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January 26th, 2011
SHELLEY â€” Assistant Librarian Henrietta Miller has made most of the 195 story kits available for loan at the North Bingham County District Library in Shelley.
The story kits feature a variety of themes. Some of these themes include holidays, transportation, trucks, cars, flight, animals, authors or destinations.
"One patron has borrowed every kit we have," Miller said.
Miller started building kits about 13 years ago, right after the library moved into its present location.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â It was not just another day at the office for Derek Preece, owner of On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration. On Wednesday, it was his home with the flooded basement and the flood was his fault.
First, Preece filled a 1,200-gallon swimming pool and sat poolside in his basement as his five children enjoyed the fun. Then, Wednesday morning, he released the water and set out to prove what his firm can do.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Lillian Vallely School received a large grant to fund a portion of the construction costs on a new building currently underway.
The Lillian Vallely School received $50,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund. The fund was established through a generous $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise to support the health, education and welfare of children. Langroise died in early 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday.
BLACKFOOT â€” A program providing tribal youth with academic support services and leadership development opportunities has doubled in size this year.
The NDN Scholars Programâ€”short for Navigating and Developing Native Scholarsâ€”began last year as a pilot program aimed toward helping tribal youth reach their academic goals. This year, the programâ€”which operates as part of Partners for Prosperityâ€”received a Learn & Serve grant that allowed for the expansion of the program to focus on service learning. The grant also allows for a leadership conference to be held for all tribal youth in the area.
BLACKFOOT â€” A woman with local ties was awarded the Bronze Star last year for her service as a logistical planner with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division.
U.S. Army Maj. Karrie Pattersonâ€”who was raised in Idaho and whose grandparents are Margene and Charles Belnap of Blackfootâ€”was deployed to Basra, Iraq, last year for a one-year deployment where she earned the Bronze Star.
BLACKFOOT â€” Eighth-grade students at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School have spent the last three months designing and constructing a functional city of the future.
Two teams from the school will travel to Boise this weekend to compete among 25 teams from 17 schools in the Idaho Regional Future City Competition.
POCATELLO â€” Potato growers from throughout Idaho learned about the re-emergence of the Potato Virus Y and what research is being done to prevent the spread of the disease during a special symposium at the 2011 Potato Conference Wednesday.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” The Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility now has a library of more than 800 books thanks to a local Boy Scout.
Macalister Loos, 15, is a sophomore at Blackfoot High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 239. His father, Mark Loos, is a corrections officer at the Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility and suggested Macalister conduct a book drive to supplement the book selection at the jail, where inmates had fewer than 100 books to choose from.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” A local teacher has been named the Idaho VFW Teacher of the Year.
Elaine Asmus, who teaches science at Snake River High School, was presented the award Saturday at the Idaho VFW Mid-Winter Conference in Boise. Asmus was recognized because she encourages her students to participate in a number of activities throughout the year serving veterans and those less fortunate.
She said that even though she teaches science, she still feels a responsibility to encourage her students to be contributing members of their community.
FIRTH â€“ High School history teacher Darvel Jolley started teaching in Firth in 1987.
â€śI feel like Iâ€™ve spent my life doing something that matters,â€ť Jolley said.
Relationships and helping people discover their own self-worth are some of the perks of teaching social studies, Jolley said.
â€śIn social studies, we get to talk about people; we study groups, nations and/or individuals,â€ť he said.
â€śFor example, we study Jim Crow laws; under these laws, people were treated in certain ways because they were black,â€ť Jolley said. Â