October 30th, 2011
COEUR D'ALENE â€” Don't be surprised at your Halloween party this evening if you bump into someone dressed as a back-to-back champion because there are a fine group of Snake River Panthers who are exactly that after the Panther volleyball team accomplished their season long goal on Saturday with a pair of thrilling victories in the 3A state volleyball tournament.
"To be in the championship and then actually win it, there are no words for it," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said.
BLACKFOOT â€” On Friday, Bingham County Chiropractic donated 150 winter coats to the Bingham Crisis Center. During October, for the past four years, Bingham County Chiropractic has spearheaded this coat drive under the direction of Dr. Michael Johnson, Cari Garrett and Dixie Chapman from the Bingham Crisis Center.
"We love the coat drive; especially receiving children's coats," Chapman said. "Anyone who needs a coat can come to the Crisis Center to get one. No one in Bingham County should be cold."
"We do this every year because we know the coats go to a good cause," Johnson said,
FORT HALL â€” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the FMC Operable Unit of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund Site until Dec. 2.
The decision comes after several people speaking at the public hearing earlier this month in Fort Hall expressed that they did not have enough time to review the information regarding the proposed plan to provide comment at that hearing. Many also criticized the EPA's handling of that meeting.
FORT HALL â€” Speaking to a large group gathered at the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's first Indian Law Conference in Fort Hall, Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, got emotional while talking about crimes committed on Indian reservations.
"Tribes will never meet their full potential to have prosperous communities without safe communities," Echo Hawk said.
He said public safety is one of three priorities outlined by the Obama administration and is the primary concern among tribal leaders throughout the country.
BLACKFOOT â€” Colby Pearson scored four touchdowns and the heavily favored Blackfoot Broncos took care of business in a convincing 41-13 home win over Wood River on Friday evening.
The visiting Wolverines put a brief scare into the large Blackfoot crowd who braved the bone chilling wind as they forced a fumble on Blackfoot's first offensive play of the game.
The defense quickly alleviated that anxious moment however as they drove the Wolverines back on the next three plays and after a punt, the Broncos wound up with a net loss of five yards on the the whole series of events.
POCATELLO â€“ The Firth Cougar football program took a huge step back to where it has historically been on Thursday evening as it knocked off the Malad Dragons 33-26 in the first round of the 2A state football playoffs.
Mitch Orme led the way for a Cougar team that was looking to exact a little bit of payback on the Dragons from a heartbreaking two-point loss two months ago.
Orme was fantastic as he accounted for three touchdowns for the Cougars, a pair rushing and another through the air as he amassed 102 yards on the ground and 83 through the air.
POCATELLO â€“ Led by Wyatt Wrayâ€™s four touchdown passes, Snake River knocked off South Fremont for the second time this season on Thursday, advancing to the next round of the Class 3A state football playoffs with a 34-23 victory at Idaho Stateâ€™s Holt Arena.
BLACKFOOT â€“ The Legislative Redistricting committee has completed its work.
To keep the population of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe together, that group was moved into Legislative District 28 with the eastern side of Bannock County and all of Oneida County.
The city of Pocatello and the area around it are now designated at Legislative District 29.
With the loss of population from the reservation, most of Bingham County has been joined by Butte County.
For the past 10 years, Butte County was part of a legislative district made up of Butte, Jefferson, Clark, Lemhi and Custer counties.
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY â€” A Blackfoot man is among those at the Idaho National Laboratory who have a role in NASA's mission to Mars later this year.
Stephen Johnson is director of Space Nuclear Systems and Technologies Division at the INL. His team is responsible for the assembly, testing and certification of a battery which will be used to charge the rover Curiousity when it lands on Mars in August of 2012. Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled on Nov. 25.
On Wednesday Johnson conducted a tour of his facility for members of the media.
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BLACKFOOT â€” Next Wednesday, the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded "to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), United States Army, collectively, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II."
The formal award presentation will be made in Washington, D.C.