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Bingham County whole as legislative district

February 1, 2012

It's official. The redistricting map that defines the legislative districts was submitted to and approved by the Secretary of State Monday.
This new plan, drafted following completion of the 2010 U.S. Census to preserve one-person, one-vote principles, will result in significant changes for the 2013 Legislature. It places at least 32 sitting representatives and senators in 10 of the 35 districts into potential primaries with incumbents, most of them Republicans.
Under the map L93 that has been approved, seven counties will be split.

BHS Renaissance Dinner this week

January 31, 2012

The Blackfoot High School Choral Department will present the popular Renaissance Dinner Feb. 2, 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The Renaissance Dinner includes dinner and an entertaining night of music and theater. Tickets are $18.
Throughout the meal the choir students will perform a skit involving the audience as well as a number of songs. The event is fun for both the students and those in attendance.
The event will feature performances by the Blackfoot A Cappella, Concert and Madrigal choirs.

Ralph Hulse: Blackfoot's Biggest Fan

January 31, 2012

You've seen him hustling out to pick up the kicking tee after the start of a Blackfoot High School football game. You've also seen him making sure that all the Bronco basketball players are sufficiently hydrated during timeouts.
Ralph Hulse is more than just the Bronco's biggest fan. Ralph is the team manager and takes his responsibilities seriously.
Hulse gets things ready for the BHS teams before their games and looks out for the athletes. He tries to lift the players' spirits when they fall behind, and no one wants a win more.

January 30th

Firefighters promote reading with challenge

January 31, 2012

The local firefighters union has issued a challenge to elementary students in the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts during the month of February—read as much and as often as you can.
The students will be rewarded for their efforts, of course.
The Blackfoot Firefighters of Local 4454 will reward the students who read the most minutes with a ride to school in a fire truck and dinner with the firefighters at the station.
The top class in each district will receive cash and a pizza party. For the top school, firefighters will serve lunch to the students.

Woman, team investigate paranormal

January 30, 2012

Michelle Morgan was 14 years old when she first began considering the existence of ghosts. That intrigue has remained throughout her life, and today she works as a paranormal investigator to discover proof and to dispel misconceptions about paranormal activity.
Morgan is a certified paranormal investigator and founder of White Light Western Paranormal Investigations. Morgan’s team has conducted various investigations in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and Morgan and her husband Rick regularly travel to the famously haunted Virginia City, Nev., where they have also done investigations.

IFPD arrest 11 for distribution of Spice

January 30, 2012

Two Shelley men were among 11 arrested Saturday night in Idaho Falls for the illegal distribution of Spice.
Kelly Mark Nelson, 24, and Henry Villegas, 21, of Shelley, and David Bartlett, 24, Lorraine Kay Torres, 44, William C. Brick, 24, Marc Augustus Adonga-Leonard, 21, Bryce Scott Mendel, 26, Brent Richard Powell, 22, Brian Keith Carson, Jr., 24, Becky Larue Jayne, 29, and Alan S. Hales, 18, all of Idaho Falls, were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony.

D55 trustees vote no on Crane's contract extension

January 30, 2012

The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees failed to pass a motion to extend Superintendent Scott Crane’s contract another year during their Thursday night meeting. Crane is currently in the first year of a three-year contract, set to expire July 2014.
A motion to extend the contract by one year failed on a 2-3 vote. Trustees Mary Jo Marlow and Taylor Johansen voted in favor of extending the contract, while Chairman R. Scott Reese, Vice Chairman Pete Lipovac and Trustee Jenny Hong voted in opposition.
Prior to the vote, the trustees met in executive session for about five hours.

January 29th

Scouts learn leadership at Klondike Derby

January 30, 2012

Creativity was the rule of the day as 14 Scout troops from the Wolverine District took part in a Klondike Derby over the weekend despite little snow.
Objectives of the Derby included developing teamwork, learning to work together and building self-confidence, said scout leader Merlin Andersen. It also gets kids out of the house and allows them to sleep outdoors.
Curtis Burtenshaw, the 2012 Klondike chairman, said planning for the Derby begins two or three months beforehand.
“Plans are refined as the time gets closer,” Burtenshaw said. “I went to the Internet to come up with activities.”

District 55 to begin implementation of tech plan soon

January 30, 2012

BLACKFOOT — High school teachers in Blackfoot will soon receive iPads to use in the classroom as part of the district's technology plan to implement the "Students Come First" legislation.
But before they can receive the new technology, teachers will need to submit a plan to the school district regarding how they plan to use the technology in their classroom.
"We want the teachers to have a plan to improve their instruction," Technology Committee member Brian Kress said.
In addition, five iPads each will be distributed to all other schools for teachers to utilize.

January 27th

'Brigadoon' set coming together at Nuart

January 28, 2012

The set backdrop of the musical, "Brigadoon," is taking shape at the Nuart Theater in Blackfoot. Artists have been working evenings to develop the feel of the Scottish highlands.
Blackfoot artist Ken Spencer sketched the background "as I was sitting in the theater with the Mosers, who are the directors of the play."
Spencer then painted a color study to figure out what colors he wanted used.
"Each two-inch square on the color sketch equals two-feet on the backdrop," said Spencer.

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