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Local Catholic priest officially installed as church pastor of two parishes

July 25, 2014

BLACKFOOT — After serving the Blackfoot and Fort Hall communities since 2011, Father Jose´ de Jesus Gonzalez was officially installed as the pastor of Blackfoot's St. Bernard's Catholic Church and Fort Hall's St. Kateri's Catholic Church at a special mass at St. Bernard's on Friday. This means that the church's bishop [Michael Driscoll of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise] has entrusted Gonzalez with the two parishes and that he [Gonzalez] will serve in the area for at least six more years.

The Castle sold to BCCLC

July 25, 2014

BLACKFOOT — The distinctive Castle Pre-School and Day Care, north of Blackfoot, has been sold to the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) on Hunter's Loop. The two facilities share a common 174 foot boundary.
The Castle Pre-School and Day Care will be open through Thursday, July 31. BCCLC will take over ownership on Friday, Aug. 1.

SR legal fees in Asmus case over $50K

July 23, 2014

From March 6 through July 21 of this year, the Snake River School District has spent $57,846.08 on legal advice. This figure is 723 percent above the budgeted amount for legal services.
The Snake River District budgeted $8,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, said business manager Chris Nelson.
Much of that money went to conduct hearings into the case of Elaine Asmus, a science teacher who was charged with harassment following a disagreement with another teacher in January. When she was not offered a contract for the 2014-2015 school year, Asmus sought a public hearing.

District 55 to re-bid bus routes

July 23, 2014

In a brief meeting on Tuesday, Blackfoot School District officials moved to rebid 10 of 16 bus routes. The special meeting was called after Teton Stage Lines owner Donavan Harrington appealed the decision originally made by the district in June denying their bid for the routes and giving them to Miles Bus Company even though Teton Stage Lines was the lowest bidder.

Callison named EISF Grand Marshall

July 22, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot native Darrell Jack Callison has been named Grand Marshal of this year's Eastern Idaho State Fair by the EISF Board of Directors. He will lead the annual parade down Shilling Avenue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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.

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

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

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