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November 14th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” When Annie Gardner first started looking into enlisting in the Idaho National Guard, Jim Blake was there as her recruiter.
"When I got to basic training, everything he said was spot on," said Gardner. She noted that other soldiers told her that their recruiters had painted vastly different pictures of the experience.
"He didn't lie to me," Gardner said.
Gardner recalled Blake's support as friends met at the National Guard Armory for a retirement social on Monday.
FIRTH â€” To raise money for the Firth football team to travel to Moscow for the state 2A finals, a spaghetti feed will be from 6â€”8 p.m. Wednesday in the Firth High School cafeteria. A pep rally will follow the dinner.
The football moms are sponsoring the spaghetti feed. Cost is $5 per individual and $20 per family.
The money will go to help pay for expenses for the football team's trip to Moscow for the state championship.
"We estimate it will cost $3,000 for the bus," said Firth High School principal Jeff Gee.
BLACKFOOT â€” School fundraisers are now more important than ever. With deep budget cuts schools are reliant on the extra funds generated through fundraisers to help fill in the gaps.
While some schools are sticking with the tried and true -- others are venturing into new territory, hoping the risk will pay off. Ridge Crest Elementary is one school that decided to try something new this year and its switch from a catalog order to a math-a-thon equalled big success.
THOMAS â€“â€“ Blackfoot Fire Department is now responding to a structure fire at 799 West 100 South. There are reports of a chimney fire at the residence. We will bring you updates as they become available.
UPDATED: 11:15 a.m. â€“Â There are no injuries reported.
UPDATED: 11:22 a.m. - Minor fire resulting in roof damage to the residence. Crews are checking for hot spots.
POCATELLO â€” Veterans from Twin Falls to Soda Springs and Rexburg to Preston received praise for their service at a Red, White and Blue gala on Saturday.
"I think it's great," said Max Rowberry of Blackfoot. "I'm honored to be a part of it.
"We did what we had to do at that time," added Rowberry, a Vietnam vet.
"It warms your heart, I'll tell you that," said Roland Wright, a World War II veteran who graduated from Blackfoot High School. "It stirs my memory of a lot of warm experiences. It causes me to think of some of the heroes of my time."
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Science and Technology Charter School hosted the FIRST LEGO League regional qualifying tournament Saturday. Seventeen teams from Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Ammon gathered in the gym to complete for five spots at the state tournament in December. The competition is open to students ages 9-14.
Two teams from Mountain View Middle School â€” Crazy Bananaz and Sanitation Enforcers â€” received second place trophies in their respective categories.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 90 runners participated in the first Blackfoot Tater Trot race on Saturday, braving wet, windy and cold conditions to run in the inaugural race.
The race set the scene for a big announcement â€” the Tommy Vaughn's Marathon will take place in Blackfoot next year on May 19.
BLACKFOOT â€” Wanting to help those at need this Thanksgiving, Blackfoot Auto & Tire and Kirkham Auto Parts are offering free oil changes for those who bring in a turkey of at least 10 pounds. Â
Kirkham Auto Parts is supplying oil and oil filters for any vehicle that uses five quarts of oil.
"No diesels," said John Reyes, Kirkham Auto Parts store manager. "Diesels take gallons of oil."
Blackfoot Auto & Tire personnel are providing the labor at no cost to the customer.
"We'll top the fluids, too," said general manager Don Hawkes,
BLACKFOOT â€” Over 200 people participated in the Blackfoot Elks Lodge's Veterans Day fundraiser on Friday.
"Fundraising for such things as the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello are always subject to cuts," noted Brian Cornett, who serves on the Idaho Veterans Assistance League. "So we pick up the slack. But we're not the only ones. So do the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW."
Everyone should thank veterans, Corbett said. "It's because of that veteran that they have what they have."
Lt. Col. Dwight Richins is one of thousands of brave men who served his country and recently returned home after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with his unit in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Dwight Richins, like many of our brave soldiers, volunteered to serve his country, a noble and very brave decision for one of the finest high school football coaches in all of Idaho.