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January 18th, 2012
City in good shape financially
BLACKFOOT â€” In addressing business and community leaders at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday, Mayor Mike Virtue said he believes the city is in a good position for economic recovery.
Through frugal budgets and smart decisions, Virtue said the city is in excellent financial shape and that 2012 should be another good year.
"I think we're in a positive position for when the economic recovery happens," Virtue said.
REXBURG â€” Two men who police say were part of a much larger crime ring based in Florida were arrested Friday after making fraudulent purchases at Walmart stores in Blackfoot, Chubbuck, Rexburg, Mountain Home and Boise.
Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis said Onis Alvarez-Rodriguez, 27, and Alejandro Perez-Castellanos, 19, were arrested Friday afternoon after they attempted to purchase an iPad 2 with a fraudulent credit card at the Rexburg Walmart.
PINGREE â€” An early morning fire Sunday destroyed approximately 600 tons of hay and straw near 1025 South 1500 West.
The Blackfoot Fire Department responded to the call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. They were assisted by the Springfield and Aberdeen Fire Departments. Eleven firefighters and two engines with three water tenders responded. The last unit cleared the scene at 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
The hay belonged to Val Carter of Pingree and the loss is estimated to be near $115,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation and is currently being called suspicious.
POCATELLO â€” The Ag Expo opened Tuesday with over 125 exhibitors at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The Ag Expo continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
The Potato Conference is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Pond Building on the ISU campus. Park at Holt Arena and ride the free shuttle bus.
The public is welcome. Admission is free.
At least 100 seed potato producers met Tuesday afternoon in Clarion Inn in Pocatello to study seed potato production.
BLACKFOOT â€” The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Snake River Plain including Blackfoot, Pocatello and Idaho Falls in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Thursday afternoon.
The Winter Weather Advisory is for wind and blowing snow. Winds are expected to increase to 30 mph late tonight and remain strong through Thursday morning. Snowfall is forecast to begin around Wednesday afternoon.
A series of winter storms are expected to work across Idaho this week dropping heavy snow in the mountains and bringing rain and snow to the valleys.
Items from Jan. 11-13
FLOWER POT: Jan. 11, 2:28 p.m.: A caller said someone threw a flower pot through their front window.
ON THIN ICE: Jan. 12, 5:39 p.m.: A caller said there are three children on the ice at Jensen Grove.
SHOPPING FOR WOMEN: Jan. 12, 5:51 p.m.: A woman said there is a man at Ridley's that is stalking women. She said he followed her though the store and she was uncomfortable so she asked someone from the store to escort her to her vehicle. She said he has an accent and is approaching women who are walking into Ridley's alone.
FIRTH â€”Â Two Firth High School graduates who are now Bingham County deputy sheriffs addressed bullying and sexting at a school assembly on Monday. They addressed students from the high school, the middle school and about 30 parents.
The intent of this assembly was to educate students, said Bingham County Sheriff's Deputy Burkam Burnett.
Addressing the students, Burnett said, "Parents are responsible for you until you are 18 years old. Before you do something, think, 'would I do this in front of my parents?'
Whatever you do must be reported to your parents, he said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nikki Asher knew she needed to change her life. She had seen family members suffer from complications related to obesity and diabetes and she had been overweight her entire life, trying various diets and exercise to no avail.
Last year she decided to have adjustable gastric banding surgeryâ€”Lap-Bandâ€”performed by Dr. Anthony Davis at Bingham Memorial Hospital. The Lap-Band system reduces the stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food able to enter the stomach.
BLACKFOOT â€” The first major winter storm is set to arrive in Eastern Idaho late tonight and persisting through the weekend, bringing heavy snow to the mountains and a mess of rain and snow to lower elevations.
Very strong and possibly damaging winds will accompany the storm, causing blowing and drifting snow. Current forecasts call for winds of up to 33 mph tonight and as high as 46 mph Saturday night.
Â THOMAS â€“ Elementary teachers from Southeastern Idaho spent Saturday attending an Invent Idaho workshop. Teachers were from Snake River, Shelley, the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) and Pocatello.
The workshop is designed to help students â€śthink outside the box.â€ť
â€śAs teachers, we try to inspire creative thinking as a springboard to inventive thinking,â€ť presenter Beth Brubaker said. â€śThe first thing we teach kids is problem finding.â€ť