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February 23rd, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Some community leaders gathered at Tommy Vaughn's Grill Thursday morning to learn where money donated through the Friends of Scouting goes.
They learned that the $1,020,000 raised in the Grand Teton Council helped fund the activities of over 21,000 Scouts and 11,000 leaders in the local Boy Scouts of America units.
"You make a large difference in the lives of boys," noted Council president Jeff Wheeler.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Blackfoot School District board of trustees heard a report about the feasibility of consolidating the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School with Mountain View Middle School during Thursday's monthly meeting.
"Do we continue in the way we do business or be progressive in our thoughts," Deidre Taylor asked as she introduced the committee's report on the subject.
She said the possible move has two componentsâ€”academic and financial.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Center is celebrating its fifth anniversary by throwing a birthday party on Friday from 4-7 p.m. The party will include delicious food and activities that children of all ages will enjoy. For more information about the party, see tomorrow's Morning News.
The Snake River school board trustees accepted the resignation of Chris Cox, Snake River Junior High principal, and Selena Clark Rockford special education aide, at their February school board meeting Wednesday.
Board members also appointed Ray Carter, assistant principal at SRHS, as the junior high school principal until the end of the school year.
Administrative intern Steve Morton and Athletic Director Bob Coombs will help with the duties Carter is leaving at the high school.
A group of senior Brigham Young University-Idaho public relations students is carrying out a childhood obesity awareness campaign in Blackfoot.
The campaignâ€™s focus is to increase Blackfootâ€™s awareness of childhood obesity, and the negative effects it has on a childâ€™s physical and emotional wellbeing. The groupâ€™s work has been boosted by working with United Way, a prominent national non-profit organization with offices in Pocatello.
High winds wreaked havoc in Bingham County Wednesday afternoon causing numerous power outages, uprooting trees and damaging hangars at the Blackfoot Airport.
Winds increased throughout the morning and gusts of 58-68 mph were recorded between noon and 3 p.m. in Blackfoot. A gust of 71 mph was recorded at 2:45 p.m.
Items on note from Feb. 16-20.
FRAUD: Feb. 16. 2:52 p.m.: A man said he received a phone call and was told his grandson is overseas and had been injured and incarcerated. He said he sent $2,800 through Western Union to a person who is allegedly working for the American Embassy. He said they are continuing to call, allegedly to arrange the grandson's travel home.
OFF TARGET: Feb. 17, 10:45 a.m.: A woman said she found an arrow that has been shot into the back of her house.
The Bingham County commissioners discussed proposals to the county's animal ordinance Tuesday morning.
The changes include an increased impound fee.
This means that fees for dogs that come into the kennel would be increased by $10, $20 per animal.
Each dog coming into the kennel would be vaccinated. The increased $10 fee would cover the vaccination.
The impound cost for each cat would increase from $20 to $25. This increase cost will pay for vaccinating each cat.
The Blackfoot Community Players are pleased to announce the production of the iconic stage musical "Brigadoon." The musical opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway.
This highly celebrated classic has been given an up-to-date feel under the direction of Bryce and Amy Moser and follows the original screenplay of a young man who falls in love with a beautiful Scottish girl from a town that appears once every 100 hundred years. Several talented local artists are part of the production.
POCATELLO â€“ Things are looking up for the Idaho economy, according to Idaho State University economics Professor Scott Benson who contributed to an economic forecast report on personal income.
Benson predicts a 3.4 percent increase in personal income and a 4.5 percent rise in state general fund revenues in fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1.
â€śPersonal income is growing, although that growth is modest in the short run and improves only slowly,â€ť Benson said. â€śBut there is an upward trend and the future looks brighter than it has the last couple of years.â€ť