By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
FORT HALL — A total of 13 contestants competed in the Shoshone-Bannock 11th Annual talent show “Fort Hall’s Rising Stars” at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino & Hotel Event Center September 22.
The talent show had six categories dancing, singing, lip synching, musical instrument, comedy and traditional.
Annie Bacon CFS Interim manager said since there was 13 participants registered everyone won a cash prize. “The pandemic caused the talent show to cancel for two years, it was time for our community to come back together” she said. The community’s connection, support and spirituality was lost during the quarantine and with performing it don’t come easy for many people, she continued, encouraging one another on the stage is one of the best confidence boosters is the best thing for our mental wellness. (cont.)
In other news...
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Ballots for the Mountain Home Economic Development project referendum were not counted September 23 because the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Election Board said the 797 vote threshold wasn’t reached because 601 voters cast ballots.
Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small said the tribal membership voted at the Annual Meeting to have the referendum vote. He said there was precedence in the past on referendums where ballots weren’t counted if the voting threshold wasn’t reached. “Had we reached that threshold we would still be sitting here counting them.” He thanked all the workers and the Fort Hall Police Department too. (cont.)
POCATELLO (AP) — Authorities have identified four people who were killed in a crash between a potato truck and passenger car September 21.
The Bannock County Coroner's Office said Delight Moemberg, 44; Deborah Pabawena, 63; Philip Ponzo, 28; and Faedem Fidim, 37, were killed in the collision near Chubbuck. All four were Fort Hall residents.
Someone called to report the collision to Idaho State Police around 6:45 p.m., and Bannock County Sheriff's deputies and Fort Hall police officers also responded. The passenger vehicle was headed east and the potato truck was headed north when the vehicles collided near an intersection, and the passenger vehicle caught fire. The four people in the passenger vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. (cont.)
IDAHO FALLS — Thanks to the generous support of Battelle Energy Alliance, the Idaho Falls Zoo will offer admission for only $0.50 to all American Indian/Alaska Natives from Oct. 1 through 16 in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The special admission rate is valid for all ages when you show proof of tribal affiliation or descendant status at zoo admissions during the promotional period according to a press release. The rate is only valid for general admission and does not include fundraisers or special events. (cont.)