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January 24th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â When Rachel McClellan was growing up, she never planned to become an author; she just enjoyed writing stories.
However, this former Blackfoot resident is now using her fiction writing skills to contribute to the young adult fiction genre. Her first novel, âFractured Lightâ, is receiving superb reviews from other authors and is highly rated on Goodreads, a popular website for book recommendations, by those who have previewed the novel.
BLACKFOOT â Five sixth grade boys at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School travelled to Boise last weekend to compete in the Future City regional competition and returned home with some hardware.
Not only were they recognized for the being the team that travelled the furthest, they also won the Materials Exotica award, which is given to the team with the most creative use of materials and materials science in the design of their city.
THOMAS â It's official. The Snake River Band program has earned a $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Band director Randy Brady was notified of this good news Sunday evening.
"It was a long-shot," Brady said. "It's pretty remarkable that we were seventh among 224 grant requests.
"We are very, very grateful for the support," he said.
The main purpose [for entering this contest] was to get larger instruments; to start to make the band more competitive," Brady said, "and to offer a quality band experience."
IDAHO FALLS - Idaho Falls Police arrested three men this past weekend for attempted strangulation in three separate incidents.
Jade W. Farley, 32, of St. Anthony was arrested Saturday in the 700 block of Lindsay after he got into an altercation with a woman at the Le Ritz Hotel.
Adam Ryan Ian Butler, 26, of Idaho Falls was arrested Sunday night after he attempted to strangle a woman at a residence at the corner of Anderson and Cassia Avenue. The victim also reported that Butler held her against will.
FORT HALL â As a boy Michael Mendez often helped his mother and grandmother with the cooking.
"I remember stirring a pot or rolling out pie dough for Grandma or my Mom," said Mendez, now the Food and Beverage Manager at Fort Hall Casino. "Grandma was famous for her cooking when the family ran the Oregon Trail (restaurant at Fort Hall).
"I enjoy cooking," Mendez continued, noting that he was the head cook at the casino from 2005-2008, took a break to work as a cook for ON Semiconductor's staff operation, then returned.
BLACKFOOT âÂ The Citizen's on Patrol (COP) program needs more volunteers. The core group consists of about 16 volunteers and Sgt. Jeff Mosbrucker with the Blackfoot Police Department says "it just isn't enough."
"COP's are the eyes and ears for the police," said Mosbrucker. "They're already trained and they help ease the load so officers can focus on other things."
For the month of December COP's donated 51.5, hours of their time. Mosbrucker says the police department would like to see a big increase in that number ââ but it will require more volunteers.
Items of note from Jan. 13-16.
NARCOTIC THEFT: Jan. 13, 12:52 p.m.: A caller said a hospice worker is stealing narcotic medication.
SHOPLIFTING: Jan. 13, 1:03 p.m.: A caller at Ridley's said they have a female detained for shoplifting.
PROPERTY DAMAGE: Jan. 13, 3 p.m.: A caller at Taco Bell said some gang members were at the business and damaged some property.
CAT EMERGENCY: Jan. 13, 9:40 p.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial said that there is a cat that keeps entering the emergency room through the patient doors.
BOISE â Stronger than expected job growth in December drove the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent. December was the fifth straight month Idaho's unemployment rate has fallen, hitting its lowest level since September 2009.
December also saw a one percent year-over-year increase in jobs with 13,000 more people working than in the previous yearâthe largest total since March 2009 and the largest year-over-year growth in total employment since mid-2007 before the recession officially began.
BLACKFOOT â The U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive early Thursday morning at the Best Western Blackfoot Inn.
Nicodemos Adermann, 38, of Pocatello, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation by the U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force.
On Wednesday the U.S. Marshals received information that Adermann and a companion was staying at the Best Western in Blackfoot, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrin Lambert said. It is unknown how long Adermann was in the Blackfoot area.
FORT HALL â An outside consulting firm is planning to study whether releases from the FMC plant can be tied to higher occurrences of cancer, childhood asthma and mortality on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Fort Hall Environmental Health Assessment Study is a provision of the 1998 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Decree between FMC and the Environmental Protection Agency that requires FMC to work with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to determine the potential health effects caused by releases from the FMC phosphorus plant.