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April 11th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The weather hasn't been conducive to training for such things as a triathlon, a competition which involves bike riding, swimming and running.
But Mark Kartchner and his wife Holly are determined to be ready.
"We're working on doing some triathlons this summer," said Kartchner, who is principal of Independence Alternative High School (IAHS). "We're training in the pool and the roads right now.
"I like to fish, too," continued Kartchner. He said he enjoys spending time with his brother-in-law, who is a fishing guide in Washington state.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Relay for Life season is well underway with several great teams sponsoring some fun and unique fundraisers, but more teams are needed to make the event a success and to raise money for cancer research.
Teams who participate attend the overnight carnival-type event June 17-18 where there is great entertainment, food and fun. Teams also have the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors as they lead the all-night walk around the track and participate in the moving luminaria ceremony at dark.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â The cast is ready; the stage is set. The musical, â€śAladdin Junior,â€ť opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC).
The musical runs through Friday, April 22, except Sunday and Wednesday.
With a cast of 40 Blackfoot High School (BHS) students, Agrabah, City of Enchantment, comes to life.
It's all hereâ€”the costumes, the music, the mystery.
Daniel Burt plays Aladdin, Shameen (Meena) Hajazi plays Jasmine, Logan Lindholm is the Sultan and Brett Coles plays Jafar.
BLACKFOOT â€” A local business has received a little help from five mechanical engineering students from Brigham Young University-Idaho.
In 2009, Dawn Enterprises received a new Department of Defense contract to construct a lightweight flame-resistant hood for soldiers fighting in the Middle East. It is anticipated that during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, Dawn Enterprises will deliver 200,000 of these lightweight performance hoods.
The problem with the new lightweight hood is that it consists of two layersâ€”an inner and outer layer made of two different types of fabric.
BLACKFOOT â€” The possibility of making compost (dirt) out of municipal solid waste (garbage) took a big step forward recently.
Ted Carpenter, working with Environmental Recovery of Idaho (ERI) in Blackfoot, synthesized a compound made up of bacteria and fungi microbes that eats garbage.
"From the time I was 11 years old, I've wanted to turn garbage into dirt," Carpenter said.
After a 10-week test, Carpenter took samples and sent them to three laboratories for analysis.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Virtual Academy middle school students, grades six through eight, displayed their language arts projects in the Needlepoint Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Friday.
The projects were as varied as the students' interests.
Asked if he was interested in WWII, 14-year-old Jareth McDougel from Fort Hall said, "If it's about WWII or WWII planes, I'm interested."
POCATELLO â€” A local doctor has implanted the first and only MRI- compatible pacemaker device into two patients, just two months after the device was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Dr. Benjamin Call, a cardiologist at Pocatello Cardiology at Portneuf Medical Center, inserted the Medtronic, Revo MRI SureScan pacing system into a patient younger than 35 and a patient in their 50s. It is the first pacemaker in the U.S. specifically designed for use in a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.
THOMAS â€”Â The Twin Buttes LIons Club honored its members Thursday evening. The awards ceremony took place in the Snake River High School cafeteria.
The Twin Buttes Lions club members raised $1,100 that went to help pay for chairs in the new cafeteria.
Club members Duane Jensen, Alden and Glenna Hale each received the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. This award recognizes extraordinary service to the community and club.
The award is named after the Lions Club founder Melvin Jones, who chartered the first Lions Club in 1917 in Chicago.
BLACKFOOT â€” An increase in the need for emergency food boxes has severely depleted the supply of dry foods in the food bank at the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in Blackfoot.
Bingham County Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson said they are in dire need of dry foods such as cereals, pastas, rice, beans, pancake or muffin mix and items such as Hamburger Helper, ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese. They will also accept cash donations to purchase food.
FIRTH â€” Students across the state of Idaho will meet today through Saturday to compete in STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) as part of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state competition.
From Firth High School, 12 FCCLA members will compete in nine STAR event areas. Stephanie Lathrop is a candidate for state office.
Firth FCCLA advisor Janice Anthony has taken teams to state competition for 22 years.
"What I like about STAR events is the growth I see in the students," Anthony said. "This competition challenges them; it makes them grow.