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BLACKFOOT â€” A program providing tribal youth with academic support services and leadership development opportunities has doubled in size this year.
The NDN Scholars Programâ€”short for Navigating and Developing Native Scholarsâ€”began last year as a pilot program aimed toward helping tribal youth reach their academic goals. This year, the programâ€”which operates as part of Partners for Prosperityâ€”received a Learn & Serve grant that allowed for the expansion of the program to focus on service learning. The grant also allows for a leadership conference to be held for all tribal youth in the area.
BLACKFOOT â€” A woman with local ties was awarded the Bronze Star last year for her service as a logistical planner with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division.
U.S. Army Maj. Karrie Pattersonâ€”who was raised in Idaho and whose grandparents are Margene and Charles Belnap of Blackfootâ€”was deployed to Basra, Iraq, last year for a one-year deployment where she earned the Bronze Star.
BLACKFOOT â€” Eighth-grade students at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School have spent the last three months designing and constructing a functional city of the future.
Two teams from the school will travel to Boise this weekend to compete among 25 teams from 17 schools in the Idaho Regional Future City Competition.
POCATELLO â€” Potato growers from throughout Idaho learned about the re-emergence of the Potato Virus Y and what research is being done to prevent the spread of the disease during a special symposium at the 2011 Potato Conference Wednesday.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” The Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility now has a library of more than 800 books thanks to a local Boy Scout.
Macalister Loos, 15, is a sophomore at Blackfoot High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 239. His father, Mark Loos, is a corrections officer at the Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility and suggested Macalister conduct a book drive to supplement the book selection at the jail, where inmates had fewer than 100 books to choose from.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” A local teacher has been named the Idaho VFW Teacher of the Year.
Elaine Asmus, who teaches science at Snake River High School, was presented the award Saturday at the Idaho VFW Mid-Winter Conference in Boise. Asmus was recognized because she encourages her students to participate in a number of activities throughout the year serving veterans and those less fortunate.
She said that even though she teaches science, she still feels a responsibility to encourage her students to be contributing members of their community.
FIRTH â€“ High School history teacher Darvel Jolley started teaching in Firth in 1987.
â€śI feel like Iâ€™ve spent my life doing something that matters,â€ť Jolley said.
Relationships and helping people discover their own self-worth are some of the perks of teaching social studies, Jolley said.
â€śIn social studies, we get to talk about people; we study groups, nations and/or individuals,â€ť he said.
â€śFor example, we study Jim Crow laws; under these laws, people were treated in certain ways because they were black,â€ť Jolley said. Â
LOGAN, Utah â€” Growing up in Bingham County provided Neil Abercrombie with much of the understanding of his new job at Utah State University.
In December USU President Stan Albrecht named Abercrombie as director of government relations.
As such he will help USU garner state and federal funding for key academic programs and research projects.
"A lot of our programs and research have direct relevance to Bingham County," Abercrombie noted in a telephone interview last week. "One of our primary focuses this legislative session is to get funding to start a doctoral veterinary program."
Blaine McInelly, Blackfoot High School Principal, has requested a leave of absence due to health reasons for the remainder of the year at which time he will be retiring, according to a press release from the Blackfoot School District. Ben Speelmon will be working as an educational consultant at Blackfoot High School during McInellyâ€™s absence.
BLACKFOOT â€” Today is the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Blackfoot resident Beverly Beach is passionate about helping people in Haiti.
Last September, Beach and her co-director, Katie Tirion, spent two weeks in Haiti checking out land the Haitian government has designated for a quality housing expo. The goal is to build housing that will protect the families.
"I saw people living between two streets; if they stepped into the road, they could get hit," she said. "People live in horrific conditions; the water conditions are horrible.