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Callison named EISF Grand Marshall

July 22, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot native Darrell Jack Callison has been named Grand Marshal of this year's Eastern Idaho State Fair by the EISF Board of Directors. He will lead the annual parade down Shilling Avenue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Pingree woman's students shine in national competition

July 20, 2014

Under the instruction of longtime music teacher Rebecca Battle of Pingree, Pocatello teen Austin Keller holds a first place title from the International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition at Incline Village, Nevada, last week.
Keller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year.

County officials plant trees at courthouse

July 18, 2014

Bingham County commissioners Whitney Manwaring and Mark Bair and Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland each planted a flowering pear tree on the boulevard on Friday morning at the southwest side of the Bingham County Courthouse.
"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building.

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VIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash

July 18, 2014

VIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash

Senior Olympics pickleball champions from Blackfoot

July 18, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The pickleball doubles team of Bill Hunt and Frank Tomazin took first place in their age category in the Senior Olympics last Saturday in Pocatello.
“It was a good time,” said Hunt. “I also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).
Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.

UPDATE. Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)

July 17, 2014

UPDATE. Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)

BREAKING NEWS - Malaysian Airlines Plane Crash Near Russian Border (VIDEO)

July 17, 2014

Plane Crashes Near The Border Of Ukraine (actual crash footage)

City projects $1 million budget shortfall

July 16, 2014

Blackfoot city leaders are just in the early stages of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 thru Sept. 30, 2015); however, they are already bracing for a projected shortfall of about $1 million.
Blackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue."
"So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."

City council approves BMH intern ride-along program

July 15, 2014

Blackfoot city officials approved an amendment to allow Bingham Memorial Hospital interns to ride and train with the city's ambulance and fire crews during a special meeting at City Hall on Tuesday.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said that BMH officials originally instigated a program to have the city's "ambulance service employees" work with the interns at the hospital - giving the city an opportunity to earn up to $60k with the program. However, Loomis said it became difficult to find ambulance employees who could cover at the hospital for the hours needed.

Girl Scouts learn about fishing

July 14, 2014

Representatives of the Idaho Fish and Game were at Jensen Grove Monday evening to help Girl Scouts of the Silver Sage Council try their hand at fishing. Since rainstorms were making their way through Blackfoot, the girls and their friends split their time between fishing on the piers and gathering together in the amphitheater.
"This is my first time [fishing] ever," said Aeris Curtis, age 9.
Byllie Baxter explained how to bait a hook.
"Cover above the barb," she said. "Fish only have a little mouth. You don't want them to take only the bait and not the hook."

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