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September 4th, 2014
BLACKFOOTâ€”It was a somber sight to see the bikes rolling down Shilling Street , escorting the body of Bo Taylor to the cemetery following his funeral on Thursday.
Taylor, 19, and his uncle Trent Sorensen (45) died last week while repairing a sewer line in Georgetown. The two apparently succumbed to toxic fumes.
For Alec Carlson of Blackfoot, helping his mother comes naturally and it's just what he does; but to his mother, "he is a hero." Now, Alec, just 11 years old, will be recognized as the youngest recipientt of "Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal."
Alec will receive his medal at the fourth annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal ceremony on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.
During a brief public hearing on Tuesday night, Blackfoot city leaders approved executing funds from this yearâ€™s [2013-2014] fiscal year budget to supplement the cost of an improvement project at Blackfootâ€™s McCarley Field Airport.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis explained that the city has secured a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $372,760.
The project slated at the airport will include the installation of new runway lighting, a beacon and supplemental windsocks.
It's amazing what you can find when you remodel your home.
Dennis and Cathy Hansen from Kimball were remodeling their home this summer. The Hansens' home is a big white house that stands south of Kimball Hill near Firth.
As they took off an old door frame, they found a century old letter from James E. Good, the prosecuting attorney for Bingham County in 1914.
The letter is dated Aug. 1, 1914.
It reads: "To the Voters of Bingham, Custer and Lemhi Counties:
FORT HALL â€” A Fort Hall man has died following a late-night stabbing on the reservation on Friday.
According to the Fort Hall Police, someone in the area of Edmo Road called an reported a fight in progress about 11:10 p.m. When police arrived, they found a Native American man with a stab wound.
Medical personnel took the man to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello where he was pronounced dead.
The FBI and Fort Hall Police are continuing their investigation.
Two Blackfoot men died in an industrial accident in Georgetown, Idaho, on Thursday. The victims are 45-year-old Trent Sorensen and 19-year-old Bo Taylor.
The accident occurred during work on the Georgetown City Sewer Project.
Sorensen and Taylor were attempting to repair a leak inside a manhole.
For more on this story, turn to our print or e-editions.
Senator Mike Crapo presented Quentin Murdock with the 2014 Spirit of Freedom Award on Thursday at the Idaho state Veterans home in Pocatello. These awards have been presented by Crapo since 2002.
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FORT HALL â€” Lee Juan Tyler explained the purpose of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes' economic symposium simply.
"We want to be part of something that helps our future," said Tyler, the vice chairman of the tribal business council, as he opened the symposium on Wednesday.
"We have to help each other," Tyler said. "We need to be a team."
His audience included business and community leaders from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties as well as a few tribal leaders.
It was not an easy decision to make; in fact, at times the frustration was evident. However; the Blackfoot School District board of trustees voted 3-2 to grant Teton Stage Lines 10 bus routes at a special board meeting on Tuesday night.
The board called the meeting to finalize the 2014-15 school transportation bids. The were reopened last month after Donavan Harrington, the owner of Idaho Falls-based Teton Stage Lines, appealed the board's decision denying him the routes even though his firm was the lowest bidder.
A new flashing sign now sits in the crosswalk where a Blackfoot High School student was hit crossing the street in the early morning hours last winter. City and school officials are hoping that the new sign will prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Last February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.