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September 9th, 2014

House condemns Obama for prisoner swap 


September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The vote was 249-163, with 22 Democrats — many locked in tough re-election races — breaking ranks and backing the nonbinding resolution.
"By setting free five top Taliban commanders from U.S. custody, the Obama administration made Americans less safe," Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.

VIDEO: Apple Announces iPhone 6

September 9, 2014

VIDEO: Apple Announces iPhone 6
In the highly anticipated announcement, Apple unveils a bigger, better, thinner, and expensive iPhone. Jen Markham has all the details.

Stoddard teacher needs help to win $100,000 for school

September 9, 2014

BLACKFOOT — A Stoddard first grade teacher is one of the 15 nationals finalists in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Challenge."
First grade teacher Melissa Hunt was notified Tuesday morning that she was one of the national finalists by officials from Farmer's Insurance who attended an assembly at Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot.
Hunt is one of over 3,000 teachers who were invited to submit a proposal to "Dream Big," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.

September 8th

Commissioners approve county budget

September 8, 2014

Bingham County commissioners approved the county budget recently. The county's budget is lower than the final 2014 budget. 
The county's fiscal year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year. 
"This is the commissioners' budget," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "They make the decisions about where the money will be allocated. 
"The commissioners have always been conservative about the budget," she said. 
"We anticipate a 3 percent increase from sales tax that is distributed from the state which is a good indication that the economy is improving," said Staub. 

September 7th

Blackfoot boy among 9 Hometown Heroes

September 7, 2014

Tears of joy and pride rolled down the cheeks of Angelina Quilimaco of Blackfoot as her son Alec Carlson, 11, was presented with his Idaho's Hometown Hero medal at a poignant and patriotic ceremony on Saturday at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
With this year's 4th Annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal theme, being youth involvement, Alec, a student at Blackfoot Sixth Grade School, is the youngest recipient to date to receive one of the coveted medals.

September 5th

Esplin wins gold at nationals

September 5, 2014

FIRTH — A recent Firth High School graduate earned a gold medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference.
Celeste Esplin, a 2014 graduate of FHS, earned a gold medal in the Illustrated Talk category with her presentation entitled "Mirror, Mirror." This was her fourth year competing at Nationals, and her fourth year receiving a gold medal.

September 4th

Bikers ride as tribute to Bo

September 4, 2014

BLACKFOOT—It was a somber sight to see the bikes rolling down Shilling Street , escorting the body of Bo Taylor to the cemetery following his funeral on Thursday.
Taylor, 19, and his uncle Trent Sorensen (45) died last week while repairing a sewer line in Georgetown. The two apparently succumbed to toxic fumes.

September 3rd

Blackfoot boy selected as Hometown Hero

September 3, 2014

For Alec Carlson of Blackfoot, helping his mother comes naturally and it's just what he does; but to his mother, "he is a hero." Now, Alec, just 11 years old, will be recognized as the youngest recipientt of "Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal."
Alec will receive his medal at the fourth annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal ceremony on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.

September 2nd

Council approves spending of airport funds

September 2, 2014

During a brief public hearing on Tuesday night, Blackfoot city leaders approved executing funds from this year’s [2013-2014] fiscal year budget to supplement the cost of an improvement project at Blackfoot’s McCarley Field Airport.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis explained that the city has secured a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $372,760.
The project slated at the airport will include the installation of new runway lighting, a beacon and supplemental windsocks.

September 1st

Remodeling leads to treasure

September 1, 2014

It's amazing what you can find when you remodel your home.
Dennis and Cathy Hansen from Kimball were remodeling their home this summer. The Hansens' home is a big white house that stands south of Kimball Hill near Firth.
As they took off an old door frame, they found a century old letter from James E. Good, the prosecuting attorney for Bingham County in 1914.
The letter is dated Aug. 1, 1914.
It reads: "To the Voters of Bingham, Custer and Lemhi Counties:

 

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