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September 23rd, 2010
BLACKFOOT â€” There were some scary moments for kids Wednesday afternoon at the Blackfoot Community Center when a fire across the street brought billows of smoke towards the Center, forcing an evacuation.
Center administrators quickly began calling parents alerting them to the fire and advising them that the smoke was intense. Approximately 35 students were picked up before the Code Red call came. With 52 students remaining, officers ordered them to evacuate.
BLACKFOOT –Downtown Blackfoot was covered in dense smoke Wednesday evening from a fire that destroyed a storage building for Sartori Foods.
The fire began at approximately 4:30 p.m. in a Quonset hut located on Ash Street across the street from the Sartori Foods manufacturing plant. Inside were packaging materials, cleaning chemicals and other unidentified materials.
Businesses and residences within a three-block radius of the fire were evacuated as thick smoke filled the streets and limited visibility for drivers on Judicial and Bridge streets.
BLACKFOOT -- Children at the Blackfoot Community Center were among the first citizens to be evacuated after a fire broke out at nearby Sartori Foods late Wednesday afternoon.
Ashlee Howell, executive director of the Blackfoot Community Center says the center will be closed Thursday while they assess damages. Center administrators will be in touch with parents as soon as possible.
Police took the children to Hawker Mortuary, which is several blocks away, until their parents could pick them up. Authorities used the Code Red reverse 911 system to contact many of the parents.
BLACKFOOT -- Blackfoot Police have evacuated several blocks of downtown after a fire broke out in Sartori Foods' wastewater facility.
Scanner traffic indicated that authorities were worried that chemicals in the building could igniite. Information indicated that the chemicals could produce dangerous gases if they caught fire.
The Morning News office and presses are in the center of the evacuated area. Check back on this Website for updated information.
BLACKFOOT â€” During their meeting Tuesday night, the Blackfoot City Council heard from residents who live on Wilson Avenue who are concerned about the sewer project currently underway on that street.
The residents are concerned with the manner in which the project is being completedâ€”with problems involving dust, road access and deep holes. They also voiced concerns regarding the structure of the road once it will be repaved, noting width issues, draining concerns and the possibility of the edges of the road breaking off.
POCATELLO â€” Hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers were on hand to support soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team as they left for Camp Shelby, Miss., Tuesday afternoon from the Pocatello Airport.
In all, 420 troops were deployed from Eastern Idaho, said Capt, Eric Sharp.
Two hundred thirty troops flew out of Idaho Falls Tuesday morning; the remaining 190 soldiers flew out of Pocatello in the afternoon.
This will be the second deployment to Iraq for about half the troops with the 116th, Sharp said.
THOMAS â€” When state officials call Paul and Jacque Burt about possible placement of a foster child, they ask their children if it's O.K. to bring another child into their home.
"It's a family affair; everyone is part of the decision," said Jacque, who has been a foster parent for the past nine years. She and Paul began fostering while he was on active duty in the Navy in South Carolina. They have also provided foster care in Georgia and Idaho.
"We don't count," she said of the number they've taken into their home. "We usually do little guys, four and under."
SHELLEY â€“ National champions, Proform Airborne Jump Rope, performed twice Saturday at Spud Day in Shelley.
The team of Paige Barker, Stephanie Bowman and Janessa Brown earned first place at the 2010 National Jump Rope Competition. These three athletes won the national title in â€śDouble Dutch Single Free Style.â€ť The national competition was in June in Galveston, Texas. Â
This is the second year in a row Barker earned first place in this event. In 2008, Barker and her teammates placed third.
BLACKFOOT â€” For perfect attendance this school year, every fifth grader in District 55 (Blackfoot) will be given a new 21-speed Diamondback Mountain Bike by Phil Meador Toyota in Pocatello.
A 2011 model year bike will be special ordered and purchased from Scott's Ski and Sports in Pocatello, Jason Meador from Phil Meador Toyota said.
The program is called Perfect Attendance Spells Success (PASS), Meador said. The program is for every fifth grader attending school in District 55 (Blackfoot), Pocatello and American Falls.
BLACKFOOT â€” National Guard soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team from throughout Idaho are departing today for Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
Three planes are departing from the Idaho Falls Airport this morning between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. This afternoon, two planes will depart from the Pocatello Regional Airport between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.