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April 28th, 2011
SHELLEY â€“ Shelley school board trustees met Thursday evening to discuss the budget for the 2011-2012 school year (Fiscal Year 2012).
The anticipated shortfall for that year is approximately $600,000, said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
So it comes down to three choices â€” staff reductions, more students in each classroom or cutting salaries, said trustee Loren Lund.
At the conclusion of the two-hour meeting, trustees sort of nibbled around the corners.
To meet the anticipated $600,000 shortfall, these are their decisions:
FORT HALL â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees held their annual meeting at Fort Hall Thursday night and received input from that community's residents about district education programs.
Four individuals provided comment, all pertaining to the importance of teaching native languages in schools throughout the school district.
Â FIRTH â€“ â€śRamona and Joel,â€ť a Wild West spoof on Shakespeareâ€™s â€śRomeo and Julietâ€ť rides onto the stage at Firth High School (FHS) Saturday and Monday.
Itâ€™s the Montgomery family versus the Cabot family in this production written by August Mergelman.
In â€śRamona and Joel,â€ť FHS sophomore Michelle Tucker plays Ramona, the female lead. Senior Caden Portela plays Herman and senior Daniel Withers plays Joel.
Tucker said what she likes best about the play is â€śthe hick accents.â€ť
â€śI get to be a complete idiot on stage and have an excuse to do it,â€ť she said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Boy Scouts Spring Camporee will be Friday and Saturday at the North Bingham County Park west of Shelley. It is open to all members of the Grand Teton Council.
Retired Blackhawk helicopter pilot Nic Transtrum will speak Friday evening.
Transtrum was born and raised in Blackfoot. He enjoyed Scouting growing up and is an Eagle Scout. He earned his Eagle in 1991 by helping to improve the ball fields by State Hospital South.
FORT HALL â€” Leaders of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking on their new hotel and events center Wednesday by touting the economical benefits of the project.
The $47 million, 164,000 square foot project will consist of a five-story hotel with 156 rooms and an 1,400-seat events center with meeting, conference, banquet and entertainment venues. The project is being funded by a loan through the Bank of Albuquerque. The hotel will be located just off Interstate 15 at the current location of the Trading Post Grocery Store and Clothes Horse.
BLACKFOOT â€” Jake Berry wants nothing more than to be able to go to the movies or to spend time with friends and family. But for the past five years, Jakeâ€”who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchairâ€”has only been able to go to school and doctor's appointments.
That's why his family is organizing a fundraiser to help Jake's mom purchase a van large enough to transport Jake in his wheelchair. They will be having a "Wheels for Jake" yard sale May 13-14 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. and are currently accepting donations of items for the sale.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Blackfoot resident Beverly Beach is passionate about helping people rebuild Haiti.
She needs some financial help to participate in the contest, "Building Back a Better Community" (BBBC). This contest started in 2010 and is sponsored by the government of Haiti.
Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Beach is leaving for Haiti Monday where she will present her project to the Haitian government. She plans to be gone one month.
For the Morning News
FORT HALL â€” An event celebrating the long-awaited construction of a hotel and events center by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday just west of the Interstate 15 Fort Hall Exit.
The â€śgroundbreakingâ€ť event will be held amidst a hubbub of pre-construction activity at the site that started a month early due to favorable weather conditions, said Nathan Small, tribal chairman.
THOMAS â€“Sandra Molina, a senior at Snake River High School (SRHS), is one of the recipients of the Gates Millennial Scholarship (GMS).
Molina is the third SRHS student in four years who has received this scholarship.
This year, 23,000 students applied for this scholarship, â€śso the competition was very steep,â€ť said counselor Karen Crook. One thousand scholarships were awarded.
Crook said, â€śThe scholarship will pay for her schooling for the next 10 years if she decides to get a doctorate degree.
â€śShe can attend any accredited college in the U.S., Crook said.