August 10th, 2012
Blackfoot firemen and volunteers had an extra night of training Thursday as they practiced extracting potential patients from wrecks.
"We're practicing taking the car away from the patient," said Blackfoot fire chief Kevin Gray. "We do not want to compromise the patient at all."
Salesman Scott Slader from the Oregon company, Santiam, was explaining the use of the new extraction tools offered by his company. For example, using the simul-pump, firemen can run two tools at once.
Natasha Watson won the 2012-2013 Miss Sho-Ban Queen crown at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Friday.
"As Miss Sho-Ban, I will talk to the youth in my community and travel across the country representing my tribe," Watson said. "I will also be able to compete in the Miss Indian World contest."
Five contestants competed for this honor. Competitors each performed a traditional dance, made a traditional dish, took part in the Children's Parade and answered an impromptu question.
Watson performed a traditional woman's dance and made mint tea and fry bread for her traditional dish.
BLACKFOOT â€” Joe Cannon withdrew his request for a special use permit request to allow a gravel pit/crusher at 80 W. 450 N. near the Rose overpass. He had also requested a zone change from heavy commercial to light manufacturing at the same site.
It brought some people to tears when Cannon withdrew his request.
This zone change request and special use permit was the fourth and last item on the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) agenda Wednesday evening.
Items of note from July 27-
PEEPER: July 27, 10:22 a.m.: A caller said a man is standing in front of their door and looking into the windows of the residence.
BAD NEIGHBOR: July 27, 1:12 p.m.: A woman said her neighbor is throwing garbage, leaves, plastic pipe and other materials into her yard and this has been an ongoing problem.
TRAFFIC COMPLAINT: July 27, 9:40 p.m.: A caller reported speeding motorists on Seefried and Cromwell. They said it was every shape and size of vehicle.
Blackfoot Performing Art Center's 2012-2013 concert series will feature a variety of acts, spokesman Susan Mann told members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The first concert in the series will feature "Cherish the Ladies," a musical troupe from Ireland, on Oct. 20. Dick Hardwick & Mrs. Hughes will perform a comedy show on Nov. 10. Hardwick was well received at the Eastern Idaho State Fair a couple of years ago.
Because BPAC is booked solid in December and January, there will be no concert those months.
Blackfoot city employees gathered at Jensen Grove Park for their annual summer picnic Wednesday evening but not without stopping to remember friend and colleague, longtime city councilman Farrell Cammack, who lost his battle with cancer in May.
Mayor Mike Virtue, along with friends and family members, were visibly moved and wiped away tears as the mayor talked about the loss of Cammack this spring.
"We miss him," Virtue said, speaking directly to Cammack's widow, Jylene. "We miss him...and he will not be forgotten."
A blackened shell is what's left of John and Johny Walker's mobile home in Fort Hall. Their mobile home on the north of Sixth Street between B and C Avenue in Fort Hall was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
Fort Hall firemen received the emergency call at 3:32 p.m. and put out the blaze in about three hours. The firemen were able to keep the fire contained to this one mobile home. Four other mobile homes encircled the Walker home.
On each side of the mobile homeâ€”to the east and to the westâ€”the fire melted the siding on those mobile homes.
Mayor Mike Virtue has appointed Robert Barton Brown, known around the community as Bart, to complete the Blackfoot City Council term of Farrell Cammack.
On Tuesday, city clerk Suzanne McNeel swore him in and he immediately took his place on the council.
Brown, who is a commercial relationship manager at Key Bank, is a Blackfoot native. He is the son of Bob and Cathy Brown. He is married to the former Dana Wyne. They are the parents of Kiah, Kaden, McKenna, Chelsea and Avery.
Currently there is a multiple structural fire in the Fort Hall Townsite.
One structure was damaged and multiple sheds were destroyed. The structures are reported to be mobile home units.
A 2 block radius has been evacuated. Ft. Hall Fire Departments is on scene with Chief Briggs as the Incident Commander. Blackfoot and Chubbuck Fire Departments are assisting.
Merlin A Orton, 85, of Bend, Ore, passed away Aug. 1, 2012 at his home.
He was born Sept. 12, 1926, in Pocatello to Thomas D. and Avilda Mecham Orton.Â He lived in the Boise area up through grade four and then moved to the Firth area where he graduated from Firth High School in 1943.Â His favorite sport was basketball and he also participated in track and baseball.
At the age of 11, Merlin went to work for his uncle during the summer on a cattle ranch at Chesterfield.Â He herded sheep for two summers and then worked in the hay for three summers.Â