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September 26th, 2011
YUMA, Ariz. â€” Albert and Sharon Gardner, former Blackfoot residents who now live in Arizona, returned to Yuma this week after flying nearly 12,000 miles -- equal to traveling halfway around the world. The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. The plane is a home-built craft that he constructed in his garage. Prior to this summer he had landed the plane in every state west of the Mississippi.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations of Chamber members to fill three seats on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
The terms of three members on the board will expire at the end of this year. Nominations from the general membership of the Chamber of Commerce to fill these three seats will be accepted until Oct. 14. Nominations can be made by calling the Chamber at 785-0510, emailing email@example.com or by mail at PO Box 801, Blackfoot, ID 83221.
ABERDEEN â€“ John Campbell has recently opened his own butcher shop, named Quality Meats, in Aberdeen. Campbell is a custom butcher and has worked in the trade for 16 years.
Campbell trained in the same building that he recently purchased. His apprenticeship was under Treasureâ€™s Custom Pack that, in turn, sold to Klempelâ€™s Fancy Kuts.
Three weeks ago, Campbell opened Quality Meats in the same location, having purchased his business from Klempelâ€™s Fancy Kuts.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Stop Soup is just around the corner, and the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency is seeking donations to make the event a success.
Stone Soup will be Oct. 11 at Mountain View Middle School at 5:30 p.m.
Donations of items for the silent auction and raffle are being sought, and Bingham County Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson said itâ€™s a great way for local businesses to give back in a way that also supports their local community.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees postponed a decision to accept or deny a petition for the Idaho STEM Academy, a proposed charter high school, after a public hearing Thursday night.
BLACKFOOT â€” It has been over 70 years since Bill Twitchell made the winning basket to lead Blackfoot High School to an Idaho state basketball championship.
Since then Twitchell has been a collegiate athlete, a soldier, a coach and a horseman. He has also worked on a movie set and he and his wife, the former Dorothy Jane Wray, have travelled extensively.
"The one thing I learned from my dad was, 'son, give it 110 percent and you'll always have a job," Twitchell said.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River School Board of Trustees approved all one-year contracts for teachers and extracurricular and special assignment contracts for the 2011-2012 school year at their meeting Wednesday night.
All certified employees within the district not eligible for a continuing contract were placed on a one-year contract, set to expire in June 2012. Superintendent Russell Hammond said they chose not to offer two-year contracts in hopes that salaries may be increased next year with a new contract.
Threat made to Blackfoot schools a hoax
BLACKFOOT â€” A threat made against schools in Blackfoot Monday night was found to be a hoax, police said Wednesday.
Law enforcement was notified of the threat Monday night from a citizen who had heard an individual speaking into a cell phone, Lt. Paul Newbold with the Blackfoot Police Department said. The threat was related to a school shooting and was targeted toward students in the sixth through twelfth grades, Newbold said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers of the Blackfoot Community Garden are asking the public to help prevent thefts from the garden.
People who are seeking to help themselvesâ€”whether it is through lowering grocery bills or providing their families with nutritional fruits and vegetables have tended to the garden, which consists of approximately 15 private plots.
This week, approximately $1,000 worth of produce grown in the garden was taken, said Lee Hammett, Community Dinner Table board member. The Community Garden is an extension of the Community Dinner Table.
POCATELLO â€“ An Eastern Idaho man who pleaded guilty to running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Tuesday.
Daren Palmer, 42, formerly of Idaho Falls, was sentenced for his role in a Ponzi investment scheme in which investors lost over $29 million, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said.