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January 30th, 2012
The local firefighters union has issued a challenge to elementary students in the Blackfoot and Snake River school districts during the month of Februaryâ€”read as much and as often as you can.
The students will be rewarded for their efforts, of course.
The Blackfoot Firefighters of Local 4454 will reward the students who read the most minutes with a ride to school in a fire truck and dinner with the firefighters at the station.
The top class in each district will receive cash and a pizza party. For the top school, firefighters will serve lunch to the students.
Michelle Morgan was 14 years old when she first began considering the existence of ghosts. That intrigue has remained throughout her life, and today she works as a paranormal investigator to discover proof and to dispel misconceptions about paranormal activity.
Morgan is a certified paranormal investigator and founder of White Light Western Paranormal Investigations. Morganâ€™s team has conducted various investigations in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and Morgan and her husband Rick regularly travel to the famously haunted Virginia City, Nev., where they have also done investigations.
Two Shelley men were among 11 arrested Saturday night in Idaho Falls for the illegal distribution of Spice.
Kelly Mark Nelson, 24, and Henry Villegas, 21, of Shelley, and David Bartlett, 24, Lorraine Kay Torres, 44, William C. Brick, 24, Marc Augustus Adonga-Leonard, 21, Bryce Scott Mendel, 26, Brent Richard Powell, 22, Brian Keith Carson, Jr., 24, Becky Larue Jayne, 29, and Alan S. Hales, 18, all of Idaho Falls, were all arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony.
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees failed to pass a motion to extend Superintendent Scott Craneâ€™s contract another year during their Thursday night meeting. Crane is currently in the first year of a three-year contract, set to expire July 2014.
A motion to extend the contract by one year failed on a 2-3 vote. Trustees Mary Jo Marlow and Taylor Johansen voted in favor of extending the contract, while Chairman R. Scott Reese, Vice Chairman Pete Lipovac and Trustee Jenny Hong voted in opposition.
Prior to the vote, the trustees met in executive session for about five hours.
Creativity was the rule of the day as 14 Scout troops from the Wolverine District took part in a Klondike Derby over the weekend despite little snow.
Objectives of the Derby included developing teamwork, learning to work together and building self-confidence, said scout leader Merlin Andersen. It also gets kids out of the house and allows them to sleep outdoors.
Curtis Burtenshaw, the 2012 Klondike chairman, said planning for the Derby begins two or three months beforehand.
â€śPlans are refined as the time gets closer,â€ť Burtenshaw said. â€śI went to the Internet to come up with activities.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” High school teachers in Blackfoot will soon receive iPads to use in the classroom as part of the district's technology plan to implement the "Students Come First" legislation.
But before they can receive the new technology, teachers will need to submit a plan to the school district regarding how they plan to use the technology in their classroom.
"We want the teachers to have a plan to improve their instruction," Technology Committee member Brian Kress said.
In addition, five iPads each will be distributed to all other schools for teachers to utilize.
The set backdrop of the musical, "Brigadoon," is taking shape at the Nuart Theater in Blackfoot. Artists have been working evenings to develop the feel of the Scottish highlands.
Blackfoot artist Ken Spencer sketched the background "as I was sitting in the theater with the Mosers, who are the directors of the play."
Spencer then painted a color study to figure out what colors he wanted used.
"Each two-inch square on the color sketch equals two-feet on the backdrop," said Spencer.
Public hearing not necessary for charter school petition
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees narrowly passed a motion to refer a petition for a new Fort Hall charter elementary school to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission during their meeting Thursday night.
Items of note from Jan. 23-24.
FRAUD: Jan. 23, 11:58 a.m.: A caller said someone has used their credit card without their permission.
ITCHY MAN: Jan. 23, 3:19 p.m.: A caller at the Y Motel said a man keeps coming out of his room half naked with no shirt on. They said they have asked the man multiple times not to leave his room undressed. They said the man also approached a woman while he was scratching himself below and above the belt area.
Randy Brady, Snake River School District band director, received a check for $8,486 from CenturyLink for technology in his classroom.
"Wow!," was Brady's response as Jim Schmit, CenturyLink General Manager, handed him his check. "I'm super excited; this is awesome.
"I thank CenturyLink and the Idaho Department of Education for giving me the opportunity to get this," Brady said.
With this grant money, students in Snake River will be utilizing SmartMusic, drill design software and Roland Rhythm Coach to take their musical talents and marching shows to new heights.