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June 17th, 2011
BOISE â A small group of two-day soldiers moves quickly across an open field.
Five men stack up against one another upon reaching the door of a small two-story building. On a hand signal, their leader pushes the door open and the men fan into the room, weapons at the ready.
Moments later they are engaged in a firefight, battling one "bad guy."
Dale Ewerson, president of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, is one of the five men who tried to clear the building and neutralize the bad guy after five minutes of training.
BLACKFOOT â A celebration of life and love was on display at the Blackfoot High School track on Friday night as cancer survivors, families and neighbors came together for Relay for Life.
At least 120 survivors attended Relay. Registered for Relay for Life were 62 teams totaling 820 participants. Money turned in to the Relay committee at the start of the evening totaled $77,480.
"We will definitely meet our goal of $100,000," said Sherrilynn Bair.
SHELLEY â Itâs always nice to lead off a budget meeting with announcement of a savings.
Michael Keith of Seattle Northwest announced the successful refinancing of Shelleyâs 2002 bonds Thursday morning.
By refinancing these bonds, taxpayers in the Shelley School District will be assessed $573,000 fewer taxes over the life of these bonds.
The district received five bids in this competitive bond sale. D. A. Davidson and Company gave the district the lowest interest. The trustees had a motion and approval to sell the bonds to D. A. Davidson and Company.
BLACKFOOT â Six years ago Jason Bullock had one of those moments he calls âgut check timeâ. As a young father Bullock was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The disease was not new to his family. Family members on his and his wife Dawnetteâs side have battled the disease.
âWhen the urologist said âitâs cancerâ it hits hard,â said Bullock. âIt is a gut check kind of thing and I had to face how I was going to react. I was just going to live. Your mental process is a big part of how you recover and live life after.â
BLACKFOOT â L. Dewayne Young commissioned an original oil painting by local artist Ken Spencer that will be presented to the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center at an open house on June 25 from 2-5 p.m. The public is invited to come and view the painting and meet the artist and donor. The painting will hang in the BPAC as a memorial gift to honor the late Donald E. Silvius, M.D.
BLACKFOOT â From the moment the booming voice of Ringmaster Brad Lee announced, âladies and gentlemen, boys and girlsâ the crowd of over 750 sat on the edge of their seats for the 75th anniversary matinee show of the Carson and Barnes Circus.
There were the usual assortment of circus acts, from the opening parade saluting the United States with red, white and blue-clad performers, to the various animal acts, the enthusiastic and energetic crowd showed their approval with clapping and cheering.
BLACKFOOT â The top fund-raising team in Blackfoot for Relay for Life is the team from the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church called âAngels Among Us.â Since January, the team has raised $10,841.43.
âAngels Among Usâ ranks third in the southern Idaho-eastern Oregon region. The region stretches from Rexburg to Boise and then into eastern Oregon.
ââAngels Among Usâ is actually two full teams,â said âAngels Among Usâ chairman Tom Drysdale. Each team is made up of 20 people so 40 people participate on these teams.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life survivor dinner was attended by at least 64 cancer survivors Tuesday evening at the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Add family members and the number of people who enjoyed the dinner totaled about 140.
âThatâs more than double the number of people who attended last yearâs dinner,â said dinner organizer Dawn Larsen.
The dinner was sponsored by On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration and Premier Insurance.
The survival stories were as varied as the survivors.
BLACKFOOT â The Relay for Life Survivor Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Arts and Crafts building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot. Parking is in the carnival area to the west.
The dinner is not in the Senior Citizen Center.
This yearâs speaker is cancer survivor Oleva Blessinger from Riverside.
âMy hope is one day they will find a cure for cancers,â she said.
BLACKFOOT âÂ Things are a little wild at the Blackfoot Public Library right now. Librarians are dressed like sheriffs and young readers are being deputized.
Registration for the summer reading program opened Monday and librarian Lisa Harral said "we are breaking all records for first day registration. The phones are ringing off the hook, there are tons of people coming in. It is just great."
The theme this summer is "Saddle Up and Read". The library is offering adventure days, activity stations and you will find local faces on wanted posters throughout the summer.