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February 4th

Lady Huskies end Lady Cougars season

February 5, 2013

ST. ANTHONY — The Firth Lady Cougars and the North Fremont Lady Huskies met on the hardwood in a rare Monday night affair with a lot riding on the outcome. The winner guaranteed themselves a shot at the district championship and no worse than a second place finish and a Saturday play in game.
The loser's season was to come to an end and unfortunately for the Firth girls and their faithful fans, the later was just what occurred as North Fremont led from start to finish in a 49-30 victory.

Homes flooded following sewer break

February 5, 2013

A 24-inch collapsed sewer line along Frontage Road in Blackfoot left some residents along Riverton Road knee deep in sewage water.
According to Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue, workers discovered the problem Monday morning after noticing that sewer flow had stopped coming into the system.
"That was a sign right that there was some blockage in the system," Virtue said.

Community reacts to Hong's departure

February 5, 2013

While Blackfoot School District 55 trustee Jenny Hong's announcement on Monday to resign from the board may not have come as a big surprise, patrons still reacted strongly to the news.
Hong has been embroiled in the controversy regarding the district's $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane prompting recall efforts against her and former district chairman Scott Reese, who resigned last week.

Hong resigns as District 55 board trustee

February 5, 2013

Blackfoot School District trustee Jenny Hong announced her resignation from the Blackfoot School Board on Monday. Hong, along with the district's former chairman, Scott Reese, who resigned last week, were in the early stages of being recalled by a group called "Concerned Citizens of District 55" because of "actions and decisions made by the board in regard to the separation agreement between the district and former superintendent Scott Crane."

February 3rd

Process for filling trustee vacancy

February 4, 2013

Last Friday, Blackfoot School Board Trustee Scott Reese resigned from his position on the board. His resignation created a vacancy.
To fill the vacancy, the board will follow the Idaho State Code and the Blackfoot School Board Policy, said Margaret Contor, District 55 administrative assistant.
“At the next board meeting—on Feb. 21--the trustees will take action on the letter of resignation,” she said.
Idaho Code 33-504 and Blackfoot Board Policy 248 state: “A vacancy will be declared by the board … within thirty (30) days of when any trustee will … resign as trustee.”

City Council to examine overpass feasability

February 4, 2013

The possibility of building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot will be addressed by Butler Engineering of Shelley at Tuesday's Blackfoot City Council Meeting. Talk of the city building an overpass (or an underpass) to help alleviate the train crossing problem has recently been revived by some concerned residents, many of whom are fed up with being delayed at the crossings by the stopped trains.

February 1st

Panthers top Eagles on senior night

February 2, 2013

THOMAS — The Snake River Panthers buried 9 three point baskets en route to a commanding 63-48 senior night victory over long time nemesis Marsh Valley on Friday evening.
Snake River opened the night by celebrating the contributions of six seniors as Adrian Castaneda, Jacoby Johnson, Cole Rushton, Nate Martin, Mason Watt and Wyatt Wray took to the home hardwood for the final time.
After the ceremony, Snake River and Marsh Valley got down to what they do best, battle it out on the court as the two teams shared or traded the lead on five different occasions leading to a 14-14 tie after one quarter of play.

Kangaroo lives in Blackfoot area

February 2, 2013

Jack the kangaroo had an early morning stop on Friday at the Animal Health Clinic, 231 E. Rich Ln., Blackfoot, where he was neutered.
Veterinarian Jason Moulton, D.V.M. said, "Because he is neutered, he won't become aggressive nor will he grow as tall [as a regular kangaroo]."
When full grown, Moulton estimates Jack will stand about five feet tall. A regular kangaroo can grow to seven and one-half feet tall.

District 55 board chairman resigns

February 1, 2013

Blackfoot School Board Chairman Scott Reese issued a statement announcing his resignation from the school board just days after startup petitions for his recall were turned into the Bingham County Clerk's office.
Reese, who represents Zone 3 in the Blackfoot School District, has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed to the public in November that a $220,000 separation agreement was drawn up for former superintendent Scott Crane and that Idaho Open Meeting Laws were broken in the board's decision-making process.

January 31st

School District 55 seeks new legal counsel

February 1, 2013

Blackfoot School District is seeking an Idaho-licensed attorney or firm to serve as general legal counsel and is now accepting proposals for the job.
The district fired attorney Dale Storer in December in the midst of the "Scott Crane separation agreement" debacle and has been temporarily receiving legal counsel from Amy White, an attorney for the Idaho School Board Association.
Chad Struhs, interim superintendent for the district, issued a press release on Thursday describing the position.

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