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August 10th, 2012

Watson selected as Miss Sho-Ban

August 11, 2012

Natasha Watson won the 2012-2013 Miss Sho-Ban Queen crown at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Friday.
"As Miss Sho-Ban, I will talk to the youth in my community and travel across the country representing my tribe," Watson said. "I will also be able to compete in the Miss Indian World contest."
Five contestants competed for this honor. Competitors each performed a traditional dance, made a traditional dish, took part in the Children's Parade and answered an impromptu question.
Watson performed a traditional woman's dance and made mint tea and fry bread for her traditional dish.

August 9th

Request withdrawn at P&Z

August 10, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Joe Cannon withdrew his request for a special use permit request to allow a gravel pit/crusher at 80 W. 450 N. near the Rose overpass. He had also requested a zone change from heavy commercial to light manufacturing at the same site.
It brought some people to tears when Cannon withdrew his request.
This zone change request and special use permit was the fourth and last item on the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) agenda Wednesday evening.

Police Log

August 9, 2012

Items of note from July 27-

Blackfoot Police

PEEPER: July 27, 10:22 a.m.: A caller said a man is standing in front of their door and looking into the windows of the residence.

BAD NEIGHBOR: July 27, 1:12 p.m.: A woman said her neighbor is throwing garbage, leaves, plastic pipe and other materials into her yard and this has been an ongoing problem.

TRAFFIC COMPLAINT: July 27, 9:40 p.m.: A caller reported speeding motorists on Seefried and Cromwell. They said it was every shape and size of vehicle.

August 8th

BPAC director outlines concert schedule

August 8, 2012

Blackfoot Performing Art Center's 2012-2013 concert series will feature a variety of acts, spokesman Susan Mann told members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The first concert in the series will feature "Cherish the Ladies," a musical troupe from Ireland, on Oct. 20. Dick Hardwick & Mrs. Hughes will perform a comedy show on Nov. 10. Hardwick was well received at the Eastern Idaho State Fair a couple of years ago.
Because BPAC is booked solid in December and January, there will be no concert those months.

City officials remember former councilman

August 8, 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."

August 7th

Fire destroys Fort Hall home

August 7, 2012

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 home—to the east and to the west—the fire melted the siding on those mobile homes.

Brown appointed to Blackfoot City Council

August 7, 2012

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.

Fires in Ft. Hall threaten homes

August 7, 2012

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.

August 6th

Local authors share insight

August 6, 2012

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.

Shoshone-Bannock Festival begins Wednesday

August 6, 2012

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."

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