Archive - Apr 2011 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT âSixty-five students at Stalker Elementary received free hats, free books and a party to celebrate reaching their reading goals Friday afternoon.
"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," said Jamie Trevino, the representative for the Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) at Stalker Elementary. Last year, 40 kids completed the reading challenge.
"It's because of support from the administration and community, donations and grant writing that we have these gifts to give away," Trevino said.
BLACKFOOT âTrustees of the Blackfoot School District has hired a new principal at Blackfoot High School. In January, former Principal Blaine McInelly took a medical leave of absence until the end of this school year, at which point he will retire.
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees approved the hiring on John Pearce at their meeting Thursday night. He will officially begin his duties as principal July 28.
THOMAS â Your vote is needed.
Snake River High School students need your vote to continue in the Vans Shoes sneaker customization contest.
Art students in Jason Coles' advanced placement class designed four pairs of shoes using four different themesâart, music, street fashion and active sports.
The Snake River entry is a finalist in the Northwest Region, having been named one of the top 10 entries in this region.
The nation is divided into five regions. The top vote-getter in each region will travel to New York City.
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot Community Players open their new production, "Cindy Rella," tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Nuart Theatre.
The show will run tonight, Saturday, Monday and May 10, 11, and 13. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 opening night and $7 all other nights.
"Cindy Rella" is a fractured fairytale based on the classic Cinderella story. The plot follows Cindy Rella, played by Haley Krehbiel, and her two sisters Sparkle and Sugar, played by Rachel McPhie and Maren Brower. All three are still in high school and showcase the upcoming talent of the Community Players.
SHELLEY â Shelley school board trustees met Thursday evening to discuss the budget for the 2011-2012 school year (Fiscal Year 2012).
The anticipated shortfall for that year is approximately $600,000, said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
So it comes down to three choices â staff reductions, more students in each classroom or cutting salaries, said trustee Loren Lund.
At the conclusion of the two-hour meeting, trustees sort of nibbled around the corners.
To meet the anticipated $600,000 shortfall, these are their decisions:
FORT HALL â The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees held their annual meeting at Fort Hall Thursday night and received input from that community's residents about district education programs.
Four individuals provided comment, all pertaining to the importance of teaching native languages in schools throughout the school district.
Â FIRTH â âRamona and Joel,â a Wild West spoof on Shakespeareâs âRomeo and Julietâ rides onto the stage at Firth High School (FHS) Saturday and Monday.
Itâs the Montgomery family versus the Cabot family in this production written by August Mergelman.
In âRamona and Joel,â FHS sophomore Michelle Tucker plays Ramona, the female lead. Senior Caden Portela plays Herman and senior Daniel Withers plays Joel.
Tucker said what she likes best about the play is âthe hick accents.â
âI get to be a complete idiot on stage and have an excuse to do it,â she said.
BLACKFOOT â The Boy Scouts Spring Camporee will be Friday and Saturday at the North Bingham County Park west of Shelley. It is open to all members of the Grand Teton Council.
Retired Blackhawk helicopter pilot Nic Transtrum will speak Friday evening.
Transtrum was born and raised in Blackfoot. He enjoyed Scouting growing up and is an Eagle Scout. He earned his Eagle in 1991 by helping to improve the ball fields by State Hospital South.
FORT HALL â Leaders of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking on their new hotel and events center Wednesday by touting the economical benefits of the project.
The $47 million, 164,000 square foot project will consist of a five-story hotel with 156 rooms and an 1,400-seat events center with meeting, conference, banquet and entertainment venues. The project is being funded by a loan through the Bank of Albuquerque. The hotel will be located just off Interstate 15 at the current location of the Trading Post Grocery Store and Clothes Horse.
BLACKFOOT â Jake Berry wants nothing more than to be able to go to the movies or to spend time with friends and family. But for the past five years, Jakeâwho has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchairâhas only been able to go to school and doctor's appointments.
That's why his family is organizing a fundraiser to help Jake's mom purchase a van large enough to transport Jake in his wheelchair. They will be having a "Wheels for Jake" yard sale May 13-14 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. and are currently accepting donations of items for the sale.