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April 25th, 2011
For the Morning News
FORT HALL â€” An event celebrating the long-awaited construction of a hotel and events center by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday just west of the Interstate 15 Fort Hall Exit.
The â€śgroundbreakingâ€ť event will be held amidst a hubbub of pre-construction activity at the site that started a month early due to favorable weather conditions, said Nathan Small, tribal chairman.
THOMAS â€“Sandra Molina, a senior at Snake River High School (SRHS), is one of the recipients of the Gates Millennial Scholarship (GMS).
Molina is the third SRHS student in four years who has received this scholarship.
This year, 23,000 students applied for this scholarship, â€śso the competition was very steep,â€ť said counselor Karen Crook. One thousand scholarships were awarded.
Crook said, â€śThe scholarship will pay for her schooling for the next 10 years if she decides to get a doctorate degree.
â€śShe can attend any accredited college in the U.S., Crook said.
FIRTH â€” The six Distinguished Young Woman candidates at Firth took the stage with beauty and grace on Saturday evening.
Ashli Munger claimed the 2012 DYW title. Krista Holm was runnerup.
Besides Munger and Holm, Madalina Marie High, Charity Dawn Tew, Jeull Snedigar and Jennifer Ashley Mejia were the other competitors.
DYW was formerly known as Americaâ€™s Junior Miss. The named was changed in June 2010.
Emily Fielding, the 2011 Firth Junior Miss, will be the last young lady in town to carry that title.
MORELAND â€”Â "Everyday Heroes" are recognized each month at Moreland Elementary.
Last Wednesday, Julie Wada, president of the Moreland PTA and the PTA board members, were recognized as "Everyday Heroes" for their contributions to students at Moreland Elementary throughout this school year.
"I have 13 on my board," Wada said. "For each person, there are four or five other people behind her."
PTA members contributed 304 hours to activities at the school.
"Reading with a Relative" was one of these activities. This reading activity took place on March 30 and 31.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth school board has asked voters in the its district to pass a $300,000 per year supplemental levy for two years. The vote will be Tuesday, May 17, in the electorâ€™s regular polling place.
Thursday night, trustees presented a PowerPoint presentation before 110 people.
â€śThis supplemental levy is not meant to increase or enhance our programs but to maintain it,â€ť Board Chairman Barlow Cook said.
â€śIt comes down to a matter of trust,â€ť committee member Ron Carlson said. â€śOur elected board members said we need a supplemental levy.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Joint School District board of trustees met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night to discuss policy changes and programs within the district.
The board passed a resolution to void all sections of their policy that is in conflict with the new education reform laws, primarily pertaining to personnel. There have been 15 policies identified so far that are in conflict.
The board also granted the district permission to subscribe to the Idaho School Boards Association policy manual service at a cost of $300.
THOMAS â€” Snake River trustees approved a resolution that stated the newly enacted and existing statues enacted by the Idaho legislature would supersede any school district policies.
The resolution was recommended by the Idaho School Board Association.
Many of the laws passed by the Idaho legislature are already in effect, said Superintendent Russell Hammond. Some statutes were backdated to Jan. 31.
New policies regarding employment received a first reading at Wednesday board meeting. The policies under consideration include the following:
Â° 2470 regarding a new member on the board
BLACKFOOT â€” As they moved past the shelves at the Bingham County Historical Society's gallery, Lane and Chris Wood stopped and checked out the photographs.
"This is pretty cool," Lane said as he examined a photograph. "I remember most of these buildings. A lot of them are gone now."
Kevin Rupe pored over an aerial photograph of downtown Blackfoot dating from the 1950s. He tried to pick out Alice Street and the lot on which Rupe's Burgers now stands. His family has owned the business for nearly 50 years.
RIVERSIDE â€” Like a lot of other people, Verdus Ostberg enjoys antiques.
Many of those he owns have special meaning.
Included in his collection are a couple of cross-cut saws his father used in a 1940s logging operation, a 1942 military truck used in that same operation.
"My dad bought three acres of sagebrush in Moreland," Ostberg recalled. "I was raised as a logger. I drove Cat and skidded logs when I was 10 years old."
Also included in Ostberg's collection are his mother's 1940s era "washing machine" and steam iron.