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February 14th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Hopefully there will be closure soon for the family of Blackfoot man Jack Doering, who has been missing for over a year, as San Bernandino County officials work to identify human remains found in the California desert that are believed to be his.
Doering, who would be 83 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's disease, has not been seen since Jan. 17, 2013 when he grabbed the keys his Chevy Suburban and drove away from a Yuma, Ariz. shopping center where he and his wife Leah were getting haircuts. The longtime Blackfoot residents wintered in the area.
BLACKFOOT â€” As this year's Bingham County "Relay for Life" event moves forward for its annual June 13 fundraiser, organizers are grateful for the sponsors and teams who are on board and eager to welcome more.
With this year's theme of "Be Someone's Hero" and a goal of $120,000, Relay for Life co-chair Dawn Larsen said, "We would like to once again thank our sponsors for their continuing support in our efforts to fight all types of cancer in our community. As we visit the businesses this year, we hope that you will take the opportunity to be a sponsor."
FORT HALL â€” Job hunters who attended the spring job fair at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center in Fort Hall on Wednesday were pleasantly surprised at the number of employers represented who are ready to hire now or in the near future. The two-day event , sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and 477 Programs, offered job training workshops on Tuesday followed by the job fair featuring 20 employers with information on careers and job opportunities.
BLACKFOOT â€” Braden Mangum,14, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, has been named one of Idaho's top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual National Awards Program, sponsored by Prudential Financial.
He will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from May 3-6.
"Service projects help people and things that are in need," said Braden.
Braden and his brother, Tracen, started as volunteers at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter in June 2013.
The boys wanted a dog; their parents wanted them to learn responsibility.
About 30 students from Ridge Crest, Moreland and Arco elementary schools were honored Tuesday evening for their award-winning artistic endeavors in this year's regional Reflections Program.
Sponsored by the school's PTA, Reflections gives students an opportunity to create works of art through dance choreography, film/video production, visual arts, music composition, literature and photography - based around a designated theme. This year's Reflections theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire." The entries are then judged by community volunteers requested by the PTA.
The standoff in Firth on Saturday afternoon started after a man was stabbed.
"We were first alerted by an anonymous caller who reported there was a fight," said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The man who was the center of the standoff, 59-year-old Roger Vincent Arellano, was arrested on Saturday.
Arellano has been charged with aggravated battery for use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm. The maximum sentence is up to 15 years and/or $50,000 fine.
There were plenty of police officers and guns in Firth for about three hours on Saturday afternoon.
Law enforcement officers were responding to a stabbing in an alley in Firth. The suspect, identified on Sunday as 55-year-old Roger Arellano, had barricaded himself in a house on Wilson Street.
â€śI was watching it from a fire truck,â€ť said Firth Mayor Vincent Winn Larson. â€śWe were just doing traffic control.
â€śThere sure were a lot of officers with a lot of guns,â€ť he said. â€śThey took their time; no one else was hurt.
FIRTH â€“ There were plenty of flashing lights in Firth Saturday afternoon. Law enforcement vehicles, a fire engine and QRU units were on hand along Hwy. 91.
A fight in an alley on Saturday ended with a man being stabbed.
The suspect then barricaded himself in a house on Wilson Street near Hwy. 91.
The confrontation started at 15:59 hours (almost 4 oâ€™clock) and ended at 18:33 hours (about 6:30 p.m.).
Law enforcement officers breeched the house, knocking down the door, and arrested the suspect.
FORT HALL â€” Shoshone-Bannock tribal members throughout Fort Hall had some fun wearing red on Friday for "National Wear Red Day" while helping to raise awareness for a very serious health issue: heart disease.
Shoshone-Bannock spokeswoman Randy'L Teton said that with the backing of Tribal Health Services, social media was used to encourage the entire community to have some fun wearing red to help bring awareness to heart disease, an affliction that hits Native Americans (particularly women) hard.
The Blackfoot Community Center (BCC) is finding creative ways to raise money with a monthly "I Love Blackfoot Kids" Campaign. Executive director Ashlee Howell said that since the 21st Century Grant has expired, it is more important than ever to implement fundraisers to keep money coming into the center.