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January 6th, 2014
Tonight's city council will be a busy one as Blackfoot kicks off a new year and a new era.
Mayor-elect Paul Loomis. along with three city councilmen (Chris Jensen, Lane Gardner and Bart Brown) and one city councilwoman (Jan Simpson), will be sworn in for four-year terms as city leaders.
Prior to the swearing in of the newly elected officials, outgoing mayor Mike Virtue will conclude a bit of business on the Idaho Airport Aid Program Resolution and the city's personal leave usage extension request.
BLACKFOOT â€” Local businessman Jack White Kesler of Kesler's Market in Blackfoot, died last Thursday at age 91.
Kesler started working in the family grocery business in 1934, when he was 12-years-old.
His sons, Bob and Kelly, said they got into the business "because we figured Dad would retire."
"When he was getting into his 70s, we thought he might consider retiring; and then when he turned 80, we thought he would surely consider retiring," said Kelly.
"He definitely was part of the Greatest Generation," he said. "He taught us how to work.
The eager new mom offering her insouciant toddler an array of carefully-arranged healthy snacks from an ice cube tray?
That was me.
The always-on-top-of-her-child's-play parent intervening during play dates at the first sign of discord?
That was me too.
We hold some basic truths as self-evident when it comes to good parenting. Our job is to keep our children safe, enable them to fulfill their potential and make sure they're healthy and happy and thriving.
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the state law banning the practice violates the Constitution.
The unsigned, one-paragraph order did not spell out the courtâ€™s reasoning in the case -- orders that put lower-court decisions on hold frequently do not do so. The order did not indicate any dissents.
THOMAS â€“ William Wray of Las Vegas is among the top attorneys in America dealing with construction law. He has advised clients regarding all aspects of many of that cityâ€™s casino properties.
Wray grew upÂ in rural Bingham County and is a proud graduate of Snake River High School.
â€ś1981 was Year of the Cat,â€ť he said of his graduation year. â€śWe had an extraordinarily successful class both in athletics and in academics.â€ť
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Friday told lawmakers and media the state will take over management of a prison that's been operated by Corrections Corporation of America for several years.
In a letter to the Idaho Board of Correction, Otter says the state can do a better job of running the facility.
Under pressure from consumers and activist groups, General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients to make its original Cheerios cereal.
While the oats used to make Cheerios have never contained any genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the company did make changes to its sourcing â€” and now, for example, only uses non-GMO pure cane sugar instead of beet sugar, says spokesman Mike Siemienas.
Always quick with a joke, Blackfoot's outgoing mayor, Mike Virtue, claims he will "just be making a cameo appearance" at the next city council meeting.
Virtue, who has served two terms as mayor, will tie up a few loose ends at the Jan. 7 meeting; then, he'll sit back and relax as a spectator to watch Paul Loomis take the "oath of office" as the city's new mayor.
In a whimsical tale self-titled after a "certain family member's" nickname, local author Geraldine (Gerry) Mathias presents her new children's book: "The Tale of Strawberry Rose," just released in December.
Mathias who has lived in the Riverside area for 44 years, said she has been "a closet writer" for many years and that retirement has afforded her time to work on writing projects that have been "swirling around in her head for years."
December 31st, 2013
Health officials have confirmed that a man over the age of 60 in south central Idaho has died from the H1N1 flu virus. Itâ€™s believed that his death is Idahoâ€™s first flu related death of the season. So far, health officials in Bingham County say that the flu hasnâ€™t hit the area too hard, but â€śitâ€™s still early in the season.â€ť
Last year there were 35 flu-related deaths in Idaho.