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April 15th, 2014
Some "out of the box" ideas were offered to Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis and the Blackfoot City Council on how to contend with the city's "train problem" at a town hall meeting held in Blackfoot on Tuesday night.
About 60 concerned citizens attended the meeting called by Loomis as the city prepares to apply for a Tiger Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation in hopes of getting $1 million to have a feasibility study done on what can be done to work around the trains that have been aggravating residents for years.
On Monday dignitaries turned the first shovelsful of dirt for a meat-processing plant which will eventually employ 200 people near Shelley.
"We're going to start turning dirt in the next two or three days," said Bryce Esplin, CEO of Golden Valley Natural. "We anticipate completion in April of next year."
Golden Valley Natural is a producer of organic meat snacks based in Idaho Falls. It currently employs 270 people. The 200,000 square foot facility in Shelley will employ an additional 200 people.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Dozens of people from all over gathered to attend Jessie Woodland's funeral at Hawker Funeral Home on Saturday morning.
According to Jessie's aunt, Tammy Cobbley, Jessie planned everything about her funeral. "We asked her if she wanted us to party or do something serious to celebrate her life and she said she wanted it all - which is exactly how she lived her life," said Cobbley.
Jessie's battle with gastric cancer has touched the hearts of many in our community and has brought us all together to help rally on her and her family's behalf.
Dozens of young children and their escorts became princesses courtesy of the A Capella class at Snake River High School on Saturday.
"Being able to take my granddaughters to this is just so wonderful. They absolutely love it! We look forward to it every year," said Paula Parks.
A Capella students dressed up as Disney princesses and princes to host a tea party, a puppet show, dancing, singing, princess charm school, nail painting, crown making and more.
"I think my favorite part is the crown making," said Reese Adakai.
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Blackfoot High School student Taylor Smiddy has been selected to dance at the final Utah Jazz regular season home game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday. Smiddy will dance with a group of other high school aged dancers, most of whom are from Utah, in this special halftime performance.
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Books, books and more books! The "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" are holding their spring book sale on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the basement of the Blackfoot Public Library.
The volunteer group "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" hold a book sale in the spring and fall to raise money for the library. Thousands of books of all kinds - on nearly every subject imaginable - are donated throughout the year and sold for as low as 25 cents per book. Some of the books are even free.
BLACKFOOT â€” Employee representatives of Blackfoot's Basic American Foods plant and manager Brent Higginson presented a check for $11,500 to the Community Dinner Table on Wednesday.
That donation, and an announcement there's a possibility the organization will soon have a building of its own for storage were the highlights of its recognition dinner.
"You do the right things for the right reasons," Bingham County commissioner Ladd Carter told those assembled.
After 14 hours of testimony, the due process hearing for Snake River High School science Asmus has concluded.
The hearing started on Friday and lasted from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. that evening. The hearing resumed Monday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 11:50 p.m.
The defense started presenting its case at 8:40 p.m. on Friday.
Teachers were called and expressed their opinions that Elaine is a good teacher and works well with students and many colleagues.
Three more witness were called Monday evening to complete the plaintiff's case in the Elaine Asmus due process hearing.
The witnesses were Rebecca Arynne Hoge, who as a counsellor provides intervention with students, Snake River Junior High School principal Roger Thomas and Snake River High School principal Ed Jackson.
Hoge testified that, possibly in January, she met three students in the hall of the science building who said there was "a war" in the science department.
Other witnesses called were Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk, Kandi Duff, Laurie Grayson and Jackie Alvarez.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 20 years of working in the heating & air business and a passion for helping people, has inspired Todd Wayland, along with his wife and business partner Mandy Wayland, to open Todd's Heating & Air in Blackfoot.