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September 14th, 2011
POCATELLO â€” More National Guardsmen of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team were greeted home by family and friends as they arrived at the Pocatello Airport Tuesday after a year-long deployment.
For Staff. Sgt. Donald "D.J." Robertson of Blackfoot, returning home from his second deployment means being able to spend time with his family and finally getting to know his nine-month-old daughter.
Robertson's mother, Donna McBride, said he was able to see his daughter born via video chat on Skype and said when he came home for two weeks in April he could barely put her down.
BLACKFOOT â€”The Idaho Central Credit Union donated 29 used computers, keyboards and microphones to the Irving Kindergarten Center in Blackfoot.
Monday, students attended an assembly to thank Kent Oram, Chief Executive Officer of ICCU, for this contribution.
The computers will be used for a literacy program that helps students learn names, rhyming, letters and sounds and to read three-letter words.
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.Â --Â At the 920th Rescue Wing, the main mission is right there in the title. While the wing's primary focus is combat search and rescue, not every rescue involves combat, searching, or even pararescuemen. In fact, one of the most recent rescues was simply three noble airmen bravely doing the right thing.
Master Sergeant Kenneth Swainston, a reservist with the 920th RQW at Patrick, the Air Force Reserve Command's only rescue wing, was driving home after working an annual training day on base Sept. 6.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot Police arrested two people early Sunday morning on drug and weapons offenses after someone saw them with a gun near the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Police located Cass Tendore, 27, of Pocatello, and Saresa Coffee, 22, of Blackfoot, near the carnival entrance of the Eastern Idaho State Fair on East Airport Road at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Tendore was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon without a license and criminal trespass from the fairgrounds.
BLACKFOOT â€” It was a night of smashing and crashing in front of a packed house during the Demolition Derby Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Frank Dickman claimed the top prize after his car was the last one standing after the main event. Martin Cheney finished second, with Jesse Sandoval finishing third.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The demolition derby is always a big deal for the Young/Adakai/Chavez family, but preparations for the 2011 derby have been 16 years in the making. This year cousins Cade Adakai and Dakota Chavez have their drivers licenses and will make their wrecking debut.
Cade found his derby car Christmas morning as a gift from Santa. The others say finding the car can be the hardest part.
The boys will be wrecking against their more experienced family members, Robb Young and Tom Chavez, and a field of at least 40 additional drivers. But they say they're ready.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Jason Slagowski received notice that he had won the Blackfoot Elks Herby Derby raffle, he was just leaving work at Basic American.
"I saw that I had missed a call and my voicemail just kicked in," he said.
Slagowski returned the call and learned he had earned a ride in tonight's Demolition Derby at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up the eight-day run of the 109th annual event.
Keith Gardener drew Slagowski's ticket from among 200 others in front of a small crowd at the Elks Lodge.
Slagowski said he bought four tickets on Thursday.
BLACKFOOT â€” With her husband in law enforcement, Laura Mansanarez understands what many families went through on Sept. 11, 2001.
She also knows that first responders aren't often appreciated as much as they will be on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of those horrific attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York City.
So she has written a poem and surrounded it with artwork she will present to local first responders in the near future.
Allstar Weekend lead singer Zach Porter, right, sings along with Eric Nicolau on guitar during the Allstar Weekend concert Thursday night at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Ronnie Dunn will take the stage tonight at 8 p.m.