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August 16th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Hard work and persistence has paid off for five students who made it through the first ever GED Boot Camp offered by the Idaho State University (ISU) Outreach Center in Blackfoot. A graduation celebration was held in their honor at the center on Thursday afternoon.
The 'Boot Camp' is described as a very intense six-week crash course designed to prepare students in the subjects of language, reading, science, social studies and math for the GED (General Education Diploma) and the Compass college placement tests.
As online education continues to gain in popularity, riding a school bus, juggling a backpack full of books and eating lunch in a school cafeteria are becoming a thing of the past for many students in grades K-12.
According to a recent cyber-school survey, more than 200,000 in grades K-12 are educated online today and the trend seems to be taking hold in East Idaho as well.
Proponents of the online education system say that it works for families by providing flexible schedules while creating student engagement that can't be replicated in the "brick and mortar system."
Bingham County Republicans had a picnic at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot Wednesday evening.
"People who we haven't seen before are here," said Dan Cravens, District 31 Legislative Central Committee Chairman. "We registered some people to vote and we gained some new volunteers."
Charlie Kay, the one-man band, and Jareth Sampson of Bearded Glory provided the entertainment.
People took advantage of a cake walk. The hypnotist show, "Two Bro Hypno Show," also performed.
Dustin Cash Cody, age 20, appeared before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson Monday afternoon.
Cody was arrested on March 14, 2012, and charged with (count one) domestic violence inflicting traumatic injury and (count two) attempted strangulation.
He served 15 days in jail and was released on his own recognizance.
In his plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss the attempted strangulation charge for a guilty plea. Other points of the plea agreement included, the state would recommend a withheld judgment and would not oppose probation.
While there have been no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in East Idaho so far this summer, residents are urged to take precautions after mosquitoes collected in a trap during a routine test by the Fort Hall Reservation's Mosquito Abatement Program tested positive for the virus recently. Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes reported that information on Tuesday.
The virus, which is spread through a mosquito bite, impacted three Idahoans last year, and one woman in Twin Falls County has contacted it so far this year, according to a press release.
It may not be the iconic yellow taxi seen on the streets of New York City, but it is the one and only taxi service in Blackfoot and taxi driver Rob Beebe said his new business, B-B Taxi, is filling a need in the community and that his gray '92 Honda Accord works just fine as a taxi cab.
Beebe, a Blackfoot native who was born in the original Colonial Inn, definitely knows his way around the area and has plenty of experience behind the wheel as he worked as a long-haul truck driver for 35 years and drove for Country Coach for nearly five years.
Appearing before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson, Jeremy Robert Andrus, age 30, received a continuance because he has a new defense attorney.
Defense attorney John Souza from Pocatello asked for a new trial date so he has time to prepare for it.
In June, Andrus plead not guilty to aggravated assault, attempted second degree kidnapping (the victim was not held for ransom) and attempting to elude a police officer.
Andrus was arrested May 2 after a pursuit and standoff on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, during which he threatened to commit suicide.
Back-to-school shoppers have hit the Bingham Crisis Center Thrift Store pretty hard recently and the store could use some donations. The thrift store is a subsidiary of the Bingham Crisis Center run solely by volunteers with proceeds from the store going to help the crisis center, a shelter for adults and children.
"We always need clean, gently used clothing," said Steffanie Beasley, thrift store volunteer. "We especially need clothing for men and young boys right now."
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse won the state competition last Saturday. The 13-member posse placed first in drill, third in parade, first in the most first places and first in the most overall points won.
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse competed against eight other posses.
"This win was way cool," said posse drill mistress Sheri Nickerson. "I am so proud of everyone.
"It's a lot of work, a lot of talent and a lot of effort," she said.
"I don't remember the last time we won the state competition," Nickerson said.
The day was picture perfect and organizers could not have been more pleased with the first annual "Grand Slam Skate Jam" held at the new skate park in Fort Hall Saturday as part of the Shoshone-Bannock Festival activities.
"It started off with a lovely ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and then we had the 'skate jam,' " said Mildren Manulito, organizer for the event. "Everything was ready...the competitors were excellent...the emcee Brad Beech did a great job...what a success!"