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May 5th, 2011

Blackfoot High students seek Skills USA championship

May 5, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot High School auto tech students Morgan Gasca and Dakota Cervenak are competing today at the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. Both Gasca and Cervenak are seniors.
The 90-minute competition begins at 9:30 a.m. today at the College of Western Idaho. The automotive facility is on the campus of Boise State University. The public is invited.
The top 10 teams in the state qualified for this “hands on” contest based on their scores in a written qualifying exam conducted in February.

May 4th

Local Hispanic students receive scholarships

May 4, 2011

MORNING NEWS
IDAHO FALLS — Several Bingham County students received scholarships at the 2011 Hispanic Youth Symposium last week in Sun Valley.
Scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.

Community donates toys for Haitian children

May 4, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Treasurer Janice Lawes (left) and Tanna Beal display some of the toys that were collected for children in Haiti. In two weeks, employees in the Bingham County Courthouse and Heinz Frozen Food in Pocatello contributed enough toys to fill two 55-gallon barrels. Some of the items that filled the drums included jump ropes, jacks, bats and balls, baby dolls, games, books and some gently used items.
"I told people to go as basic as you can get," Beal said.

Snake River ag students share knowledge with youngsters

May 4, 2011

THOMAS — During two days this week, Wednesday and today, some of the 1,000 elementary students visiting the Ag Expo at Snake River High School (SRHS) will get their first look and touch of agriculture.
The elementary students are from Irving Kindergarten Center in Blackfoot and kindergartners and first graders from Moreland Elementary.
Sponsoring the Ag Expo are SRHS students who are members of Future Farmers of America (FFA).
“The goal of the Ag Expo is to show kids where their food comes from and to show them the agriculture way of life,” said SRHS Ag teacher Justin Patten.

May 3rd

Bingham to show off talent on Friday

May 3, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Several talented performers will take the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Friday during the second annual Bingham's Got Talent.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. The event is organized by the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church's Relay team, Angels Among Us.

Girl shares realized wish with classmates

May 3, 2011

GROVELAND — Seven-year-old Paige Turner welcomed her first grade classmates from Groveland Elementary to her Make-a-Wish playhouse Tuesday.
When Paige made her choice of a playhouse, she said, "I'd never seen one before; I didn't know you could fit in it."
Paige's two-story playhouse features a fireplace, kitchen area and steps up to the second floor. From the second floor, Paige and her friends can stand on a porch and a slide descends to the ground from a window.
The playhouse arrived in three pieces last Wednesday.

County officials prepare for flooding possibility

May 3, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Emergency Management Services Director Craig Rowland welcomed county, school district, city, fire, police and weather service officials to a flood planning meeting Tuesday in the basement of the Blackfoot fire department.
Under discussion was planning for the potential flood season.
The weather patterns are similar to those in 1997, said hydrologist Troy Lindquist from the NOAA National Weather Service in Pocatello. The last county-wide flooding in Bingham County occurred in 1997.
"There's the potential for a decent amount of rain," Lindquist said.

Blackfoot Council approves release of merit pay

May 3, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council approved the release of retroactive merit pay raises for eligible city employees during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After a brief review, Mayor Mike Virtue said the city's budget is in good shape and most departments have spent less than 50 percent of their budget.
"We're in excellent shape," Virtue said.
Employees who were eligible for merit raises during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will receive a 3 percent merit increase for this year. The council decided to withhold merit raises until a mid-year budget review.

May 2nd

Blackfoot soldier maintains focus in Iraq

May 2, 2011

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Spc. Jason Turner, a member of Company Golf, 3rd
Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th
Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a Blackfoot native, does not
ponder the merits of a good work ethic very long.
After all, he already knows what the right ingredients are to put in a hard day of work. He learned that work ethic early and then sharpened it while he worked for his father at his shop in Blackfoot.
"You judge success by the quality of work that gets done, not by how much but by how good it is," said the 19-year-old.

Blackfoot woman arrested in connection with Arizona murders

May 2, 2011

MORNING NEWS
SHOW LOW, Ariz. — A woman police say is from Blackfoot was arrested in Arizona Sunday after she was found driving a stolen vehicle of a murdered woman near the Mexico border.
Gabriela Maldonado, a 21-year-old female, was detained at the border crossing April 30 driving a stolen 2006 Hummer and was arrested for auto theft, according to Show Low Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe.

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