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October 15th, 2010
BLACKFOOT â€” Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) students honored their principals Thursday as part of National Principals Month.
The idea came from the Snake River Junior High, Bonnie Harwood, student council advisor said.
The morning announcement at MVMS declared, â€śWeâ€™re sending our principals to the tropics; please make it like paradise for them.â€ť
In the morning, students greeted the principals with leis, lounge chairs and orange-pineapple drinks.
BLACKFOOT â€” Gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred stopped in Blackfoot Thursday to meet supporters and to answer questions from concerned citizens.
The Democratic candidate drew approximately 100 peopleâ€”from staunch supporters to skepticsâ€”to a meet and greet event Thursday evening.
Allred, who believes in a government by and for the people and not for special interest, said his two priorities are education and reducing the tax burden for Idahoans.
BLACKFOOT â€” Basic American Foods is providing a new benefit for employees â€” free healthcare.
A new health clinic located at the Blackfoot Basic American facility, will provide employees and their families with free office visits, free laboratory tests and free prescriptions. There are approximately 450 employees at Basic American in Blackfoot.
â€śOur main goal is to keep employees healthy,â€ť Human Resources Manager Ken Carrol said.
By MELANIE MOORE
SHELLEY â€” Starla Thompson was just 39 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, seven years later, she is free and clear of the deadly disease.
Thompson found a lump in her breast, but hesitated to have it checked. Three months later, in May of 2003, she again found the the lumpâ€”this time it was larger.
"I decided 'I can't just ignore this anymore,'" Thompson said.
Thompson scheduled an appointment at the Blackfoot Medical Center. Shortly after her exam, she had a mammogram and biopsy. It was cancer.
POCATELLO â€” Late Tuesday, Idaho State Police officials reported the arrest of a suspect in a hit-and-run accident which occurred on Sunday, Oct. 9.
An ISP spokesman said information provided by members of the public resulted in the arrest of Kelsey Schlenker of Idaho Falls.
Schlenker was arrested for the felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident and the misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” After months of planning and weeks of construction and design work, the Grandstands of Terror are prepared to open this week.
The Grandstands of Terror, a haunted spook alley located in the grandstands at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, opens this Thursday and runs through Nov. 1, excluding Sundays. All proceeds from the haunted house benefit the Blackfoot Community Players and the Nuart Theater.
BLACKFOOT â€“ It is fundraising season at Ridge Crest Elementary and a couple of area businesses have come forward with big donations.
Both Brent Gordon Law Firm and Brandon and Summer Jackman with local State Farm offices have boosted fundraising efforts at Ridge Crest by each donating $600 which will result in two new projectors for classrooms.
FIRTH â€” This week is National School Lunch Week.
â€śIdaho is one of the leaders in the national for nutrition standards,â€ť said Amy Dye, Food Service Supervisor in the Firth School District. â€śIdahoâ€™s nutrition standards were put in place three years ago.â€ť
Menus must have the right proportion of calories and fiber. They must be low fat with whole grains, including vitamins A and C, she said. â€śWe bring in fresh fruit and vegetables instead of canned fruits in syrup or canned vegetables.â€ť
â€śEverything is analyzed through a computer,â€ť Dye said.
BLACKFOOT â€” A longtime Blackfoot business is getting a new look.
The owners of Keslerâ€™s Market have decided to upgrade their storefront for an updated look and improved customer experience.
The new storefront, which is expected to be complete by December, will have two entrances and an enclosed patio area. There will be automatic doors on the west and south walls, with secondary doors inside to prevent cold winter air from entering the store.
â€śWeâ€™re pretty excited about it,â€ť said Kelly Kesler, who co-owns the store with his brother Bob.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” Officials from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties and the City of Pocatello again met with officials from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Friday.
The purpose of the meetings is to continue breaking down barriers between the entities so they can begin to work together toward common goals. The entities began meeting in June.
At their previous meeting, a facilitator provided training on how to work together by viewing each other as human beings and how to work out of negative behaviors and perceptions.