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June 5th, 2012
Wednesday's Blackfoot City Council meeting was primarily informational in nature.
Mayor Mike Virtue received final approval for an airport lease agreement with NezGro Aerial Applicators. The company has paid the city $3,600 to use a hangar for one year.
Virtue also pointed out that the city and its fire fighters have realized there is no benefit to renegotiating their contract at this time. So the council approved extension of that pact for one year.
The rain, wind and unseasonably cold temperatures didn't damper the spirits of 85 fifth grade students from Blackfoot and Fort Hall as they each wheeled away a brand new 21-speed Diamond Back mountain bike Tuesday evening, a reward from Phil Meador Toyota for having perfect attendance this past school year.
The second half of the 2011 property tax is due by Wednesday, June 20, 2012, according to Bingham County Tax Collector Janice Lawes.
If you are coming into the office to pay, bring your tax bills with you.
If you are mailing your payment, include the appropriate payment stub to facilitate proper credit. Early payment is encouraged, to avoid long lines or unexpected circumstances that might prevent you from making payment on the due date.
Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments may be mailed to 501 N Maple #210, Blackfoot ID 83221.
BLACKFOOT --Â With recent concerns raised by Stalker Elementary parents after the hiring of a uncertified teacher, officials in the Blackfoot School District spoke out to clarify the process.
Hiring procedures used in the Blackfoot School District aim to have a level playing field for all applicants.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Crane said, â€śThe process tries to be fair and consistent.â€ť
"We try to hire the best qualified candidate who best meets the needs of the district and the school.
Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot was bursting at the seams as hundreds of friends and family members honored and remembered Blackfoot native and city councilman Farrell Cammack Monday afternoon.
Cammack, 69, who was Blackfoot's longest running city council member, died of cancer at his home last Tuesday evening.
Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray, who attended the funeral in full uniform to honor his friend and colleague, said, "He was a great listener and a 'wealth of information' and support to the fire department. He will be missed."
His lineage as a horseman has no end and now Berry Cellan is bringing his love and knowledge of horses to Blackfoot - with the Intermountain Equifest 2012 - an event for horse enthusiasts of all kinds.
Equifest is a three-day expo (June 29 through July 1) at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds and will give horsemen and spectators an opportunity to network, show their skills and see what's new and exciting in the horse industry.
A public meeting to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the four proposed concepts for the project at the intersection of Groveland Road with US26 is from 4 - 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Groveland Elementary Cafeteria.
The meeting will be in an open house format. Drop by anytime.
Safety is the primary purpose for the project. The intersection has the highest crash ratio of any intersection in Bingham County.
Steam coming off the potato processing plant, under certain conditions, eliminates visibility.
The project is in the initial development phase.
Public input is desired.
Science Fun was on display at the 4-H Day Camp Monday afternoon.
Students used materials found in almost any kitchen to do experiments.
Ingredients included vinegar, baking soda, food coloring, Ziploc bags, Dawn dishwashing detergent, Mentos, pop rocks and Diet Cola.
Explaining why a Mentos fountain works, 4-H Coordinator Debbie White said, "Mentos is a mint candy with a hard shell with small holes in it," she said. "Carbon dioxide is in the soda.
"The carbon dioxide sticks to the Mentos candy; the carbon dioxide builds up and then explodes, White said.
When Glenna Hale steps into the All-American Diner at 902 West Highway 39, she sees a bit of American from the 1950s.
There's a poster for "The Long, Long Trailer," a Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz movie, another advertising Pepsi for five cents and one featuring a 1954 Ford pickup.
"I like it," Hale said of the decor. "It brings back memories. I like all the old pictures of pickups and that. It's cool."
It doesn't hurt that the food is good, too.
June is National Safety Month and, in light of recent house fires throughout East Idaho, the focus is on 'the prevention of home fires.'
The National Safety Council and Captain Craig Stallings of the Blackfoot Fire Department offer these 'seasonal safety tips' that could help prevent your home from going up in flames.
-FIRE PITS â€” While these outdoor fireplaces add a warm touch to cool East Idaho nights and are great for entertaining, they need to be handled with extreme caution and respect.
-Keep these fireplaces at least 15 feet from any structure or flammable items.