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September 28th, 2011
MORELAND â€“Â A fire destroyed a barn in Moreland Wednesday afternoon. The Blackfoot and Fort Hall Fire Departments responded to the blaze. For more information about the fire, read Thursday's Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Sgt. Ike Evans went to Iraq with the 116th Brigade Combat Team last year, he was a semester short of his degree in mechanical engineering at Idaho State University.
"I finished my last semester in Iraq," Evans said. "My wife scanned my diploma and I got a copy in the mail to hang on my wall."
Now Evans and the other members of the Idaho Army National Guard who deployed are home and ready to work.
Those who had jobs have up to 90 days to return to work in the same or equal positions to those they held.
SHELLEY â€” An early morning blaze destroyed the OK Trailer building at 480 N. State in Shelley on Tuesday. Authorities said they believe the fire started in the service area.
"We're still in business," said OK Trailer owner Bob Hudman. "Our service work has slowed down but we will have it up and running in the next few days."
A mobile trailer has been set up as an office at the front of the lot.
Firemen were called to the fire about 12:30 a.m. The fire was out a little after 4 a.m.
The fire caused propane to explode; tires were burned, said Shelley assistant fire chief Randy Adams.
By MELANIE MOORE
FORT HALL â€” The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are mounting a campaign to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan for the former FMC site of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site, which lies largely within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The campaign, launched Monday, is aimed at informing the public of EPA's proposed changes to the final cleanup decision and encourages the public to get involved in the process.
SHELLEY â€“Â OK Trailers in Shelley is a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building and 14 trailers stored inside. However, they have set up a mobile trailer and are open for business amid the ashes.
Crews from Blackfoot, Shelley and Firth fire departments responded to the fire at around 12:30 a.m. Officials expect the fire marshal from Boise to arrive this afternoon to confirm the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the shop area.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy will be back this year â€” just in a new location.
This year the event, hosted every year the week after Thanksgiving, will be in the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The Shilling House Reception Center, where the event has been held for several years, closed last year. It will be the 33rd year for the event.
"We thought (the Needlecraft Building) would be a good place to start," 2011 Christmas Tree Fantasy Chairperson Jana Rupe said.
BLACKFOOT â€” When the speed limits signs get posted, the segment of Pioneer Road from Highway 26 to N. 400 W. will be designated as a 35 miles per hour (mph) zone.
Bingham County commissioners approved that change from 45 to 35 mph on Monday.
"People really do change their driving habits after they receive a speeding ticket," one person testified as he appeared before the county commissioners in support of the speed limit change.
BLACKFOOT â€” When it came time to leave his job in Kansas City for a move back west, Dennis Hansen turned his attention to Blackfoot, Idaho.
"My brother (Larry) had moved here two or three years earlier and liked it," said Hansen, who grew up in Nebraska and Wyoming. "I wanted to go somewhere in the West and back to the mountains."
That was 37 years ago. Hansen and his wife Gloria built a home and a life in Blackfoot.
YUMA, Ariz. â€” Albert and Sharon Gardner, former Blackfoot residents who now live in Arizona, returned to Yuma this week after flying nearly 12,000 miles -- equal to traveling halfway around the world. The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. The plane is a home-built craft that he constructed in his garage. Prior to this summer he had landed the plane in every state west of the Mississippi.