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July 24th, 2011
By BOB HUDSON
A former Moreland man has become a national celebrity in Okinawa because of the simple gesture of returning an enemy soldier's wallet.
Durl Gibbs came into possession of the wallet during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He returned it to the soldier's daughter earlier this year.
"I got the wallet just before we dug in for the night," Gibbs recalled. He had become his unit's radioman two or three days earlier. "Because I had the radio, I had to be right beside the platoon sergeant."
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” Comments on the federal draft proposals for â€śWater of the United Statesâ€ť are being accepted through July 31.
This draft guidance proposal broadens the scope of jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” Two teams represented Bingham County at the Idaho Special Olympics Summer Games in Boise last weekend.
Ten athletes from the Blackfoot Bandits team and nine members of the Snake River Special Olympics team travelled to Boise to compete in the games, which took place July 16. The athletes competed in various swimming and track and field events and brought home plenty of medals for the efforts.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council met Thursday night to conduct a work session for the 2012 budget.
Department budgets for 2012 will likely stay the same as 2011, Mayor Mike Virtue said. Most changes are the result of higher fuel costs or increases or reductions due to capital purchases made in 2011 or planned for 2012.
The preliminary administration budget for 2012 is higher than the current budget because of credit card fees and upgrades to accounting software.
WASHINGTON â€“ A Fort Hall Marine injured in Afghanistan last month received a special visit from Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk Tuesday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington, D.C.
Cpl. Phillip Baldwin of Fort Hall lost both legs in an Improvised Explosive Device incident (IED) June 18. The incident occurred while Baldwin was on foot patrol near the Hemland Province in Afghanistan.
ABERDEEN â€” Landowner rights and possible transmission lines crossing farmland are subjects that need to be included in Bingham County's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Proposed Code Revisions according to five Aberdeen farmers who met with P&Z Acting Zoning Administrator Allen Jensen on Wednesday.
Private property rights and right-of-way for transmission lines are, as yet, not included in the P&Z Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Crystal Gregan, a driver and gunner assigned to Golf Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a native of Blackfoot does not mince words regarding why she is stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
â€śThis deployment is my patriotic duty. Iâ€™ve always been proud of my country,â€ť Gregan said.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Kim Tweedy loves his job. He is the owner of Tweedyâ€™s Music, 335 W. Judicial St. in Blackfoot. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.
â€śIâ€™ve got the best job in town and you can put that in the newspaper,â€ť he said.
Tweedyâ€™s Music has been open 12 years this August. Itâ€™s a full-line music store with instruments, sheet music, a full repair bench and band rentals, Tweedy said.
â€śI really cherish my customers,â€ť he said. â€śI canâ€™t say enough good about my customers.â€ť
PINGREE â€“ As a run-up to the 4-H Fair Aug. 1-3, 4-H club members practiced showing their steers in Bingham County Steer Jackpot. The event was Saturday at Val and Heather Carterâ€™s show ring south of Pingree.
In the jackpot, the entry fee comes back to the participants. It was open to all Bingham County 4-H members raising cattle.
Twenty steers were put through their paces. The 4-H members were judged on their showmanship and the quality of the animal.
Showmanship is how the 4-H member grooms his/her steer and how he/she handles the animal in the ring.