near Helper, Utah.
Seiber was traveling west on U.S. 6 in a Ford Escort and was hit Toyota 4Runner that spun out of control during a heavy downpour.
The driver of the 4Runner was not injured in the crash but two passengers in that vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.
FIRTH â€” The mother-daughter team of Monica Backlund Nelson and her daughter Bailey Nelson share some special memories centering around the Firth Girls' Basketball championship.
Both played on a Firth Girls' Basketball team that won the state championship.
Monica was part of the Firth team that won the first state championship in school history in 1987.
Bailey was on the 2014 Firth championship team.
BLACKFOOT â€” In response to the tragic deaths of the Bill Parrish family in Pocatello, people are snapping up carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. By Tuesday night, area stores were sold out of detectors.
The tragedy involves Bill Parrish, his wife, Ross, and their younger sons, 15-year-old Keegan and 12-year-old Liam died last Saturday night because of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray said, CO detectors are recommended if people are buying gas or wood burning stoves for their homes.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Stalker Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center welcomed "an extra-special guest" to an assembly on Monday.
New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill spoke on the importance of reading and education.
"I want to make sure you guys realize the importance of school," Hill told the students. "Reading will take you a long ways."
Blackfoot High School culinary art students are slicing, dicing, grating, stirring, pinching, pouring and tasting...all to serve up homemade cuisine for the classroom and the community.
The Culinary Arts Department, which is under the umbrella of the school's Family and Consumer Science program, has been available to students for the past four years; however, most people in the community are not aware of what the class really brings to the table.
"We are cooking up some wonderful food and sharing our culinary talents with the community" said instructor Tammy Luker.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifth graders at Groveland Elementary School have been studying the states for about four weeks now. They concluded their studies on Friday with a fun and festive event : the "United States Share Fair." The students created a booth representing every state in the union (except Idaho) with costumes, posters, treats, crafts, and information depicting their assigned state.
Fifth grade teacher Shari Kress, who has taught at the school 25 years, said the "Share Fair" is something the fifth grade classes have been doing for about 20 years now.
By BOB HUDSON
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County's lawmakers reiterated their support of an Agriculture Security bill during Thursday's weekly legislative breakfast at Tommy Vaughn's.
The Idaho Senate passed the bill 23-10, sending it onto the House. There Reps. Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden are among its co-sponsors.
"I've had a lot of email asking me to vote against it," Van Orden said. "Mostly from the Treasure Valley.
"Of the 12 phone calls I've received from my constituents, three asked me to vote against and the other nine were for it," she added.