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February 13th, 2012

Power outage in Blackfoot

February 13, 2012

A power outage Monday morning affected nearly 1,100 customers in west Blackfoot for approximately 30 minutes.
The outage occurred at 10:24 a.m. Monday. An Idaho Power representative said they believe something hit a power line causing the outage, but the cause was not immediately determined. A crew responded, checked the line and restored power at 10:53 a.m.
The outage affected 1,100 customers from Broadway to Riverside Plaza including the Jensen Grove area. The areas impacted include Meridian Street, Parkway Drive and Jensen Grove Drive.

February 12th

Former resident working for Google

February 12, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Former Blackfoot resident Martha Bean wanted to find a position where she could have many opportunities, meet interesting people, and work on stimulating projects. That is why she applied at Google. Much to her delight, Bean obtained the job and now works for the multinational internet corporation.

February 11th

Whitney Houston dead at 48

February 11, 2012

(AP)Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday. She was 48.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen told KABC-TV that Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. in her room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton. Her body remained in the hotel and Beverly Hills detectives were investigating.

Houston's publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the cause of her death was unknown.

February 10th

Local snowmobiler is a YouTube hit

February 11, 2012

Blackfoot snowmobiler Kyle Pratt is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. So, when he narrowly escaped riding off a cliff in Wyoming last month it was the adventure of a lifetime –– and he's got video to prove it.
Pratt, who was wearing Liquid Image video goggles, was riding ahead of his group in unfamiliar territory. The terrain was steep and he was riding through trees when he suddenly found himself on the edge of a cliff. Pratt's video shows the snow break away beneath the sled and documents the moment that could have ended different.

Local family needs a little help

February 10, 2012

An auction is planned today to help pay medical expenses for Daniel and Rachel Carter of Blackfoot.
Daniel suffers from primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).
"MS hit me about four or five years ago," he said. "Now I can't walk without a walker and am pretty well bound to this wheelchair."
Carter qualifies for Social Security disability and Medicare, however, his wife's physical needs must be paid "out of pocket."
Rachel was born with cerebral palsy and scoliosis. Her doctor has recommended surgery to help her with the scoliosis.

Former Premier employees face felony charges

February 10, 2012

Two former Premier Technology employees have been charged with computer crime and will face felony charges.
Chad Ray Orr and Jeffrey Byron Schutte are accused them of accessing information on Premier's computer system for the purpose of defrauding the company.
The charge of computer crime is defined as "access or uses to defraud or obtain money or services by fraudulent pretenses."
"The damage done to our company is significant," said Doug Sayer, president of Premier Technology. "Charging them with the felony of computer crime was the right thing to do.

February 9th

INL workforce to be cut

February 10, 2012

IDAHO FALLS — Officials with the Idaho National Laboratory announced Thursday the need to cut its workforce.
Up to 185 workers working with Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) will lose their jobs.
The main impact of these personnel cuts will affect the administration and support of people working for BEA, said Mark Holubar, Director of Human Resources and Diversity. People working for the Idaho clean-up group with CWI and Idaho Treatment Group, will not be affected by these cuts.

February 8th

MVMS MATHCOUNTS students qualify for state

February 9, 2012

Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) students will compete in the state MATHCOUNTS competition. The MVMS team placed third out of the 16 teams competing.
MVMS eighth grader Daylan Bird placed fifth in the individual competition and received a $750 scholarship to Idaho State University School of Engineering as well as winning a trophy.
MVMS math teacher Ken Maroney is the team's coach.
The top three teams and top 12 individuals move on to the state competition.

Medical students teach kids about germs

February 9, 2012

Medical students in rotations at Bingham Memorial Hospital visited a classroom at Stoddard Elementary Wednesday to teach the students about germs.
The medical students, from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, visited Megan Leiseth's second grade classroom. They left with swabs from the drinking fountain, computers, white board markers, the chinchilla cage and Principal Ryan Wilson's mouth.
They will grow the germs in petri dishes over the next two days, returning Friday to share their results with the students.

'We the People' wins another state championship

February 8, 2012

Blackfoot High School’s “We the People” competitive government team has claimed the state title for the fifth consecutive year. During the competition, students presented papers in small panels and answered challenging questions from judges.
Though the questions were difficult, the students rose to the occasion and impressed the judges. Several judges complimented the students on their preparedness, timing, and delivery. One judge said, “It’s a real treat to watch you.”

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