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September 20th

Pete Lipovac to be interim superintendent at Fort Hall

September 20, 2012

FORT HALL—Blackfoot School District trustee Peter Lipovac will serve as the interim superintendent for Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School until a new superintendent is selected, according to Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. The position has been vacated by Francine Hall; however, no information is being released at this time as to why Hall is no longer the superintendent.

September 19th

Snake River works to define direction

September 20, 2012

Snake River trustees took care of business Wednesday evening.
The highlight of the meeting was the comparison of the ranking of schools in the Snake River School District to other schools in Southeastern Idaho. The years that were compared were 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
Each year, Snake River schools have ranked lower on each list. It doesn't matter the school—high school, junior high, middle school or elementary.

Community garden reaps a good harvest

September 20, 2012

With the help of Mother Nature and lots of tender loving care from the gardeners, it has been an excellent growing season for Blackfoot's Community Garden. Gardeners are enjoying a bountiful harvest of home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs with plenty of pumpkins still to come this fall.
Garden coordinator Jon Lyksett said the Community Garden was formed two years ago as a recreational avenue for those who don't have space to plant and tend a garden and an opportunity to help those who need to feed their families become self-reliant by learning to plant and grow a garden.

Stalker teacher loves her job

September 20, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Virginia Townsend has a few secrets.
The Stalker Elementary first grade teacher's 'bet you didn't know' is, "few people know I was born in the back seat of a taxi."
They probably don't know she comes from a family of nine siblings who were born all over the Western United States.
With that kind of a start in life, it's not a surprise that she likes to travel.
"My goal is to visit all the United States," she said. "I only have six more to go (last time I counted)."

Police Log

September 19, 2012

Items of note from Sept. 6-18.

Blackfoot Police

DOGNAPPING: Sept. 6, 7:12 p.m.: A caller said all the windows were shut when they left and when they came back home the windows are all open and her dog has been stolen.

BURGLARY: Sept. 7, 12:33 p.m.: A caller said a storage unit has been burglarized.

SMOKING MARIJUANA: Sept. 7, 8:43 p.m.: A caller said there are 6-8 people smoking marijuana.

FULL MOON: Sept. 8, 3:32 p.m.: A caller said a group of juveniles is going door-to-door and if nobody opens the door, they moon the door.

September 18th

Handicap access elevator at BHS broken

September 19, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The mother of a disabled Blackfoot High School student has expressed frustration that a handicap access elevator at the school is broken and has been since the start of school two weeks ago.
Blackfoot High School principal John Pierce said the elevator was not used over the summer.
“We were not alerted to the situation until one week before school started,” Pierce said. “The elevator is currently out of service.
“We are in touch with the company [that repairs elevators],” the principal said. “We want the part appropriately fixed and installed properly for student safety.

Fundraiser Saturday for disease victim

September 18, 2012

POCATELLO — At the pivotal age of 16, Marcy Gray was diagnosed with a disease that affects only only three out of every 1 million people in the United States. Gray has Aplastic Anemia, a rare blood disorder that leaves its victims easily bruised, at high risk for infections and severely exhausted.
Over the years, Gray had limited energy and would get her blood levels checked every month. While the disorder was annoying at best, it was not life-threatening until February of 2011 when Gray's levels went from low to severely low.

September 17th

Rexburg company merges with Blackfoot firm

September 17, 2012

Mark Porter, president of Porter's Office Products of Rexburg, has announced that Porter's Office Products, one of Idaho's leading independent office products dealers, has merged with M & H Office Supply of Blackfoot.
Under the terms of the agreement, Porter's is acquiring M & H's commercial office product business. M & H also operates a scrapbook store which will continue to operate independently.

Thompson files as write-in candidate for county commissioner

September 17, 2012

Matt Thompson has thrown in his cowboy hat into the ring to run a write-in campaign for Bingham County commissioner in District One.
Mark Bair won the Republican nomination for this office in the primary election.
Thompson was second in the race.
So why is he running?
Based on the precinct reports, if the commissioner office was elected by districts, Bair would have finished third or fourth, Thompson said.

Blackfoot man one of two certified cancer exercise trainers in state

September 17, 2012

Anyone affected by cancer knows it's not always easy to find a path back to good health. Trevor Bennion, the only certified health and fitness specialist in east Idaho and one of only two specialists in the state who is certified as a 'cancer exercise trainer,' has found his passion helping cancer patients (and others with chronic diseases) find hope by gaining control of their health through exercise and nutrition.

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