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September 18th, 2013
Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center, discussed an AmeriCorps grant to the trustees on Wednesday. This grant is a collaboration between the Blackfoot Community Center and the Snake River School District.
This grant is a school turn-around grant worth $250,000 per year. The grant is for three years.
Snake River Junior High was chosen because it is the only priority school in this area.
Asked if there were milestones, Howell explained there are quarterly reports.
When there's a national tragedy such as Monday's shooting at the Washington Naval Ship Yard that killed 13 people, there are always ripple effects throughout the country as friends and family await news of loved ones who may have been in the line of fire. Paul and Judy Loomis of Blackfoot were among those waiting with bated breath for news of their son, Jared Loomis, who was working in the Navy Yard building at the time - just down the hall from the shootings.
The City of Blackfoot confirmed on Monday that a seventh person - Kurt Williams Ricks- has declared intent to run for Blackfoot nayor. Since the deadline to file for candidacy has passed, Ricks will run as a write-in candidate.
While Ricks' name won't officially be on the ballot, he joins fellow candidates Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez, Paul Loomis and John Hoobler in his quest for Blackfoot's top leadership position.
Ricks, who has lived in Blackfoot for 15 years, says he is a concerned citizen who sees some problems in the city.
BLACKFOOTâ€”At the age of just two or three, it was obvious to the parents of Blackfoot tattoo artist Durst Hayden that their son was a gifted artist and would go on to do great things with his talent.
"When I was little I'd spend hours drawing detailed pictures of monsters, trucks and airplanes," he said. "My mother, who was a Born Again Christian, always told me 'God has a big plan for you.' "
His father, who Hayden said, 'was born into and died in a rough biker gang,' wanted something better for his son, and told him, "I am an example of what 'I don't want you to become.' "
Longtime Blackfoot businessman John Hoobler is running for mayor of Blackfoot with a vision of seeing more people in the community find a good job or open their own business in town.
Hoobler shares his quest for Blackfoot's top leadership position with Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez and Paul Loomis. Blackfoot's current mayor Mike Virtue will not seek reelection.
Hoobler, a Blackfoot resident for the past 24 years, said, "I have gone to high school here, worked here, owned businesses and raised a family here."
BLACKFOOT â€” Seventy-three fourth and fifth graders at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) built a flag that was displayed on the outside of their mobile classroom in honor of Patriot Day on Wednesday.
Most fifth graders were not yet born when the twin towers were hit on Sept. 11, 2001.
Patriot Day is designated as a day of remembrance and service.
Fifth grade teacher Kelly Jo Fisk said the students took a virtual tour of events on 9-11 using the smart board in her classroom.
"We also took a virtual tour of the memorial," she said.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Retired Army Lt. Colonel, Paul Marion Loomis, has hopes of continuing a life of service as Blackfoot's new mayor.
Loomis joins fellow candidates Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Marinez and John Hoobler in his quest to replace current mayor Mike Virtue who will not seek reelection in November.
Loomis' decision to run for mayor is based upon his belief that "service is important in the community," as demonstrated in his 26 years of service in the United States Army.
BLACKFOOT â€” Ed and Kaylynn Gorder, familiar faces in the Blackfoot business community, became the new owners of Stan's Restaurant on Friday. The Gorders are the owners of successful local businesses Downtown Bread and Gorder's Honey. Kaylynn has managed the bakery/eatery [Downtown Bread] at 111 W. Bridge St. for the past 7 years, while Ed has run the honey business on Highway 39 for 25 years.
Maverik employees, law enforcement officers and military personnel from across Idaho are teaming to pump gasoline and wash windshields for customers while collecting donations for Special Olympics Idaho. Fueling Dreams for Special Olympics will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Maverik station, 895 W. Bridge St. in Blackfoot.
People can participate in two ways. They can buy icons in Maverik stores through Saturday, Sept. 14, and/or fuel at Maverik on Saturday and Tip the Cop pumping gas.
Law enforcement officers will pump gas and wash windshields for tips.
One hundred and seven elementary students stepped into their sparkling new classrooms for a full a day of school at the new Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (charter school) on Tuesday.
While the school, consisting of four temporary modular units, opened about a week later than originally scheduled due to some minor glitches, principal Joel Weaver said, "We are officially in and excited to see this school become one of the best schools around."