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February 9th, 2012
IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Officials with the Idaho National Laboratory announced Thursday the need to cut its workforce.
Up to 185 workers working with Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) will lose their jobs.
The main impact of these personnel cuts will affect the administration and support of people working for BEA, said Mark Holubar, Director of Human Resources and Diversity. People working for the Idaho clean-up group with CWI and Idaho Treatment Group, will not be affected by these cuts.
Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) students will compete in the state MATHCOUNTS competition. The MVMS team placed third out of the 16 teams competing.
MVMS eighth grader Daylan Bird placed fifth in the individual competition and received a $750 scholarship to Idaho State University School of Engineering as well as winning a trophy.
MVMS math teacher Ken Maroney is the team's coach.
The top three teams and top 12 individuals move on to the state competition.
Medical students in rotations at Bingham Memorial Hospital visited a classroom at Stoddard Elementary Wednesday to teach the students about germs.
The medical students, from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, visited Megan Leiseth's second grade classroom. They left with swabs from the drinking fountain, computers, white board markers, the chinchilla cage and Principal Ryan Wilson's mouth.
They will grow the germs in petri dishes over the next two days, returning Friday to share their results with the students.
Blackfoot High Schoolâ€™s â€śWe the Peopleâ€ť competitive government team has claimed the state title for the fifth consecutive year. During the competition, students presented papers in small panels and answered challenging questions from judges.
Though the questions were difficult, the students rose to the occasion and impressed the judges. Several judges complimented the students on their preparedness, timing, and delivery. One judge said, â€śItâ€™s a real treat to watch you.â€ť
Golfers are going to have to put out just a little more green this year to play at the Blackfoot Golf Course.
The Blackfoot City Council unanimously voted to raise golf fees at their meeting Tuesday night. Rates for 18 holes will increase one dollar, with the rate for nine holes increasing 50 cents. A weekend round of 18 holes will now cost $24, with Monday-Thursday rounds at $22.
The cost for an adult season pass increases to $600.
City residents receive a discount, and get $2 off per round or $35 off the season pass.
(AP) A 911 call recording reveals a social worker's attempts over a more than six-minute call to get a dispatcher to send authorities quickly to the home of Josh Powell after he locked himself and his two sons in the home he then set ablaze.
The social worker seemed to try repeatedly to relay the gravity of what was going on to dispatchers. Josh Powell was scheduled for a supervised visit with his sons Sunday. Authorities said he locked the door, used a hatchet on his kids, and lit the house on fire, killing all inside.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Basic American Foods donated 92,000 pounds of food Tuesday to the Dump Hunger food drive, a substantial contribution to help meet the goal of 300,000 pounds for the campaign.
Dump Hunger, a local food drive sponsored by Western States Equipment, Albertsons and Wells Fargo, seeks to secure enough food to fill the bed of four CAT 730 dump trucks, which hold 75,000 pounds each. The food and donations are distributed to food banks throughout Southeast Idaho.
The food drive began in January and ends Friday. The donation from Basic American Foods has provided a substantial boost.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County high school students had the opportunity to explore career and college options at the Bingham County Career Exploration Fair Tuesday at Blackfoot High School.
Fifty-three representatives from employers, higher education, armed forces and trade unions were in attendance at the event. High school students from schools throughout Bingham County attended the event, which is designed to allow students to explore potential career opportunities and to discuss with employers the training and education they may need.
Items of note from Jan. 30 - Feb. 6.
PORNOGRAPHY: Jan. 30, 10:03 a.m.: A woman said she believes there is sexual pornography going on in her daughter's boyfriend's home and his parents are aware of the activity in the home.
RUNNING WITH THE BULL: Jan. 30, 12:12 p.m.: A caller said a truck driver let a bull run loose and they need assistance getting the bull back to the livestock.
Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson had a full calendar Monday.
BRIAN KEITH BLACK, age 45 from Gillette, Wyo., was sentenced to at least four years and no more than nine years in the Idaho Department of Corrections (IDOC) on a felony charge of burglary. He will pay an $800 fine, court costs of $225.50 and $36.86 restitution to WalMart.
Black was credited 120 days served on this charge.
In Blackâ€™s case, Judge Simpson had rejected the plea deal agreed to by the state and the defense.