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Snake River School Board trustees approved a declaration of candidacy for three school board positions during their meeting at Rockford Elementary on Wednesday.
The positions open are in Zones 1, 4 and 5.
Zone 1 is in the Pingree-Rockford area. Annis Williams was appointed to complete Julie VanOrdenâ€™s term. Williams has the option to run for this seat in the May election.
Korden Wray represents Zone 4 in the Riverside area. Wray stated he would not run for reelection.
Steve Reader represents Zone 5 in the Moreland area.
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk presented the need of passage of the supplemental levy in the Snake River School District to board trustees on Wednesday.
"In the past few years, the Snake River School District has received $1.1 million less from the legislature," he said.
Snake River is not the only school district that has suffered financially.
"Eighty-five out of the 115 school districts in Idaho have supplemental levies," Gabrylczyk said.
The requested $900,000 supplemental levy, if passed, will be used for current infrastructure in the school district, he said.
All nine members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) team from Firth who competed in the Sixth District STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) earned first place.
Competing in the Senior Division were:
Â° Celeste Esplin placed first with her project, American Idols.
Â° Mikaela Jensen won first with her project, Courageous.
Â° Kasidy Belnap was first with her project, Hunger Games.
Â° Warren Munger placed first with his project, What's Your Color?
Competing in the Occupational Division were:
The group "Concerned Citizens of District 55" hosted a meeting at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Tuesday night to answer questions and share facts about the district's supplemental levy election on March 12. The group is strongly in favor of the levy and want to make sure that, in light of recent events within the district, that "the levy is not made into a political statement."
Hundreds of students from every high school in Bingham County attended the Career Fair that took place at Snake River High School Tuesday. Representatives of universities and colleges and about 40 businesses answered students' questions.
"We want to get all kids engaged in thinking past high school," said Nathan Satterthwaite, one of the organizers of this event.
"The students are asking good questions this year," said Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus.
Students thought the Career Fair was "pretty cool."
"It was very informative," said David Iniguez.
On one of the coldest nights of the year, with temps dipping well into the negatives, Binelli, a two-year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, gave birth, for the first time, to 16 puppies. That is a rarity, according to Blackfoot veterinarian Dr. Marcia Matsuura of Matsuura Veterinary Housecall. The dog belongs to Conner Funk and Val and Valerie Ellis of Riverside.
Funk had her bred to Max, a Golden Retriever in the neighborhood, thinking that she would have a normal litter of 6-8 puppies that he could sell. The mixed breed dogs make great pets and hunting dogs.
Set for adventure, Patti Kerscher Allen from Blackfoot is heading to Alaska to work in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She leaves on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and will work for three weeks assisting Vet Tech Cassandra Winslow, a former search and rescue canine handler, with whatever she needs done.
"I'll be whatever she tells me to do," Allen said. "It's going to be exciting.â€ť
The race lasts at average of 12 days, but it takes a long time to get everything back to Anchorage after the race. Allen will be working the four â€śhubs,â€ť flying with the dogs, and working with "drop dogs."
POCATELLO â€” The excitement of family and friends of Idaho Army National Guard Sgt. Glen Morgan of Blackfoot was palpable as they waited for the private military C-12 cargo plane to touch down at the Pocatello Av Center Sunday morning, bringing him home after a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan with 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom."
The Smith family from American Falls has been keeping their eye out for a new place to expand their NAPA Auto Parts stores in Southeast Idaho and found the perfect opportunity in Blackfoot. They opened the doors to a new store on Monday at 1250 W. Bridge, in the old Spudnik building next to Gold's Gym. The family opened their first NAPA store in American Falls in 1998 and a second store in Aberdeen in 2008.
"Concerned Citizens of District 55," a group formed in January to monitor the actions and decisions of Blackfoot School District 55 and share information with the public, is sponsoring a public meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to discuss the district's supplemental levy election on March 12.
Most recently, the group spearheaded recall efforts against former school board members Scott Reese and Jenny Hong for their decisions regarding the $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane. The two have since resigned.