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July 29th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees selected R. Scott Reese to serve as chairman during their meeting Thursday night.
Pete Lipovac was elected vice-chairman and Jenny Hong was elected to the position of clerk/treasurer.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifteen students with the Blackfoot/Bingham County Youth Coalition attended the Northwest Alcohol Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. earlier this month.
The studentsâ€”from Blackfoot, Snake River, Shelley and Aberdeen high schoolsâ€”were among 70 youth from throughout the country who gathered at the conference to discuss alcohol issues and ways to combat issues facing youth.
Youth Coalition Chairman Mark Cowley said the conference focused on the use of positive messaging to promote change rather than using anti-message campaigns.
BLACKFOOT â€” A fundraiser to benefit and raise awareness of juvenile diabetes in Bingham County will be Saturday and organizers have lined up a full schedule of events that will be fun for all.
FORT HALL â€” Members of the Fort Hall Business Council and of the Greater Pocatello and Greater Blackfoot Chambers of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of a new grocery store on Wednesday.
The store is the Trading Post at Fort Hall. It replaces one which was closed and torn down to make way for the new hotel and events center now under construction.
Nathan Small, the chairman of the business council, thanked the Chamber members who came in support of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, who own and operate the facility.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center will feature five outstanding concerts for its 2011-2012 Concert Series. The first one will kick off Oct. 15 with country singing legend Gary Morris.
Tickets for the series can be purchased as a package or individually. BPAC Programming Director Susan Mann says tickets will be discounted to $15 each if purchased for the entire series. Individual ticket prices will be higher.
Last year's season ticket holders have until Aug. 30 to reserve their same seats. All seats will go on sale to the general public Sept. 1.
By BOB HUDSON
A former Moreland man has become a national celebrity in Okinawa because of the simple gesture of returning an enemy soldier's wallet.
Durl Gibbs came into possession of the wallet during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He returned it to the soldier's daughter earlier this year.
"I got the wallet just before we dug in for the night," Gibbs recalled. He had become his unit's radioman two or three days earlier. "Because I had the radio, I had to be right beside the platoon sergeant."
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” Comments on the federal draft proposals for â€śWater of the United Statesâ€ť are being accepted through July 31.
This draft guidance proposal broadens the scope of jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” Two teams represented Bingham County at the Idaho Special Olympics Summer Games in Boise last weekend.
Ten athletes from the Blackfoot Bandits team and nine members of the Snake River Special Olympics team travelled to Boise to compete in the games, which took place July 16. The athletes competed in various swimming and track and field events and brought home plenty of medals for the efforts.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council met Thursday night to conduct a work session for the 2012 budget.
Department budgets for 2012 will likely stay the same as 2011, Mayor Mike Virtue said. Most changes are the result of higher fuel costs or increases or reductions due to capital purchases made in 2011 or planned for 2012.
The preliminary administration budget for 2012 is higher than the current budget because of credit card fees and upgrades to accounting software.
WASHINGTON â€“ A Fort Hall Marine injured in Afghanistan last month received a special visit from Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk Tuesday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington, D.C.
Cpl. Phillip Baldwin of Fort Hall lost both legs in an Improvised Explosive Device incident (IED) June 18. The incident occurred while Baldwin was on foot patrol near the Hemland Province in Afghanistan.