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March 20th, 2011
BOISE â Blackfoot High School (BHS) senior Mitchell Jensen is working as a page in the Idaho Senate. He has been spending his weekdays in Boise since Feb. 17.
"I'll be here until "sine die," Jensen said. ("Sine die" is when the proceedings have been adjourned with no appointed date for resumption.)
Two groups of six students work as pages for six weeks in the Idaho Senate during the legislative session. The Legislature normally lasts about 12 weeks.
There are 35 senators in Idaho; one senator represents each district.
BLACKFOOT â Kyra Babcock won the title of Blackfoot's 2011-2012 Distinguished Young Woman over a field of 16 other beautiful and gifted competitors Saturday night at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The 17 Blackfoot High School juniors competed in the areas of scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression. Each category was judged with the following criteria:
Â· Scholastic-20 percent
Â· Interview-25 percent
Â· Talent-25 percent
Â· Fitness-15 percent
Â· Self-expression-15 percent
SHELLEY â Buses and bus safety were the main topics of discussion at the Shelley Joint School District school board meeting Thursday evening.
Shelley trustees approved the purchase of an International 77-passenger conventional school bus for $81,144.
School districts have 60 days to âpiggy-backâ on another school districtâs bus bid, said transportation supervisor Ron Searle.
âI like to order the same bus as Bonneville because they order more buses than we do,â Searle said. âThe bus is already built and will be delivered about mid-July.â
BLACKFOOT â They wear the same uniform, receive the same training and are as qualified as any Bingham County deputy sheriffâonly they are volunteers.
There are eight volunteer deputies in the Bingham County Sheriff Reserve Deputy Program. The program was originally started as a way to help fill vacancies within the department with qualified deputies. The reserve deputies also provide support to full-time deputies by covering high school sporting events, providing extra patrols during the Eastern Idaho State Fair and whenever additional deputies are needed.
BLACKFOOT â Another plea agreement has been reached between the Bingham County Prosecutors Office and one of five former Blackfoot High School athletes facing various misdemeanor charges.
Logan Chidester pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of misdemeanor disturbing the peace. Chidester was scheduled to begin trial next week on six charges of false imprisonment and two charges of battery, all misdemeanors.
The plea agreement is the same as the one accepted by Nathan Walker last week. Both are scheduled to be sentenced March 25.
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot City Council began discussions Tuesday night regarding a secure building access system for emergency services.
THOMAS âÂ Snake River band director Randy Brady has wasted no time making big improvements to the Snake River School District band program and the community can hear it for themselves at a concert Wednesday. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Snake River High School Auditorium. The concert features band students in seventh through 12th grades.
Brady's first job upon graduation came last year as director of the Snake River band program. Taking things one step at a time, he is committed to creating a program that offers new opportunities and excels.
FORT HALL â The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have adopted a sex offender registration code and will now be registering sex offenders on the reservation.
Next week Oleta Benally, the Tribesâ sex offender registry technician, will begin registering all qualifying sex offenders who work, go to school or reside within the boundaries of the reservation. Benally said visitors to the reservation who plan to stay for more than 72 hours must also register.
BLACKFOOT âÂ Prior to their own program, Blackfoot Distinguished Young Women sponsored the Little Miss day camp at the Blackfoot Community Center Saturday.
Director Ashlee Howell said 86 âlittle missesâ were participating in the event, which featured five different workshops in addition to group activities, and a âBe Your Best Selfâ program presented by the Distinguished Young Women.
âThe Distinguished Young Women plan everything. They get their own supplies and make all of the arrangements,â said Howell. âThey really take on the whole project and they are great with the younger girls.â
THOMAS â Poise has been defined as grace under pressure.
Saturday night, 20 Snake River High School juniors displayed poise as they presented their talents, physical fitness and self-expression during the 2011 Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program at Snake River High School.
Hannah Hansen won this coveted title.
Hansen won a $2,000 scholarship for earning the 2011 Distinguished Young Woman title. In addition, she won $300 for scholastics, $300 for interview, $300 for fitness and $300 for self-expression.