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December 14th

Amber alert issued for missing Rexburg girls

December 14, 2011

REXBURG — An Amber Alert has been issued from Rexburg. According to the report, ex-wife Heather Fisher has kidnapped two girls who were in the custody of Justin John. She came to the girls' school and removed them from the school at 9 a.m., police say. They also said the mother, who has no rights to the children, took them after not seeing the girls for two years. The custodial parents called in at 2 p.m.

Descriptions of the girls: Dezirae Ann John

* 9 years old
* 4-foot-3
* 55 lbs
* brown hair
* hazel eyes
* Levi jeans
* brown coat

December 13th

Tommy Vaughn's Grill cuts Chamber ribbon

December 14, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Although Tommy Vaughn's Grill has been a member of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce from Day One in October, general manager Tyler Rupe formalized that membership with a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday.
"We respect everybody in the Chamber," Rupe said, "all the great business leaders in our community. We see the networking between everybody, that they all work so well together and we want to be a part of that."

Mill Creek Metals to run transfer station

December 14, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Mill Creek Metals now has a signed five-year contract with Bingham County for operating the county's transfer station. Bingham County commissioners and Mill Creek Metals representatives signed the contract Monday.
Mill Creek Metals has agreed to run the transfer station for five years at a cost of $6.25 per ton.
Part of the contract states Mill Creek Metals can take plastic, cardboard and metals out of the waste stream and recycle them.

December 12th

Police investigate pair of business burglaries

December 13, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Two Blackfoot businesses on South Broadway were burglarized Friday night or Saturday morning.
Royal Cleaners, 733 S. Broadway, reported that someone forced entry into the business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.
Tanglez Hair & Nail Salon also reported that items were taken from the business at its new location at 207 S. Broadway. There was no forced entry.

Community honors fallen soldier

December 13, 2011

IDAHO FALLS — Even the weather honored U.S. Army Sgt. Ryan David Sharp at his funeral Monday. It was balmy and bright.
Sharp, age 28, died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries suffered while on a military mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar province as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sharp was carrying a fallen soldier back to the safety of the company stronghold when he was hit by a improvised explosive device (IED). He lived 12 days before succumbing to his injuries.

December 11th

BHS graduate now Marine Captain

December 12, 2011

It's hard for Barry Humpherys to realize that it has been 15 years since he graduated from Blackfoot High School.
But the U.S. Marine Corps captain has accomplished a lot since May of 1996.

Archuleta performs at sold-out show

December 11, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Singing sensation David Archuleta brought the Christmas sprit to Blackfoot Friday night with his "My Kind of Christmas Tour."
And for those who got to meet Archuleta before the concert, Christmas came early.
Approximately 30 people attended a VIP meet and greet with Archuleta prior to the show Friday night and got autographs, photos and a mini-private concert.

December 8th

Woman receives kidney transplant

December 9, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Chris Cahall has a lot to be thankful for this year—she received a kidney transplant on Thanksgiving day after more than four years on the organ donation waiting list.
Cahall, 45, grew up in Blackfoot and now lives in Moore. She has been a diabetic since she was nine years old. It was about 10 years ago when her kidneys began showing signs of failure, and four and one-half years ago she went into stage 5 renal failure.
She has been on hemodialysis since, and has been patiently waiting all that time for a kidney donation.

Possible gas leak at Independence High School

December 8, 2011

HAPPENING NOW: 1:55 p.m. - Possible gas leak at Independence High School. Blackfoot Fire Department is on scene and just evacuated students and personnel.
UPDATED: 2:12 p.m. Gas company on scene. Students and faculty have been allowed back in the school. Principal Mark Kartchner said students were evacuated as a precaution.

Va. Tech gunman kills officer, later found dead

December 8, 2011

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and was found dead nearby in a baffling attack that sent shudders through the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.

The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath.

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