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September 5th, 2011
POCATELLO â€” It was a moment filled with joy and relief as 40 soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade of the Idaho National Guard arrived home Sunday afternoon.
For Benny and Chelsea Mirelesâ€”who were married just weeks before deploying to Iraq last yearâ€”coming home means reuniting with their families and spending time together outside a war zone.
"We had the privilege of being together on the same base," said Benny Mireles, who is from Shelley. "I got to see her every day."
Chelsea's mother, Peggy Marlor from Jerome, said she was comforted in knowing they were serving together.
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Pennie Wolf from Malad won "Best of Show" in Fine Arts at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
BLACKFOOT â€”Artist Pennie Wolf from Malad won "Best of Show" in the Fine Arts competition during a reception at Eastern Idaho State Fair Friday.
Wolf said she had taken the photo of this girl right after she had placed second in a 4-H dog show among 144 kids. She used that photo to create her artwork.
"She was so happy, then her mom walked up behind her and said, 'You could have won first place,'" Wolf said. "That's when I took the photograph."
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Good Wok is a 35-year fair tradition and a Hong family affair. The family booth now has third generation members serving up the fair famous rice bowls.
"The fair has been very good to our family and we would like to give something back to our customers and the next generation of local kids," said Mindy Hong.
The Good Wok plans to give back several ways this year beginning the first day of the fair with a customer appreciation bargain of two bowls for $10.
BLACKFOOT â€” Paul Allen stood admiring his work, cell phone camera in hand.
Allen's self-portrait won Superintendent John Hoobler's challenge in the Eastern Idaho State Fair photography competition this year.
Hoobler, who has been photography superintendent for 17 years, instituted the challenge this year.
Allen's portrait features him sitting in a chair in the middle of a grain field near sunset.
Hoobler said that although he came up with the idea of the challenge, he asked several people to judge the entries. Allen's photo scored high among all the judges.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Youth from the Blackfoot LDS Stake hit their neighborhoods Tuesday night on a scavenger hunt and food drive. Their efforts resulted in approximately 7,000 items that were donated to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
Blackfoot High School senior Lindsay Turpin began organizing the activity for a youth conference originally scheduled for June. However, due to the flood risk in Bingham County youth filled sandbags for their service project.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners elected to send solid waste generated in Bingham County to the Bannock County Landfill this week. The tipping cost to haul to Bannock is $26 per ton. The contract is for the next five years.
The previous week the commissioners had received non-qualifying bids for the service. The county did not ask for specific parameters, so there was lots of information to consider, Commission chairman Cleone Jolley said.
BLACKFOOT â€” As fairgoers enter through the north gate near the West Events area they will pass by a new feature of the Eastern Idaho State Fairâ€”a community garden demonstration. The Eastern Idaho State Fair begins Saturday and continues through Sept. 10.
Master Gardener Jon Lyksettâ€”who coordinated the new Blackfoot Community Garden near Airport Road and Teeples Driveâ€”has been working in the garden at the fairgrounds for months in preparation for next week.
FORT LEWIS, Wash. â€” After nine months in Iraq, the first wave of Idaho soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team arrived back in the U.S. Sunday. About 300 soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon flew on chartered aircraft from Kuwait to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash.
A second group of guardsmen were expected to arrive Monday night, Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard said.
Deployed Army National Guardsmen of the 116th CBCT include about 2,700 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, with about 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Montana and 600 from Oregon.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners approved the ambulance budget Monday. Commissioner Whitney Manwaring was excused because he was out of town.
Revenue from the previous year's budget has increased by $52,809. Expenses have increased by the same amount, $52,809.
Revenue for the ambulance district comes from four sources:
Ag Replacement Moniesâ€”$23,886
Sales Tax/Other Revenueâ€”$75,000
Revenue totals $772,205 from fiscal year 2012. For fiscal year 2011, revenue totaled $719,396.