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July 19th, 2011
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Crystal Gregan, a driver and gunner assigned to Golf Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a native of Blackfoot does not mince words regarding why she is stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
â€śThis deployment is my patriotic duty. Iâ€™ve always been proud of my country,â€ť Gregan said.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Kim Tweedy loves his job. He is the owner of Tweedyâ€™s Music, 335 W. Judicial St. in Blackfoot. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.
â€śIâ€™ve got the best job in town and you can put that in the newspaper,â€ť he said.
Tweedyâ€™s Music has been open 12 years this August. Itâ€™s a full-line music store with instruments, sheet music, a full repair bench and band rentals, Tweedy said.
â€śI really cherish my customers,â€ť he said. â€śI canâ€™t say enough good about my customers.â€ť
PINGREE â€“ As a run-up to the 4-H Fair Aug. 1-3, 4-H club members practiced showing their steers in Bingham County Steer Jackpot. The event was Saturday at Val and Heather Carterâ€™s show ring south of Pingree.
In the jackpot, the entry fee comes back to the participants. It was open to all Bingham County 4-H members raising cattle.
Twenty steers were put through their paces. The 4-H members were judged on their showmanship and the quality of the animal.
Showmanship is how the 4-H member grooms his/her steer and how he/she handles the animal in the ring.
BLACKFOOT â€” No hard numbers are available but Blackfoot Pride Days appears to have been a rousing success.
People packed Jensen Grove from the first activity on Friday to the final one on Saturday. Close-in parking was at a premium all day on Saturday.
"I think we had a real good turnout," said Shirley Robinson, the vendor coordinator and event co-chair with Mayor Mike Virtue. "Friday we had more people than we've ever had."
BLACKFOOT â€” Buddy Bowman sat on a couch in the small office at the Blackfoot municipal airport, talking with his hands as he explained how he had flown the F-104 jet airplane as a test pilot.
"How did you ...?" asked Kerry Requa several different times. The airport manager and Bowman talked for a long time about things only pilots understand.
Bowman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is a native of Riverside. He attended Snake River schools through his junior year, then transferred to Blackfoot High School.
FIRTH â€” A new trustee was appointed in Firth, the board was reorganized and meeting dates were set during the July school board meeting Thursday.
April Christensen was the only person to submit an application for the open trustee position. She was appointed trustee for Zone 5 (the Firth town site) in the Firth School District and will be sworn into office during the board's August meeting.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee for Eastern Idaho honored numerous area businesses on Thursday.
Two of the top honors went to Premier Technology and to the City of Pocatello Police Department. Both received recognition for advancing to the semifinals for the Department of Defense's Freedom Award.
BLACKFOOT â€” All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners started their discussion on wind turbines in the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
The conversation split into two campsâ€”one supporting the business aspect of wind, the other questioning the proximity to townships.
"This is a business," said commissioner Lee Hammett. "Let the free enterprise system take care of it. If the cost of electricity goes up because of [wind turbines], profitability would be eliminated.
"We cannot legislate view," Hammett said. "We can legislate safety but we cannot pick a side on view."