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May 22nd, 2014

Blackfoot District will contract out custodial services

May 23, 2014

BLACKFOOT — In what turned out to be an upbeat and positive meeting over a controversial matter, Blackfoot School District officials unanimously moved to contract out the district's custodial services to "GCA Services Group" out of Cleveland, Ohio at Thursday's board meeting.
While the official contract with the company will start July 1, 2014, GCA officials, who were in Blackfoot for the meeting, say the transition will "start immediately."

May 21st

Final county election results

May 22, 2014

BLACKFOOT – With 100 percent of the 28 precincts in Bingham County reporting, the voting totals for county races are:
State Senator Steve Bair faced no opposition. He received 5,071 votes.
State Representative District 31 Position A Neil Anderson received 5,117. He was unopposed.
State Representative District 31 Position B Julie VanOrden received 5,144 votes. She was also unopposed.
County Commissioner District 1
Mark Bair was unopposed. He received 5,050 votes.
County Commissioner District 2
Incumbent Whitney Manwaring was reelection. He received 3,831 votes or 68.82 percent.

May 20th

Shelley graduates reminded of class motto on unity

May 21, 2014

Quoting the class motto "where there is unity, there is always victory," valedictorian Kendra Johnson pointed out that Shelley High's 2014 graduates have been able to support one another since 2002.
That's when they began their public education journey, with some students joining them and others leaving along the way.
"As we move on, many of us will face many more challenges," Johnson reminded her classmates. "If we go forward united, we will always be strong."
Salutorian Brennan Taylor said, "one quality that has allowed us to get where we are today — determination.

May 19th

Local man sentenced for injuring his daughter

May 20, 2014

A Blackfoot man was sentenced Monday on one felony count of aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. This felony involved his baby daughter.
Fernando Lee Naranjo, age 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and injury to a child on April 7. Tuesday he was sentenced.
The healthy baby girl was born Nov. 19, 2013, said Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson. On Jan. 18, 2014, her father beat her bad enough to cause seizures and traumatic brain injury.
The child had a brain injury, retinal hemorrhaging, bruising and broken bones. She now has seizures.

May 18th

Tommy Vaughn's Marathon and More raises $3,500 for Community Dinner Table

May 18, 2014

John Taberna of Blackfoot won the Tommy Vaughn Marathon for the third straight year on Saturday.
Taberna finished the 26.2-mile course, changed slightly to put the finish at the shelter in Jensen Grove, in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds. Nate Reese of Iona finished second in 3:14.33 with Tony Parsons of Blackfoot third in 3:17.18.
"I was under three (hours) easy, then I hit the wall at 22 miles," Taberna said of his race. "It was great weather with good runners. We all ran well, then the heat came and I lucked out," Taberna said.

May 16th

Fire destroys house near Shelley

May 16, 2014

SHELLEY – A fire destroyed at house between Shelley and Firth Friday afternoon.
The house was located near 1060 N. 1000 E., Shelley.
"The fire started in a pan of oil on the stove," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "The lady left it to go outside.
"When she returned, the kitchen was on fire and then the house was totally involved before we [the Shelley Fire Department] got there," he said. "I think the house was totally involved before we were called.
The Shelley Station was first to respond; the Firth Fire Department gave a hand, said Carter.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top SRHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top BHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

May 15th

Inmate work crew helps clean up county

May 16, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County inmate work crew have spent the past three weeks working on county property, said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The inmates work four days each week–Monday through Thursday, said Rowland.
"This is what I ran on," said Rowland. "They get out of their cells and learn a trade skill.
"[Their work] saves the county money and beautifies the community," he said. "We are trying to make them better candidates to get jobs.
"I have a waiting list," said Rowland.
See Friday's Morning News for the full story.

May 14th

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.

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