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November 29th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The 33rd annual Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy official starts today at the Needlecraft Building of the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The Fantasy will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today through Saturday.
The tree auction will be Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission is $2. The Gift Boutique and Sweet Shoppe will be open throughout the week at the event. Lunch and dinner will also be available for purchase at the cafe.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Blackfoot firefighter Rob Dansie pulled a 34-year-old woman from the icy water at Jensen Grove Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses say the unidentified woman chased her loose dogs onto the ice which broke.
One passerby saw her break through the ice and called 911 around 1:11 p.m. Dansie worked his way through the freezing water and was able to pull her out and get her to land at approximately 1:35 p.m.
She was conscious and transported via ambulance to Bingham Memorial Hospital. Full story can be found in today's Morning News. It will be available to view online at 11 a.m.
BLACKFOOT â€” Erik Matthew Nava, age 27, pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation Monday. He appeared before District Judge Darren Simpson.
"This is an Alford plea because he has no recollection of these events," said public defender Cindy Campbell.
In an Alford plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act but admits the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
BLACKFOOT â€” A local boy who has been in a wheelchair his entire life will finally have the chance to learn to walk thanks to the help of his friends and several community members.
Brandyn Gee has spastic cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his entire life. He is a third grader and his friends describe him as a smart kid who is funny, loves to laugh and enjoys playing football.
Brandyn's dream of walking may soon come true. He was recently fitted with a specially designed walker to aid him in learning to walk, but because of space limitations he cannot use it inside his home.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â A two-vehicle accident at West Collins Siding Road and Highway 39 west of Blackfoot resulted in a vehicle rollover but no serious injuries.
The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection and involved two black passenger cars. A newer model Chevrolet car rolled, resting on its top near the middle of the highway.
Traffic heading toward Snake River was blocked for approximately 20 minutes while emergency crews cleared the scene.
For more information, read Tuesday's Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dr. RenĂ©e Volny has a passion for service and helping those in underdeveloped or underserved communities, and her decision to work as a locum tenensâ€”or traveling physicianâ€”provides her the flexibility to do so.
For most physicians in the U.S. who open their own practice or take a permanent position at hospitals or clinics, the opportunity to go on medical missions is rare. But Volny, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and is currently on a nine-month assignment at Bingham Memorial Hospital, is able to schedule her assignments around her medical missions.
BLACKFOOT â€” Started in 1947, the Marine Corps Reserve is once again sponsoring Toys for Tots.
"We just want to make sure kids have a little bit of Christmas," said Bingham County Treasurer Janice Lawes.
New, unwrapped toys are being accepted until Thursday, Dec. 15, at the following locations:
Â° Bingham County Treasurer's Office in the Bingham County Courthouse
Â° Blackfoot Fire Department
Â° Cal RanchÂ° Family Dollar
Â° Idaho Central Credit Union
Â°Â Potelco United Credit Union
BLACKFOOT â€“ Ken Spencer, a nationally recognized artist who calls Blackfoot, Idaho home, will show some of his original inspirational paintings at the prestigious Inspirational Artist Association Christmas Showcase at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City next week.
Spencer will exhibit some recent painting from his trip to Nauvoo and his adventures down the Grand Canyon. His works will include paintings of historical buildings in Nauvoo and breathtaking canyon scenes.
THOMAS â€” The life of Sarah Constance Asmus was celebrated Wednesday at her funeral.
Sarah Constance Asmus, age 18, died Sunday from injuries suffered in a car accident on Saturday as she was heading home from the University of Idaho for Thanksgiving break.
AsmusÂ graduated in 2011 from Snake River High School as the valedictorian of her class and president of the Honor Society.
Asmus is the daughter of Kurt Asmus, a captain with the Blackfoot Police Department, and Elaine Asmus, a science teacher at Snake River High School.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Donald D. Stalker Elementary collected more than 1,000 items in one month to donate to the Bingham Crisis Center. The donation drive kicked off Oct. 22 in conjunction with "Make a Difference Day."
The donation drive was organized by Stalker Elementary's Parent Teacher Association and Sheila Evans, the school's Idaho Reads! VISTA representative.
Students and their parents donated 1,300 items including food, toiletries and other items to the Bingham Crisis Center.