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October 20th, 2011
MORELAND â€” In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, firemen from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) spoke to students at Moreland Elementary Thursday.
"In case of a fire in your house, what are you supposed to do?" asked INL fireman Todd Leavitt.
"Get out," was the reply.
"What if you can't get out of your room? Are you supposed to hide in a closet or under the bed?"
"No," the students replied.
"When we come crawling in to find you, slap the floor hard so we can hear you," Leavitt said.
"What if your clothes are on fire?" he asked.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School Board Trustee Bryce Lloyd submitted his resignation at the board meeting Thursday and Dr. Taylor Johansen was appointed to fill the vacancy.
In tending his resignation, Lloyd said he didn't have the time to devote to the school board and to his professional and personal obligations. Lloyd said he spoke to his constituents in Groveland to receive recommendations on who should be appointed to fill the Zone 4 vacancy. He recommended Johansen, who was approved on a 4-1 vote with Trustee Pete Lipovac casting the dissenting vote.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees denied the charter request for the Idaho STEM Academy at their meeting Thursday and referred the decision to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The decision was unanimous.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said the decision was not unexpected.
"We'll move forward," he said. "We're confident we will be chartered."
Whether the charter high school, which will cater to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will be able to open next year is unclear.
BLACKFOOT â€” Crop Production Services (CPS) has completed a two-year project in support of public education. Each year, CPS chooses a service project to benefit the community.
In 2010, the CPS crew first started spraying weeds for the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) construction site.
The CPS crew continued to kill weeds and hay to make a playground and planted grass in a three acre lot for that playground.
The Rockford brand of CPS donated the chemical and the application of specially blended grass seed needed to plant the lot.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Public Library is having a fall used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday in the basement of the library at 129 N. Broadway. Annick Kittleman, historian of the Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library, and Cathie Fields, president of Friends of the Library, hold some of the books that are for sale.
Beginning prices for books are 10 cent a copy; 25 cents for a bag and $2 for new books.
"We have something for everyone," said Fields. "If you buy anything, you must take home a book that is free."
BLACKFOOT â€” Shortly before the United Way kickoff in Bingham County, SEICAA program coordinator Bobette Jackson helped an individual in need.
"About 20 minutes ago I helped a gal with some diapers and baby wipes," Jackson said. "Without United Way dollars I couldn't have helped as much."
Representatives of United Way of Southeastern Idaho were at the SEICAA office on Wednesday spreading their agency's message as part of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River School District received a grade of A plus in its audit report Wednesday night.
Auditor Tim Folke with Folke CPA in Payette presented the audit report to the trustees.
"When doing a school audit, auditors look at two sets of figures," Folke said. Under compliance, an auditor looks to see all covenants are met and the school has maintained its testing. Folke normally looks for the school district's compliance in June.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” A 7th District Judge has scheduled death row inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades to be executed next month. He would be the first person put to death in Idaho since 1994 and the state's second execution since 1957.
Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 18. Seventh District Judge Jon Shindurling issued the death warrants Wednesday.
The inmate executed in 1994, Keith Wells, voluntarily gave up his appeals and asked to be put to death.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners worked on completing the final details on the Bingham County Proposed Zoning Ordinance last Wednesday.
They discussed three points. These included commercial wind turbines, transmission lines and animal units.