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October 20th, 2011
THOMAS â€” The Snake River School District received a grade of A plus in its audit report Wednesday night.
Auditor Tim Folke with Folke CPA in Payette presented the audit report to the trustees.
"When doing a school audit, auditors look at two sets of figures," Folke said. Under compliance, an auditor looks to see all covenants are met and the school has maintained its testing. Folke normally looks for the school district's compliance in June.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” A 7th District Judge has scheduled death row inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades to be executed next month. He would be the first person put to death in Idaho since 1994 and the state's second execution since 1957.
Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 18. Seventh District Judge Jon Shindurling issued the death warrants Wednesday.
The inmate executed in 1994, Keith Wells, voluntarily gave up his appeals and asked to be put to death.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners worked on completing the final details on the Bingham County Proposed Zoning Ordinance last Wednesday.
They discussed three points. These included commercial wind turbines, transmission lines and animal units.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Â A little over a week ago, Mountain View Middle School teacher Bekki Mangum and Blackfoot artist Willie Preacher were touring the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
â€śItâ€™s a trip I would never have gone on without Bekki,â€ť Preacher said.
Mangum said the adventure started last May when Preacher won two airline tickets to anywhere in the United States. After some discussion, the couple settled on a trip to the Memorial.
The Memorial is a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,983 people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Feb. 26, 1993.
BLACKFOOT â€” The community of Blackfoot is hosting a welcome home celebration for the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team of the Idaho National Guard from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot between Wooton Way and Royal Street. There will be a bonfire and free chili, cookies and beverages for all soldiers, their families and community members.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said the event will be very informal to allow the returned soldiers to spend time with family and friends without obligation.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council passed an employee policy at their meeting Tuesday defining employee recreation discounts at the Blackfoot Pool and Golf Course.
Councilman Rich Woodfin said city employees have been receiving discounts for several years but there is no policy defining what the discount is and who is eligible to receive the discounts.
"It's been brought to my attention from a number of people," Woodfin said. "Really there is no policy at this time."
Jamie Peery Warren is doing just fine, thank you.
Speaking from her home in Norman, Okla., the former Blackfoot woman excitedly noted that she and her donor's lungs completed their first five-kilometer race in mid-September.
Four years ago, thanks to the help of the Blackfoot community, Warren traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn., and had a double-lung transplant.
Shortly thereafter, Warren and her husband Bryan moved to Phoenix, Ariz., so he could become a motorcycle technician.
FIRTH â€” The proposal of the Firth Cemetery District highlighted the October Firth School Board meeting last Thursday.
School trustees met in executive session to discuss the cemetery proposal. Coming out of executive session, no motion was made.
"The trustees are still thinking about," said Superintendent Sid Tubbs.
Board member Cheryse Hooste said the Firth Cemetery needs to expand.
"There are no more plots available to be purchased," Hooste said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Cass William Tendore appeared before District Judge Darren Simpson Monday to face charges of possession of a controlled substance--marijuana-- with intent to deliver and possession of meth.
On the first charge regarding marijuana, Tendore could face a maximum sentence of five years in the Idaho State Penitentiary and/or a $15,000 fine. He could also be required to pay the cost of prosecution and 100 hours of community service.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Tommy Vaughns Grill officially opens their doors today at 11 a.m. Located across from Jensen Grove the newest restaurant to Blackfoot offers a little something for everyone.
If you're looking for a great place to watch a game -- there are 18 bigscreen TV's throughout the restaurant, or if you want a nice place to enjoy a great meal they also offer that.
General Manager Tyler Rupe says I think people whether they are 1 or 80 will enjoy the atmosphere and have a great time.
Tyler entered this joint restaurant venture with his father, Kevin Rupe who also owns Rupes Burgers.