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BLACKFOOT â€” Mayor Mike Virtue addressed County Commissioners Mark Bair and Whitney Manwaring Thursday morning to discuss the ambulance budget that was approved in 2010.
The numbers had to be adjusted to "break even," said Virtue. The first two years of the budget remained the same and a slip escalation was scheduled to begin in 2012.
Virtue said, "The levy may change plus or minus. There is a little bit of uncertainty but not much."
Representatives of the Central Bingham Conservation District (CBCD) are taking tree and shrub orders orders now through April 26 for the district's annual tree and shrub sale. According to Kathy Schafer, administrative assistant for the CBCD, the annual sale is non-profit service to the community, providing them an opportunity to buy low cost trees, shrubs and mulching fabric. The sale is done in conjunction with the Snake River High School FFA team to help them raise money for the state FFA competition in Moscow.
When the runners and walkers in the Tommy Vaughnâ€™s Blackfoot Marathon and More are making their way from the respective start lines to the finish, volunteers from the community will work to ensure their safety and comfort.
BLACKFOOT â€” It has been nearly five years since some friends saw a need to help hungry people in the community and put together the Community Dinner Table.
On Tuesday, members of the Christ's Cowboy Country Church served the final Community Dinner Table of the 2012-2013 year. The first on Oct. 28, 2008, drew just 92 participants. There were well over 300 this time around.
"We've served 23 meals over each winter for the past five years," said Elizabeth Fields, one of the officers in the non-profit organization. That has totaled over 31,500 since that first one.
Items of note from March 7-
BURGLARY: March 7, 6:52 p.m.: A caller said three checks totaling $1250 were taken from the business' drop box on Sunday.
NO AIR: March 8, 12:56 a.m.: A man said someone let the air out of all four of his tires.
BEER THEFT: March 8, 5:43 p.m.: A caller at the Short Stop reported the theft of a case of beer. An arrest was made.
A BAD FEELING: March 9, 3:17 a.m.: A woman said she hasn't seen her nephew, but has a feeling that he is there. An arrest was made.
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.