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May 24th, 2012
The 37 graduates of the Firth High School class of 2012 received a rousing sendoff at their ceremony Thursday evening.
The graduation ceremony was dedicated to the memory ofÂ Kitty Bolinder, the Firth High School librarian who died in the Fall 2011. Each graduating senior, the administration, staff and board members wore leis in Kitty's memory.
Speaking to his classmates, valedictorian Kyle Stradling thanked all who helped him get this far.
Live every day as if it is your last,â Stradling said.
âMake friends,â he said. âFriends are who have made me what I am.
There was the usual 'pomp and circumstance' one expects from a graduation ceremony mixed in with the humor, talent and personality - unique to the Blackfoot High School Class (BHS) of 2012 as 221 students received their high school diplomas Thursday at Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Senior choir members sang a flawless rendition of the national anthem followed by opening remarks from student Brad Carter who said: "This is not the beginning of the end...the end is just the beginning. Make what you do count, because history doesn't grant second chances."
BLACKFOOT â Parents whose students attend Stalker Elementary rallied Wednesday to protest a newly hired teacher.
The parents' group questioned if the person who was hired as a teacher had the necessary educational qualifications to be hired in that position.
Under Blackfoot School Board Policy number 215, Functions of the Board, "The board shall ... determine the personnel policies of the school system."
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Commissioner Cleone Jolley confirmed the commissioners submitted a lettering to the hospital Board of Directors requesting a forensic audit be conducted at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Jolley said he gave the letter to Lee Kniffin, chairman of the hospital board, before the start of the two-hour executive session that took place last Tuesday.
"No action has been taken yet," said Jolley.
BLACKFOOT â If ever there was anyone worthy of a "community hero award, it is Christina Alvarez of Blackfoot. Alvarez is the recipient of this year's Community Hero Award, an annual award presented by the Blackfoot District of Boy Scouts of America. Alvarez was honored Monday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Alavarez has served as the Migrant Home School Coordinator for the entire state of Idaho for over 20 years, making her the key player between migrant families and the education of their children.
One hundred forty-five seniors graduated from Shelley High School on Tuesday.
Jessica Johnson and Willson Higham were the co-valedictorians.
Kayla Butler was named Miss Shelley High; Will Higham was named Mr. Shelley High.
To date, the class of 2012 has garnered $706,436 in scholarships.
In her valedictorian address, Johnson gave a brief overview of the students' years together.
âIn sixth grade, we learned to say âpoo-pooâ instead of crap,â she said.
Kindergarten students from Blackfoot Community Charter Learning Center (BCCLC) gave a smashing rendition of the age-old tale "Goldielocks and the Three Bears".
Students sang their little hearts out to catchy tunes that told of cold porridge, broken chairs, and the important message of not "snooping".
The warning signs of abuse in a teen dating relationship aren't hard to spot in this high tech age that we live in but they are important for everyone to know.
A free presentation on abuse in teen dating relationships was held at Bingham Memorial Hospital Monday with attorney Fred Zundel of Idaho Legal Aid Services in Pocatello and Dixie Chapman, executive director of Bingham Crisis Center the hosts/
"The key is to catch the dynamic of domestic abuse early and rectify it," Zundel said. "We need to stop the abuse in early ages before a guy has spent 10 to 15 years pounding on a woman."
In the light of allegations of impropriety surrounding Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), questions have arisen about who owns the facility.
Bingham County commissioner Cleone Jolley said, âIf I were a farmer who owned my land and decided to lease it, I would still own the farm. The person to whom I leased it could use the land as he/she saw fit as long as the person stayed within the contract.â
Bingham County owns the hospital like that farmer.
BMH, Inc., is an Idaho non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue System.
Russell Hammond, who has been the Snake River School District superintendent for the past seven years, will retire July 31.
Hammond started his education career in 1971 in the Blackfoot School District after graduating from Idaho State University.
"I taught social studies and was a counselor at the Blackfoot Junior High," said Hammond. "I left education for 16 years to own and manage a construction business with my father.
"I returned to the Blackfoot School District in 1989 as a teacher and was one of the original staff of Second Chance alternative high school.