It's official. The redistricting map that defines the legislative districts was submitted to and approved by the Secretary of State Monday.
This new plan, drafted following completion of the 2010 U.S. Census to preserve one-person, one-vote principles, will result in significant changes for the 2013 Legislature. It places at least 32 sitting representatives and senators in 10 of the 35 districts into potential primaries with incumbents, most of them Republicans.
Under the map L93 that has been approved, seven counties will be split.
The Blackfoot High School Choral Department will present the popular Renaissance Dinner Feb. 2, 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The Renaissance Dinner includes dinner and an entertaining night of music and theater. Tickets are $18.
Throughout the meal the choir students will perform a skit involving the audience as well as a number of songs. The event is fun for both the students and those in attendance.
The event will feature performances by the Blackfoot A Cappella, Concert and Madrigal choirs.
You've seen him hustling out to pick up the kicking tee after the start of a Blackfoot High School football game. You've also seen him making sure that all the Bronco basketball players are sufficiently hydrated during timeouts.
Ralph Hulse is more than just the Bronco's biggest fan. Ralph is the team manager and takes his responsibilities seriously.
Hulse gets things ready for the BHS teams before their games and looks out for the athletes. He tries to lift the players' spirits when they fall behind, and no one wants a win more.
Mary Swanson, 98, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, January 30, 2012 at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
BLACKFOOT â€” A group of baseball lovers gathered at Mountain View Middle School on Monday night. They tested chili and helped the Blackfoot American Legion team raise money for the 2012 season.
"We hope to raise $4,000," said coach Jeff Katseanes. "That would pay for our uniforms and the umpires for the season."
The American Legion baseball season will begin the end of May and continue through the end of July. Katseanes said he hopes to put together a schedule of about 80 games.
The local firefighters union has issued a challenge to elementary students in the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts during the month of Februaryâ€”read as much and as often as you can.
The students will be rewarded for their efforts, of course.
The Blackfoot Firefighters of Local 4454 will reward the students who read the most minutes with a ride to school in a fire truck and dinner with the firefighters at the station.
The top class in each district will receive cash and a pizza party. For the top school, firefighters will serve lunch to the students.
Michelle Morgan was 14 years old when she first began considering the existence of ghosts. That intrigue has remained throughout her life, and today she works as a paranormal investigator to discover proof and to dispel misconceptions about paranormal activity.
Morgan is a certified paranormal investigator and founder of White Light Western Paranormal Investigations. Morganâ€™s team has conducted various investigations in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and Morgan and her husband Rick regularly travel to the famously haunted Virginia City, Nev., where they have also done investigations.
Two Shelley men were among 11 arrested Saturday night in Idaho Falls for the illegal distribution of Spice.
Kelly Mark Nelson, 24, and Henry Villegas, 21, of Shelley, and David Bartlett, 24, Lorraine Kay Torres, 44, William C. Brick, 24, Marc Augustus Adonga-Leonard, 21, Bryce Scott Mendel, 26, Brent Richard Powell, 22, Brian Keith Carson, Jr., 24, Becky Larue Jayne, 29, and Alan S. Hales, 18, all of Idaho Falls, were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony.
Maria Isabel Rodriquez Sanchez, 56, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was given eight months to live over nine years ago.
She was born Aug. 6, 1955, the daughter of Jacob and Adell Rodriquez.
As a child, Maria and her family traveled around working seasonal jobs where Mary met her husband, Jose Ramos Sanchez. They were married in 1971 in Blackfoot, Idaho where they made their home.
Maria was a member of the Catholic Church.
Katherine Pauline Giest, 93, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
She was born March 12, 1918 in Dickinson, North Dakota, the daughter of Martin Hegel and Rosalia Ehly.
Katherine was raised in Dickinson, and in Fromberg, Mont., where she received her education.
On March 12, 1936, she married Jonathan â€śPeteâ€ť Giest in Montana.
She has lived in North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California and has lived in Blackfoot since 1956.
She was a member of the Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Church.