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July 16th, 2014
Blackfoot city leaders are just in the early stages of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 thru Sept. 30, 2015); however, they are already bracing for a projected shortfall of about $1 million.
Blackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue."
"So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."
Blackfoot city officials approved an amendment to allow Bingham Memorial Hospital interns to ride and train with the city's ambulance and fire crews during a special meeting at City Hall on Tuesday.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said that BMH officials originally instigated a program to have the city's "ambulance service employees" work with the interns at the hospital - giving the city an opportunity to earn up to $60k with the program. However, Loomis said it became difficult to find ambulance employees who could cover at the hospital for the hours needed.
Representatives of the Idaho Fish and Game were at Jensen Grove Monday evening to help Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council try their hand at fishing. Since rainstorms were making their way through Blackfoot, the girls and their friends split their time between fishing on the piers and gathering together in the amphitheater.
"This is my first time [fishing] ever," said Aeris Curtis, age 9.
Byllie Baxter explained how to bait a hook.
"Cover above the barb," she said. "Fish only have a little mouth. You don't want them to take only the bait and not the hook."
Worshipers recited The Lord's Prayer out loud in at least three different languages as them gathered in at the Saint Kateri (Tekawitha) Catholic Church in Fort Hall on Sunday for a Feast Day Celebration. The event was in honor of the church's namesake, one of the few Native Americans to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
The event drew people of all races and religions from throughout the region.
Some of the most anticipated events of Pride Days such as the free airplane rides, the snowmobile races across Jensen Grove Lake and the Ping-Pong ball drop are happening today along with two new events: the mini "Color Run" and live entertainment by local, seasoned performers at the Jensen Grove ampitheater.
The free airplane rides will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for people 8 and up. Participants need to go to Jensen Grove and a pick up a ticket prior to the flights. A shuttle will take people to the airport.
Worshipers of all faiths are invited to join the area's Catholic Community on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the St. Kateri [Tekawitha] Catholic Church (Sheepskin Road) in Fort Hall for a special mass and "Feast Day" Celebration in honor of St. Kateri Tekawitha.
POCATELLOâ€”Who's Your Hero? Idaho's Hometown Hero committee members are ready to hear from you as they prepare for this year's Hometown Hero Medal award ceremony on Sept. 6 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.
Idaho's Hometown Hero founders (brothers) Dr. Fahim Rahim and Dr. Naeem Rahim, city officials and committee members, gathered in Pocatello on Tuesday to launch this year's event. Artist, volunteer and advocate for the Latino community, Jose Quezada of Aberdeen, who received a Hometown Hero Medal last year came as a special guest for the kick-off.
BLACKFOOT â€” A Blackfoot man was sentenced Monday for stabbing a man twice in the back and punching him in the face.
Corey Seth Burns, 30, from Blackfoot was sentenced to a unified sentence of 14 years in the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC)â€”5 years determinate and 9 years indeterminate.
Burns accepted a plea agreement on May 19, 2014, in which he agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery. He could have been facing a maximum sentence 15-years in the IDOC and/or a $50,000 fine and $5,000 civil fine with the aggravated battery charge.
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot will roll out the red carpet for visitors and residents alike for "Blackfoot Pride Days" this Friday and Saturday at Jensen Grove.
The annual summertime event started back in the 1980's to celebrate the community of Blackfoot and all that it has to offer. Pride Days usually falls on the heels of the city's 4th of July celebrations with two packed days of festivities throughout the city. Most of the events are "free" or "low cost" with the majority of events taking place at Jensen Grove unless otherwise specified.
BLACKFOOT â€” Americans have served in a variety of roles to make the world safer.
From 1954-1958, Ed Wagner from Blackfoot served on minesweepers that helped to clear the Pacific Ocean around Taiwan of mines.
"It was kind of a tense time," said Wagner. "WWII was over and the Korean War had just ended. France signed a peace treat with North Vietnam and was vacating that country. The Communist Chinese were chasing the Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan.
"The North Vietnamese had mined the Mekong Delta pretty heavy," he said. "At the time, everything was fluid and going.