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October 27th, 2011
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY â€” A Blackfoot man is among those at the Idaho National Laboratory who have a role in NASA's mission to Mars later this year.
Stephen Johnson is director of Space Nuclear Systems and Technologies Division at the INL. His team is responsible for the assembly, testing and certification of a battery which will be used to charge the rover Curiousity when it lands on Mars in August of 2012. Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled on Nov. 25.
On Wednesday Johnson conducted a tour of his facility for members of the media.
For the Morning News
BLACKFOOT â€” Next Wednesday, the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded "to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), United States Army, collectively, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II."
The formal award presentation will be made in Washington, D.C.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Sheriff's Office is seeking a person of interest in a number of wire thefts in the Shelley/Firth area.
Detectives are investigating numerous reports of wire thefts throughout the county. Most of the thefts have occurred from farm equipment and potato cellars in the Shelley/Firth area, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
BLACKFOOT â€” A vote on a permanent override for the ambulance district will be on each ballot this November.
"This is nothing new," said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. "There will be no additional increase.
"Every other year, the community supports an ambulance override," Gray said. "What this override does is bring the levy up to the maximum amount that can be levied."
The whole of Bingham County is one ambulance district. Support of the ambulance district shows up on property taxes.
Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
First graders Halley Boyack and Chaz Spraker at Groveland Elementary take turns grinding wheat during the Idaho Farm Bureau's "Agriculture in the Classroom" Tuesday. After grinding wheat, teachers prepared pancakes for the students to eat. Students also milked a cow.
The Morning News â€“Â Katie Harris
Kelsey Baguley prepares to scare at the Grandstands of Terror Tuesday night. The Community Players along with aspiring Blackfoot student actors will be scaring patrons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and Thursday and until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are closed Sunday. Grandstands of Terror concludes Halloween night. The Grandstands of Terror is at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Â BLACKFOOT -- Administrative District Judge Jon Shindurling heard two pending petitions on the Paul Ezra Rhoades case Monday in Bingham County.
"I do not have the authority to issue a stay of execution in this case," Judge Shindurling said.
Rhoades is scheduled to be put to death Nov. 18 in the Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise. Rhoades was convicted for the 1987 murders of Susan Michelbacher in Bonneville County and Stacy Baldwin in Bingham County.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot City Council will have one new face after the Nov. 8 elections. Clair L. Broadhead, Randy Herbert and Butch Hulse are seeking to fill seat 4 vacated by councilman Robert Layton. Incumbents Rich Woodfin and Farrell D. Cammack are running unopposed for their respective seats.
Clair L. Broadhead
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Croxford meets with Mountain View Middle School students after their 6th annual "Cookies for Courage" assembly Monday. Students gave cookies to the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, Blackfoot Police Department and Blackfoot Fire Department to thank them for their service. The assembly kicked off Red Ribbon Week at MVMS. Throughout the week students will wear red and participate in various activities to pledge to live a drug-free life.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three 4-H members were recognized for their leadership last year.
Chase Herbst, son of Layne and Michaelene Herbst, received the Spirit of 4-H Award. He received $200 for this award that is sponsored by Randy and Julie Wilmot.
"I think this award is amazing," Herbst said. "I like to help the kids and helping to keep the program going." He turns 18 on Saturday and figures the money will go into his truck.