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July 14th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners started their discussion on wind turbines in the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
The conversation split into two campsâ€”one supporting the business aspect of wind, the other questioning the proximity to townships.
"This is a business," said commissioner Lee Hammett. "Let the free enterprise system take care of it. If the cost of electricity goes up because of [wind turbines], profitability would be eliminated.
"We cannot legislate view," Hammett said. "We can legislate safety but we cannot pick a side on view."
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's public schools will receive an additional $60 million in state funding and local school districts are hoping to use the funds to offset budget cuts and add cushion to slim budgets.
The funding is a result of increased tax receipts for fiscal year 2011. The state received $2.44 billion from all forms of tax receiptsâ€”sales, income and corporateâ€”in the past 12 months. That was $85.3 million more than the most recent Division of Financial Management projection in January, and 7.95 percent ahead of total tax receipts in fiscal 2010.
MORELAND â€“ The Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) at 51 N. 550 W. in Moreland is hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday.
Board member Holly Lilya said board members read somewhere that colleges were turning out more students graduating in interior design than in the sciences.
â€śWe decided to try to change that,â€ť Lilya said.
There is plenty of technology at ISTCS. A piano lab with 15 pianos will be used to train students. There is also a technical lab, a science lab and a computer lab.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot Pride Days is this weekend and organizers have planned several events for both adults and children.
The annual event has traditionally been held in June but was moved to July this year with the hope for better weather.
Activities begin Thursday with tours of the Potato Museum from 1-4 p.m. Tours continue Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
FIRTH â€“ Saturday was the day all of Dillan Udyâ€™s planning for his Eagle Scout project came together.
Dillan and 15 members of Scout Troop 262 in Blackfoot, worked to plant 30 hybrid oak trees on the TF Ranch in Reid Valley. The objective of all this work is to provide winter habitat for wild animals, especially wild birds, in the area.
Asked why he selected this project he said, â€śIâ€™ve always been interested in the nature end of scouting.â€ť
Eight students from Blackfoot and Mountain View Middle School science teacher Alan Southern were at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday morning to see the final launch of the space shuttle.
These nine Blackfoot adventurers are part of the Idaho Space Grant Consortium that was awarded a NASA grant as part of NASA's Summer of Innovation Projects. Eighty students and 20 chaperones from Idaho traveled to Florida to see the launch.
Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 9:29 a.m. MDT Friday.
POCATELLO â€”Elected officials from cities and counties surrounding the Fort Hall Indian Reservation met with officials from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for the first time in five months Friday to discuss moving forward.
The group includes the mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck, county commissioners from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties and representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.