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September 22nd, 2011
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.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council eliminated a section of its personnel policy that requires all department heads to live within the city limits. The decision was made at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
The policy, which required all new appointed department heads to live within the city limits or move within the city limits within six months of hire, was eliminated. The section of the policy requiring all on-call city employees to live within five miles of the city limits remains. This applies to police, fire and certain water, sewer and street personnel.
THOMAS â€” One hundred fifteen youngsters, ages 2 to 6, and their parents attend Storytime each week at the Snake River School Community Library.
Storytime is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday and at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Miss Peggy, aka Peggy Hansen, and Miss Mindy, aka, Mindy Baldwin are the Storytime teachers.
Miss Peggy starts each Storytime with a nursery rhyme.
"Reading success for children increases if they know nursery rhymes," she said.
BLACKFOOT â€” A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 Tuesday afternoon left two local teenagers dead.
According to Idaho State Police, Micah Story, 17, of Chubbuck, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 at milepost 83 at 3:05 p.m. in a 2002 Ford Mustang. Jacob Colbo, 18, of Blackfoot, was a passenger in Story's vehicle.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners approved changes to precinct boundaries in the county last Thursday. The precinct lines have been adjusted to more closely match the county's school districts, said Election Director Marlene Jensen.
A total of 318 people will be affected by this change.
If an elector's voting precinct has been changed, he/she will be notified by mail prior to Nov. 1, Jensen said.
Commissioners also voted to make Atomic City Bingham County's first mail ballot precinct.
A mail ballot precinct is consistent with absentee voting, Jensen said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Once a month, volunteers with the Mobile Food Pantry distribute food to those in need in the communityâ€”and more volunteers are needed.
The Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by the Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot Community Pantry and the Idaho Foodbank, takes place the fourth Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry is currently operating at 340 W. Sexton St.
In July and August, the pantry served 160 families. They distribute between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds of food each month.
BLACKFOOT â€” Service to community was the theme at several activities around Blackfoot on Saturday.
Members of various wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church prepared corn for the Community Dinner Table.
Over 100 people participated in the Second Annual Buddy Walk to support families and increase awareness of Down Syndrome. And firefighters invited passers-by to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
SHELLEY â€“ Thousands attended the 83rd Idaho Annual Spud Day in Shelley on Saturday.
The oldest contest in this annual event is Spud Picking. Different age groups pick up different weights of potatoes.
Children as young as 4- to 5-years-old can compete for the prize money. At age 17, everyone competes in the adult category. Women pick up 400 pounds of potatoes; men pick up 500 pounds in this timed event.
This is the ninth year in a row that Chad Baker of Pocatello has claimed the title of male World Champion Spud Picker. This is also the 10th time Baker has earned the title.
Shelley celebrates Spud Day today
SHELLEY â€”Â The 83rd annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelley is today. This year's theme is "All Buttered Up."
Activities begin with a parade down State Street beginning at 9:45 a.m. Highlights of the day include the Spud Tug at 3 p.m., free potatoes served at noon, the World Champion Potato Picking Contests and performances on the free park stage, all at Shelley City Park/Dawn Lloyd Field.