Archive - Feb 2013
Nonpareil Farms has publicly confirmed its intent to sell its dehydrated potato business in Blackfoot to Basic American Foods. Employees at the companies were informed of the plans last week.
Four school districts in Bingham County are asking voters to approve supplemental levies for their districts.
The school districts are Blackfoot 55, Snake River 52, Aberdeen 58 and Bonneville Joint 93.
Â° Blackfoot School District 55 is asking voters to approve a $1,975,000 supplemental levy for each of two years. The total cost of this levy over two years is $3,950,000.
Â° Snake River School District 52 is asking approval of a $900,000 supplemental levy for each of two years. The total cost of this levy over two years is $1,800,000.
Former CIA officer L. Larry Boothe told Republicans at Saturday's Lincoln Day luncheon the importance of that agency.
"The CIA is vital to the security in this nation," Boothe said. "The CIA is the nation's first line of defense."
He told of his involvement in the covert war against Russia in Afghanistan in the 1980s and touched on some controversies the agency is dealing with today.
"I think it's a mistake," Boothe said of President Obama's abolishment of enhanced interrogation methods. He noted that those methods produced information vital in the battle against terrorism.
POCATELLO â€” Bingham County wrestlers had 15 chances at individual state titles entering Saturday's portion of the 2013 State Wrestling Championships. By days end, three stood above the rest as Treyton Nilsson, Jacob Frost and Luke Madsen each won state titles in their respective weight classes.
Nilsson started the finals action off with a bang as he took on Bubba Boots of South Fremont in a rematch of the Tiger-Grizz final a little more than a month previous.
At the Tiger-Grizz Nilsson built a big lead only to fall late in the third round. On Saturday, Nilsson reversed that with a thrilling 4-2 win.
"I was trying not to go as hard as I possibly could in the first round this time, instead I was trying to even it out because I'm not too good on my stamina," Nilsson said. "It was great, you can't really describe the feeling of winning."
POCATELLO â€” The states finest wrestlers descend upon Idaho State University's Holt Arena on Friday with each of them dreaming of glory and an individual state championship as they began the two day tournament.
Amid them were Bingham Counties best as Blackfoot, Snake River, Shelley, Firth and Aberdeen each sent a contingent into the fray. At days end, Bingham County had represented themselves quite well thank you as the five schools combined to send fifteen wrestlers into today's semifinals and in so doing, assuring themselves no worse than sixth place medals for their efforts.
Items of note from Feb. 6-16.
GUM THEFT: Feb. 6, 12:41 p.m.: A caller at the Short Stop reported the theft of five packs of gum. A citation was given.
THEFT: Feb. 6, 1:16 p.m.: A caller reported $50 stolen.
WELFARE CHECK: Feb. 6, 5:32 p.m.: A caller at Taco Bell said a female is beating a child in a vehicle.
CAR VS GARAGE: Feb. 8, 10:28 a.m.: A caller said a woman just crashed into the garage and appears to be stuck in her vehicle.
Snake River School Board trustees approved a declaration of candidacy for three school board positions during their meeting at Rockford Elementary on Wednesday.
The positions open are in Zones 1, 4 and 5.
Zone 1 is in the Pingree-Rockford area. Annis Williams was appointed to complete Julie VanOrdenâ€™s term. Williams has the option to run for this seat in the May election.
Korden Wray represents Zone 4 in the Riverside area. Wray stated he would not run for reelection.
Steve Reader represents Zone 5 in the Moreland area.
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk presented the need of passage of the supplemental levy in the Snake River School District to board trustees on Wednesday.
"In the past few years, the Snake River School District has received $1.1 million less from the legislature," he said.
Snake River is not the only school district that has suffered financially.
"Eighty-five out of the 115 school districts in Idaho have supplemental levies," Gabrylczyk said.
The requested $900,000 supplemental levy, if passed, will be used for current infrastructure in the school district, he said.
All nine members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) team from Firth who competed in the Sixth District STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) earned first place.
Competing in the Senior Division were:
Â° Celeste Esplin placed first with her project, American Idols.
Â° Mikaela Jensen won first with her project, Courageous.
Â° Kasidy Belnap was first with her project, Hunger Games.
Â° Warren Munger placed first with his project, What's Your Color?
Competing in the Occupational Division were:
ST. ANTHONY â€” For the eighth time in nine seasons and the seventh time in a row, the Firth Cougars cut down the nets on a 2A Nuclear Conference Tournament Championship as they demolished runner up Salmon 70-41 on Wednesday night to claim the blue trophy and the automatic state tournament bid.
"I think that the biggest pressure that you face is in the district tournament," Coach Adams said. "Then you go to state and it's like you know what whatever happens happens. It's anybody's game and what you did at districts doesn't matter. It's who's playing the best and who wants it more. We are going to go over there and do the best that we can and try to bring home another trophy."