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BLACKFOOT â€” Spudnik and its employees gave the Bingham Crisis Center a check for $9,342 on Friday.
The employees raised $4,671; that sum was matched by Spudnik.
Spudnik employees also donated 6,204 pounds of food. It took three pickup trucks to move the food.
"We had a huge competition for the food donations," said planning committee member Kyler Jacobs. "We enjoy helping [organizations] that give to people who need it.
"We, as a company, like supporting those who live around us," said Jacobs.
BLACKFOOT â€” A year of hardships is not dampening the Christmas spirit of Mandy and Jeffrey Stewart. In fact, they are anticipating a Christmas more fun and meaningful than ever as they strive to build an outdoor igloo and winter playland (of sorts) out of plastic products for their children and the children of their close friends. Mandy has appropriately dubbed the igloo project - "Operation Christmas Igloo."
Due to some health problems and a series of unfortunate circumstance, the Stewarts lost their house and cars and are currently staying in Blackfoot with family.
Two local authors, Kirby Jonas and Donna McArthur, will be signing copies of their latest books on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stinkin' Cute Scrapbook Store (126 Bridge St.) in Blackfoot.
Businesswoman Dawn Moldenhauer, owner of the store, is good to host local authors in her store for book signings, saying, "The local authors need our support. It's nice to have some good authors here in Blackfoot to personalize Christmas gifts and not have to drive out of town to a chain store."
Members of Blackfoot's faith communities have collaborated to put together a live nativity at Jensen Grove on Saturday and Sunday.
The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. each of those nights. Horse-drawn wagons will take people through the wooded park to view scenes depicting the events that surround the birth of the Savior.
Live entertainment and refreshments will be available next to the warm fires in the shelter.
Organizers encourage people to come Saturday since they said they expect shorter lines that day.
Blackfoot City Councilman Rich Woodfin presented a tentative three-phase plan to remove eight blue spruce trees along Bergener Boulevard at last week's city council meeting.
The trees became an issue this fall when some of the business managers and property owners complained that the trees are blocking visibility to their signs and storefronts.
Today is the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Service and Tuesday brings the first deadlines for shoppers seeking to have packages delivered by Christmas morning.
If you still have shopping to do before the holidays, be sure to remember these top tips for a Last-Minute Christmas.
1. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
Remember that the post office, Amazon, FedEx, and UPS are going to be busy this week. Keep in mind the deadlines they set for Christmas Day delivery.
Tuesday, Dec 17: Last day for Amazon's free standard shipping and FedEx's ground shipping.
WASHINGTON â€” A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program that collects millions of Americans' telephone records may be unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled in a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman that the legal challenge to the massive surveillance program â€” disclosed in full earlier this year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden â€” would likely succeed.
About 200 Mexican Catholics from throughout the region gathered at the Eastern Idaho State Fairground on Sunday for the annual tradition commemorating "Our Lady of Guadalupe," led by Father Jose de' Jesus Gonzalez of Blackfoot's St. Bernard's Catholic Church.
The official feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dec. 12 - is a hugely celebrated religious holiday in Mexico and in Hispanic communities throughout the United States. Catholics contend that on Dec. 9 in the early 1500's that an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared to the poor indigenous Mexican man named Juan Diego.
A Chubbuck man is in the Bingham County Jail after he was arrested on suspicion of burglary on Thursday.
Blackfoot Police arrested 32-year-old Tyler James Wasia about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday. He is a suspect in several recently reported burglaries in Blackfoot as well several other crimes in surrounding counties.
Wasia faces four counts of grand theft and one of being a persistent violator. He has a $50,000 bond.
He may face additional charges after the other agencies involved complete their investigations.
NBCâ€”He was just going to pick up bicycles for a charity event. Instead, this real-life Santa turned his stop at a central Florida Wal-Mart into an early Christmas delivery for 76 strangers.
Greg Parady, 40, was at The Villages Wal-Mart last Saturday to pick up the bikes for a Toys-for-Tots drive held by his financial planning firm, when he overheard a woman saying she didn't know if she could afford her layaway this year and might have to cancel her order.