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February 26th, 2014
FIRTH â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Stalker Elementary and the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center welcomed "an extra-special guest" to an assembly on Monday.
New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill spoke on the importance of reading and education.
"I want to make sure you guys realize the importance of school," Hill told the students. "Reading will take you a long ways."
Blackfoot High School culinary art students are slicing, dicing, grating, stirring, pinching, pouring and tasting...all to serve up homemade cuisine for the classroom and the community.
The Culinary Arts Department, which is under the umbrella of the school's Family and Consumer Science program, has been available to students for the past four years; however, most people in the community are not aware of what the class really brings to the table.
"We are cooking up some wonderful food and sharing our culinary talents with the community" said instructor Tammy Luker.
BLACKFOOT â€” Fifth graders at Groveland Elementary School have been studying the states for about four weeks now. They concluded their studies on Friday with a fun and festive event : the "United States Share Fair." The students created a booth representing every state in the union (except Idaho) with costumes, posters, treats, crafts, and information depicting their assigned state.
Fifth grade teacher Shari Kress, who has taught at the school 25 years, said the "Share Fair" is something the fifth grade classes have been doing for about 20 years now.
By BOB HUDSON
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County's lawmakers reiterated their support of an Agriculture Security bill during Thursday's weekly legislative breakfast at Tommy Vaughn's.
The Idaho Senate passed the bill 23-10, sending it onto the House. There Reps. Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden are among its co-sponsors.
"I've had a lot of email asking me to vote against it," Van Orden said. "Mostly from the Treasure Valley.
"Of the 12 phone calls I've received from my constituents, three asked me to vote against and the other nine were for it," she added.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot Girl Scout Troop #584 is celebrating their world famous cookies with a sweet new fundraiser called "Cookies In the Kitchen." The event will be March 1, 5:30-7p.m., at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. Local businesses and Blackfoot High School culinary students will compete to create "the best" original dessert made from Girl Scout Cookies.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained to listen to the students read.
The program is called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
The R.E.A.D. program helps children improve their reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.
Studies show that students are very responsive to the calming effect that trained dogs can have in the classroom.
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) is training up its own dog helpers, said BCCLC teacher Kelly Jo Fisk.
If needed, help is on the way. The Blackfoot fire station has upgraded its equipment to be able to identify if a patient is having a heart attack. [A heart attack is called a myocardial infarction (MI).]
The physio-control machine is a 12-lead program, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. It gives paramedics 12 different views of the heart.
"This is state of art equipment," he said.
Each of the four physio-control machines owned by the fire department received upgrades. The cost was $8,000 per upgrade.
"We budgeted for the upgrades," said Gray.
Bingham Cooperative is kicking off its annual Harvest for Hunger food drive by raffling off a propane powered portable generator. Ticket prices are one ticket for $5 or six for $25.
Everyone can purchase tickets, including Bingham Coop employees, said Bingham Coop Marketing Director Jeff Nii. The generator retails for $1,000.
With the help of its patrons, employees and members of the community, last year Bingham Co-op gave $14,100 as well as boxes of food to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).