Archive - 2014 - Latest News
Teachers in the Blackfoot School District can earn leadership premium dollars (from $850 to $5,780) by taking on leadership tasks in the upcoming school year "above and beyond" their contracted work.
The leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee.
Blackfoot School District Superintendent Chad Struhs said that the Aug. 6 flash flood that hit town could have easily ruined Blackfoot High School's entire new gym floor had it not been for the quick work of the custodial staff in the building when the water started rushing in.
Struhs addressed the flood damage that the district incurred at the school board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that "several buildings were flooded" from the storm.
BLACKFOOT â€” As the growing season reaches its peak and folks begin to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from fields gardens and orchards, organizers of the Community Food Pantry are hoping that growers will donate their excess produce to help feed those in need.
"There's always an ongoing need for food; and recipients at the food pantry really appreciate the fresh produce, because many of them don't have gardens," Ronda Cheatham said.
As was feared, the City of Blackfoot's tax levy will increase in the coming fiscal year. However, city leaders made a move Tuesday night, following a public hearing on the city's proposed budget, that will help make the increase "less" than what was anticipated.
The Bingham County Sheriff and his deputies are following leads in a murder case.
About 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, sheriff deputies were dispatch to 1954 West Tabor Road for a male subject with a gunshot wound.
When the officers arrived, they found Miguel Davalos, a 21-year-old Hispanic who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bingham County/Blackfoot Detectives are currently investigating this as a homicide.
No name of a suspect has been released.
Shelley School District has an unexpected expense because of unknown persons who vandalized the old Goodsell Elementary School, now called the District Service Center.
It is thought three individuals gained entrance to the school on Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening.
"All the fire extinguishers were set off and they trashed the place," said Special Education Director Jeff Brandt. "Sixty to 100 fluorescent bulbs were broken; glass was all over the place."
The vandals also upended 50-gallon jugs of water for the water cooler.
Hundreds gathered at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot on Sunday for the annual Kermes/Festival fundraiser sponsored by the local Catholic churches (St. Bernard's and St. Kateri) and the local Hispanic community.
There were food booths serving up traditional Mexican food, treats, live music, dancing, games and an overall festive feeling in the air. It was one that could take not take the smile off the face of grandmother Rosie Gomez of American Falls as she watched her five grandchildren (ranging in ages from 3 to 15) laughing and playing.
The former Bingham Memorial Hospital IT Director Jack York entered a change of plea Friday morning before Sixth Judicial District Judge David Nye.
York entered an Alford plea to Count 1: Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications, a felony, a violation of Idaho Code Â§ 18-66702(1)(a), as set forth in the Grand Jury Indictment filed June 19, 2013.
In an Alford plea, the defendant maintains his/her innocence but agrees that a jury would probably find him/her guilty.
If there are no more rude interruptions by Mother Nature, Blackfoot city officials say that the Ash Street construction project should be complete by "fair week." The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot is Aug. 30 thru Sept. 6.
The summertime road project, which has been underway for over two months now, is a much needed overhaul of the worn out and "pot-hole riddled" Ash Street from Francis to Grant streets.
Workers are currently doing what is called, "blue top," the final step in the road grading process.
Kelly Stombaugh of Pocatello, who now works for the Girl Scouts, was a victim of a layoff at the Idaho National Laboratory years ago.
"I was excited to hear they are hiring again," Stombaugh said after hearing Amy Lientz, a communications specialist at the INL, during Wednesday's Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Lientz gave an update of happenings at "the site" and related facilities.