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July 30th, 2012
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.
Since 1976, Rorrie Toren from Great Falls, Mont., has been paralyzed from his waist down. He was 16 years old.
His paralysis hasn't stopped him from competing in rodeo events. He is Blackfoot competing in pattern horse racing, known as O-Mok-See.
"Before I was paralyzed, I did it all," Toren said. "I rode bulls and saddle broncs and roped.
"I was breaking a horse when I broke my back," he said. "I was on bareback in a bucking chute. I knew I had broken my back before I hit the ground.
"Then, in 1993, I broke my hip when a horse slipped on mud and fell on me," Toren said.
The Eastern Idaho State Fairâ€™s board of directors has named Gary and Muriel Judge of Pingree as grand marshals of the 2012 Eastern Idaho State Fair. They will lead the annual Fair Parade down Shilling Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
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BLACKFOOT â€“ The Eastern Idaho State Fairâ€™s board of directors has named Gary and Muriel Judge of Pingree as grand marshals of the 2012 Eastern Idaho State Fair. They will lead the annual Fair Parade down Shilling Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
O-Mok-See is the sport of pattern horse racing. This is the first time the O-Mok-See National Championship has been in Idaho although this is the 47th annual championship.
The O-Mok-See will be at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF) through Friday.
Competitors race in age categories that range from 7 & under to senior men and women. Senior events are for anyone who is 39 or older.
There are three lanes of racers. Each lane is timed.
Competitors are racing for record-breaking times set in previous O-Mok-Sees.