The Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Capt. Robert Sobieski and Sheriff Dave Johnson help Blackfoot Community Learning Charter School fifth graders Benson Isom and Jacob Christiansen load more than 950 food items into the Sheriff's vehicle. Students at the school collected the items for the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in December. The Sheriff's Office volunteered to transport the donations to SEICAA. Student Trey Underwood, not pictured, also helped load the items.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners unanimously denied a request by the Four Seasons Ranch Subdivision at 35 S. 250 East, Blackfoot to re-plat two lots into three. The subdivision is four miles east of Blackfoot off Rich Lane.
The recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners was to deny this request because of concerns about the water system and whether it would be able to handle additional septic systems.
At an earlier P&Z hearing, residents in the subdivision presented evidence of high nitrate levels of private wells.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” State spending on public schools would increase more than $30 million next year under the governor's proposed budget, which also includes a $21 million boost in general funding for Idaho's colleges and universities.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Monday also proposed replenishing the rainy day account for public schools and kicking in the first state payment to a similar account for higher education.
Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward the public education budget in the fiscal year that starts July 1.