Archive - May 2011 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration brought nearly 900 fifth graders to the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Tuesday. From Shelley to Aberdeen, and every school in between, students celebrated completion of the D.A.R.E. program outdoors with food, dancing, and fun.
Sergeant Craig Luker from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office spends the school year in fifth grade classrooms throughout Bingham County teaching D.A.R.E. curriculum. He says "it is not an easy job -- I can be in anywhere from one to six classes a day and sometimes at schools as much as 50 miles apart."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School District is facing $2.072 million in funding cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. At the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night several ideas were presented as potential ways to shrink the budget.
Assistant Superintendent Chad Struhs presented information from the finance committee on budget reductions and ways the district can balance the budget.
"We're looking at a $2 million deficit in order to operate," Struhs said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the death penalty for an Idaho man convicted in the gruesome murder of a Blackfoot woman in 1984.
A three judge panel ruled Tuesday in the case of Richard Leavitt, who was convicted in the brutal stabbing death of 31-year-old Danette Jean Elg.
Leavitt was sentenced to death in 1985 by a state judge who cited the heinous nature of the crime.
Defense attorneys have tried several times to appeal the death sentence.
BLACKFOOT â€” Personal messages left on the two Chamber of Commerce marquees in Blackfoot over the weekend have provided law enforcement with a few clues as to who vandalized the signs.
During the weekend, someone removed the letters on the marquees at the Idaho Potato Museum and near Riverside Plaza and put up their own message on the marquees. Several letters near the Potato Museum were broken.
â€śWe do have some information weâ€™re following up on,â€ť Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students at Lillian Vallely School have been learning about growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. On Monday, they each took turns planting items in their new garden plot at the school.
Lillian Vallely was one of 15 schools throughout Idaho to receive a $2,000 grant from the State Department of Education to build a garden to promote nutrition, science and agricultural education.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Marine Lance Cpl. Cody Reed prepared to return home from Afghanistan, he told his mother, Jena, he didnâ€™t expect much notice.
On Saturday Jena Reed and several members of the neighborhood and the community welcomed Cody home in style.
Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson, four Blackfoot firemen and city councilman Chris Jensen were among those who shook Codyâ€™s hand and thanked him for his service.
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers and builders of the Blackfoot Community Garden celebrated the official grand opening Saturday with a ribbon cutting and plant sale.
Gardeners and volunteers have spent the last four weeks working on turning an empty lot into a community garden near the intersection of E. Airport Road and Teeples Drive.
Garden Coordinator Jon Lyksett has had the idea to start a community garden for several years and on Saturday he said it was great to see his idea finally come to fruition.
â€śItâ€™s nice to be at a point where things are going to start growing,â€ť Lyksett said.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m: FORT HALL â€” Firefighters have located a body in the debris of the home that burned this morning on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Bannock County Coroner is on scene. The victim's name has not been released. Highway 91 should reopen in a few hours.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: FORT HALL â€” Highway 91 between Ballard and Reservation roads is expected to remain closed most of the day. A Pocatello Fire Department tower truck with bucket and Idaho Technical Rescue Team have been brought in to assess the situation from above due to the structure's instability.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth City Council has a new member. He is Kent Burch. Tuesday was his second city council meeting.
â€śIâ€™m just happy to be here; this is all new to me,â€ť he said.
Burch was appointed in April to complete former city councilman Gary White's term. White resigned from this position.
This council position will be open for election in November.
The city's budget meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The city is making a little more money (0.3 percent) at Potelco United Credit Union than at the state investment, city clerk Robert Dial said.