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July 21st, 2014

Walker Samuel Gardner, Infant

July 21, 2014

Walker Samuel Gardner was silently born to his parents Samuel Joseph Gardner and Heidi Christine Jensen Gardner on July 19, 2014 at 1:46 a.m. Walker was returned to his Father in Heaven.
Walker is loved by his parents, Sam and Heidi, his sister, Kiera, and brother, Conrad, of Blackfoot. His grandparents are Samuel Dwight and Debra Ann Wray Gardner, Kenneth Bud and Evelyn Denise Jensen; his great-grandparents are Boyd Paulson and Patricia Gardner, Florence Valate Gardner, Richard Dee and Rosemary Sandau, Elden Bud and Janice Jensen and many uncles, aunts and numerous cousins.

July 20th

Pingree woman's students shine in national competition

July 20, 2014

Under the instruction of longtime music teacher Rebecca Battle of Pingree, Pocatello teen Austin Keller holds a first place title from the International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition at Incline Village, Nevada, last week.
Keller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year.

July 18th

County officials plant trees at courthouse

July 18, 2014

Bingham County commissioners Whitney Manwaring and Mark Bair and Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland each planted a flowering pear tree on the boulevard on Friday morning at the southwest side of the Bingham County Courthouse.
"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building.

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VIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash

July 18, 2014

VIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash

July 17th

Senior Olympics pickleball champions from Blackfoot

July 18, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The pickleball doubles team of Bill Hunt and Frank Tomazin took first place in their age category in the Senior Olympics last Saturday in Pocatello.
“It was a good time,” said Hunt. “I also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).
Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.

UPDATE. Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)

July 17, 2014

UPDATE. Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)

BREAKING NEWS - Malaysian Airlines Plane Crash Near Russian Border (VIDEO)

July 17, 2014

Plane Crashes Near The Border Of Ukraine (actual crash footage)

July 16th

City projects $1 million budget shortfall

July 16, 2014

Blackfoot city leaders are just in the early stages of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 thru Sept. 30, 2015); however, they are already bracing for a projected shortfall of about $1 million.
Blackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue."
"So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."

Jean Marie Giest, 67

July 16, 2014

Jean Marie Giest, 67, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.
Jean was born April 27, 1947 in Yakima, Washington to Clyde Russell Kingrey and Ruby Jean Schonewill.  She lived her entire lifetime since her youth in Blackfoot, attending grade school in Idaho Falls and graduating from Blackfoot High School.
On April 16 1971, Jean married Bruce Giest in Blackfoot, Idaho.  
Jean was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, and was actively involved in the faith unit, church council and helping with the fair booth and blood drives.

July 15th

City council approves BMH intern ride-along program

July 15, 2014

Blackfoot city officials approved an amendment to allow Bingham Memorial Hospital interns to ride and train with the city's ambulance and fire crews during a special meeting at City Hall on Tuesday.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said that BMH officials originally instigated a program to have the city's "ambulance service employees" work with the interns at the hospital - giving the city an opportunity to earn up to $60k with the program. However, Loomis said it became difficult to find ambulance employees who could cover at the hospital for the hours needed.

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