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August 9th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Moo-Donna has her new home. The 2011 EISF mascot stretches about six feet from ear to ear and now looks down from her post atop the billboard near the east entrance of the fairgrounds.
Chad Hammond with I.E. Productions said the Eastern Idaho State Fair's three-dimensional billboards are the only of their kind appearing in the state. There are two similar EISF billboards on I-15 and another large Moo-Donna will be placed on the back of the grandstands this year.
"I think it is the coolest welcome to the fair we've ever had," said Hammond.
The EISF runs Sept 3-10.
BLACKFOOT â€” The community is invited to a meet and greet Thursday with the new administration at Blackfoot High School. The reception will be Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
SHELLEY â€” Despite a sometimes rocky life, a former Shelley single mother has returned with a photo exhibit which testifies of Jesus Christ.
"The message is the hope that Christ lives," said Debbie Evans, who owns the exhibit at 152 South State. "Life hasn't gone completely smoothly since I came home from my mission, yet I've never been alone."
There is no admission charge for the exhibit, which is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A DVD presentation with inspirational music plays in the background. It will open through Sept. 3.
SHELLEY â€“ Last Thursday, Shelley school trustees met in a work session to discuss long range plans and the upcoming school year.
Trustees approved the purchase of 28.65 acres south to Baseline Road and west for $350,000.
â€śItâ€™s for future use,â€ť said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
Possible use of the land could be an addition to present facilities or to build a new school or just as an investment.
â€śThe district didnâ€™t own property when we needed to build Riverside,â€ť Jolley said. â€śIt took eight months to secure that property.
FIRTH â€“ The Little Buckaroo had a record number of entrants this yearâ€”359.
Friday night featured glorious weather. Sheep riders and calf riders had difficulty staying aboard.
Ribbon tie contestant Brianne Bingham was so excited when she saw the calf riding. Her mother assured her she needed to grow a little bit so she could ride a sheep before taking on a calf.
BLACKFOOT â€” A pilot in an experimental aircraft made an emergency landing Friday on an island in the Snake River after his plane struck a bird.
The pilot, Joel Milloway, of Idaho Falls, was piloting a single-engine light aircraft along the Snake River when a flock of birds came up from the water. A bird struck the plane and and caused a vibration on the engine. Milloway decided to make an emergency landing on a gravel bar in the Snake River just north of Blackfoot approximately 10:40 a.m.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” A former Blackfoot man has created a group on Facebook that has more than 1,100 Blackfoot natives reminiscing about their past.
John Brann, who graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1990 and currently lives in Portland, Ore., created the Facebook group "You grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho if you rememberâ€¦ " at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Within 24 hours the group had more than 1,000 members and 1,600 posts.
Brann created the group with the idea that he and a few of his friends would share their memories of growing up in Blackfoot.
High schools in Aberdeen, Firth and Shelley met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school year 2010-2011 in the report released by the Idaho Department of Education.
In the Snake River School District, no school made AYP for school year 2010-2011.
In the Blackfoot School District, the schools that made AYP included Fort Hall, Stoddard and Wapello Elementary and Blackfoot High School.