April 21st, 2011
FIRTH â€“ The Firth school board has asked voters in the its district to pass a $300,000 per year supplemental levy for two years. The vote will be Tuesday, May 17, in the electorâ€™s regular polling place.
Thursday night, trustees presented a PowerPoint presentation before 110 people.
â€śThis supplemental levy is not meant to increase or enhance our programs but to maintain it,â€ť Board Chairman Barlow Cook said.
â€śIt comes down to a matter of trust,â€ť committee member Ron Carlson said. â€śOur elected board members said we need a supplemental levy.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Joint School District board of trustees met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night to discuss policy changes and programs within the district.
The board passed a resolution to void all sections of their policy that is in conflict with the new education reform laws, primarily pertaining to personnel. There have been 15 policies identified so far that are in conflict.
The board also granted the district permission to subscribe to the Idaho School Boards Association policy manual service at a cost of $300.
BLACKFOOT â€” Playing into a gale force wind for the entirety of their double header with Hillcrest, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos led for 13 of the 14 innings, earning a split for their efforts on the day by dropping game one 11-8 and then rebounding for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
Bobbie Lou Hansen, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
THOMAS â€” Snake River trustees approved a resolution that stated the newly enacted and existing statues enacted by the Idaho legislature would supersede any school district policies.
The resolution was recommended by the Idaho School Board Association.
Many of the laws passed by the Idaho legislature are already in effect, said Superintendent Russell Hammond. Some statutes were backdated to Jan. 31.
New policies regarding employment received a first reading at Wednesday board meeting. The policies under consideration include the following:
Â° 2470 regarding a new member on the board
BLACKFOOT â€” As they moved past the shelves at the Bingham County Historical Society's gallery, Lane and Chris Wood stopped and checked out the photographs.
"This is pretty cool," Lane said as he examined a photograph. "I remember most of these buildings. A lot of them are gone now."
Kevin Rupe pored over an aerial photograph of downtown Blackfoot dating from the 1950s. He tried to pick out Alice Street and the lot on which Rupe's Burgers now stands. His family has owned the business for nearly 50 years.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Lady Russets initial foray into the 4A High Country Conference continued on Tuesday night as they welcomed Rigby to town for a double dip on the diamond.
At the end of the evening, the visiting Lady Trojans proved to be the better team, as they came from behind for a 14-10 win in the first game and then pounded Shelley 18-6 in the nightcap.
"I wish that I could explain what happened to us tonight," Shelley head coach Chris Fleming said. "We started making errors in the field and then we just took it into every part of our game and lost our heads."
RIVERSIDE â€” Like a lot of other people, Verdus Ostberg enjoys antiques.
Many of those he owns have special meaning.
Included in his collection are a couple of cross-cut saws his father used in a 1940s logging operation, a 1942 military truck used in that same operation.
"My dad bought three acres of sagebrush in Moreland," Ostberg recalled. "I was raised as a logger. I drove Cat and skidded logs when I was 10 years old."
Also included in Ostberg's collection are his mother's 1940s era "washing machine" and steam iron.
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot plans to draft an ordinance to ban texting while driving.
Speaking at the Blackfoot City Council Meeting Tuesday, Blackfoot Police Chief Dave Moore said because the Idaho legislature failed to pass a texting while driving ban for the second year, local cities must take action to promote public safety in their communities. Twin Falls and Meridian have already banned texting while driving. Rexburg is considering a ban.
"The issue we have is one I feel should have been taken care of by the Idaho legislature," Moore said. "I am frustrated."