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July 5th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” On a far corner of the State Hospital South grounds, well away from the public face of the facility, a dozen large trees stand sentinel.
Their branches stretch toward the sky, their leaves providing a tiny bit of shade.
A small sign declares "State Hospital South Cemetery, established 1886." A larger sign at the entrance awaits words. Two metals benches and a couple of small trees are new.
Few people know who is buried here. Fewer still know their stories.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator for State Hospital South, and members of her staff hope to change that.
FIRTH â€“ Ford and Carol Call have been flying a flag at their home for 12 to 13 years.
â€śIâ€™ve always liked a flag,â€ť Call said. â€śI served in the Philippines and as part of the occupation forces in Japan during and after World War II.â€ť
Call served in the U. S. Army.
â€śIn later years, I decided to put up a flag and a flag pole,â€ť he said.
The pole is surplus from Utah Power and Light. To make it taller, Call welded some scrap pipe on the top. The pole stands 47-feet tall.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Jeremiah Baird already knows what the Fourth of July will be like in his hometown of Dayton, Idaho.
â€śWe always have a parade in our little town,â€ť he said.
Baird, a member of Golf Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered out of Idaho Falls, wonâ€™t be there to see the parade first-hand this year, but he might get to view the event anyway thanks to technology.
â€śOur house is right on the main road where they push the parade past. My parents will try to Skype me during the parade,â€ť he said.
We all have different ways to take breaks from the rigors of our everyday lives.
Ike Evans, for example, likes to draw. He recently submitted an editorial cartoon which ran in the Morning News on June 28.
In the cartoon two soldiers were sitting together and talking about the somber mood in America regarding Iraq.
Evans, a 1998 graduate of Shelley High School, is in Iraq on his second deployment with the Idaho Army National Guard.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students attending National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Summer of Innovation have built and conducted a variety of experiments throughout this week. The students attended this camp at the Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.
"Attendance has been steadily growing but the average attendance has been 44 students each day," said Aaron Thomas, organizer of this science camp. Thomas is a professor in chemical engineering at the University of Idaho.
This is the second year for this program that is sponsored by NASA through the Idaho Space Grant Consortium.
THOMAS â€” A party was given to celebrate the end of the summer reading program at the Snake River School/Community Library Thursday. About 450 kids and their parents attended.
About 400-450 kids had registered for the summer reading program. It's estimated each child read about 20 books each. That totals from 8,000 to 9,000 books were read through June.
Kids registered for the summer program ranged from 2-3 years old to 15-16. A variety of books were read.
The Idaho National Guard brought a wall for the kids to climb. Kids played with a parachute and a hot dog lunch was served.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three men local law enforcement believe were operating a drug ring out of Blackfoot were arrested Wednesday night on federal charges following a three-month investigation.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Three men who police believe have been dealing drugs in Bingham County and Southeastern Idaho since March were arrested on federal drug charges Wednesday. Two men, Paulino Rodriguez and Eduardo Jimenez were arrested in Blackfoot during a raid Wednesday night with a third man, Carlos Baldovinos arrested in Pocatello.
They will be arraigned on federal charges in Pocatello today. Officials seized 10 ounces and 13 grams of methaphetamines with a street value of $30,000 during the raid.
Click on our video feeds to see clips from the press conference Thursday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County plans to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes this weekend in an effort to reduce the adult mosquito population.
Bingham County Emergency Manager Craig Rowland said a fixed-wing, double propellor airplane operated by Vector Disease Control International will be used to apply aerial adulticide over 38,400 acres in Bingham County. The plane will operate from 7:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday and may also operate Friday from 9:30 p.m.-midnight. The sprays are weather-dependent.