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September 20th, 2011

Mobile Food Pantry seeks volunteers

September 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Once a month, volunteers with the Mobile Food Pantry distribute food to those in need in the community—and more volunteers are needed.
The Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by the Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot Community Pantry and the Idaho Foodbank, takes place the fourth Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry is currently operating at 340 W. Sexton St.
In July and August, the pantry served 160 families. They distribute between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds of food each month.

September 19th

Service projects keep community busy

September 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Service to community was the theme at several activities around Blackfoot on Saturday.
Members of various wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church prepared corn for the Community Dinner Table.
Over 100 people participated in the Second Annual Buddy Walk to support families and increase awareness of Down Syndrome. And firefighters invited passers-by to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Shelley celebration is spud-tacular

September 19, 2011

SHELLEY – Thousands attended the 83rd Idaho Annual Spud Day in Shelley on Saturday.
The oldest contest in this annual event is Spud Picking. Different age groups pick up different weights of potatoes.
Children as young as 4- to 5-years-old can compete for the prize money. At age 17, everyone competes in the adult category. Women pick up 400 pounds of potatoes; men pick up 500 pounds in this timed event.
This is the ninth year in a row that Chad Baker of Pocatello has claimed the title of male World Champion Spud Picker. This is also the 10th time Baker has earned the title.

September 17th

Shelley to conduct Spud Day festivities today

September 17, 2011

Shelley celebrates Spud Day today

SHELLEY — The 83rd annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelley is today. This year's theme is "All Buttered Up."
Activities begin with a parade down State Street beginning at 9:45 a.m. Highlights of the day include the Spud Tug at 3 p.m., free potatoes served at noon, the World Champion Potato Picking Contests and performances on the free park stage, all at Shelley City Park/Dawn Lloyd Field.

Stoddard celebrates Constitution Day

September 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Students at Stoddard Elementary School celebrated Constitution Day with a program on Friday.
"This is why I love education," said Principal Ryan Wilson. "It is programs like this that bring people together and we recognize and remember that we are all one nation, we are all Americans."

Shelley trustees reject church's effort to lease building

September 17, 2011

SHELLEY — Shelley trustees turned down the request of the Journey Church to lease the Goodsell building at the school board meeting Thursday evening.
"It doesn't fit into our current and future plans for use of the Goodsell building," said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
Shelley school board members suggested the building could be remodeled to house the district office. Part of it could be developed into a training center for teachers or for more technology.
Currently, Goodsell is used for back-up technology, storage and during the winter, Junior Jazz basketball.

September 16th

All can give back to others, Huntsman tells Idaho Community Foundation supporters

September 16, 2011

IDAHO FALLS — Karen Huntsman, wife of industrialist Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., learned a valuable lesson early in their marriage.
"No matter who you are and what you're doing, you can give back to others," Huntsman told those attending the Idaho Community Foundation luncheon on Thursday.
As a young Navy wife, she recalled, she noticed that $50 from their paycheck was missing each month. When she asked her husband where that money was going, he told her it was in a special fund.

Premier grants full scholarships to two employees

September 16, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Two employees at Premier Technology received a special bonus Thursday— full scholarships to Idaho State University to complete their degrees.
Rodney Jenks and Walker Jones were the recipients of the scholarships, which are fully funded by Premier Technology. The scholarships will fund tuition, books and fees until they receive their degrees.
Jenks is pursing a bachelor's degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from Idaho State University with a minor in business. He expects to graduate in May of 2014.

Lions Club, Blackfoot School District partner for vision, hearing screenings

September 16, 2011

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot Lions Club is working in conjunction with Blackfoot School District to administer free vision and hearing screenings to every elementary child in second and fourth grade within the district.
The Mobile Screening Unit was at Stoddard and Ridge Crest elementaries Thursday as they make their way through the school district. Principal Ryan Wilson said that by mid-morning they had already identified five second graders with potential vision problems.

County commissioners certify levies

September 16, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Voters will be asked to approve a permanent ambulance override rather than a supplemental one on the November ballot. Bingham County Commissioners unanimously approved this resolution on Thursday.
"This is not a tax increase," explained Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "It would have the same restrictions as all other county, city and district levies. Levy limits are set by state statute and have a 3 percent cap.
"Taxes should not increase," Staub said, "If approved, a new election would not be scheduled every two years for the ambulance override.

 

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