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FIRTH â€” The population of Firth will explode on Wednesday when over 10,500 scouts and their leaders arrive on site at the Boy Scout Encampment.
"Firth will be the 14th largest city in Idaho for four days," said Brent Stolworthy. "It's going to be a great time for all the kids."
Three activity centers have been erected on site.
All three activity centers are exactly the same, said Paul FitzSimon, who is over tower construction.
The climbing towers are 32 feet high. Zip lines come off each corner of the towers and are 300-400 feet long.
SHELLEY â€” June is budget hearing month for all school boards in Idaho. The budget hearing for the Shelley School District took place on Thursday.
"Next year, we will need to learn how to live within our means," said Business Manager Trish Dixon.
Ninety percent of the salary based apportionment is based on three factors:
Â° grade level of students (In this apportionment, more money is distributed to schools for high school students than elementary students.)
Â° education and experience for certified staff
FIRTH â€” The Rise Up 2013 Encampment, Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in the LDS Church, kicks off next Wednesday.Â Over 10,500 youth and adults are registered.Â
"After nearly 2 years of planning we are excited that the event is finally here," said Brian Porter, Director of Support Service, Boy Scouts of America, Grand Teton Council.
Workers from Signature Party Rental from Idaho Falls were on site Friday erecting the dining hall tent. The tent is 40 feet wide, 75 feet long and 10 feet high.
THOMAS â€” Books and robots. What could be more fun?
The Live Wire Robotics team read books and showed off two robots to summer readers at the Snake River School/Community Library Wednesday.
â€śWe are hoping to host a Lego robotic camp at the Snake River Library later this summer,â€ť said Live Wire Robotics member Dirk Stahlecker. A date is yet to be set.
Stahlecker will be a sophomore at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., this fall. â€śIâ€™m sure my participation with robotics was instrumental in my getting a scholarship to MIT,â€ť he said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners declared water shortage emergency in Bingham County on Monday.
The declaration states, "A disaster emergency is hereby declared to exist with Bingham County created by a severe water shortage creating an imminent threat to property, public utilities, etc."
Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Company made this request. It was adopted unanimously in an open special session.
General Manager Steven Howser said, "Aberdeen-Spring Canal Company (ASCC) irrigates about 62,000 acres through 200 miles of canals and laterals in Bingham and Power Counties.
BLACKFOOTâ€”With orange highway cones in place and librarians dressed as construction workers, the library was bustling with parents and children Wednesday afternoon for the first day of the summer reading program - "Dig Into Reading at Blackfoot Public Library."
The fun, 'construction themed' program will keep kids busy through July with activities and the opportunity to win prizes by reading books.
BLACKFOOT â€” â€ťMusic in the Park,â€ť a summertime tradition of free concerts started by Blackfootâ€™s late city councilman Butch Hulse, will continue this summer. Local musician Doug Wareing, who directs â€śJazz House Big Bandâ€ťhas taken over the concert series, carrying on the tradition that Hulse started four years ago. â€śThe BinghamMemorial Hospitalboard of directors and administrators have graciously stepped up again this year as the major sponsor of the event,â€ť Wareing said. As in years past, the
BLACKFOOTâ€”While the main "Relay For Life" event is over until next year, donations for the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser will be accepted until Aug. 31.
With a hefty goal of $150,000 - hundreds of participants, volunteers and spectators showed up for the all-night event at Blackfoot High School last weekend to help raise money and to honor and remember cancer victims.
Although the event did fall short of raising $150,000, organizers say it was still a "great success" and that it's not too late to donate.
BLACKFOOT â€” A menâ€™s health seminar will be held at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge (123 N. Ash) Wednesday, giving men the opportunity to â€śtalk about whatâ€™s really ailing them.â€ť Urologists Albert Corica and Peter Jones from Portneuf Medical Center (PMC) will be hosting the free event. â€śDiscussing urology issues and sexual health can be difficult, but is important for men to understand that certain urological issues might be
a warning sign of other, more significant health concerns,â€ť said Corica.
Taxes or fees may increase to help cover a possible shortfall in the cost of taking care of municipal solid waste.
That's what mayors from Blackfoot and Aberdeen and other interested representatives heard during a hearing with the Bingham County commissioners on Monday.
"It is anticipated there will be a $250,000 shortfall at the end of fiscal year 2013," said David Babbitt, Bingham County Public Works Director.
The fiscal year goes from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year. The taxable year goes from Jan. 1 through Dec. 30.