Archive - Apr 2012 - Latest News
When Shellie Jensen asked her parents to help with her oversized class at Groveland Elementary, she had no idea it would be the healing experience that would ultimately leave a legacy stitched in love for 30 third grade students. Jensen had been teaching for 13 years and had never had a class size as large as the current one. Feeling overwhelmed with the influx of students, Jensen reached out to her parents to volunteer once a week helping students with reading and math. Her parents far exceeded her expectations.
The sun shone brightly for the second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event hosted by the Bingham Crisis Center (BCC) on Saturday. For the event men donned fashionable footwear from chunky heels, stilettos, pink flip flops with flowers and stylish boots with a 3 inch tapered heel, and wore them for a mile walk around Blackfoot.
The walk is directed toward raising men's awareness about speaking out to others to end domestic and sexual abuse.
Despite the plunging temperatures and the unpleasant sight of snow falling from the sky, the plans of 95-100 student volunteers from Blackfoot High School students went unaltered.The students wielded garbage bags, rakes and shovels and collected approximately 63 bags of garbage.
BHS students cleaned up the school grounds as part of Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day, traditionally the last Friday of April. The students said they were proud to help clean up their school and came up with the idea in Student Leadership Class.
No one was complaining about the blustery weather at Stalker Elementary Friday afternoon as students and staff enjoyed a Hawaiian luau complete with palm trees, ice cream and Polynesian hula dancers.
According to Sheila Evans, Idaho Reads - VISTA representative, the luau was sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) and was a reward for students who completed the "Literacy Luau Challenge" by reading at least 40 books throughout the school year.
The reading challenge is an annual event , this year's theme being: " Put A Book In The Palm Of Your Hand."
Memories of a wonderful grandmother and too many lives lost to cancer have prompted Blackfoot man Leo Wallace, to donate a handmade quilt made by his grandmother to this year's Relay for Life event.
Wallace, the day manager at Rupe's Burgers, said his grandmother, Goldie McCulloch of Blackfoot was a breast cancer survivor, beating the disease for 29 years and living to the ripe old age of 98.
"She was diagnosed in 1973 and passed away in 2002," he said. "My mother, Afton, also lost her life to breast cancer and I have a sister who is currently an eight- year cancer survivor."
BLACKFOOT â€” Ladd Carter, county commission incumbent representing District Three, understands that opposition keeps elected officials on their toes.
"Our ability to challenge our leaders makes it the best system of government on earth," Carter said. "It's good to have a test. I would be honored to serve the citizens of Bingham County if reelected.
All nine county commissioner candidates participated in the forum sponsored by the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening. About 100 people attended.
BLACKFOOT-Coleen Gregory and Sonja Wright use their own time every Thursday to work at the Salon doing hair for residents of the nursing home at BMH. Wright said, "I enjoy the people. A woman always feels better when they look nice. It doesn't matter how old you are." Wright has been a volunteer since 1990. Gregory said, "the ladies are so gracious about getting their hair done. It makes them feel better." Gregory has been volunteering since 1989 and would like to hang up her hair dryer but is concerned that no one will be there to take her place.
FORT HALL â€” The Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees hired Chad Struhs as interim superintendent during its meeting on Thursday.
Struhs is currently assistant superintendent. His hiring will allow the board to conduct a search for a replacement for Scott Crane. Crane announced his retirement effective at the end of the school year.
"When he leaves, I'll step in," Struhs said.
Struhs has been assistant superintendent in the Blackfoot School District for the past five years. He spent seven years as superintendent in Aberdeen and in Cordova, Alaska.
BLACKFOOT â€” Derek Preece, owner of On The Spot Cleaning, offered his services free of charge to the police force to "give back to the men and women who give so much to us daily. It is our way of giving back."
The cleaning the police vehicles has occurred for the last 6 years.
With a 40 percent turnover expected because of numerous retirements, it's likely the 2013 Idaho Legislative will become more conservative.
That could point to a major effort by its members to eliminate urban renewal districts, noted Alex LaBeau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.
Speaking to a group of members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, LaBeau said his organization will vigorously oppose that effort.