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BLACKFOOT â€” Come June, three articulate Blackfoot High School (BHS) debaters are heading to Birmingham, Ala., for national competition.
Gentry Carter, Samantha Johnson and Blake Dewvall will compete at the national level of the National Forensic League (NFL). The double elimination qualifying meet took place Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Madison High School in Rexburg.
"We have a really young team," said debate coach Marcy Curr. "I'm really proud of them."
Gentry and Blake are juniors. Samantha is a sophomore.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho officials report that an episode of domestic violence takes place somewhere in Idaho once every 88 minutes.
According to the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, this number is based only on the number of reported calls and that actual domestic violence occurrences are likely even higher.
Dixie Chapman director of Bingham Crisis Center said she believes this statistic to be right in line with Bingham County.
The Future City team at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School placed fourth in a statewide competition.
Students on the Future City team are Matthew Blight, Madison Thompson, Max Park, Preston Stoker and Aidan Weaver. Matthew and Madison are eighth graders. Max is a seventh grader and Preston and Aidan are sixth graders.
This competition is for middle school students only.
City crews are still grappling to repair a sewer line on Frontage Road in Blackfoot that collapsed Monday morning flooding the basement of seven homes on Riverton Road with sewage water. Workers originally thought the repair would only take 12-24 hours. Now, they are hoping that all will go well and that they can complete the repair by Thursday evening.
"There are 100 things that could've gone right while making this repair and nothing did," said an exasperated Fred Davies, Public Works Director for the City of Blackfoot.
Despite what one school board member termed a disappointing turnout, patrons had a spirited discussion about Snake River School District's supplemental levy election.
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk began Wednesday's cottage meeting at Moreland Elementary School by outlining his vision of what some of the money raised by the $900,000 levy could provide for the district's students.
Before beginning, Gabrylczyk said, "whenever you're shooting for a levy or a bond, it becomes an emotional issue. My job is to provide you with all the options so you can make an informed decision."
BLACKFOOT â€” City workers are making progress repairing a a 24 inch sewer line on Frontage Road in Blackfoot that collapsed Monday morning, severely damaging up to seven homes on Riverton Road with sewage water, knee deep in some places.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said that city workers experienced some minor glitches while repairing the line, which put them a little behind schedule. He said he hopes the repair will be completed by Wednesday afternoon.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bob Butler, a representative of Butler Engineering of Shelley, offered some preliminary ideas to the Blackfoot City Council Tuesday evening for building an overpass or underpass to help alleviate the train crossing problem in Blackfoot.
Butler Engineering is well known in the state for building bridges including the Snake River Bridge in Firth and the Riverton Road Bridge in Blackfoot.
Butler said he believes there are some sites in Blackfoot that would be conducive for a locally funded overpass or underpass.
A 24-inch collapsed sewer line along Frontage Road in Blackfoot left some residents along Riverton Road knee deep in sewage water.
According to Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue, workers discovered the problem Monday morning after noticing that sewer flow had stopped coming into the system.
"That was a sign right that there was some blockage in the system," Virtue said.
While Blackfoot School District 55 trustee Jenny Hong's announcement on Monday to resign from the board may not have come as a big surprise, patrons still reacted strongly to the news.
Hong has been embroiled in the controversy regarding the district's $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane prompting recall efforts against her and former district chairman Scott Reese, who resigned last week.
Blackfoot School District trustee Jenny Hong announced her resignation from the Blackfoot School Board on Monday. Hong, along with the district's former chairman, Scott Reese, who resigned last week, were in the early stages of being recalled by a group called "Concerned Citizens of District 55" because of "actions and decisions made by the board in regard to the separation agreement between the district and former superintendent Scott Crane."