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August 27th, 2011

Fires still burning

August 27, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Fires continued to burn throughout the region Friday, with the fire burning on the Idaho National Laboratory growing to 36,000 acres in size within 24 hours.
The T-17 wildland fire was reported at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The fire was burning on the desert site of the INL between Highway 33 and the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). The fire forced personnel at INTEC to take shelter indoors and non-essential personnel were evacuated from the Materials and Fuels Complex Thursday night. Normal work resumed at all facilities Friday morning.

August 26th

D55 passes merit pay plan

August 26, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees passed a local pay for performance plan that will reward teachers based on student growth, but not without ensuring parental involvement will be taken into consideration in student achievement.
The plan, which was developed by a committee of administrators and teachers, will use two assessment tools—the Idaho Reading Indicator for kindergarten through second grade and PLATO grade level standards benchmark assessments, both of which are already in place.

August 25th

Man wanted by police turns self in

August 25, 2011

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.

At about 1:45 PM today Byron D. Crofts turned himself in at the Bingham County Courthouse. Crofts was questioned by detectives from the Bingham County-Blackfoot Joint Investigations Division then booked into the Bingham County Jail for the charges of Rape, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Battery With Intent To Commit A Serious Felony.

See below for original press release.

August 24th

Elks raffling Herby Derby demolition car

August 24, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Elks Lodge is raffling a Herby Derby demolition car to raise money for area youth organizations. The winner of the raffle will drive the bright red car at the demolition derby at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Sept. 10 for a chance to win up to $1,000.
Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Blackfoot Motorsports, Bowers Collision, Rupe's Burgers and at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge. The winner will be drawn Sept. 9. All safety equipment will be provided to the driver.

General Mills grants money for after-school program

August 24, 2011

BLACKFOOT — General Mills officials presented Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot a $2,500 grant for an after-school physical education program.
The grant money has been used to purchase mats and a stereo, said Brint Jefferis, Stoddard Elementary physical education teacher. Still on the "to be purchased" list are sports equipment for movement and fitness.
Students attending Stoddard Elementary can apply for this after-school program from 3—4 p.m. this Thursday and Friday in the Stoddard cafeteria. The students need to be in the third, fourth and/or fifth grades.

August 23rd

Train crews work from Pocatello to Idaho Falls

August 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The question is, how many choruses of "I've been working on the railroad" have the men and women who make up the two tie gangs and one surface and lining gang presently working in Bingham County endured?
Between Pocatello and Idaho Falls, two Union Pacific tie gangs, number 62 and number 65, are working to replace ties on the railroad tracks. One Union Pacific surface and lining gang, number 82, works tampering the rails.
Forty-two people are in each tie gang; 30 people are in each surface and lining gang.

Fire activity picks up after lightning storm

August 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Lightning sparked several fires throughout Southeast Idaho over the weekend, including two large fires near American Falls and Fort Hall.
The largest, the Garden Fire, burned 1,750 acres southeast of American Falls. The fire started approximately 3 a.m. Sunday and was caused by lightning, according to the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center.

August 21st

'Lights Up' raises funds for new marquee

August 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Fifteen talented individuals performed on stage Saturday night at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, holding their own against the three professional broadway actors they trained with the previous day.

Idaho Guardsmen proud of their service in Iraq

August 22, 2011

BAGHDAD— Members of Alpha Troop, 2nd Squadron, 116th Cavalry Regiment, are reflecting on their tour as they prepare to re-deploy back to their home state of Idaho in the fall. The unit has spent nine months providing security for two camps at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad as one of the force protection units under the 116th Cavalry Brigade, United States Division – Center, in support of Operation New Dawn.

Local rescue dogs hone their skills

August 22, 2011

SHELLEY — For fun, Ann Christensen from Shelley, and her trained cadaver dogs, Kessa, and Rocco, are working with the Idaho Chapter of the Oregon Trail Association to locate several suspected massacre sites along the Oregon Trial.
"Helping find historical graves is a wonderful break from what I normally use cadaver dogs for," Christensen said. "It was a blast."
To demonstrate the dogs’ abilities to the large group accompanying them, the dogs were started a long way away from a few places graves have been identified.

 

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