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January 11th, 2015

Coming up this week

January 11, 2015

• Swearing in of county officials at noon in courtroom #1. The county officials who will be sworn in are Whitney Manwaring, Mark Bair, Pam Wray Eckhardt, Tanna Beal, Ronald Simmons, and Mike Gardner.

• Community Dinner Table will serve a hot meal for those in need at Jason Lee Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave, from 5-6:30 p.m. No charge, no ID’s, no dress code; nothing but good food and fellowship. For more information call 785-3611.


Students learn coping skills

January 11, 2015

FIRTH — Recognizing the signs of depression and learning coping skills were the topics of an assembly presented at Firth HIgh School (FHS) last Thursday.
FHS senior Kasidy Belnap selected this project for her senior topic and for her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project because she has dealt with depression herself.
Firth trustees approved a student's FCCLA project before it could also be used as his or her senior project.
See Monday's Morning News for the full story.

January 9th

Businesses benefit from low gas prices

January 10, 2015

BLACKFOOT—The low gas prices are a holiday gift that just keeps on giving. With gas prices averaging around $2 per gallon, not only were retail businesses up during the holiday season, but companies that are in the transportation or delivery business are benefiting as well and passing the savings onto their customers.
Many trucking firms are putting the savings from lower fuels back into their business by hiring more drivers and warehouse workers.

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January 9, 2015

January 8th

City to annex properties

January 9, 2015

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council moved to proceed with the annexation of the Smith property off of Highland Drive and the Mikesell property off of East Airport Rd. at Tuesday's city council meeting. However, the city will hold off on the annexation of Baker/Thomas property on Highland Drive until a development letter regarding the property is reviewed by attorneys.
The city's planning and zoning director Rex Orgill said that the city's motivation behind annexation is so they [city leaders] can better manage the city's growth.
See the full story in Friday's Morning News.

Blood Drive

January 8, 2015

Shelby Bewley, a senior at Blackfoot High, organized and coordinated the blood drive held at the BPAC (Blackfoot Performing Arts Center) Today from 1to 6 p.m.

January 7th

Tips on Super Bowl guacamole

January 8, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl.
For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — are indelibly linked with this major American sporting event. A Super Bowl party without guacamole — and its trusty sidekick chicken wings — in many circles is considered downright unpatriotic.

County Officials Honored in Open House

January 7, 2015

Three retiring county officials will be honored at at open house on Thursday afternoon.
A program and presentation will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a reception until 4 p.m. in Bingham County Courtroom number one.
The honorees retiring are County Clerk Sara Staub, County Treasurer Janice Lawes and Court Superintendent Tami VanOrden.

Woman dies in I-15 incident

January 7, 2015

The Bingham County Sheriff's office has released more information about the incident that shut down traffic on Interstate 15 Tuesday night.
The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office was requested to go to the North bound rest area on I-15 to locate a suicidal subject, Naomi Brandt.
The subject was located by Idaho State Police and took off with ISP in pursuit and reached speeds of 100 mph.
Bingham County Sheriff's units used spikes to stop the vehicle at mile post 108.

January 6th

Good news for gamers: Video scholarships at Kentucky college

January 6, 2015

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A private liberal arts college in Kentucky says it will make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall.

The move makes the University of Pikeville one of only a few schools in the nation to provide scholarships to those who play "League of Legends," a multiplayer online battle arena game, according to WYMT-TV (

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