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February 3rd

City Council to examine overpass feasability

February 4, 2013

The possibility of building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot will be addressed by Butler Engineering of Shelley at Tuesday's Blackfoot City Council Meeting. Talk of the city building an overpass (or an underpass) to help alleviate the train crossing problem has recently been revived by some concerned residents, many of whom are fed up with being delayed at the crossings by the stopped trains.

February 1st

Kangaroo lives in Blackfoot area

February 2, 2013

Jack the kangaroo had an early morning stop on Friday at the Animal Health Clinic, 231 E. Rich Ln., Blackfoot, where he was neutered.
Veterinarian Jason Moulton, D.V.M. said, "Because he is neutered, he won't become aggressive nor will he grow as tall [as a regular kangaroo]."
When full grown, Moulton estimates Jack will stand about five feet tall. A regular kangaroo can grow to seven and one-half feet tall.

District 55 board chairman resigns

February 1, 2013

Blackfoot School Board Chairman Scott Reese issued a statement announcing his resignation from the school board just days after startup petitions for his recall were turned into the Bingham County Clerk's office.
Reese, who represents Zone 3 in the Blackfoot School District, has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed to the public in November that a $220,000 separation agreement was drawn up for former superintendent Scott Crane and that Idaho Open Meeting Laws were broken in the board's decision-making process.

January 31st

School District 55 seeks new legal counsel

February 1, 2013

Blackfoot School District is seeking an Idaho-licensed attorney or firm to serve as general legal counsel and is now accepting proposals for the job.
The district fired attorney Dale Storer in December in the midst of the "Scott Crane separation agreement" debacle and has been temporarily receiving legal counsel from Amy White, an attorney for the Idaho School Board Association.
Chad Struhs, interim superintendent for the district, issued a press release on Thursday describing the position.

MVMS students get new microscopes

February 1, 2013

Students at Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) received 30 brand new microscopes for science classes this week, thanks to a grant awarded to the school's Life Science teachers, Eileen Huestis and Alan Southern.
The teachers applied for the grant through the Summer of Innovation Program (part of the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium) right before the deadline on Jan. 10 and were thrilled to receive the grant money just four days later.

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