By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and two local events are planned in Blackfoot and Fort Hall for Thursday.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Health and Human Services Victims Assistance Program is conducting a mile walk, breakfast and program to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Registration for the walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Timbee Hall, with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the walk, breakfast will be served followed by a presentation from Domestic Abuse Judges David Hooste and Brandelle Whitworth.
Additional activities are planned, with the event concluding at noon.
For more information call the Victim Assistance Program Office at 478-3992 or 478-3991.
In Blackfoot, the Bingham Crisis Center is sponsoring a domestic violence awareness candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. at the shelter at Jensen Grove Park.
At the vigil Mayor Mike Virtue will make a proclamation, and Dr. Bryce Moser, Jennifer Alder with Probation and Parole, Sheriff Dave Johnson and Blackfoot Police Chief Dave Moore will all speak.
At the conclusion of the vigil, balloons will be released to represent the men, women and children who have been sheltered and those who have died as a result of domestic violence in Idaho within the last year.
For more information about the vigil, contact the Bingham Crisis Center at 785-1047.