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July 7th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The Snake River in Blackfoot is expected to rise two feet in two days, once again surpassing flood stage and approaching 11 feet by Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Snake River through this weekend. The Snake River, currently measuring 8.8 feet, will rise to 10 feet by noon Friday and 11 feet by 2 p.m. Saturday.
BLACKFOOT â€” About 50 people attended the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) hearing Wednesday night to discuss the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
One point of order came about when it was pointed out that P&Z have issued two final drafts. The older version states it was last printed on April 22, 2011. The newer version is dated June 7, 2011.
The dates would be of no consequence, however, the final drafts are different.
Under section 5.2.49 Wind Turbines, the April draft has number 9 that states, "[Wind turbines are] Limited to no more than two (2) wind turbine per parcel."
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Jesse Smith needed an Eagle Project and Kenn Condon had just the thing. Smith joined forces with Condon to help organize a helmet give away that will take place at the Safety Fair during Pride Days.
Condon says the Safety Fair is really an event within an event.
"Our intent is to be able to replicate everything Jesse is doing this year into the Safety Fair in years to come."
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $92,000 in the 2012 fiscal year for unpaid invoices from 2003. The City Council approved the amount during their meeting Tuesday.
The outstanding invoices are from the upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, which was completed in 2003. The City of Blackfoot worked with various agencies including the EPA to fund the project.
An audit by the EPA in 2008 found the city owed more than $1 million to the agency for the project. After further review, that figure was reduced to $92,658.
BLACKFOOT â€” On a far corner of the State Hospital South grounds, well away from the public face of the facility, a dozen large trees stand sentinel.
Their branches stretch toward the sky, their leaves providing a tiny bit of shade.
A small sign declares "State Hospital South Cemetery, established 1886." A larger sign at the entrance awaits words. Two metals benches and a couple of small trees are new.
Few people know who is buried here. Fewer still know their stories.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator for State Hospital South, and members of her staff hope to change that.
FIRTH â€“ Ford and Carol Call have been flying a flag at their home for 12 to 13 years.
â€śIâ€™ve always liked a flag,â€ť Call said. â€śI served in the Philippines and as part of the occupation forces in Japan during and after World War II.â€ť
Call served in the U. S. Army.
â€śIn later years, I decided to put up a flag and a flag pole,â€ť he said.
The pole is surplus from Utah Power and Light. To make it taller, Call welded some scrap pipe on the top. The pole stands 47-feet tall.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Jeremiah Baird already knows what the Fourth of July will be like in his hometown of Dayton, Idaho.
â€śWe always have a parade in our little town,â€ť he said.
Baird, a member of Golf Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered out of Idaho Falls, wonâ€™t be there to see the parade first-hand this year, but he might get to view the event anyway thanks to technology.
â€śOur house is right on the main road where they push the parade past. My parents will try to Skype me during the parade,â€ť he said.
We all have different ways to take breaks from the rigors of our everyday lives.
Ike Evans, for example, likes to draw. He recently submitted an editorial cartoon which ran in the Morning News on June 28.
In the cartoon two soldiers were sitting together and talking about the somber mood in America regarding Iraq.
Evans, a 1998 graduate of Shelley High School, is in Iraq on his second deployment with the Idaho Army National Guard.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students attending National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Summer of Innovation have built and conducted a variety of experiments throughout this week. The students attended this camp at the Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.
"Attendance has been steadily growing but the average attendance has been 44 students each day," said Aaron Thomas, organizer of this science camp. Thomas is a professor in chemical engineering at the University of Idaho.
This is the second year for this program that is sponsored by NASA through the Idaho Space Grant Consortium.
THOMAS â€” A party was given to celebrate the end of the summer reading program at the Snake River School/Community Library Thursday. About 450 kids and their parents attended.
About 400-450 kids had registered for the summer reading program. It's estimated each child read about 20 books each. That totals from 8,000 to 9,000 books were read through June.
Kids registered for the summer program ranged from 2-3 years old to 15-16. A variety of books were read.
The Idaho National Guard brought a wall for the kids to climb. Kids played with a parachute and a hot dog lunch was served.