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April 17th, 2012
A full-sized cage ring in the corner, a mat in the center and moveable punching bags hanging from the ceiling set the scene. The smell of sweat and pheromones waft through the tepid air. Loud music pumping and men grabbling with one another, sweat dripping off their bodies onto the sterile floor. The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training center, Down to Bang, is the newest fitness center in Blackfoot, boasting a 5,000 square foot area, the largest available MMA training site in Eastern Idaho.
The 26 musicians who performed in the Honor Recital sponsored by the Bingham County Music Teachers' Association Monday evening offered variety delight.
"The students played beautifully," said Blackfoot resident Ken Spencer.
Performing were 19 pianists, three violinists, one flutist, two vocalists and one guitarist.
The variety stretched from the folk song, "The Water is Wide," sung by Mariah McCandless.
Timothy Baxter played a delightful rag entitled "Montana Ragtime" by Alexander.
Students, parents, babies in baby carriers and one dog circled the track set up at Wapello Elementary Monday evening.
The track for the Wapello Timberwolf Trot measured 200 meters. Every eight and one-quarter laps equalled one mile.
"We challenged the kids to walk or run one hour," PTA president Krystal Wray said.
"A quote from Will Smith summed up our objective," she said. Smith was quoted as saying, "There are two keys to success--running and reading. If you conquer the demon that tells you to give up, you can conquer anything."
Items of note from April 7-12.
ILLEGAL TATTOOS: April 7, 10:39 a.m.: A caller at a hotel said they found tattooing equipment in one of the rooms and believes someone was illegally tattooing in the room.
STEALING WINE: April 7, 12:33 p.m.: A caller at Ridley's said an employee has been caught on tape stealing wine from the business. An arrest was made.
FIRE CALL: April 7, 11:31 p.m.: A woman said her neighbors are upset that their fire was called in and are outside yelling and screaming and throwing items against her residence.
BLACKFOOT â€” What a great way to spend an evening â€” by attending the third annual Binghamâ€™s Got Talent.Â
Donations for this event totaled $2,770 â€” all of which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Twenty-two acts performed Saturday evening. These actsÂ included dancers, singers, pianists, a fiddler, cellist and bands.
â€śThis is the largest fund raiser we have,â€ť said Elizabeth Fields, one of the organizers. â€śI think we have the cream of the crop performing here tonight.â€ť
The winner of the Under 14 Age Division was 10-year-old pianist Mandi Xu.Â She won $100 and a trophy.
Micha Wixom, owner of Shutter Girl Photography, and Harmony Jones, owner of the Photography Boutique, are up-and-coming masters of their craft. Wixom and Jones recently returned from a four-day convention hosted by Professional Photographers of Idaho (PPof I). It is a non-profit organization geared to expanding and perfecting the talents of professional photographers in Idaho.
During the early hours of the morning, wagonmasters Lenna and Bruce Dawkins begin harnessing their horses.The warm breath of the animals billows out, cutting through the cold air. The mules and horses neigh, showing their anticipation of the journey.
The party of 10â€” five teams â€” will be hauling wagons for a five-night, six-day journey through Goodall's Cutoff to the old post known as Frenchman's Cabin at the bottom of the Butte.
The Dawkins, husband and wife, have gone on several treks prior to this. This is the first that they have organized themselves.
BLACKFOOT- The 3rd annual talent show, Bingham's Got Talent, will be hosted at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) Saturday night, April 14th at 7 p.m. The talent show was organized by Angels Among Us, the Relay for Life team from the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.
Stacy Hastriter is the chairman for Bingham's Got Talent. Tom Drysdale is the chairman of the Angels Among Us relay team.
This year there are 22 entries. All spectacular in differing ways. Landon Delaney, 13-years-old, will be playing the cello and Alyssa Delaney, his sister, will be playing the fiddle.
BLACKFOOT â€” Stepping into the Bingham County Historical Societies (BCHS) new location is like stepping into a time machine. Black and white photos line the walls and shelves. Unknown faces from the past stare blankly shouting out stories of their history. People enjoying a day at the Eastern Idaho State fair, an old drugstore with various commodities stacked floor to ceiling, an ice cream parlor- all part of Bingham County's rich history.
Stephanie Palmer, a young mother of two, had her life turned upside down when she suddenly became paralyzed. Palmer is now reaching out to the community after she entered a national contest to win a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.