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September 10th, 2011
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.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two men were rescued from the Snake River Thursday morning after their boat capsized north of the Porterville Bridge.
The men, Jeff Childers and Frank Eversol, were fishing on the Snake River when they say their boat struck a tree limb and flipped over. Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, but were able to climb onto the top of their capsized boat and call for help on a cell phone.
The Bingham County Marine Patrol located the men and their boat approximately three miles upstream from Porterville Bridge. Their boat was stuck on rocks in the river.
Idaho State Police Press Release
On September 07, 2011, around 08:00 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on SH39 at mile marker 48.5, west of Blackfoot.
THOMAS â€“Â Idaho State Police officers responded to a crash involving a school bus this morning just east of Snake River High School.
The accident happened around 8 a.m. and involved a school bus and another car.
One eye witness reports "that it looked like the bus may have rear-ended the car."
Northbound lands of U.S. Highway 39 were blocked temporarily, but are now open.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
BLACKFOOT â€” Friends and family of local tattoo artist Kim Nakamura are raising funds to honor his memory with a headstone.
Nakamura died Aug. 28 of complications from a medical illness. He owned and operated Til Death Tattoo at 1010 W. Bridge St. Ste. A.
His longtime friend Juan Soltero of Salty's Ink Tattoos in Pocatello is offering tattoos at Kim's shop today. All proceeds will help purchase a headstone, with any additional proceeds going to Kim's five-year-old daughter. T-shirts and CD's of Kim's rap music are also for sale.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nine-year-old drivers of Shire and Belgian draft horses competed Monday morning at the Eastern Idaho State Fair (EISF).
Kirsten Barney, age 9, won first place driving two Shires. Zoey Olaveson, age 9, won second place driving two Belgians.
The girls put the draft horses through their paces. On command, they put the horses into a trot, walked them, turned them a different direction and backed them up.
Kirsten said this was the second time she has driven the team.
"She rides horses so she knows how to handle them," her mom said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Lyle Albertson and his Strait Country Band will perform as the backup band for the local winners of the KUPI Texaco Country Showdown from 7â€”8:30 p.m. tonight on the West Events Free Stage at the Eastern Idaho State Fair (EISF).
Albertson and his band have been performing up and down the valley and in surrounding states "for about a hundred years," he said.
Albertson and his band have produced three cd'sâ€”"Cowboys Like Us," "Just for Friends," and "My Own Stuff," that is made up of Albertson's original songs.