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October 24th, 2013
BLACKFOOT â€” All six Blackfoot mayoral candidates and seven candidates for the four councilman positions took part in the forum at the American Legion on Thursday.
Each candidate was given five minutes to introduce himself or herself and then questions were taken from the audience.
The mayoral candidates are Carlos Mercado, Dan Cravens, Paul Loomis, Carlos Martinez, John Hobbler and Rick Bigler.
Running for the Blackfoot City Council are:
Seat 1-Ken Ashcraft, Andy Hasselbring and Chris Jensen, who is the incumbent.
Seat 2-Layne (Skip) Gardner
Seat 3-Bart Brown
Ashlee Howell, a co-founder of the Blackfoot Community Center, received the Extraordinary Under 40 award at the Idaho State Journal's Business & Achievement Awards on Wednesday.
"Lots of days I don't feel extraordinary," Howell said as she thanked her husband, Casey, and their four children for their support.
"I wish there could be two names on this plaque," Howell said, recognizing co-founder Sandra Weston.
Howell and Weston founder the center in 2007. It now serves over 400 children in the Blackfoot area.
BLACKFOOT â€” No one in Bingham County should have to go without a warm coat this year thanks to the success of the 6th annual 'coat drive' spearheaded by Blackfoot's "Bingham County Chiropractic." Organizers wrapped up the coat drive on Tuesday calling it "the most successful one yet."
"This was a great coat drive, better than years past," said Cari Garrett, office manager of Bingham County Chiropractic. "More businesses participated this year and we've received hundreds of clean, gently used coats and jackets."
AMERICAN FALLSâ€” On October 22nd at approximately 2:40pm, Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van, on Interstate 86 near milepost 29, near American Falls in Power County, Idaho.
The vehicle was traveling east and was stopped for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as 26 year old Michael Torgerson, from Leeds, North Dakota.
Pursuant to the traffic stop, 6 pounds of suspected marijuana was found and seized.
FORT HALLâ€” Fort Hall inmate Nathaniel Yabenay was captured by Bannock deputies on Vaughn street near a rest home in Pocatello on Oct 21 at 9:30 p.m..
Find out more information regarding the capture and collaboration of both departments in pursuing federal charges against Yabenay for his escape from lawful custody in tomorrow's paper.
BLACKFOOTâ€” Reports indicate that the Sparks Middle School shooting took place outside of the building rather than inside the building, a heroic story unravelled as the situation escalated.
The boy, whose name has not been released, began by shooting a fellow student in the shoulder on Oct 21, then shot and killed teacher Mike Landsberry before shooting a second student in the abdomen, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said at a news conference.
He then shot himself to death, according to police.
The first of a series of town hall meetings to introduce Blackfoot residents to the candidates running in the upcoming city election will be Wednesday at the Blackfoot Senior Citizen Center (20 E. Pacific St.).
Pam Beus executive director of the senior center said that a luncheon will be served at noon (for a $4 donation) followed by the forum which will begin at 12:30.
Blackfoot resident Karole Honas, anchor of KIFI Local News 8, will moderate the meeting.
BLACKFOOTâ€”With the federal government open for business after a 16-day shutdown, we asked our Facebook friends' opinion regarding the situation.
We asked: The first government "shutdown", in nearly 20 years, is now "over." What are your thoughts and feelings about this?"
"We have no leadership in this nation. The debt ceiling being raised will only add to the problems. Obama says we got to get the trust of the people again. Too late for that," said Arlen Arlen Arlen.
Washington, D.C. â€“ Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted against legislation to delay the nationâ€™s borrowing limit until February 7, 2014, and temporarily fund government operations until January 15, 2013.
Included in the agreement is a requirement for both chambers of Congress to go to conference on a budget with a reporting deadline of December 13, 2013, as well as new safeguards to ensure people who receive federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under Obamacare are eligible to receive them.