Archive - Oct 2012 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School students and community members from Blackfoot came out in force at noon on Friday to support We the People. The lines were long, the weather was beautiful and the food was delicious.
Over 250 people were served Friday.
The event was so very successful, the same event will take place next Friday, said Holly Kartchner, We the People advisor. The difference is people will get a bottle of water rather than soda pop.
BLACKFOOT â€” Butch Hulse aspired to be the mayor of Blackfoot someday, a city he loved so much; however, he lost his battle with a congenital lung disease, at the age of 65, on Oct. 5 in Salt Lake City while awaiting a lung transplant. Hundreds gathered at Hulseâ€™s funeral service at Hawker Funeral Home Friday, where he was proclaimed Honorary Mayor of the City of Blackfoot for Oct. 12, 2012.
Hulse, a Blackfoot native, was serving as a city councilman for the City of Blackfoot at the time of his death.
BLACKFOOT â€” Brint Jefferis is up to his eyeballs in new P.E. equipment thanks to General Mills who just gave the School District #55 elementary P.E. teacher a $2500 grant. "The grant," explained Jefferis "is based on the after school programs that I do." Jefferis has organized after school tennis three times a week, an indoor walking program through December and March and other activities. "General Mills gives rewards for healthy lifestyles."
SHELLEY â€” An early morning blaze blackened the business, Hidden Treasures, a furniture store, at 238 S. Emerson in Shelley on Thursday. The business remains open.
Firemen from Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot and Ammon responded to the blaze. Forty guys and eight trucks were on site, said Shelley Fire chief Mike Carter.
A person spotted the fire as he/she was passing by and called 911. The call came into the Shelley fire station about 5 a.m.
When the Shelley firemen arrived on site, the front section of the business was fully engulfed, said Shelley assistant fire chief Randy Adams.
BLACKFOOT â€” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna explained the history of Props 1, 2, 3 and took questions regarding these propositions at the Bingham County/District 31 Republican Central Committee Thursday evening.
Thirty-one people attended this meeting.
In explaining the history of Props 1, 2 and 3, said Luna. "A plan is better than abcense of a plan."
Thirty states have passed educational reform, he said. This is a renaissance about public education.
BLACKFOOT â€” It's not every day that a school principal sits on top of a bike ramp for the sole purpose of letting a stunt rider attempt to jump over his head in front of the entire student body! That's just what Mountain View Middle School principal Todd Lauritsen did as part of a special assembly rewarding the students for a successful fundraiser selling Paul Deen cookie dough.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored 10 members of law enforcement, the fire service and the National Guard on Wednesday.
"This is always a special time for our Chamber," said president Shirley Brumfield as she introduced the program.
Three officers each from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, the Blackfoot Police and Fire departments and one from the Idaho National Guard received plaques and a gift basket with items from various businesses.
County commissioner Whitney Manwaring spoke briefly before the officers received their recognitions.
Items of note from Sept. 26 - Oct. 8.
CAT SHOT: Sept. 26, 8:13 p.m.: A woman said someone has shot her cat through the window of her residence. She said there is a bullet hole in the screen and she cannot find her cat.
BURGLARY ALARMS: Sept. 26, 10:30 p.m.: Dispatch received calls from multiple businesses reporting burglar alarms going off.
WRONG NUMBER: Sept. 27, 11:35 a.m.: A woman said she was attempting to call her hairdresser and there was no emergency.
BLACKFOOT â€” Tempers flared between county residents and county commissioners following a 'standing room only' work session Tuesday. The commissioners unanimously approved wording changes to the controversial planning and zoning ordinance.
Work on the countywide zone ordinance started in 2007 and affects the property rights of local residents. The ordinance presents guidelines for residential and agricultural subdivisions and provisions for how to appeal to those guidelines. It contains zoning guidelines for energy development such as windmills and other developments.
Katrina Elliott, a second grade teacher at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start-Up Grand from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state's only non-union professional teacher association.The award will fund the purchase of SMART board software.