September 17th, 2011
SHELLEY â€” Shelley trustees turned down the request of the Journey Church to lease the Goodsell building at the school board meeting Thursday evening.
"It doesn't fit into our current and future plans for use of the Goodsell building," said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
Shelley school board members suggested the building could be remodeled to house the district office. Part of it could be developed into a training center for teachers or for more technology.
Currently, Goodsell is used for back-up technology, storage and during the winter, Junior Jazz basketball.
Agnes Maxine Jones, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Arco on Sept. 13, 2011.
Funeral services are pending under the direction of the Anderson Family Funeral Home.
THOMAS â€” It's been a grueling two week stretch for the defending 3A state champion Snake River Panther volleyball squad and on Thursday evening, that tough road got even tougher as the always tough Sugar-Salem Diggers came calling for a non-conference tilt on the court.
"Sugar and Bear Lake always bring their very best game against us," Snake River head coach Shelli VanOrden said. "I was pleased with how the girls came out and played tonight."
IDAHO FALLS â€” Karen Huntsman, wife of industrialist Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., learned a valuable lesson early in their marriage.
"No matter who you are and what you're doing, you can give back to others," Huntsman told those attending the Idaho Community Foundation luncheon on Thursday.
As a young Navy wife, she recalled, she noticed that $50 from their paycheck was missing each month. When she asked her husband where that money was going, he told her it was in a special fund.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two employees at Premier Technology received a special bonus Thursdayâ€” full scholarships to Idaho State University to complete their degrees.
Rodney Jenks and Walker Jones were the recipients of the scholarships, which are fully funded by Premier Technology. The scholarships will fund tuition, books and fees until they receive their degrees.
Jenks is pursing a bachelor's degree in Computer Aided Design and Drafting from Idaho State University with a minor in business. He expects to graduate in May of 2014.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot Lions Club is working in conjunction with Blackfoot School District to administer free vision and hearing screenings to every elementary child in second and fourth grade within the district.
The Mobile Screening Unit was at Stoddard and Ridge Crest elementaries Thursday as they make their way through the school district. Principal Ryan Wilson said that by mid-morning they had already identified five second graders with potential vision problems.
BLACKFOOT â€” Voters will be asked to approve a permanent ambulance override rather than a supplemental one on the November ballot. Bingham County Commissioners unanimously approved this resolution on Thursday.
"This is not a tax increase," explained Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "It would have the same restrictions as all other county, city and district levies. Levy limits are set by state statute and have a 3 percent cap.
"Taxes should not increase," Staub said, "If approved, a new election would not be scheduled every two years for the ambulance override.
BLACKFOOT â€” The River Rivalry is back! Yes folks, the ages old rivalry game between the Blackfoot Broncos and the Snake River Panthers will resume on Friday night and despite being in kept in limbo for over a decade, the game should no doubt stir memories of times gone by as the entire community will sit up and take notice.
When last we visited the Battle for Bingham County, the Panthers were in the midst of the Tom Harrison era a golden time that saw the Panthers reel off 54 straight wins, including seven state championships in an eight year span.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Memorial Hospital has recently added a number of new doctors to its staff. On Wednesday, during the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon, BMH representative Scott Reese introduced two of them.
"We've had an incredibly busy year," Reese said. "Our growth is because of you."
Dr. Tushar Shah, a hospitalist, and Dr. Rebecca Gill, a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and melanomas, explained their passions.
Dr. Shah noted that the hospitalist program is new at Bingham.
"I work in the hospital 24/7 when I'm on," he said. "I don't have an outside clinic."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Center has received two grants to allow children of the most financially challenged families to attend its early childhood education program.
The first is a grant for $2,500 from the Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The second is a grant for $1,000 from the Jane Sandy Fund and the Idaho Community Foundation Youth Trust Fund.