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May 6th, 2014
BLACKFOOTâ€”The Blackfoot City Council moved to increase the city's sewer, sanitation and water fees at Tuesday's city council meeting. The higher fees will hit the utility bills of residents starting in July.
The council also increased pool admission at the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming pool; however, the fees will be revisited again in six months after the pool committee completes its evaluations on the pool and reports back to the council with suggestions on what can done to bring the aging facility back up to par.
The Blackfoot Community Players are presenting the romantic comedy "All Of A Sudden Peggy" May 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19 at the Nuart Theater. This is a show that brings director Heather McPhie's love for theater full circle.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Ticket prices are $7.
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Blackfoot High School band director Jan Eddington has been recognized as the 2013 Idaho Music Educator of the Year. She received this award last month at the Idaho Music Educatorsâ€™ Association meeting in Nampa.
â€śI was totally caught by surprise,â€ť Eddington said. â€śThere are so many amazing teachers in this state.
â€śIt makes me all the more appreciative of this honor,â€ť she said. â€śIt means a lot to be recognized by my peers because I have such respect for them.â€ť
Eddington will retire at the end of this school year after 23 years of teaching music in public schools in Idaho.
BLACKFOOTâ€”The Idaho Potato Museum received a check for $6,000 from Union Pacific Public Affairs Director Dan Harbeke on Friday. The funds that came through a Union Pacific Foundation grant will be used to repair the deteriorating stonework around the base of the old building - originally built as a train depot in 1913. Museum executive director Tish Dahmen specifically applied for the grant in hopes of funding the masonry repairs.
The pride was evident as members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and folks from throughout the region gathered at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center Thursday to honor and congratulate new MIss Indian World - Taylor Thomas.Â
Thomas, 21, the current Â Miss Shoshone-Bannock Â and an Idaho State University student, was crowned Miss Indian World at the "Gathering of Nations" powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week. She also placed first in the interview category of the competition.
The outside doors of three Blackfoot schools and the district office were locked to prevent any intruder from entering on Thursday.
At 12:41 p.m. the Blackfoot Police Department asked students, faculty and staff at the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center, Independence Alternative High School, and Mountain View Middle School to â€śshelter in place."
That tactic is a form of lockdown where the exterior doors are locked, but instruction continues inside the school, said Blackfoot Police Lt. Shawn Hunter. The exterior doors were locked so no intruders could come inside.
Sierra Whitehead graduated from juvenile drug court on Wednesday.
"I was impressed when Sierra said, 'I have earned this,'" said juvenile drug court Judge Dane Watkins.
"We have obstacles, challenges that we need to overcome; they make us stronger," he said.
Watkins said he likes riding bicycles up mountains. There is a sense of accomplishment when he pushes to the top.
Like riding a bike up mountains or graduating from drug court, "There are some struggles along the way, some obstacles, some issues to be worked through," said Judge Watkins. "And here you areâ€”graduating.
Longtime Blackfoot school teacher Melissa Hunt was among four Idaho teachers to receive a grant for $2,500 and to be honored by Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter on Tuesday. The event at Tyhee Elementary School in Chubbuck was through the Farmers Insurance "Thank A Million Teachers" program. Hunt teaches first grade at I.T. Stoddard Elementary School. The other three teachers were Sandy Andrus, Linda Empey and Shelley Hardenbrook, all teachers at Tyhee Elementary School.
It was all about farming and the importance of agriculture at A.W. Johnson Elementary School on Monday as students experienced various
farm and agricultural related activities at the "Farmer For A Day" event sponsored by the Farm Bureau Federation and Firth High School FFA.
Outside the students had hands on fun with a variety of farm animals such as goats, cows, chickens and rabbits. The hens even laid a few eggs in their pen while they were at the school - helping to make the point "that eggs come from poultry," not from a carton at the grocery store.
FORT HALL-The good news spread like wildfire via social media Saturday night following the announcement that Shoshone-Bannock Queen Taylor Thomas of Fort Hall was crowned Miss Indian World at the "Gathering of Nations" Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas, 21, who is currently studying political science at Idaho State University, was chosen from 23 young Native American woman. She will serve as a cultural "goodwill ambassador" for the "Gathering of Nations" to educate and demonstrate Native American Culture around the world. She plans to eventually specialize in Indian law.