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February 7th, 2014
FORT HALL â€” Shoshone-Bannock tribal members throughout Fort Hall had some fun wearing red on Friday for "National Wear Red Day" while helping to raise awareness for a very serious health issue: heart disease.
Shoshone-Bannock spokeswoman Randy'L Teton said that with the backing of Tribal Health Services, social media was used to encourage the entire community to have some fun wearing red to help bring awareness to heart disease, an affliction that hits Native Americans (particularly women) hard.
The Blackfoot Community Center (BCC) is finding creative ways to raise money with a monthly "I Love Blackfoot Kids" Campaign. Executive director Ashlee Howell said that since the 21st Century Grant has expired, it is more important than ever to implement fundraisers to keep money coming into the center.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little was among those impressed by Blackfoot High School's We The People team on Wednesday.
The Broncos won their seventh straight competition and earned the right to represent the state in the national event in Washington, D.C. in late April.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson said the process of extraditing a Blackfoot man should be completed in the near future.
Colson said he was in the process of obtaining a governor's warrant to extradite Fernando Lee Naranjo, 33, who is charged with felony aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. The incident involved his 3-month-old daughter.
Naranjo was arrested in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 23. He is in the Weber County Jail waiting extradition.
BLACKFOOT â€” Golfers will pay between 2 and 4 percent more to play at Blackfoot Golf Course this season.
That's because the members of the Blackfoot City Council approved the increases at Tuesday's meeting.
Head PGA professional Mike Dayley said, "this fee increase will generate roughly $12,000-$15,000 in additional revenue.
"The increase will help to plug a continuing hole," Dayley added, noting that nearly all costs related to operating golf courses are rising. "Thank goodness the city is proactive. Last year, 157 golf courses shut down nationwide; only 14 opened."
BLACKFOOT â€” When the Morning News asked readers to submit love stories of longtime married couples, such as their parents or grandparents, Lindsey Spanbauer quickly took advantage.
"My sweet little grandma, Zola Sorensen, at the time was 19 years old and my grandpa, Thomas Lavere John was 23 years old," she said of their marriage.
"He knew he wanted to make her his wife, so he asked her and she didn't hesitate for a second before saying, "yes!" Spanbauer wrote.
"He knew she was excited when she said, 'I will tell my parents tonight that we are getting married!'
Librarians at the Blackfoot Public Library, 129 N. Broadway, are inviting patrons to take out a book on a blind date.
Each wrapped book has been selected by the librarians and has a staff endorsement.
By way of introduction, each book features its date of birth (when published), its gender (genre-fiction, adventure, romance, etc.), the number of pages and a short description.
"We wrapped 50 books; we figured that amount would last all week," said Library Director Lisa Harral. "The books are almost gone on the first day.
"We will all be wrapping books tonight," she said.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â A complaint against Blackfoot School District No. 55, Blackfoot High School, former Superintendent Scott Crane and former high school principal Blaine McInelly has been dismissed in a hazing case which originated in 2012.
Plaintiffs in the case are Logan Chidester, Tyson Katseanes and Nathan Walker. The case was filed in Bingham County.
Plaintiff John Doe filed a civil rights case in U.S. District Court. At the time of the charges in the hazing case, Doe was a minor under the age of 18.
Since he was sworn in as Blackfoot's mayor one month ago, Paul Loomis has been out and about in the community while learning the ropes of his new job.
Loomis has engaged himself in a variety of events including City Legislature Day in Boise, speaking to students at local elementary schools, and giving his first State of the City address.
Loomis said that City Legislature Day was a "great experience" and he is looking forward to sharing what he learned with the city.