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December 26th

Firth students make bereavement kits

December 26, 2011

FIRTH — Firth High School students presented 18 bereavement kits to the director of the Women's Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls Thursday.
These kits will be given to families whose baby died before birth, said Janice Anthony, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at FHS.
Included in each kits is a kimono, a nine-patch blanket and a knitted hat. The kimonos are sewn in varying sizes for the different sizes of the babies.
Students in Anthony's Fashion Design classes made these kits and used looms to knit 43 hats.

December 23rd

Premier Technology wins $2.1 million judgment

December 24, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Earlier this week a jury in Bannock County and Idaho's Sixth Judicial District found two former employees of Premier Technology guilty of violating the Idaho Trade Secrets Act.
In a case dating from late 2007, Chadd Orr and Jeff Schutte were accused of conspiring with Petersen, Inc., an Ogden, Utah-based competitor to Premier Technology, to damage Premier's customer base in an effort to devalue it and eventually buy it.

December 22nd

BHS gym dedicated in honor of Chris Gardner

December 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Family and friends of Chris Gardner gathered at Blackfoot High School Thursday afternoon for the dedication of the new gym in his honor.
Gardner, who died in 2010 in an ATV accident, was a teacher, coach and principal in the Blackfoot School District before retiring in 2008. He also officiated high school football and basketball games for 30 years.

December 21st

Students celebrate Posadas

December 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Students in the Ridge Crest Limited English Proficiency (LEP) after school program celebrated Posadas with their families and teachers Wednesday evening. The Posadas, a Christmas tradition in Mexico, includes a reenactment of the procession into Bethlehem, culminating with a fiesta.
Approximately 25 students participate in the LEP after-school program Monday through Thursday. They receive help with their homework, work on special projects and get extra support from bilingual staff.

Snake River trustees begin search for new superintendent

December 22, 2011

THOMAS — Russell Hammond, superintendent of the Snake River School District, is retiring July 31, 2012.
District trustees have begun searching for his replacement. The application period began Dec. 1 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Applications must be received by the February date. To date, one application has been received.
"Are we working under a deadline?" asked trustee Steve Reader.
"Yes, you probably want someone in place by July 1," Hammond said.

December 20th

Blackfoot City Council approves bid for engineer services

December 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council hired a subcontractor to assist with engineering responsibilities in the Public Works department at its meeting Tuesday night.
The city solicited three bids for engineering services from Harper-Leavitt Engineering, Keller Engineering and Fred Davies, a retired engineer.
Davies submitted the lowest bid of $24,960 annually. The position is part-time, at-will and has no benefits. Davies is a licensed engineer.
The city has been without a Public Works engineer for more than two years.

Local woman shares 'Cookies for Frankie'

December 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — As she sat at a table at St. Bernard Catholic Church's parish hall on Saturday, Gerry Mathias signed and sold a few copies of her newly published children's book, "Cookies for Frankie."
"This has been a three-year process," Mathias said of publication of her book. She said she decided to publish it after entering it in an Idaho Writer's League contest and earning second place.
"I decided maybe this was worth it," she said. She noted it is the true story of how a set of cookie cutters which have been in her family for nearly a century came to be made.

December 19th

Volunters help out Santa

December 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Organizers and volunteers for the Community Dinner Table and Idaho Foodbank gathered at the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho Fairgrounds Monday morning preparing Christmas boxes to be distributed today.
Distribution will begin at 10 a.m.; numbers for your place in line will be available beginning at 7 a.m. All recipients must be in line by 9:30 a.m. Boxes will include a frozen turkey or whole chicken and a variety of canned, dried and fresh food including eggs, bread, milk and fresh fruit.

INL engineers help students' minds soar

December 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Rockets were launching, balloons were bursting and imaginations soaring last week as students at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School learned alongside teacher Chad Majeske and INL professionals.
Getting students to like math and science is important to Majeske. He says studies indicate it is in middle school that students decide if they like math and science.
"It's not about whether or not they are good at math and science," said Majeske. "If we can just get them to like it, then when it gets hard they will stick with it."

Sorensen: Official Iron Man

December 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT – It’s official –– 33-year-old Josh Sorensen is an Iron Man. He completed the Arizona Iron Man in November with a time of 11 hours and 11 minutes.
Sorensen’s road to Iron Man was quite unintentional. Five years ago Sorensen, who is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Snake River Junior High, sat bored along the edge of the Blackfoot Swimming Pool supervising students while they swam every Monday as part of an after-school program. One day, he decided to use the time and began swimming laps himself.

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