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June 16th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Summer has come to Bingham County, and as temperatures have risen, those annoying and potentially dangerous mosquitoes have arrived earlier than usual.
Every year, responsible government agencies, public health professionals, and mosquito abatement experts do their best to educate the public about mosquitoes and the numerous ways that people can protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.
BLACKFOOT â€” A flag ceremony to honor the American Flag, its traditions and service took place on Flag Day, June 14, at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.
"The flag is a history, a declaration and a promise of all that makes up our country," said one Lodge member. "What it is today and what it will be in future is up to us."
In July 1908, the national Elks organization voted that all lodges affiliated with the nationwide organization must recognize Flag Day with a formal ceremony.
Valerie Pascoe had at least two reasons to participate in Bingham County's Relay For Life on Friday.
"My mother died at 45 and I have the gene," said Pascoe, the director of nursing at Access Home Health. "Now the clock is ticking."
"This is our third year participating," she continued. "We do this in honor of our hospice patients that we have lost."
As he walked into the stadium for his first year at Relay For Life, Drew Hansen said, "I had a grandpa die of cancer."
Hansen said he was participating in honor of that family member.
The purple window paintings, purple ribbons and even purple t-shirts are evident throughout town this week, as the community show its support for this year's Bingham County "Relay For Life." The all-night event kicks off this evening on Blackfoot High School's football field with entertainment by Les Merle starting at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 6.
Organizers have worked hard all year to pull of this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Dog loversâ€”heads up. Starting today and concluding on Sunday, dog enthusiasts can enjoy two kennel club "clusters" at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot.
The kennel club dog show opens at 8 a.m. today. Admission is free.
The Pocatello Kennel Club opens today and concludes Friday. The Eagle Rock Kennel Club opens on Saturday and closes Sunday. The gate opens at 8 a.m. for all four days.
Each day, the semifinals begin at 2 p.m. followed by "Best of Show" competition that begins about 4-4:30 p.m.
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Mikaela Jensen, a recent graduate from Firth High School (FHS), can be spotted on billboard across Eastern Idaho. She was named the Distinguished Student of the Year by the United Dairymen of Idaho.
For her senior project, Jensen organized a Senior Prom at The Gables in Shelley, an elder care facility. The prom took place in January. She selected The Gables because her grandmother, Zelda Moser, was living there at that time.
Where there's a will there's a way. Wyatt Anderson, who just graduated from Blackfoot High School, needs money for college tuition. As an actor, who has participated in high school and local theater productions through the years, Anderson is planning to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles this fall.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Idaho District 31-A Representative Neil Anderson, a Blackfoot resident, took part in a 12-day humanitarian outreach to the Philippines this year from April 23 to May 4.
On Nov. 8, 2013, the Philippines was hit by the biggest typhoon in its history, at least in windspeed, with gusts exceeding 230 miles per hour. This was Typhoon Yolanda in which over 6,300 people died.
Anderson, his son, Tyler, and 13-year-old grandson, Dylan, from Brigham City, Utah, joined a 18-person team to help the Filipino people on the Philippine island of Leyte.
The U.S. Army Rangers were organized in 1943 as a light artillery unit.
Edward (Eddie) Krumenacker, father of Blackfoot Fire Department Captain Dave Krumenacker, was in an artillery unit before transferring to the Rangers in 1944. He was a Tech 5th grade, a radioman, with the 5th Rangers.
The first military action the Rangers saw was on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. There were six Ranger divisions. The 2nd and 5th saw action at Normandy in northern France. The 1st, 3rd and 4th were stationed in Italy and the 6th division was assigned to the Pacific Theatre.
ROCKFORD â€” Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day when American, British and Canadian troops hit the five beaches of Normandy in northern France.
Early on the morning of June 6, 1944, 7,000 ships of all sizes approached the coast of Normandy. This was the largest flotilla the world had ever seen, and has never been surpassed.
On D-Day, Americans were assigned to attack the beaches of Utah and Omaha. The British attacked Gold and Sword Beaches; the Canadians attacked Juno Beach.