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October 9th, 2013
The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored nine first responders on Wednesday.
"I continue to be amazed and pleased with the kind of service offered by first responders to our community," said Mayor Mike Virtue. "They are clearly unsung heroes."
The Chamber honors three deputies from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, three Blackfoot police officers and three Blackfoot fire fighters.
Sheriff Craig Rowland presented certificates to Shirley Featherston, Mike Johnson and Brad Lulloff.
Featherston manages the Civil Office, making sure all papers are processed and served properly.
Ricky Gardner and his wife Carissa were among the people who enjoyed Stone Soup at Mountain View Middle School on Wednesday.
The fundraiser for Bingham County's SouthEast Idaho Community Action Agency drew at least 400 people during its two-and-one-half hour run.
"We just moved to the area," Gardner said, noting that his family had come from South Bend, Ind. "We're thrilled to see the community come together like this."
Angie Goodyear and Barb Parris helped with the setup of the children's carnival and the auction.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dawn Enterprises in Blackfoot celebrated its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) month, with Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue reading a proclamation and tours offered throughout the facility on Tuesday.
Sindi Crosland, vocational coordinator for the company, said Dawn Enterprises (on Cedar Street) in Blackfoot has been in business since 1974 employing individuals who are socially, mentally or physically challenged.
ROYâ€”There was a rollover crash in Aberdeen Northbound on SH37 earlier this afternoon South of Roy.
Enrique Flores-Gonzales, of Aberdeen, was heading North on SH37 in a semi truck hauling potatoes when he drove off the left shoulder of the roadway and lost control, causing the truck to slide. He has been transported to Portneuf Medical Center via air ambulance.
Tune into tomorrow's paper to find out more about how Flores-Gonzales is doing.
The National Association of Health Underwriters will sponsor a free forum on the health insurance exchanges tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center.
It is open to everyone between the ages of 18-65 in Bingham County and surrounding areas.
Dawn Larsen, Troy Goodwin of Apex Insurance and Jerry Jensen of Jensco will talk about eligibility and tax credits and how they work, how the exchange itself works, open enrollment dates and when coverage takes effect.
As a candidate for Blackfoot City Council Seat 1, local realtor and businessman Andy Hasselbring has a fresh and long term vision for Blackfoot.
Hasselbring is vying for the seat against longtime incumbent Chris Jensen and newcomer Kenneth Ashcraft.
A Blackfoot native, Hasselbring said, "My vision for Blackfoot is to develop a culture in the city and help Blackfoot become the' best place to live and raise a family."
SPRINGFIELD â€” An American Falls man was injured in a one-vehicle crash about milepost 26.5 on State Highway 39 on Monday.
According to the Idaho State Police, Victor Soltero Contreras, 23, was driving south in a 1993 Ford Ranger near 2600 West about 7 a.m. when he drove off the right shoulder, over-corrected and lost control of his vehicle. His truck went onto the left shoulder of the road and then rolled.
Soltero Contreras was not wearing a seatbelt. Â He was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
Miiko Lyneâ€™ Toussaint, the Distinguished Young Woman of Blackfoot, won the state title Saturday night at the Civic Auditorium in Idaho Falls. She will represent Idaho at the national competition in June 2014 in Mobile, Ala.
Forty talented young ladies from across the state competed in fitness, talent, self-expression, scholastic, interview and Be Your Best Self.
Distinguished Young Women is a high school scholarship program. On Saturday night, scholarships totalling $25,000 were awarded.
For becoming DYW Idaho, Toussaint won a $5,000 scholarship.
Early voting will begin on Monday and will continue through to Nov. 1.
Early voting for all of the Bingham County elections will be at the Bingham County Courthouse. The hours for early voting will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Early voting will be for all elections that will be held in Bingham County on Nov. 5.
The cities of Aberdeen, Atomic City, Basalt, Blackfoot, Firth, and Shelley will be having elections. Also the Shelley/Firth Fire District, the North Bingham Library District, and the Groveland Cemetery will be holding elections.
BLACKFOOTâ€”A family who has given much to the community is now in need themselves as father/husband, Heath Young, has been hit with a lung disease and will need a lung transplant.
Young, a native of Blackfoot, grew up working on a dairy farm. He loved farming and has made a living through the years (for his wife Wendi and their five children) working on the family farm.
According to close family friend Tiffany Bartausky, in 2006 Young "began struggling with a persistent cough that wouldn't go away."