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December 29th

Kids have fun learning at 4-H day camps

December 30, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Students took advantage of 4-H day camps Wednesday at the University of Idaho Extension office in Blackfoot.
In the morning, one group sewed pajama pants while another group practiced microwave cooking for breakfast/lunch/dinner and holiday treat items.
In the afternoon, students prepared eats that were cool to make. Another group designed table settings with menus to match.

New business provides rides to Jazz games

December 30, 2011

IDAHO FALLS — With the NBA season officially underway, two men from Eastern Idaho are offering a new way to attend Utah Jazz games in Salt Lake City.
Idaho Jazz Bus, a new business created by Bonneville High School senior Landon Belnap and his mentor Owen Hamilton, provides same-day round-trip transportation to the Jazz home games including tickets in the upper bowl.
Hamilton said he has held onto the idea of creating the business for a few years, but it wasn't until Belnap said that he needed a senior project that his idea finally came to fruition.

Second storm moving in tonight

December 29, 2011

BLACKFOOT — While warm temperatures today may feel like a spring day to some, another storm is on its way bringing additional rain and possibly snow Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 40s today and tomorrow, but will quickly drop back below freezing Saturday and Sunday.
Rain is expected to arrive this evening and continue through Friday night. Snow levels are forecast to drop to valley floors Friday night. A slight chance of snow remains Saturday.

December 28th

Donors, volunteers help Red Kettle Campaign exceed goal

December 29, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Thanks to generous donations and willing volunteers, the Blackfoot Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $5,000 and exceeded expectations this year.
The campaign, which runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas, raised $800 more than last year and is nearly double the amount raised in 2009.
The Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency's Bingham County office is the local Salvation Army service extension. SEICAA coordinates volunteers for the kettles and collects and distributes the funds to the local community.

Wet, warmer weather expected this week

December 28, 2011

BLACKFOOT — A wet and warm storm system is forecast to pass through the region today through Saturday, bringing wind, rain and some snow to the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The system will also bring warmer temperatures with a high near 42 degrees today and 47 degrees Thursday. Overnight lows are forecast to stay at or above freezing through Friday.
Today there is a 40 percent chance of precipitation coupled with sustained winds of 14 miles per hour and gusts up to 22 mph. Wind and rain are forecast to increase overnight and continue Thursday and into Friday.

December 27th

Educators meet with legislators

December 28, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Education Association hosted an open forum with Rep. Dennis Lake and Sen. Steve Bair Tuesday night to allow teachers and others in the community to openly discuss issues prior to the start of the 2012 Idaho legislative session.
"We wanted an opportunity to visit with them, remind them of our concerns," said organizer Bekki Mangum, who teaches at Mountain View Middle School.
The forum turned into a roundtable discussion with teachers expressing their concerns about education including budget cuts, education reform, pay for performance and online classes.

December 26th

Firth students make bereavement kits

December 26, 2011

FIRTH — Firth High School students presented 18 bereavement kits to the director of the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls Thursday.
These kits will be given to families whose baby died before birth, said Janice Anthony, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at FHS.
Included in each kits is a kimono, a nine-patch blanket and a knitted hat. The kimonos are sewn in varying sizes for the different sizes of the babies.
Students in Anthony's Fashion Design classes made these kits and used looms to knit 43 hats.

December 23rd

Premier Technology wins $2.1 million judgment

December 24, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Earlier this week a jury in Bannock County and Idaho's Sixth Judicial District found two former employees of Premier Technology guilty of violating the Idaho Trade Secrets Act.
In a case dating from late 2007, Chadd Orr and Jeff Schutte were accused of conspiring with Petersen, Inc., an Ogden, Utah-based competitor to Premier Technology, to damage Premier's customer base in an effort to devalue it and eventually buy it.

December 22nd

BHS gym dedicated in honor of Chris Gardner

December 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Family and friends of Chris Gardner gathered at Blackfoot High School Thursday afternoon for the dedication of the new gym in his honor.
Gardner, who died in 2010 in an ATV accident, was a teacher, coach and principal in the Blackfoot School District before retiring in 2008. He also officiated high school football and basketball games for 30 years.

December 21st

Students celebrate Posadas

December 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Students in the Ridge Crest Limited English Proficiency (LEP) after school program celebrated Posadas with their families and teachers Wednesday evening. The Posadas, a Christmas tradition in Mexico, includes a reenactment of the procession into Bethlehem, culminating with a fiesta.
Approximately 25 students participate in the LEP after-school program Monday through Thursday. They receive help with their homework, work on special projects and get extra support from bilingual staff.

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