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March 6th, 2014

Otter appoints former police chief to state position

March 7, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Idaho Governor Butch Otter has appointed former Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore to serve on the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission for the next three years. He was sworn in at the Capital Building in Boise on Thursday. He had to testify in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee upon his confirmation.
Moore's daughter Megan, who attends Boise State University, was there for the swearing-in ceremony.
She said, "I am so proud of my dad to be asked to be on the parole commission.' It is a huge honor and I am glad I was there to support him."

March 5th

County historical society honors trio of achievers

March 6, 2014

BLACKFOOT—The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) observed March as "Women's Month" by honoring three women who have played various key roles in the history of the area on Wednesday night at the Senior Center.
Lois Bates, Jean Esplin and Billie Cullimore were each given a peach rose and a plaque for their contributions to Bingham County.

Josh Hill visits Stoddard

March 5, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Stoddard Elementary students gave Blackfoot native Josh Hill an enthusiastic welcome to their school on Tuesday.
Hill is No. 89 with the New Orleans Saints. He attended Stoddard Elementary, Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center and Mountain View Middle School before graduating from Blackfoot High School.
Asked what they liked about Hill, Stoddard fifth graders said:
"He's a professional!" exclaimed Kyler Mills.
"He proves anyone from anywhere can succeed," said Demry Wixom.

March 4th

City to enforce designated smoking areas at city parks

March 5, 2014

After nearly one year of trying, members of Blackfoot's Independence High School student health council, along with Tracy Lambson from Southeastern Idaho Public Health, were successful in influencing the Blackfoot City Council to start enforcing a ,smoke free, park ordinance that is already on the books.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to to begin enforcing the no smoking areas in the city's parks.
The council seemed to be in agreement that there "should be some areas in the park where people can smoke."

March 3rd

Jazz festival comes to the BPAC

March 4, 2014

BLACKOOT—Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.

March 2nd

Community rallies for young Blackfoot native with cancer

March 3, 2014

BLACKFOOT—Blackfoot native Jessie Woodland, 25, is dealing with one of life's toughest blows with grace and dignity; inspiring everyone she meets along the way.
A Blackfoot native, Jessie is at home battling a second round of gastric cancer. Her friends and family are rallying to help with her care and financial needs, while reaching out to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, in hopes of fulfilling one of Jessie's dreams - to meet Ellen.

February 28th

General Mills sells Idaho grain operations

March 1, 2014

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS — Agspring announced on Feb. 27 that it has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the General Mills’ grain operations in Idaho.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of May 2014.
The General Mills' grain operations in Idaho are in Newdale, Blackfoot, American Falls, Rockford, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Schiller Siding.

February 27th

Blackfoot man killed in Utah crash

February 28, 2014

CARBON COUNTY, UTAH — Jack Le Roy Seiber, 22, of Blackfoot was killed Thursday in a crash near Helper, Utah.
Seiber was traveling west on U.S. 6 in a Ford Escort and was hit Toyota 4Runner that spun out of control during a heavy downpour.
The driver of the 4Runner was not injured in the crash but two passengers in that vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident.

February 26th

Mother-daughter celebrate Firth win

February 27, 2014

FIRTH — The mother-daughter team of Monica Backlund Nelson and her daughter Bailey Nelson share some special memories centering around the Firth Girls' Basketball championship.
Both played on a Firth Girls' Basketball team that won the state championship.
Monica was part of the Firth team that won the first state championship in school history in 1987.
Bailey was on the 2014 Firth championship team.

February 25th

CO detectors recommended for homes using gas

February 26, 2014

BLACKFOOT — In response to the tragic deaths of the Bill Parrish family in Pocatello, people are snapping up carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. By Tuesday night, area stores were sold out of detectors.
The tragedy involves Bill Parrish, his wife, Ross, and their younger sons, 15-year-old Keegan and 12-year-old Liam died last Saturday night because of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray said, CO detectors are recommended if people are buying gas or wood burning stoves for their homes.

 

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