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May 19th, 2011

Paul Elliot Leffler, 42

May 19, 2011

Paul Elliot Leffler, 42, of Pocatello passed away Monday, May 9, 2011, following an illness while in the company of family members  at a local hospital. 
He was born on June 24, 1968, in Pocatello to Laura Marie (Monroe) and Paul C. Leffler. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1986. While in school he enjoyed being on the baseball team. After high school, Paul jointed the military. He served in the Army for five years. He was an Apache helicopter crew chief during Desert Storm. Paul loved fishing and hunting.

May 18th

SR trustees wind up school year

May 18, 2011

THOMAS — Because the date of the Snake River budget hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, the date of the annual meeting needed to be rescheduled.
As required by Idaho State Law, the annual meeting needs to be scheduled within 28 days of the budget hearing. So, the date of the annual meeting has been set for Wednesday, July 6.
Wally Aldous was elected to represent Zone 2 as the school board trustee.
The district's retirement reception is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Snake River High School cafeteria. Eleven individuals will be honored.

Flooding continues along Snake River

May 18, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Flooding continued on the Snake River in Bingham County as the river passed moderate flood stage Wednesday. Water from the river is flooding nearby farms and is threatening homes.
At 5:15 p.m. Wednesday the Snake River at Blackfoot rose to 11.34 feet. Moderate flood stage is 11 feet. In Shelley, the river peaked at 12.5 feet Wednesday evening—major flood stage. The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley. The river is expected to fall slightly Thursday, then remain above flood stage through next week.

May 17th

Firth levy fails: New faces elected to local school boards

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — 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 levy—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.

Chamber helps LEAD celebrate ribbon-cutting

May 17, 2011

County's fifth graders celebrate DARE day

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT – 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."

District 55 trustees discuss budget

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — 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.

Appeals court reinstates death row for Idaho man

May 17, 2011

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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.

Police seek vandals

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — 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.
“We do have some information we’re following up on,” Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus said.

Broncos win academic state title

May 17, 2011

BLACKFOOT — While the state tennis championship is yet to be decided on the court, Blackfoot’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.
“It’s amazing,” Jefferis said. “How 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.”

 

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