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BLACKFOOT â€” Former superintendent Dewane Wren is challenging Peter Lipovac for one of the three Blackfoot School Board trustee positions which will be decided in May. They are facing off in Zone 1. In Zone 3 Lori Kitzmiller is challenging longtime trustee Mary Jo Marlow. Derek Preece has filed to replace Dr. Taylor Johansen in Zone 3. No one else filed to run for that seat. Johansen announced recently that he would not run again.
SHELLEY â€“ In case of an emergency, people are advised â€śbe prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.â€ť
Think of your familyâ€™s special needs and prepare accordingly.
Classes and vendors were on hand to help people prepare for a variety of emergency situations at the Shelley-Firth Preparedness Fair on Saturday.
Physician Assistant Wade Christensen gave tips about preparing for a medical emergency. This could include taking a trip or hiking into the back country.
It's official. All supplemental levies in Bingham County passed.
The canvass of the March 12, 2013, supplemental levies was approved by the Bingham County Commissioners on Thursday.
In Aberdeen School District No. 58, electors approved the supplemental levy of $675,000 for one year. The votes in favor of were 200 or 66.0 percent with 138 votes or 45.5 percent against.
The percentage of all registered voters who voted in the Aberdeen election was 25.12 percent.
No voters in Bingham County voted in the election for the supplemental levy in the Bonneville Joint School District No. 93.
The squeals and giggles coming from Stalker Elementary School could probably be heard from miles around as students had the rare opportunity to duct tape their teachers to the gym wall during a special assembly Friday afternoon.
According to PTA president Jenny Wells, the students earned the opportunity to duct tape their teachers for "having 100 percent student participation and raising over $6,000 in the dance-a-thon fundraiser at the school on March 11."
As an incentive to bring in more money, the students earned one yard of duct tape for every $25 earned for the fundraiser.
Shelley Planning & Zoning members tabled their decision until their next regularly scheduled meeting on the request of Golden Valley Natural to rezone a residential area into an agricultural zone with a special use permit.
Golden Valley Natural is a meat processing company that produces organic, all-natural jerky.
Presently, it is located in Idaho Falls, feet away from Candlewood Suites with the greenbelt running right behind its facility.
â€śWeâ€™ve had no complaints of noise, smells or traffic,â€ť said Bryce Esplin, the spokesman for Golden Valley Natural.
Blackfoot resident Adan Adolfo Arroyo, 22, pleaded not guilty to murder in the first degree with an enhanced deadly weapon charge on Wednesday morning.
Via live stream feed, Arroyo appeared before Seventh Judicial District Judge Jon Shindurling at the Bonneville County Courthouse.
The maximum sentence Arroyo could face is death or life imprisonment on the murder I charge; the minimum sentence on the charge is 10 years incarceration and/or a $50,000 fine.
Arroyo could also be fined $5,000 compensatory on behalf of the victim.
At the age of 13, Samantha Christensen has grasped a concept that many adults struggle with: saving money.
Christensen, an eighth grader at Mountain View Middle School, is a finalist in Zions Bank "Financialize A Film" contest, for a video that she produced titled "Spend vs Split."
Items of note from March 5-11.
Bingham County Sheriff
BURGLARY: March 5, 4:26 p.m. A woman said someone broken into her residence and her prescription medication is missing.
GAS THEFT: March 6, 4:15 p.m.: A man said he believes people have been stealing gas from his fuel pumps. An arrest was made.
ON ITS TOP: March 6, 10:21 p.m.: A caller said a vehicle is on its top somewhere between Shelley and Idaho Falls on I-15.
DEATH THREATS: March 7, 7:38 p.m.: A woman said she received a call threatening rape and murder and the caller said they could see lights on at her house.
Second graders at Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) designed and built a city they named Diamondville.
It took the 44 second graders about two months to build this city. Amy Ogden and Katrina Elliott were the teachers working on this project.
The city, Diamondville, measures 12 feet by 15 feet. Some of the features in the city are homes, the mayor's mansion, schools, hotels, McDonald's, a western store, a hospital and veterinarian clinic, other businesses as well as roads, an overpass, a racetrack, railroad and cemetery, with a parking lot.
Those driving by the Sartori cheese plant in Blackfoot the past couple of days may have noticed the building's new signs. On Tuesday, Glanbia Foods of Twin Falls, the world's largest producers of American-style cheese, announced that they purchased Sartori Foods on March 14, 2013.
All of Sartori's (approximately 70) employees were kept on to work for Glanbia. The workers say that "this is positive move for the company and Bingham County."