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July 17th, 2011

4-Hers preparing for county fair

July 18, 2011

PINGREE – As a run-up to the 4-H Fair Aug. 1-3, 4-H club members practiced showing their steers in Bingham County Steer Jackpot. The event was Saturday at Val and Heather Carter’s show ring south of Pingree.
In the jackpot, the entry fee comes back to the participants. It was open to all Bingham County 4-H members raising cattle.
Twenty steers were put through their paces. The 4-H members were judged on their showmanship and the quality of the animal.
Showmanship is how the 4-H member grooms his/her steer and how he/she handles the animal in the ring.

Pride Days celebration a rousing success

July 18, 2011

BLACKFOOT — No hard numbers are available but Blackfoot Pride Days appears to have been a rousing success.
People packed Jensen Grove from the first activity on Friday to the final one on Saturday. Close-in parking was at a premium all day on Saturday.
"I think we had a real good turnout," said Shirley Robinson, the vendor coordinator and event co-chair with Mayor Mike Virtue. "Friday we had more people than we've ever had."

July 16th

Retired pilot returns to Blackfoot flying roots

July 16, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Buddy Bowman sat on a couch in the small office at the Blackfoot municipal airport, talking with his hands as he explained how he had flown the F-104 jet airplane as a test pilot.
"How did you ...?" asked Kerry Requa several different times. The airport manager and Bowman talked for a long time about things only pilots understand.
Bowman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is a native of Riverside. He attended Snake River schools through his junior year, then transferred to Blackfoot High School.

Firth appoints new school trustee

July 16, 2011

FIRTH — A new trustee was appointed in Firth, the board was reorganized and meeting dates were set during the July school board meeting Thursday.
April Christensen was the only person to submit an application for the open trustee position. She was appointed trustee for Zone 5 (the Firth town site) in the Firth School District and will be sworn into office during the board's August meeting.

July 15th

Local companies receive ESGR awards

July 15, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee for Eastern Idaho honored numerous area businesses on Thursday.
Two of the top honors went to Premier Technology and to the City of Pocatello Police Department. Both received recognition for advancing to the semifinals for the Department of Defense's Freedom Award.

ISTCS shows off new building

July 15, 2011

BLACKFOOT — All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.

July 14th

Planning and Zoning Commission turns attention to windmills

July 14, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners started their discussion on wind turbines in the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
The conversation split into two camps—one supporting the business aspect of wind, the other questioning the proximity to townships.
"This is a business," said commissioner Lee Hammett. "Let the free enterprise system take care of it. If the cost of electricity goes up because of [wind turbines], profitability would be eliminated.
"We cannot legislate view," Hammett said. "We can legislate safety but we cannot pick a side on view."

Two sworn in as Blackfoot School Board members

July 14, 2011

The Morning News—Melanie Moore

July 12th

School districts to benefit from state budget surplus

July 13, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Idaho's public schools will receive an additional $60 million in state funding and local school districts are hoping to use the funds to offset budget cuts and add cushion to slim budgets.
The funding is a result of increased tax receipts for fiscal year 2011. The state received $2.44 billion from all forms of tax receipts—sales, income and corporate—in the past 12 months. That was $85.3 million more than the most recent Division of Financial Management projection in January, and 7.95 percent ahead of total tax receipts in fiscal 2010.

Fast storm creates flooded streets in Blackfoot

July 13, 2011

 

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