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October 20th, 2011

Blackfoot High's Kartchner receives ISJ education award

October 21, 2011

POCATELLO — Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was surprised when her name was left off the program of the Idaho State Journal's Business and Achievement Awards on Thursday.
She was more surprised a few minutes later when she was named as the 2011 recipient of the Education/K-12 award.
"I believe we need to fight the arrogance of ignorance," she said in accepting the award. "It's my responsibility to destroy that arrogance of ignorance and let (her students) become the community members she wants to be."

Moreland students get demonstration from INL firemen

October 21, 2011

MORELAND — In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, firemen from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) spoke to students at Moreland Elementary Thursday.
"In case of a fire in your house, what are you supposed to do?" asked INL fireman Todd Leavitt.
"Get out," was the reply.
"What if you can't get out of your room? Are you supposed to hide in a closet or under the bed?"
"No," the students replied.
"When we come crawling in to find you, slap the floor hard so we can hear you," Leavitt said.
"What if your clothes are on fire?" he asked.

Lloyd resigns from Blackfoot school board

October 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot School Board Trustee Bryce Lloyd submitted his resignation at the board meeting Thursday and Dr. Taylor Johansen was appointed to fill the vacancy.
In tending his resignation, Lloyd said he didn't have the time to devote to the school board and to his professional and personal obligations. Lloyd said he spoke to his constituents in Groveland to receive recommendations on who should be appointed to fill the Zone 4 vacancy. He recommended Johansen, who was approved on a 4-1 vote with Trustee Pete Lipovac casting the dissenting vote.

District 55 denies charter school request

October 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees denied the charter request for the Idaho STEM Academy at their meeting Thursday and referred the decision to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The decision was unanimous.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said the decision was not unexpected.
"We'll move forward," he said. "We're confident we will be chartered."
Whether the charter high school, which will cater to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will be able to open next year is unclear.

Late Bartolo goal lifts Broncos to semi-finals

October 20, 2011

CALDWELL – The High Country Conference champion Blackfoot Broncos opened their state tournament on Thursday afternoon as they tangled with Minico in the first round at Brothers Field on the campus of Caldwell High School.
In a game that seemed to be played almost entirely in the Spartans end of the field, Blackfoot was able to prevail and advance to the semi-finals with a hard fought 1-0 victory.

Strong second half lifts Panthers over Gooding

October 20, 2011

CALDWELL – The Snake River Panthers shook of a slow start with a second half romp as they opened the 3A state tournament with a convincing 5-3 win over Gooding on Thursday afternoon.
Playing at Vallivue High School the Panthers found themselves down 2-0 just eight minutes into the first round contest.

Geott C. Ferris, 90

October 20, 2011

Geott C. Ferris, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at the Renaissance Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
The family will meet with friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to

Robert ‘Bob’ Jay Wilkes, 83

October 20, 2011

Robert “Bob” Jay Wilkes, 83, of Springfield passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at his home.
Robert Jay Wilkes was born Nov. 24, 1927 to Julia Ann Preece and John Wilkes. Bob lived in Burley and later moved to Pocatello where he attended school. Bob married Donna Lou Barrett (deceased), together they had a son, Robert and a daughter Robin Ann.
Bob ran the Bargain Barn in Pocatello and then moved to Springfield to raise his race horses. He later married Jeroldine Holbrook. Together they owned and operated the Hitching Post Lounge for 40 years. 

Kitty Bolinder, 62

October 20, 2011

Jewel K. “Kitty” Bolinder, 62, of Firth passed away with her husband Terry by her side, Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2011 at the University of Utah hospital from complications of multiple strokes.
Kitty was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Hawaii to James and Beatrice Sayles.  She grew up and attended school in Hawaii, then went on to serve in the military as a nurse in her early adult years.

CPS completes two-year project at ISTCS

October 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Crop Production Services (CPS) has completed a two-year project in support of public education. Each year, CPS chooses a service project to benefit the community.
In 2010, the CPS crew first started spraying weeds for the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) construction site.
The CPS crew continued to kill weeds and hay to make a playground and planted grass in a three acre lot for that playground.
The Rockford brand of CPS donated the chemical and the application of specially blended grass seed needed to plant the lot.

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