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August 13th, 2013
IDAHO FALLS â€“ Two Bingham County women have spent the past two weeks teaching visually-impaired and blind children in the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) program.
The day camp went from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, for two weeks. Classes were in the Parks and Recreation building in Idaho Falls. The camp ended last Friday.
Â â€śWe help children become more confident in what they do,â€ť said Vicki Bateman from Shelley.
â€śWith more confidence comes the understanding that itâ€™s O.K. to be blind,â€ť said Sandy Streeter from Blackfoot.
The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC) has scheduled five world-class concerts for the 2013-2014 concert season.
"This is the best season we have been able to present so far," said Susan Mann, BPAC's programming director. "We are so excited to present concerts of this caliber. It's definitely a season that will have something for everyone."
The seasons concerts include:
-Sept. 26 Ricky Nelson Remembered: A multi-media event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson's hit songs perform by his twin sons Mathew and Gunnar.
The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) will celebrate 30 years in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Blackfoot's train depot and the 25th anniversary of the Blackfoot Potato Museum. The triple celebration, will be held on Friday at noon at Depot Park behind the old train depot/Idaho Potato Museum.
According to local historian Lois Bates, a group of area residents met in 1983 in the John Brown home (currently the Bingham County Historical Museum at 190 N. Shilling) to discuss the importance of preserving Bingham County's History.
Escorted by Fort Hall Tribal Business Councilman Nathan Small, Taylor Thomas, 20, of Fort Hall was crowned the 2013-14 Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen in front of hundreds of spectators at the festival arbor in Fort Hall Friday.
The annual crowning of Miss Shoshone-Bannock is a tradition at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival, this year being the 50th anniversary of the highly anticipated event.
Thomas, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, grew up in Fort Hall learning the traditional Native dances and studying the history of the tribe.
Attorneys Dwight Baker of Blackfoot and Walter Bithell of Boise recently received the 2013 Idaho State Bar Distinguished Lawyer award. This is the highest award that can be bestowed on an Idaho attorney by the bar.
"I had no expectation [of receiving this award]," said Baker.
Baker has been practicing law for 42 years and is a partner in the Baker Harris Law Firm in Blackfoot. Bithell is a Blackfoot High School graduate.
BLACKFOOT â€” The 4-H Market Sale on Wednesday brought the 2013 edition of the Bingham County 4-H Fair to a close.
A total of 216 animals were auctioned. The grand champion and reserve grand champion of goats, rabbits, swine, sheep and beef were auctioned at the top of the sale.
These top 10 animals brought $10,425 to their owners.
The Stoddard Family Endowment hog was sold and resold seven times before the winning bidder took it home. Money raised from the endowment hog goes directly back into 4-H for scholarships. Bidders gave $1,625 to this scholarship fund.
FORT HALL â€” Two candidates are vying for the title of Miss Sho-Ban 2013. They are Naivitsi Yabeney, age 18, and Taylor Thomas, 20.
The young ladies presented their talents Tuesday evening at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel.
Both used history passed on to them from their grandfathers to develop their talents.
Yabeney explained what a teepee represents and the construction of it.
"The teepee represents a woman's womb," she said. "The outer flaps represent the upraised arms of a woman.
"It was the women's job to set up camp and take it down," said Yabeney.
School bus drivers from Regions 5 and 6 went back to school Tuesday to review bus safety. This is an annual meeting.
The school bus drivers fill about three-quarters of the auditorium at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
In the morning, two representatives from the power company spoke about what to do if the bus (or a car) becomes entangled in a power line. Idaho State Patrolman Aaron Aikele spoke about what to do in case of an accident.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -
A Blackfoot man is facing several felony charges after police said he was sexually abusing children.
Idaho Falls police said Bradley E. Drummond, 37, was arrested Monday on a warrant for two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16, two counts of felony injury to a child and one count sexual battery of a 16- to 17-year-old.
Drummond turned himself in at the Bonneville County Courthouse.
The warrant was issued following an investigation into allegations that Drummond was inappropriately touching children.
The incidents were reported to police in May.
Stay tuned for our special coverage of various events that will be going on at the Sho-Ban Indian Festival!