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April 27th, 2012
No one was complaining about the blustery weather at Stalker Elementary Friday afternoon as students and staff enjoyed a Hawaiian luau complete with palm trees, ice cream and Polynesian hula dancers.
According to Sheila Evans, Idaho Reads - VISTA representative, the luau was sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) and was a reward for students who completed the "Literacy Luau Challenge" by reading at least 40 books throughout the school year.
The reading challenge is an annual event , this year's theme being: " Put A Book In The Palm Of Your Hand."
Memories of a wonderful grandmother and too many lives lost to cancer have prompted Blackfoot man Leo Wallace, to donate a handmade quilt made by his grandmother to this year's Relay for Life event.
Wallace, the day manager at Rupe's Burgers, said his grandmother, Goldie McCulloch of Blackfoot was a breast cancer survivor, beating the disease for 29 years and living to the ripe old age of 98.
"She was diagnosed in 1973 and passed away in 2002," he said. "My mother, Afton, also lost her life to breast cancer and I have a sister who is currently an eight- year cancer survivor."
BLACKFOOT â€” Ladd Carter, county commission incumbent representing District Three, understands that opposition keeps elected officials on their toes.
"Our ability to challenge our leaders makes it the best system of government on earth," Carter said. "It's good to have a test. I would be honored to serve the citizens of Bingham County if reelected.
All nine county commissioner candidates participated in the forum sponsored by the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening. About 100 people attended.
BLACKFOOT-Coleen Gregory and Sonja Wright use their own time every Thursday to work at the Salon doing hair for residents of the nursing home at BMH. Wright said, "I enjoy the people. A woman always feels better when they look nice. It doesn't matter how old you are." Wright has been a volunteer since 1990. Gregory said, "the ladies are so gracious about getting their hair done. It makes them feel better." Gregory has been volunteering since 1989 and would like to hang up her hair dryer but is concerned that no one will be there to take her place.
FORT HALL â€” The Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees hired Chad Struhs as interim superintendent during its meeting on Thursday.
Struhs is currently assistant superintendent. His hiring will allow the board to conduct a search for a replacement for Scott Crane. Crane announced his retirement effective at the end of the school year.
"When he leaves, I'll step in," Struhs said.
Struhs has been assistant superintendent in the Blackfoot School District for the past five years. He spent seven years as superintendent in Aberdeen and in Cordova, Alaska.
BLACKFOOT â€” Derek Preece, owner of On The Spot Cleaning, offered his services free of charge to the police force to "give back to the men and women who give so much to us daily. It is our way of giving back."
The cleaning the police vehicles has occurred for the last 6 years.
With a 40 percent turnover expected because of numerous retirements, it's likely the 2013 Idaho Legislative will become more conservative.
That could point to a major effort by its members to eliminate urban renewal districts, noted Alex LaBeau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry.
Speaking to a group of members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, LaBeau said his organization will vigorously oppose that effort.
The Idaho Beef Council (IBC) recently conducted its second annual educational program called "Cattle are Amazing", created for Idaho's K-6 youth. Three groups competed â€” K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th.
Kindergartner Rylee Wolfley from Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) took first prize in the K-1st division with a drawn picture of a cow with green teeth, green because "the cow is eating grass!" Rylee told her teacher Jotien Adams.
Planning and Zoning commissioners approved all requests submitted to tthem on Wednesday evening.
Â° The commissioners approved a 32-foot variance for a setback requirement of 100 feet for a potato cellar at Tam Farms, 246 E. River Road, Blackfoot. A wood structure will be torn down. It will be replaced by an all concrete and steel structure.
Kevin Caldwell is the contractor.
"This has got to be a lot better than it was before," said Commissioner Steve Cederberg. "It's a lot better access. I think it's a good idea."
It passed unanimously, 5-0.
The junior-senior prom at Blackfoot High School (BHS) is scheduled for May 12. Controversy about how a "guest" is defined erupted in the halls of the school this week.
The 2011-2012 Blackfoot High School planner book states, "The attendance to prom is limited to currently enrolled, full time Blackfoot High School juniors and seniors and their dates."
Dates and guests are the issue that is being defined.