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May 16th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers and builders of the Blackfoot Community Garden celebrated the official grand opening Saturday with a ribbon cutting and plant sale.
Gardeners and volunteers have spent the last four weeks working on turning an empty lot into a community garden near the intersection of E. Airport Road and Teeples Drive.
Garden Coordinator Jon Lyksett has had the idea to start a community garden for several years and on Saturday he said it was great to see his idea finally come to fruition.
â€śItâ€™s nice to be at a point where things are going to start growing,â€ť Lyksett said.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m: FORT HALL â€” Firefighters have located a body in the debris of the home that burned this morning on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Bannock County Coroner is on scene. The victim's name has not been released. Highway 91 should reopen in a few hours.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: FORT HALL â€” Highway 91 between Ballard and Reservation roads is expected to remain closed most of the day. A Pocatello Fire Department tower truck with bucket and Idaho Technical Rescue Team have been brought in to assess the situation from above due to the structure's instability.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth City Council has a new member. He is Kent Burch. Tuesday was his second city council meeting.
â€śIâ€™m just happy to be here; this is all new to me,â€ť he said.
Burch was appointed in April to complete former city councilman Gary White's term. White resigned from this position.
This council position will be open for election in November.
The city's budget meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The city is making a little more money (0.3 percent) at Potelco United Credit Union than at the state investment, city clerk Robert Dial said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored 26 area high school seniors on Wednesday.
"These are the best of the best," said Chamber president Derek Preece. "We look forward to what they are going to accomplish in the future."
Each of the students received a certificate and a keepsake in recognition of their high school success.
Representing Blackfoot were Camille Norton, Collin Rockwood, Hanna Miller, Isaac Hong, Dallin Evans, Daniel Burt, Elise Moser, Kevin Sommerorn, Logan Christiansen and Taylor Sandow.
The Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Chelsea Barzee of Independence Alternative High School thanks members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce for a top senior award on Wednesday, Barzee and classmate Wendi Cameron joined Chamber president Derek Preece at the podium. The Chamber honored 26 seniors from Independence, Sho-Ban, Snake River and Blackfoot high schools. Photos of the other groups can be found on our Website, www.am-news.com.
By BOB HUDSON
FIRTH â€” Firth High School (FHS) senior Brittney Robinson won first place last week in the nation in desktop publishing at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) in Washington, D. C.
This is the second time Robinson had qualified in this discipline at BPA nationals. The 2010 contest was in Anaheim, Calif.
"I wasn't expecting anything," Robinson said. "It was a complete surprise.
"I was just happy to make it to the top 10," she said. "I couldn't believe I had actually done it."
SHELLEY â€” Only one school board trustee position is up for election in Shelley Joint School District No. 60.
Incumbent Loren Lund will face Eva Ochoa in the May 17 election for the position in Zone 1.
Lund has served four years on the Shelley School Board.
â€śI have a passion for education,â€ť Lund said. â€śEducation has always been extremely important in my life.â€ť