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September 1st, 2011

Youth seeking to make a difference deliver

September 1, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Youth from the Blackfoot LDS Stake hit their neighborhoods Tuesday night on a scavenger hunt and food drive. Their efforts resulted in approximately 7,000 items that were donated to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA).
Blackfoot High School senior Lindsay Turpin began organizing the activity for a youth conference originally scheduled for June. However, due to the flood risk in Bingham County youth filled sandbags for their service project.

County to transport solid waste to Bannock Landfill

September 1, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County commissioners elected to send solid waste generated in Bingham County to the Bannock County Landfill this week. The tipping cost to haul to Bannock is $26 per ton. The contract is for the next five years.
The previous week the commissioners had received non-qualifying bids for the service. The county did not ask for specific parameters, so there was lots of information to consider, Commission chairman Cleone Jolley said.

Music in the Park program wraps up

September 1, 2011

August 31st

Community garden demonstration at EISF

August 31, 2011

BLACKFOOT — As fairgoers enter through the north gate near the West Events area they will pass by a new feature of the Eastern Idaho State Fair—a community garden demonstration. The Eastern Idaho State Fair begins Saturday and continues through Sept. 10.
Master Gardener Jon Lyksett—who coordinated the new Blackfoot Community Garden near Airport Road and Teeples Drive—has been working in the garden at the fairgrounds for months in preparation for next week.

August 30th

Idaho Guardsmen begin returning home

August 30, 2011

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — After nine months in Iraq, the first wave of Idaho soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team arrived back in the U.S. Sunday. About 300 soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon flew on chartered aircraft from Kuwait to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash.
A second group of guardsmen were expected to arrive Monday night, Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard said.
Deployed Army National Guardsmen of the 116th CBCT include about 2,700 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, with about 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Montana and 600 from Oregon.

County commissioners approve ambulance budget

August 30, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County commissioners approved the ambulance budget Monday. Commissioner Whitney Manwaring was excused because he was out of town.
Revenue from the previous year's budget has increased by $52,809. Expenses have increased by the same amount, $52,809.
Revenue for the ambulance district comes from four sources:
Property Taxes—$548,319
Ag Replacement Monies—$23,886
Override Levy—$125,000
Sales Tax/Other Revenue—$75,000
Revenue totals $772,205 from fiscal year 2012. For fiscal year 2011, revenue totaled $719,396.

Commissioners approve county budget

August 30, 2011

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County Commissioners approved the county budget on Monday. Commissioner Whitney Manwaring was excused from the hearing because he was out of town.
The county’s budget for fiscal year 2012 totals $27,250,412 as compared to the 2011 budget that totaled $26,416,692. The increase is $833,720.
This amount includes an increase of $199,857 for a 2 percent salary increase for full-time county employees. Elected officials did not receive a salary increase this year.
The cost of medical insurance provided to employees increased by $256,785. This is a 5 percent increase.

District 55 has new teachers, administrators

August 30, 2011

BLACKFOOT — There are several new administrators and teachers in the Blackfoot School District this year.
At Blackfoot High School, John Pearce has taken the reigns as principal and Lori Kay has been hired as an assistant principal alongside Wes Jensen. Counselor Vicki Johnson will also serve as dean of students.
Pearce comes to Blackfoot from Arkansas where he was most recently principal at Maumelle Middle School. Kay recently served as the director of the Flexible Learning Center alternate high school program in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.

August 29th

Corn reigns supreme at Grove City Gardens

August 29, 2011

BLACKFOOT - There are 20 acres of fruits and vegetables planted at Grove City Gardens and everyone there knows "corn is king."
Car after car pulled into Grove City Gardens Saturday for the third annual Corn Daze. With the purchase of a dozen ears of corn customers were treated to two free ears of corn cooked Grove City Garden style.
The Mexican Crazy Corn is cooked husks on, then slathered with mayonnaise and sprinkled with cheese. For those wanting a little kick to their corn it is sprinkled with chili lime powder.

August 27th

Blackfoot schools show growth in AYP

August 27, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Schools in the Blackfoot School District showed an average three percent growth over the previous year on the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests, according to figures presented Thursday at the Board of Trustees meeting.
Of all students in the district, 90.5 percent tested proficient in reading and 82.5 percent tested proficient in math.

 

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