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November 11th, 2011

Elks fundraiser gets good turnout

November 12, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Over 200 people participated in the Blackfoot Elks Lodge's Veterans Day fundraiser on Friday.
"Fundraising for such things as the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello are always subject to cuts," noted Brian Cornett, who serves on the Idaho Veterans Assistance League. "So we pick up the slack. But we're not the only ones. So do the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW."
Everyone should thank veterans, Corbett said. "It's because of that veteran that they have what they have."

Shelley coach adjusts to life after Afghanistan

November 11, 2011

Lt. Col. Dwight Richins is one of thousands of brave men who served his country and recently returned home after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with his unit in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Dwight Richins, like many of our brave soldiers, volunteered to serve his country, a noble and very brave decision for one of the finest high school football coaches in all of Idaho.

Sodium fire reported at INL Materials & Fuels Complex

November 11, 2011

Update 4:00 p.m.:

Employees are now allowed to leave their buildings and will be boarding buses home at the usual time.

Everyone examined for potential injury has been cleared to return to work.

Emergency response personnel responded to Friday’s event at the INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex. It is believed that a sodium reaction resulted in a sudden pressure increase which compromised the system integrity. The compromise in the system set off fire alarms in the vicinity. An investigation is continuing.

US judge plans Monday ruling on Rhoades execution

November 11, 2011

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge told attorneys for a condemned Idaho inmate that he'll try to decide by Monday whether to postpone an execution scheduled to take place in one week.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush said Thursday night that he was concerned that the Idaho Department of Correction seemed to be "playing catch-up" when it came to planning for Paul Ezra Rhoades' execution, set for Nov. 18. Rhoades, who was convicted of murdering three people in 1987 and sentenced to die for two of the murders, has sued over Idaho's lethal injection protocol.

November 10th

School honor local heroes

November 11, 2011

FIRTH — The student population of both Firth High School and Firth Middle School joined together to honor veterans Thursday.
Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Les Chapman headlined the assembly. He was a Green Beret during the Vietnam conflict.

Man walking 3,000 miles for hospice awareness

November 11, 2011

BLACKFOOT — If you were traveling on Highway 91 between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot Thursday, chances are you saw a man in a red jacket walking along the side of the road with a sign that reads "walking for hospice care."
What you may not know is that the short 28-mile journey is part of a 3,000 mile walk Dr. Colin Skinner is making that began in Devil's Lake, North Dakota and continues to San Francisco. And its all to raise awareness of hospice care.

Winter driving tips

November 10, 2011

Snow is in the forecast again for this weekend as a fast-moving strong storm system moves across Eastern Idaho Friday and Saturday, and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists that it's that time of year again when we have to re-train ourselves for winter driving. The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. But if you can't here is a list of things to do or not to do to make your travel safer.

* Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights - even the hood and roof - before driving.

November 9th

Simplot to close Aberdeen plant

November 10, 2011

BOISE — The J. R. Simplot Company is planning to build a state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Caldwell, with site preparation anticipated to begin next May and start-up expected by spring of 2014.
The new plant will replace the company's existing potato processing plant in Caldwell with additional closures in the next 2 to 3 years of facilities at Aberdeen and Nampa, resulting in the loss of just under 800 jobs.

Election idiosyncrasies

November 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Three cities in Idaho have an ordinance that requires council members to be elected by 50 percent plus one vote. These three cities are Blackfoot, Hailey and Idaho Falls.
Eight cities in Idaho require mayors to be elected by at least 50 percent plus one vote. These eight cities are American Falls, Blackfoot, Boise, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello and Spirit Lake.
The ordinance is not recommended by the Association of Cities. If a city adopts this ordinance and a runoff election is necessary, the runoff election is paid for by the city.

City to pay for runoff election

November 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The City of Blackfoot will have to pay an estimated $6,000 to have a runoff election Dec. 6 after Butch Hulse narrowly missed the number of votes needed to obtain a majority of the votes in the three-person city council race.
Hulse, who received 49.7 percent of the vote and Clair L. Broadhead, who received 37.4 percent of the vote, are running for Seat 4 on the city council. The position pays $5,040 a year plus benefits.

 

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