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May 14th, 2014

County fifth graders enjoy Dare Day

May 14, 2014

Fun, sun, water, music and friends.
"It's Dare Day; what more can I say?" said Bingham County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Luker. He is the Dare officer in Bingham County.
"There are 800-900 fifth graders from every school in Bingham County celebrating their decisions to be drug free," he said. "They get to meet friends from across the county. High school role models from all five high schools are here to help."
Activities were set up in four areas on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. All the games were duplicated in each of these four areas.

May 13th

Robinson reflects on over 30 years with school lunch program

May 14, 2014

Tami Robinson has held the title of Blackfoot School District's child nutrition supervisor for over 20 years but she is the first one to say, "I am not an 'official' nutritionist. People keep calling me a nutritionist, but my education only goes as far as high school."
Robinson claims that it was through hard word and dedication that she excelled in her job, earning her the title of nutrition supervisor. As Robinson prepares to retire in just a few weeks, she reflects on a rewarding career with the district's lunch program that began when she started as a substitute cook back in 1983.

May 12th

City celebrates BMH

May 12, 2014

National Hospital Week will be celebrated this week at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis proclaimed May 11-17 as Hospital Week.
As stated in the proclamation, "Whereas the hard-working people that compose our hospitals deserve universal regard and appreciation for keeping our community healthy; … [Loomis urges] all residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable healthcare possible in Blackfoot.

May 11th

Stamp Out Hunger drive a success

May 11, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Mail carriers and rural mail carriers in the Blackfoot area brought in almost three tons of non-perishable food on Saturday.
Almost 30 volunteers were on hand at the Blackfoot Post Office parking lot to sort the food contributed by Blackfoot residents.
The exact weight of food contributed on Saturday was 5,740 pounds.
The food bank at the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) was the beneficiary of these food stuffs.
"We are happy," said Bobette Beesley, SEICAA Outreach Manager/Bingham County Coordinator. "It helps a lot.

May 8th

Butch Otter talks job growth in East Idaho

May 9, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Job growth in East Idaho was one of the topics Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter talked about during a brief visit to the Morning News on Thursday.
Otter is running for reelection to a third term as governor in 2014, seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20.
Otter said he and Idaho Department of Commerce Director Jeff Sayer are preparing to roll out a new "workforce development" program called "Accelerate Idaho."

May 7th

BHS "We The People" national champs reflect on experience

May 8, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot High School's "We The People" are still riding high from their first-ever "national win" at the competition in Washington D.C. last month. Of 23 team members and six units, "Unit Four" team members Jacob Harris, Gentry Carter, Nick Lemon and Marius Repenning claimed a first place trophy. It was a victory that they are happy to share with the entire team!

May 6th

City fees going up

May 7, 2014

BLACKFOOT—The Blackfoot City Council moved to increase the city's sewer, sanitation and water fees at Tuesday's city council meeting. The higher fees will hit the utility bills of residents starting in July.
The council also increased pool admission at the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming pool; however, the fees will be revisited again in six months after the pool committee completes its evaluations on the pool and reports back to the council with suggestions on what can done to bring the aging facility back up to par.

May 5th

Blackfoot Community Players kick off romantic comedy

May 5, 2014

The Blackfoot Community Players are presenting the romantic comedy "All Of A Sudden Peggy" May 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19 at the Nuart Theater. This is a show that brings director Heather McPhie's love for theater full circle.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Ticket prices are $7.
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May 4th

Blackfoot band director selected as Music Teacher of the Year

May 4, 2014

Blackfoot High School band director Jan Eddington has been recognized as the 2013 Idaho Music Educator of the Year. She received this award last month at the Idaho Music Educators’ Association meeting in Nampa.
“I was totally caught by surprise,” Eddington said. “There are so many amazing teachers in this state.
“It makes me all the more appreciative of this honor,” she said. “It means a lot to be recognized by my peers because I have such respect for them.”
Eddington will retire at the end of this school year after 23 years of teaching music in public schools in Idaho.

May 2nd

Union Pacific gives $6k to potato museum

May 2, 2014

BLACKFOOT—The Idaho Potato Museum received a check for $6,000 from Union Pacific Public Affairs Director Dan Harbeke on Friday. The funds that came through a Union Pacific Foundation grant will be used to repair the deteriorating stonework around the base of the old building - originally built as a train depot in 1913. Museum executive director Tish Dahmen specifically applied for the grant in hopes of funding the masonry repairs.

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