Archive - May 17, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Voters defeated a supplemental levy request in Firth and elected a few new faces to local school boards.
Voters in the Firth School District defeated the request for a two-year, $300,000 supplemental levy. More than 43 percent of registered voters in the Firth School District cast their vote, with 45.2 percent supporting the levyâ€”a difference of 80 votes. A simple majority was needed to pass the levy.
Firth officials hoped to use the levy funds to reduce the impact of state budget cuts.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration brought nearly 900 fifth graders to the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Tuesday. From Shelley to Aberdeen, and every school in between, students celebrated completion of the D.A.R.E. program outdoors with food, dancing, and fun.
Sergeant Craig Luker from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office spends the school year in fifth grade classrooms throughout Bingham County teaching D.A.R.E. curriculum. He says "it is not an easy job -- I can be in anywhere from one to six classes a day and sometimes at schools as much as 50 miles apart."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School District is facing $2.072 million in funding cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. At the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night several ideas were presented as potential ways to shrink the budget.
Assistant Superintendent Chad Struhs presented information from the finance committee on budget reductions and ways the district can balance the budget.
"We're looking at a $2 million deficit in order to operate," Struhs said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the death penalty for an Idaho man convicted in the gruesome murder of a Blackfoot woman in 1984.
A three judge panel ruled Tuesday in the case of Richard Leavitt, who was convicted in the brutal stabbing death of 31-year-old Danette Jean Elg.
Leavitt was sentenced to death in 1985 by a state judge who cited the heinous nature of the crime.
Defense attorneys have tried several times to appeal the death sentence.
BLACKFOOT â€” Personal messages left on the two Chamber of Commerce marquees in Blackfoot over the weekend have provided law enforcement with a few clues as to who vandalized the signs.
During the weekend, someone removed the letters on the marquees at the Idaho Potato Museum and near Riverside Plaza and put up their own message on the marquees. Several letters near the Potato Museum were broken.
â€śWe do have some information weâ€™re following up on,â€ť Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus said.
BLACKFOOT â€” While the state tennis championship is yet to be decided on the court, Blackfootâ€™s boys team claimed a state title through its efforts in the classroom.
Coach Brint Jefferis said the team has received notice from the Idaho High School Activities Association that it is the Class 4A Academic State Champion this season.
â€śItâ€™s amazing,â€ť Jefferis said. â€śHow do they juggle it all? These guys are involved in so many things, from We the People and BPA (Business Professionals Association) and choir, band and student government.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Lillian Vallely School have been learning about growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. On Monday, they each took turns planting items in their new garden plot at the school.
Lillian Vallely was one of 15 schools throughout Idaho to receive a $2,000 grant from the State Department of Education to build a garden to promote nutrition, science and agricultural education.