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March 13th, 2014
Blackfoot High School's [BHS] - seven-time state champions - We The People competitive government team was honored and presented with a $500 check from the City of Blackfoot at Thursday's school board meeting.
BHS government teacher Holly Kartchner has led the students to victory the past seven years and the team is now preparing to travel to Washington D.C. for the national competition where they will answer intense questions about government and the U.S. Constitution.
Blackfoot police chief Kurt Asmus recently discussed potential upgrades to crosswalks in response to the concerns expressed in a letter to the editor by Madison Thompson.
"There have been a couple of accidents in crosswalks within the last six months," said Asmus.
City officials have been working with the Blackfoot School District to improve the lighting in the area of the Blackfoot High School crosswalk, the chief said.
Voters passed the supplemental levies for school districts in Bingham County on Tuesday.
Aberdeen School District voters approved a two-year supplemental levy for $675,000. The unofficial election results were 107 for; 67 against. The percentage of people voting in favor of this supplemental is 61.494 percent. Â
The breakdown by precinct was:
â€¢ Aberdeen 15â€”63 votes for the levy; 27 against. The total number of voters in the precinct was 90.
â€¢ Springfield/Sterling 16â€”38 for; 27 against. The total number of voters in the precinct was 65.
With just a little over two weeks to prepare, Blackfoot High School graduate and Boise State University student Megan Moore was crowned Miss Treasure Valley in Boise Saturday night. She will use her new role to expand on her platform of "the importance of organ donations," an issue that is "near and dear" to her heart.
Megan said she wasn't planning to compete in the pageant; but while interviewing for a job at Margene's Bridal in Boise a couple of weeks ago, the business owner looked at her resume and encouraged her to try out.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dustin Powell started working at his father Jim's auto body shop "Powell's Body Shop" on Grant Street in Blackfoot back in the 1970's when he was just 10 years old. He has never left the family business, and has gone on to grow it into one of the largest facility's of its kind in the state.
Dustin, whose passion for the business is evident to this day, said, "I learned this business from the ground up. I was working as a full-time painter when I was a senior in high school. I remember missing school a lot."
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Governor Butch Otter has appointed former Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore to serve on the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission for the next three years. He was sworn in at the Capital Building in Boise on Thursday. He had to testify in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee upon his confirmation.
Moore's daughter Megan, who attends Boise State University, was there for the swearing-in ceremony.
She said, "I am so proud of my dad to be asked to be on the parole commission.' It is a huge honor and I am glad I was there to support him."
BLACKFOOTâ€”The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) observed March as "Women's Month" by honoring three women who have played various key roles in the history of the area on Wednesday night at the Senior Center.
Lois Bates, Jean Esplin and Billie Cullimore were each given a peach rose and a plaque for their contributions to Bingham County.
BLACKFOOT â€” Stoddard Elementary students gave Blackfoot native Josh Hill an enthusiastic welcome to their school on Tuesday.
Hill is No. 89 with the New Orleans Saints. He attended Stoddard Elementary, Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center and Mountain View Middle School before graduating from Blackfoot High School.
Asked what they liked about Hill, Stoddard fifth graders said:
"He's a professional!" exclaimed Kyler Mills.
"He proves anyone from anywhere can succeed," said Demry Wixom.
After nearly one year of trying, members of Blackfoot's Independence High School student health council, along with Tracy Lambson from Southeastern Idaho Public Health, were successful in influencing the Blackfoot City Council to start enforcing a ,smoke free, park ordinance that is already on the books.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to to begin enforcing the no smoking areas in the city's parks.
The council seemed to be in agreement that there "should be some areas in the park where people can smoke."
BLACKOOTâ€”Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.