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September 29th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning Commissioners approved variances for the East Idaho Regional Waste Water Authority and Vickie Burke and denied a variance to Phillip and Nancy Turner at Wednesday night's hearing.
No representative from the East Idaho Regional Waste Water Authority attended the hearing.
When the water facility was built, the setback requirement to a road Right of Way was 30 feet. Since more than 400 vehicles travel this road each day, the road is now considered a major arterial. Major arterials require a 50-foot setback.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Players will begin their 2011-2012 season with "The Great Ice Cream Scheme," opening Friday at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway.
"The Great Ice Cream Scheme" will run Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 3, 7, 8 and 10. The story follows Pop and his Pop Sicle's Ice Cream Parlor, which is the most popular in town thanks to Pop's secret recipe. But when a cold-hearted villain, I.C. Custard, decides to steal Pop's recipe, the story takes an exciting turn.
Tickets are $7 or $5 on opening night. Shows start at 7:30 p.m.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two Blackfoot schools have been recognized by the Idaho State Board of Education and will receive a Distinguished School or Additional Yearly Growth award for the 2010-2011 school year.
Blackfoot High School was one of 12 schools designated as a Distinguished School. To be designated a Distinguished School, a school must be in the top five percent of schools which make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years, and reduce the gap in groups or sub-groups by at least 10 percent.
MORELAND â€“Â A fire destroyed a barn in Moreland Wednesday afternoon. The Blackfoot and Fort Hall Fire Departments responded to the blaze. For more information about the fire, read Thursday's Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Sgt. Ike Evans went to Iraq with the 116th Brigade Combat Team last year, he was a semester short of his degree in mechanical engineering at Idaho State University.
"I finished my last semester in Iraq," Evans said. "My wife scanned my diploma and I got a copy in the mail to hang on my wall."
Now Evans and the other members of the Idaho Army National Guard who deployed are home and ready to work.
Those who had jobs have up to 90 days to return to work in the same or equal positions to those they held.
SHELLEY â€” An early morning blaze destroyed the OK Trailer building at 480 N. State in Shelley on Tuesday. Authorities said they believe the fire started in the service area.
"We're still in business," said OK Trailer owner Bob Hudman. "Our service work has slowed down but we will have it up and running in the next few days."
A mobile trailer has been set up as an office at the front of the lot.
Firemen were called to the fire about 12:30 a.m. The fire was out a little after 4 a.m.
The fire caused propane to explode; tires were burned, said Shelley assistant fire chief Randy Adams.
By MELANIE MOORE
FORT HALL â€” The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are mounting a campaign to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan for the former FMC site of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site, which lies largely within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The campaign, launched Monday, is aimed at informing the public of EPA's proposed changes to the final cleanup decision and encourages the public to get involved in the process.
SHELLEY â€“Â OK Trailers in Shelley is a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building and 14 trailers stored inside. However, they have set up a mobile trailer and are open for business amid the ashes.
Crews from Blackfoot, Shelley and Firth fire departments responded to the fire at around 12:30 a.m. Officials expect the fire marshal from Boise to arrive this afternoon to confirm the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the shop area.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy will be back this year â€” just in a new location.
This year the event, hosted every year the week after Thanksgiving, will be in the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The Shilling House Reception Center, where the event has been held for several years, closed last year. It will be the 33rd year for the event.
"We thought (the Needlecraft Building) would be a good place to start," 2011 Christmas Tree Fantasy Chairperson Jana Rupe said.