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April 5th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” One thing that impresses those who meet Leah Rigby for the first time is her enthusiasm.
"We interviewed a number of very qualified people," said Derek Preece, president of the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce in announcing Rigby's selection as executive director. "She's the one who stood out with the enthusiasm and spark we're looking for."
Rigby replaces Rebecca Price as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho Potato Museum.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council unanimously passed a use agreement to be implemented between the city and sports leagues or other groups using city parks and fields. Approval came during the regular meeting Tuesday night.
Mayor Mike Virtue said the use agreement was drafted to ensure each party's responsibilities regarding the use and maintenance of the parks and fields.
"It's important we keep them in good condition and we use them appropriately," Virtue said.
Yukiko Matsuura (left) and June Cannon display thousands of origami cranes made by residents of a senior assisted living center in Shizuoka, Japan, where Cannon's parents live. "They want to be part of this relief effort," Cannon said.
Folding origami cranes is an ancient Japanese tradition and symbolizes healing prayers. One thousand cranes are folded for the wish of the maker, Cannon said. Mr. Yoshioka from Japan folded 2,000 cranes and donated them for this evening's relief concert for Japan.
FIRTH â€” A barn burned to the ground Monday afternoon near Firth.
Firemen with the Shelley-Firth Fire Department were able to contain the fire at 537 E. 700 N.
"With the wind blowing, we were able to stop the fire from spreading to other structures that were nearby," said Firth Fire Chief Bruce Anthony.
The fire was contained to just the yard near Steve Holzclaw's home.
What burned was an open barn where cattle were fed.
"It was not used at the present time," Anthony said.
Two pumpers, one tanker and three brush fire trucks responded to the fire.
SHELLEY â€” Shaun Messick had plenty of time to think about 10 years ago.
His daughter Kylee was battling leukemia at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City and he and his wife were traveling there from their Bingham County home on a regular basis.
"This is a story that popped into my head as I drove back and forth from Salt Lake City," said Messick of his book, "Worlds Without End: The Mission."
The science fiction book is the first in a series of four Messick plans to write over the next few years.
BLACKFOOT â€” "The Music Man" rolled into Blackfoot for a one-night performance Friday night.
Twenty-five volunteers from Blackfoot were on hand to help set up props for this musical.
"We started at 8:15 Friday morning," said Blackfoot High School (BHS) junior Kiah Brown. "We do whatever they want us to do."
"I learned that putting a Broadway show together is very difficult," said Logan Lindholm, a junior at BHS.
"It's a lot of work," said BHS junior Cesilio Silveira.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fourteen local organizations are sharing in the $27,000 raised during last year's Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy.
Susan Nalley, 2010 Fantasy board chair, said they appreciate the generosity of those in Bingham County during the Christmas Tree Fantasy.
"We really appreciate Bingham County and how much they support the Christmas Tree Fantasy, which helps us help these local organizations," Nalley said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Thanks to a church planter from Wyoming, Pastor Joshua Sykes is ministering in Eastern Idaho.
Sykes has been pastor of the small congregation at Fellowship Baptist Church in Blackfoot since July of 2010.
"When I was in high school, my home church had a mission conference each year and I met a church planter from Wyoming," Sykes recalled recently.
BLACKFOOT â€” Kids made and served breakfast at the Bingham County Extension Service office Thursday morning.
On the menu were scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, fried eggs, waffles, French toast, pancakes, smoothies, orange juice and milk.
Seven 4-H kids were the morning cooks. They not only prepared and ate their own breakfast but also prepared breakfast for all comers.
Twelve-year-old Jenna Salisbury liked the different varieties of food that can be prepared for breakfast.
"It's really important to get the right measurements," Jenna said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two Blackfoot realtors have been recognized by the Idaho Housing and Fiance Association for their commitment to the IdaMortgage program.
Tami Fairchild of Heartland Real Estate received the gold STAR (Saluting Top Area Realtors Award) for representing eight IdaMortgage homebuyers. Andy Hasselbring of RE/MAX Preferred Properties received the silver STAR award for representing buyers on six IdaMortgage loans. The awards are based on the number of IdaMortgage loans closed over a two-year period.