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August 30th, 2011

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.

Fires still burning

August 27, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Fires continued to burn throughout the region Friday, with the fire burning on the Idaho National Laboratory growing to 36,000 acres in size within 24 hours.
The T-17 wildland fire was reported at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The fire was burning on the desert site of the INL between Highway 33 and the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). The fire forced personnel at INTEC to take shelter indoors and non-essential personnel were evacuated from the Materials and Fuels Complex Thursday night. Normal work resumed at all facilities Friday morning.

Gem trail now open

August 27, 2011

ABERDEEN --Members of the Aberdeen Gem Trail Foundation gathered to officially open the Hazard Creek section on Friday.
The Aberdeen Gem Trail will eventually circle the community, providing those who enjoy walking, biking, hiking, etc. a safe venue.
"It's a great day to get this much of the trail done," said Tom Salaiz, president of the Aberdeen Gem Trail Foundation. 
"We knew it was needed from a safety standpoint," he continued, noting that, in late summer and early fall, a variety of farm machinery uses a nearby road. 

Fires still burning

August 27, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Fires continued to burn throughout the region Friday, with the fire burning on the Idaho National Laboratory growing to 36,000 acres in size within 24 hours.
The T-17 wildland fire was reported at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The fire was burning on the desert site of the INL between Highway 33 and the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). The fire forced personnel at INTEC to take shelter indoors and non-essential personnel were evacuated from the Materials and Fuels Complex Thursday night. Normal work resumed at all facilities Friday morning.

August 26th

D55 passes merit pay plan

August 26, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees passed a local pay for performance plan that will reward teachers based on student growth, but not without ensuring parental involvement will be taken into consideration in student achievement.
The plan, which was developed by a committee of administrators and teachers, will use two assessment tools—the Idaho Reading Indicator for kindergarten through second grade and PLATO grade level standards benchmark assessments, both of which are already in place.

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