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August 8th, 2012
Blackfoot city employees gathered at Jensen Grove Park for their annual summer picnic Wednesday evening but not without stopping to remember friend and colleague, longtime city councilman Farrell Cammack, who lost his battle with cancer in May.
Mayor Mike Virtue, along with friends and family members, were visibly moved and wiped away tears as the mayor talked about the loss of Cammack this spring.
"We miss him," Virtue said, speaking directly to Cammack's widow, Jylene. "We miss him...and he will not be forgotten."
A blackened shell is what's left of John and Johny Walker's mobile home in Fort Hall. Their mobile home on the north of Sixth Street between B and C Avenue in Fort Hall was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
Fort Hall firemen received the emergency call at 3:32 p.m. and put out the blaze in about three hours. The firemen were able to keep the fire contained to this one mobile home. Four other mobile homes encircled the Walker home.
On each side of the mobile homeâto the east and to the westâthe fire melted the siding on those mobile homes.
Mayor Mike Virtue has appointed Robert Barton Brown, known around the community as Bart, to complete the Blackfoot City Council term of Farrell Cammack.
On Tuesday, city clerk Suzanne McNeel swore him in and he immediately took his place on the council.
Brown, who is a commercial relationship manager at Key Bank, is a Blackfoot native. He is the son of Bob and Cathy Brown. He is married to the former Dana Wyne. They are the parents of Kiah, Kaden, McKenna, Chelsea and Avery.
Currently there is a multiple structural fire in the Fort Hall Townsite.
One structure was damaged and multiple sheds were destroyed. The structures are reported to be mobile home units.
A 2 block radius has been evacuated. Ft. Hall Fire Departments is on scene with Chief Briggs as the Incident Commander. Blackfoot and Chubbuck Fire Departments are assisting.
While local authors Rachel McClellan and Linda Gatewood were busy signing copies of their books at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Idaho Falls Saturday, both authors agree that the electronic book age has changed the traditional book business.
Sales were brisk for McClellan, a Rigby native, as she signed copies of her young adult novel "Fractured Light," the first in a trilogy about a teenager who has the ability to manipulate light.
McClellan was inspired to write when she traveled to Ireland in 2007, fulfilling her mother's dream of visiting the land of her ancestors.
The Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival has grown to be the biggest Indian Celebration on reservation land in Idaho It begins Wednesday in Fort Hall with the PBR Rodeo featuring Wiley Petersen and will conclude on Sunday with a spectacular pow-wow...and festival coordinator Delbert Farmer says "there will not be a dull moment in between."
Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus has confirmed that a 35 year- old male crane operator was life-flighted to Portneuf Medical Center Monday afternoon after a crane accident at a construction sight near Walmart.
Asmus said the operator was attempting to load the crane onto a flat-bed when the boom fell, pinning him to the trailer.
Asmus said emergency workers responded to the scene where they were able to free him from the trailer while Life-Flight was waiting.
The name of the crane operator is not being released at this time and his condition is not known.
BLACKFOOT â Although the start of school is still a few weeks away, teachers and parents have already begun making preparations.
Teachers and school district patrons are among those who can benefit from participation with the Blackfoot Education, the Snake River Education Foundation or similar organizations in their school districts.
Billie Cullimore of Blackfoot is a woman of many talents: an internationally acclaimed poet, designer, author and artist...and, she said she's not a bad cook either.
Cullimore, whose work can be found in Germany, Holland, France, Australia and throughout the United States, has a studio called 'Billie's Originals' within the walls of the Artistic Spirit Gallery in Blackfoot featuring her $10,000 original painting titled 'Pioneer's Dream.'
Action in the Little Buckaroo Rodeo continues today.
A cowboy breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. in the Firth City Park. The âCowboys and Indiansâ Parade begins at Firth High School and ends at the Firth City Park. The Community Orchestra, ice cream, soda, two free bounce houses and vendors await all comers in the park.
The Little Buckaroo Rodeo round two begins at 7 p.m. tonight.
This is the largest number of buckaroosâ385âregistered for the rodeo, said Registrar Dixie Finck.