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May 19th, 2014

Local man sentenced for injuring his daughter

May 20, 2014

A Blackfoot man was sentenced Monday on one felony count of aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. This felony involved his baby daughter.
Fernando Lee Naranjo, age 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and injury to a child on April 7. Tuesday he was sentenced.
The healthy baby girl was born Nov. 19, 2013, said Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson. On Jan. 18, 2014, her father beat her bad enough to cause seizures and traumatic brain injury.
The child had a brain injury, retinal hemorrhaging, bruising and broken bones. She now has seizures.

May 18th

Tommy Vaughn's Marathon and More raises $3,500 for Community Dinner Table

May 18, 2014

John Taberna of Blackfoot won the Tommy Vaughn Marathon for the third straight year on Saturday.
Taberna finished the 26.2-mile course, changed slightly to put the finish at the shelter in Jensen Grove, in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds. Nate Reese of Iona finished second in 3:14.33 with Tony Parsons of Blackfoot third in 3:17.18.
"I was under three (hours) easy, then I hit the wall at 22 miles," Taberna said of his race. "It was great weather with good runners. We all ran well, then the heat came and I lucked out," Taberna said.

May 16th

Fire destroys house near Shelley

May 16, 2014

SHELLEY – A fire destroyed at house between Shelley and Firth Friday afternoon.
The house was located near 1060 N. 1000 E., Shelley.
"The fire started in a pan of oil on the stove," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "The lady left it to go outside.
"When she returned, the kitchen was on fire and then the house was totally involved before we [the Shelley Fire Department] got there," he said. "I think the house was totally involved before we were called.
The Shelley Station was first to respond; the Firth Fire Department gave a hand, said Carter.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top SRHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top BHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

May 15th

Inmate work crew helps clean up county

May 16, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County inmate work crew have spent the past three weeks working on county property, said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The inmates work four days each week–Monday through Thursday, said Rowland.
"This is what I ran on," said Rowland. "They get out of their cells and learn a trade skill.
"[Their work] saves the county money and beautifies the community," he said. "We are trying to make them better candidates to get jobs.
"I have a waiting list," said Rowland.
See Friday's Morning News for the full story.

May 14th

County fifth graders enjoy Dare Day

May 14, 2014

Fun, sun, water, music and friends.
"It's Dare Day; what more can I say?" said Bingham County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Luker. He is the Dare officer in Bingham County.
"There are 800-900 fifth graders from every school in Bingham County celebrating their decisions to be drug free," he said. "They get to meet friends from across the county. High school role models from all five high schools are here to help."
Activities were set up in four areas on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. All the games were duplicated in each of these four areas.

May 13th

Robinson reflects on over 30 years with school lunch program

May 14, 2014

Tami Robinson has held the title of Blackfoot School District's child nutrition supervisor for over 20 years but she is the first one to say, "I am not an 'official' nutritionist. People keep calling me a nutritionist, but my education only goes as far as high school."
Robinson claims that it was through hard word and dedication that she excelled in her job, earning her the title of nutrition supervisor. As Robinson prepares to retire in just a few weeks, she reflects on a rewarding career with the district's lunch program that began when she started as a substitute cook back in 1983.

May 12th

City celebrates BMH

May 12, 2014

National Hospital Week will be celebrated this week at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis proclaimed May 11-17 as Hospital Week.
As stated in the proclamation, "Whereas the hard-working people that compose our hospitals deserve universal regard and appreciation for keeping our community healthy; … [Loomis urges] all residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable healthcare possible in Blackfoot.

May 11th

Stamp Out Hunger drive a success

May 11, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Mail carriers and rural mail carriers in the Blackfoot area brought in almost three tons of non-perishable food on Saturday.
Almost 30 volunteers were on hand at the Blackfoot Post Office parking lot to sort the food contributed by Blackfoot residents.
The exact weight of food contributed on Saturday was 5,740 pounds.
The food bank at the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) was the beneficiary of these food stuffs.
"We are happy," said Bobette Beesley, SEICAA Outreach Manager/Bingham County Coordinator. "It helps a lot.

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