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November 3rd, 2011
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” Idaho is set to become first state in the nation to require high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate.
The state Board of Education gave the online education requirement final approval Thursday, despite heavy criticism of the plan at public hearings this summer.
The measure is part of a sweeping education overhaul that introduces teacher merit pay and phases in laptops for every high school teacher and student.
BLACKFOOT â€” Six families coping with the realities of juvenile diabetes received a little assistance Wednesday from the Rollinâ€™ for a Cause fundraiser.
Bingham Economic Development Corporation's 1st annual Economic Symposium is Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Tommy Vaughn's Grill in Blackfoot. There is still space for a few more people to attend the symposium. To register call 680-8364. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.
The featured guest speaker and presenter is Dr. Gary Rhoads from BYU-Provo Entrepreneurial and Technology Department who is well-known throughout the Intermountain West as an expert in economic and entrepreneurial ventures.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) â€” Roads to most of Yellowstone National Park's popular tourist spots, including Old Faithful, are scheduled to be closed Monday for the winter season.
After the roads are closed, park staff are expected to begin preparing for limited, commercially guided snowmobile and snow coach travel during the winter season, which begins Dec. 15.
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers of a public charter high school expect their petition to be heard by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission in December and are moving forward with their effort to open the school next fall.
The Idaho STEM Academy, a proposed charter high school focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, brought their petition to the Blackfoot School Board of Trustees in September. The board waived the decision during their October meeting to the state Charter School Commission, who will meet Dec. 15.
BINGHAM COUNTY â€“Â The November/December issue of Bingham Magazine is now available in the Morning News office and around Bingham County free of charge. In this issue you will find a tribute to our troops, holiday recipes, community features, local perspectives and more.
You can also view Bingham Magazine online at www.am-news.com under Special Sections.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Here is a listing of events happening in and around Bingham County this week. Check our online calendar at http://www.am-news.com for updated information during the week. If you have an event you would like posted please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
â€˘ Solo auditions for the community performance of Handelâ€™s â€śMessiahâ€ť are from 4â€”6 p.m. at the Snake River High School.
â€˘ Bingham County Historical Society final meeting of the year tonight at 6 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Roast beef dinner--please bring a salad or dessert. Speaker Gene Womack.
BLACKFOOT â€” John and Lisa Warren and her brother Mark Empey braved a stiff Idaho wind on Monday to share the Spirit of Halloween with the community.
Empey built the pirate ship playhouse for his nieces and nephews â€” Emma, Shad and Whitney Warren â€” about five years ago.
Each Halloween the families decorate their yard on Riverton Road and the ship and invite the community to share.
"Aargh, come on in," Empey told the children as they entered the aft part of the ship. "There's candy at the bottom if you go down the slide."
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
Blackfoot First Baptist Church pastor Jim Deininger takes a look at the National Guard "Patriot Chopper" on display at the church's Fall Carnival and Trunk or Treat event Monday. The "Patriot Chopper" is the first of three bikes built by Orange County Choppers for the National Guard. The blade spokes of the wheels are 3-D inlaid spearheads, the handlebars are constructed of an ammunition belt line, the struts are made from chromed M-4 magazines and an M-4 carbine is mounted on the rear of the bike.
BLACKFOOT â€” The administrator for the Bingham County road crew presented the Eight-Year Plan of road maintenance in the county to the Bingham County commissioners Monday.
The commissioners oversee the expenses for the county. Therefore their input is sought on the priority of the road projects.
"The projects presented are in no particular order," said David Babbitt, Bingham County Director of Public Works. "We want our plan on where we're going to be on the same page [as the Bingham County commissioners]."