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July 30th, 2012
Rabbits were the first animals to be judged at the Bingham County 4-H Fair Monday morning.
Rabbit judging is a quiet as, well, a rabbit.
"It's a quiet contest," said judge Matt Rosenberg. "In showmanship, I have a list of questions I ask the exhibitors."
The questions can range from common diseases in rabbits to specifics about the 49 breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
The judge also watches how the exhibitor handles his/her rabbit in the competition. Is the rabbit calm? Does the rabbit sit quietly? Is the exhibitor watching the judge?
Snake River Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk wants to continue the winning ways of the Snake River School District in all aspects of school lifeâ€”academic, athletic, fine arts and agricultural programs.
"This school is important to the community," Gabrylczyk said. "People work hard to facilitate a variety of programs.
"People care about kids," the superintendent said. "It's exciting to be part of it."
Among the changes he is proposing is a strategic plan in the district.
Those in and around Bingham County should be able to breathe a bit easier as fires burning east of Blackfoot on the Fort Hall Reservation are close to full containment.
Jason Fallon, information specialist for Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District, said the Steven Peak fire, which scorched 850 acres is 100 percent contained. The larger Ridge Top fire (combined with the East Fire) has blackened 16,630 acres and is at 55 percent containment.
Richard Johnson understands that all students are not classroom learners.
"Some of us don't function in a classroom," said Johnson, who is conducting the Angry Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest on Oct. 5 and 6.
Registration for the contest, which requires teams of students, members of clubs, etc., to build a catapult to launch a six-pound pumpkin for distance is now open. The cost is $15 for egg launchers, $25 for amateurs and $50 for professionals.
Dan Mielke captured this image of fires which blackened Fort Hall Reservation lands east of Blackfoot on Saturday night. By Monday morning all the fires had been contained but they continued to burn and push smoke into Bingham County's skies.
BLACKFOOT â€” Susan Jensen and Colleen Morgan are rollin' out their cause in a big way. The annual rally for Type 1 Diabetes known as "Rollin' for a Cause" is the result of the cumulative efforts of two ladies who saw the heartache and financial distress caused by the disease and wanted to make a difference. The team is affecting the lives of several Bingham County residents who know firsthand the difficulties of diabetes.
The proceeds of the event will be going to local families struggling with the extra medical expenses of Type 1 Diabetes.
The customer service was impeccable and the pride was evident among all the employees, from the bellman at the front door to the women serving coffee in the deli, at Friday's soft opening of the sparkling new $47 million Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
Members of the tribe broke ground on the 83-acre plot of land in April of 2011, and what was approximately a 14-month construction project, is now a crown jewel in East Idaho, ready and open for business.
Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera made camp on the top of Tommy Vaughn's Thursday evening to raise money for Special Olympics. He will come down from his rooftop perch at 9 p.m. this evening.
It's all part of Blackfoot's first "Cop on Top" event, a fundraiser created to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics are a sports training and athletic competition of "Olympic-like" sports for children and young adults with intellectual difficulties.
"We're very happy to help with the Special Olympics," said Camille Rupe.
Local man to be released to house arrest with restrictions
Appearing before Seventh District Judge David Nye Friday, Jesse William Whipkey learned he will be released, awaiting his sentencing, under certain restrictions.
Whipkey has been incarcerated in the Bingham County Jail since February.
Whipkey pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Initially charged with attempted murder, Whipkey had a three-day trial before he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District 55 'Board of Trustees' met Thursday evening at the district office for their monthly meeting where interim superintendent Chad Struhs lined out some of the district's goals for the upcoming school year.