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January 13th, 2015

New tech equipment arrives at Stoddard

January 13, 2015

The dream is becoming a reality. Drivers delivered the first order of technical equipment to Stoddard Elementary School last week from the $100,000 grant awarded to teacher Melissa Hunt from the Farmer's Insurance "Dream Big" Challenge. Hunt was announced the winner of the grant in November.
Promoethean, an interactive technology company that provides equipment to schools, is the company designated by Farmer's Insurance for the purchase of the equipment. The first delivery consisted of 18 activity boards, ultra-short throw projectors and 'Active Expression' clicker systems.

Dog takes solo bus ride

January 13, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park. So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop — to the delight of fellow Seattle bus passengers.
KOMO-TV reports that local radio host Miles Montgomery was amazed to see the pooch get off the bus, without an owner, at a dog park last week.
The dog and her owner, Jeff Young, live right near a bus stop.

January 12th

Blackfoot firemen promoted

January 13, 2015

Two Blackfoot firemen were promoted on Monday.
Ben Hirschi is Blackfoot's new Fire Marshal. David Lewis has been promoted to lieutenant on "A" shift in the Blackfoot Fire Department.
"They earn these positions by testing and interviews," said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. "I'm excited to have them both on board.
"They both have done well in their careers so far," the chief said. "It's great to have these promotions."
It's been eight to 10 years since Blackfoot has had a fire marshal, Gray said.
Hirschi said, "As the fire marshal, I will be working with pre-plans and training."

Top 10 stories of 2014

January 12, 2015

#1 — Stoddard teacher on Rose Parade Float on Jan. 1

By LESLIE MIELKE
lmielke@cableone.net

BLACKFOOT — Watch for Stoddard Elementary teacher Melissa Hunt on top of the Farmers Insurance float in the Rose Bowl Parade on Jan. 1.
Hunt is one of five $100,000 winners of the Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Teacher Challenge." This challenge took place throughout 2014.
Hunt and her proposal were sponsored local agent Gina Wixom of Farmers Insurance.
"All money goes to I.T. Stoddard Elementary," said Wixom. "The $100,000 award will be spent exactly how Melissa wrote her proposal."

January 11th

Coming up this week

January 11, 2015

MONDAY
• Swearing in of county officials at noon in courtroom #1. The county officials who will be sworn in are Whitney Manwaring, Mark Bair, Pam Wray Eckhardt, Tanna Beal, Ronald Simmons, and Mike Gardner.

TUESDAY
• Community Dinner Table will serve a hot meal for those in need at Jason Lee Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave, from 5-6:30 p.m. No charge, no ID’s, no dress code; nothing but good food and fellowship. For more information call 785-3611.

WEDNESDAY

Students learn coping skills

January 11, 2015

FIRTH — Recognizing the signs of depression and learning coping skills were the topics of an assembly presented at Firth HIgh School (FHS) last Thursday.
FHS senior Kasidy Belnap selected this project for her senior topic and for her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project because she has dealt with depression herself.
Firth trustees approved a student's FCCLA project before it could also be used as his or her senior project.
See Monday's Morning News for the full story.

January 9th

Businesses benefit from low gas prices

January 10, 2015

BLACKFOOT—The low gas prices are a holiday gift that just keeps on giving. With gas prices averaging around $2 per gallon, not only were retail businesses up during the holiday season, but companies that are in the transportation or delivery business are benefiting as well and passing the savings onto their customers.
Many trucking firms are putting the savings from lower fuels back into their business by hiring more drivers and warehouse workers.

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January 9, 2015

January 8th

City to annex properties

January 9, 2015

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council moved to proceed with the annexation of the Smith property off of Highland Drive and the Mikesell property off of East Airport Rd. at Tuesday's city council meeting. However, the city will hold off on the annexation of Baker/Thomas property on Highland Drive until a development letter regarding the property is reviewed by attorneys.
The city's planning and zoning director Rex Orgill said that the city's motivation behind annexation is so they [city leaders] can better manage the city's growth.
See the full story in Friday's Morning News.

Blood Drive

January 8, 2015

Shelby Bewley, a senior at Blackfoot High, organized and coordinated the blood drive held at the BPAC (Blackfoot Performing Arts Center) Today from 1to 6 p.m.

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