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August 26th, 2014
It was not an easy decision to make; in fact, at times the frustration was evident. However; the Blackfoot School District board of trustees voted 3-2 to grant Teton Stage Lines 10 bus routes at a special board meeting on Tuesday night.
The board called the meeting to finalize the 2014-15 school transportation bids. The were reopened last month after Donavan Harrington, the owner of Idaho Falls-based Teton Stage Lines, appealed the board's decision denying him the routes even though his firm was the lowest bidder.
A new flashing sign now sits in the crosswalk where a Blackfoot High School student was hit crossing the street in the early morning hours last winter. City and school officials are hoping that the new sign will prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Last February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.
BLACKFOOT â€” Henry Miles and his wife Carol didn't know what to expect when Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963 arrived.
The couple had grown up in Blackfoot, Idaho, and didn't know a lot of black people although they were now living in Washington, D.C. There Henry had met Glen Roane, like him a contract negotiator who purchased underwater ordinance for the Polaris submarine. Roane was black and had grown up in Viriginia.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Dyle Clark prepared to step onto a landing craft in the Philippines during World War II, a sailor said, "that's enough."
"I turned to my buddy and said, 'there's room for two more and we climbed in," Clark recalled recently.
"When we were climbing the nets onto the boat after that, the general asked, 'did we get them all?' He was told we had left about 350."
Those guys were later involved in a big battle and many were killed, Clark recalled.
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.