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Three more witness were called Monday evening to complete the plaintiff's case in the Elaine Asmus due process hearing.
The witnesses were Rebecca Arynne Hoge, who as a counsellor provides intervention with students, Snake River Junior High School principal Roger Thomas and Snake River High School principal Ed Jackson.
Hoge testified that, possibly in January, she met three students in the hall of the science building who said there was "a war" in the science department.
Other witnesses called were Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk, Kandi Duff, Laurie Grayson and Jackie Alvarez.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 20 years of working in the heating & air business and a passion for helping people, has inspired Todd Wayland, along with his wife and business partner Mandy Wayland, to open Todd's Heating & Air in Blackfoot.
No one wins in this contest.
Around 200 people attended the due process hearing for the Snake River High School science teacher Elaine Asmus Friday at the Snake River High School Auditorium.
Facilitator Dale Storer outlined the rules of the hearing.
"The board can only consider evidence presented at this hearing," he said. "This is a due process hearing where attorneys confront witnesses and cross examine witnesses.
THOMAS â€”Â The due process hearing of the Snake River trustees taking in consideration the renewal of Elaine Asmus' contract for the next school year takes place at 3 p.m. today at the Snake River High School Auditorium, 922 W. Hwy. 39, Blackfoot.
Asmus is a popular biology teacher at the Snake River High School.
Paul Stark, Asmus' attorney said she had a disagreement with teacher Laura Gabrylczyk, the wife of the district Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk.
Stark said Laura Gabrylczyk filed a formal complaint that led to the decision not to renew Asmus' contract.
BLACKFOOT â€” First grader Alejandro Pelayo was a little nervous as he climbed into the dental chair in the makeshift dentist office at Stalker Elementary School on Thursday. He said it was the first time he had ever been to a "dentist."
Delta Dental hygienists have been at the school this week offering free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to first and second graders who need them. The dental sealants fill the deep grooves of a child's back teeth where 90 percent of cavities occur; while fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surface of children's teeth.
Bingham County commissioners declared April "Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation" month at the Bingham County Courthouse on Tuesday. Blackfoot women Paula Hulse and Megan Moore were there to share personal stories on the importance of organ donation, encouraging everyone to mark "Yes" on their drivers license application form.
Hulse, who works at the drivers license office in Bingham County, lost her husband Butch two years ago while he was awaiting a lung transplant.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council moved Tuesday evening to remove at least six of the eight spruce trees along Bergener Boulevard that have been the source of complaints from local business owners. However, the city will make every effort to transplant the trees to a different location while replacing them with smaller, aesthetically pleasing lowering pear trees.
Some local business owners complained to the city last summer that some of the trees were blocking their signs and storefronts; specifically Papa Murphy's and the strip plaza that houses Sally's Beauty Supply and GNC.
The Firth/Shelley Distinguished Young Women contest will begin at 7 p.m. this Friday, at the Firth High School Auditorium. The theme is "Toes in the Sand."
Tickets are available from the contestants for $8 or can be purchased at the door for $10.
Some of the sponsors for this contest are Andrea Jo Photography, Piano Gallery, Bingham Memorial Hospital, Steven Longhurst Farms, Adams Manufacturing, Holley Brothers, Farm Bureau and many others.
BLACKFOOT â€” The so-called hazing case returned to court Friday afternoon.
This hazing case involved five former Blackfoot High School students who faced various charges related to incidents which took place while they were members of the high school basketball team. It was filed in 2012.
Defendants include Scott Andrew, Kurt Asmus, Blackfoot School District 55, Bingham County, City of Blackfoot, R. David Moore, Paul Newbold and Randy Smith. The plaintiffs are Logan Chidester, Tyson Katseanes and Nathan Walker.
Arguments were presented before Sixth Judicial District Judge David Nye.
At least two dozen cancer survivors were among those in attendance at Saturday's Relay for Life fundraiser.
Many of those supporting the potato bar and cake auction which the team, Angels Among Us, sponsored have been touched by cancer.
"I have a sister who had cancer," said Bill Kelleher, who was among the supporters.
"It's a just a good cause, a worthwhile cause, I think," he added.
Ludean and Skip Yancey agreed. "It's a good cause. The money goes to a good cause, not to administrative costs.
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