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Charter school students aid community

January 9, 2012

The Morning News — 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.

County commissioners reject subdivision bid

January 9, 2012

BLACKFOOT — 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.

Otter talks education in his State of the State address

January 9, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 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.

Trestlewood makes the most of reclaimed wood

January 9, 2012

BLACKFOOT — When a potential customer whizzed past Trestlewood's yard adjacent to Interstate 15, he spied what he thought were railroad ties.
When Alice Cannon, a founder of the company with her husband John, tried to tell that customer that Trestlewood didn't carry or sell railroad ties, he asked to speak to a man.
Bob Cannon, Alice's son and one of the owners, also told him that much of the company's inventory is reclaimed railroad trestles.
"We started taking down a railroad trestle across the Great Salt Lake in 1993," Bob said of the company's beginnings.

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