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January 30th, 2014
Out with the old and in with the new. A piece of Blackfoot history came down on Wednesday as workers took down the iconic Stan's Restaurant sign that has been a beacon along Highway 91 for nearly 50 years. In its place will be new signage for Stingers Bar & Grill.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Blackfoot is one of the first hospitals in Southeast Idaho to offer the Patient SafetyNet Monitoring System.
Patient SafetyNet is a remote monitoring system that uses bedside oxygen monitors and medical staff notification system to alert healthcare providers to dangerous changes in patient oxygen levels.
Using some of the latest technology from Masimo corporation, almost every hospital bed at BMH is equipped with a new bedside screen to monitor vitals through a new oximeter. (The Women's Center will be added in the coming months.)
IDAHO FALLS â€” A man who had escaped from State Hospital South over a week ago was captured in Idaho Falls Monday night.
Jeremy Johnson, 26, was arrested on multiple felony warrants.
Idaho Falls police officers had responded to the 1000 block of Lovejoy around 8 p.m. and found Johnson at the home. The residence did not belong to Johnson.
At first, Johnson came out of the house, but went back inside when police told him to come out.
Through the years, longtime Blackfoot resident Pauline Sweet has crocheted nearly 500 afghans for babies, veterans, senior citizens and others in need, and she's still going strong. She started making the blankets in the 1980s for babies in the small Mexican fishing village of Kino Bay, where she and her husband Dwain spent months away from the cold Idaho winters for many years.
These days, Pauline's focus is crocheting lap blankets for veterans and senior citizens in the area; however, she is running low on yarn and is hoping that anyone with yarn to spare will donate some to her.
BOISE â€” On Monday Bingham County legislators shared their thoughts on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's decision not to run for reelection.
Representative Neil Anderson said, "Tom Luna has been a progressive yet controversial leader in our state's Department of Education.Â
"He has proposed actions that have sparked intensive debate during a time of transition regarding education in Idaho.Â Hopefully, that debate will yield improved solutions and the newÂ Idaho Superintendent of Schools can move us forward in a more united yet still progressive effort." Anderson said.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” Fresh produce, eggs, bread and other wholesome products are now rolling through Blackfoot, Springfield and other area communities weekly on a 53-foot trailer - all for the ever growing frugal and health conscious consumer. This new delivery service - Provident Produce - is manned by husband and wife team John and Kasenya Fisher of Pocatello, and is similar to Bountiful Baskets, but with some marked differences.
BLACKFOOT â€” "Be Someone's Hero" is the 2014 Relay for Life theme and the team in charge of decorating the Luminaria bags is hard at work making sure the bags are as special as ever.
"This event is so important for our community here in Blackfoot and we want to help make this year's Relay for Life extra special," said Relay for Life committee member Suzette Martinez.
Families or individuals purchase these special bags to honor loved ones who have lost the battle against cancer or for those who are still battling, by choosing a bag and putting the name of the loved one on the back.
FORT WORTH, Texas â€“ A judge on Friday ordered a Texas hospital to remove life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman whose family had argued that she would not want to be kept in that condition.
Judge R. H. Wallace Jr. issued the ruling in the case of Marlise Munoz. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth has been keeping Munoz on life support against her family's wishes. The judge gave the hospital until 5 p.m. CST Monday to remove life support.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Cleve Colson announced Thursday that after careful consideration of the facts that led to the death of a hunting dog in Bingham County, there is no current law in Idaho that would make the events leading up to the dog's death a crime.
The hunting dog was named Gunner.
According to reports, a hunting dog was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 2013, in the Springfield area in Bingham County.
Colson said, "In Idaho, we have a cruelty to animals law (Idaho Code Â§25-3504), that makes it a crime to maliciously kill an animal."
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot woman Melissa Martinez was shocked and disgusted to find globs of what appeared to be mold or fungus in her daughter's Capri Sun juice pouch on Tuesday.
Martinez said her daughter Millie (4) took a Capri Sun foil pouch from one of the two boxes that she had purchased at Ridley's in Blackfoot. Upon taking a sip, Millie turned up her nose and said, "This tastes gross!"