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June 2nd, 2011
ABERDEEN â€” Fifty-six Aberdeen graduates are on their way as they celebrated their graduation from high school Thursday evening.
Valedictorian Taetem Simms asked her classmates, "What do you want to be?
"We are graduating from high school and have earned the right to follow our dreams," she said. "You must have the courage to follow your dream and work for it.
"Trust in your abilities, your friends, your family and trust in God," Simms said. "Be proud of your decisions and your accomplishments."
BLACKFOOT â€” Preparations for possible flooding was the agenda item for representatives of four irrigation companies as they met with the Bingham County commissioners on Tuesday.
"Most of the canals are in better shape than we were in 1997," said C. Paul Robertson of the Parsons Ditch Company. "In '97, that was a nervous two weeks."
The last major flood came through this part of the state most recently in 1997.
The Parsons Ditch Company is the last irrigation canal in Bingham County, just before American Falls.
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Four-year olds Ben Evans and Gabe Hooste dig into spaghetti dinners at the fundraiser at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth Wednesday evening. "We've had a huge turnout," said organizer Laurie Nielson. Funds raised from the dinner, donated items and raffle totaled $3,060. Proceeds will be used for paper, ink and curricula for students and teachers in the Firth School District.
BLACKFOOT â€” Tom Harrington has spent 39 years as a teacher and administrator, and this year he has finally decided to retire.
Harrington has worked in the Blackfoot School District for 22 years as an administrator. He was an assistant principal at Blackfoot High School from 1989-1991. He was then assigned to Mountain View Middle School for three years. He was transferred back to BHS in 1991, where he has remained since.
"I found my niche," Harrington said. "I like to work with kids and it's been a perfect fit."
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
THOMAS â€” Into a gymnasium filled to capacity with proud parents, families and friends marched 134 graduating seniors at Snake River High School Wednesday evening.
Speaking to her classmates, senior class president Kylee Hale said, "The world is so much bigger than high school."
She continued, "Be a best friend. Overuse 'I love you.' Don't outsmart yourself. Whatever you do, be a good one."
The 2011 graduating class at Snake River has two valedictoriansâ€”Sarah Asmus and Jake Arbon. Katie Mathis is the salutatorian.
"Learn, laugh, love," said Asmus. "Experiences provide challenges."
MORELAND â€” Mill Creek Metals, LLC, is a recycling center serving Southeast Idaho. Steve Peterson, his wife Kittie and their sons Lex, Trevor, Hans and Cooper â€” are the owners and operators of the business. They have been in business since 2004 and are on 10 acres at 182 N. 760 W. in Moreland.
The business started out as a metal salvage business but has expanded significantly in the last seven years.
Mill Creek is currently under contract with Bingham County to run the transfer station. At the transfer station, cardboard and some plastics are recycled along with all metals.
BLACKFOOT â€” When their children were at home, Lamar and Barbara Robertson of Blackfoot planted a large garden on their two-plus acres of ground.
But when the children left and their tiller broke, they lost interest in gardening for a time.
Today the Robertsons are among a growing group of people who participate in what is known as four-square gardening. They have four raised beds in the area behind their house.
"I heard some ladies talking about it at the temple one day last year," Barbara recalled. "So I bought the book (Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew).
BLACKFOOT â€” Due to flooding conditions in eastern Idaho, Governor C.L. â€śButchâ€ť Otter has declared a State Declaration of Emergency in support of Bingham and Jefferson Counties. The State Declaration, approved by the governor today, brings the availability of state support to the impacted areas.
BLACKFOOT â€” Driver Education will no longer be offered as a class at Blackfoot High School, but students will still have the opportunity to take the course before school or during the summer.
Dan Hale will no longer be teaching Driver Education as a class and incoming freshmen can take five classes in addition to Driver Education, which will be offered before school each block. Gerald Humpherys, who also taught Driver Ed, is retiring.