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May 3rd, 2011
GROVELAND â€” Seven-year-old Paige Turner welcomed her first grade classmates from Groveland Elementary to her Make-a-Wish playhouse Tuesday.
When Paige made her choice of a playhouse, she said, "I'd never seen one before; I didn't know you could fit in it."
Paige's two-story playhouse features a fireplace, kitchen area and steps up to the second floor. From the second floor, Paige and her friends can stand on a porch and a slide descends to the ground from a window.
The playhouse arrived in three pieces last Wednesday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Emergency Management Services Director Craig Rowland welcomed county, school district, city, fire, police and weather service officials to a flood planning meeting Tuesday in the basement of the Blackfoot fire department.
Under discussion was planning for the potential flood season.
The weather patterns are similar to those in 1997, said hydrologist Troy Lindquist from the NOAA National Weather Service in Pocatello. The last county-wide flooding in Bingham County occurred in 1997.
"There's the potential for a decent amount of rain," Lindquist said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council approved the release of retroactive merit pay raises for eligible city employees during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After a brief review, Mayor Mike Virtue said the city's budget is in good shape and most departments have spent less than 50 percent of their budget.
"We're in excellent shape," Virtue said.
Employees who were eligible for merit raises during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will receive a 3 percent merit increase for this year. The council decided to withhold merit raises until a mid-year budget review.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Spc. Jason Turner, a member of Company Golf, 3rd
Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th
Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a Blackfoot native, does not
ponder the merits of a good work ethic very long.
After all, he already knows what the right ingredients are to put in a hard day of work. He learned that work ethic early and then sharpened it while he worked for his father at his shop in Blackfoot.
"You judge success by the quality of work that gets done, not by how much but by how good it is," said the 19-year-old.
SHOW LOW, Ariz. â€” A woman police say is from Blackfoot was arrested in Arizona Sunday after she was found driving a stolen vehicle of a murdered woman near the Mexico border.
Gabriela Maldonado, a 21-year-old female, was detained at the border crossing April 30 driving a stolen 2006 Hummer and was arrested for auto theft, according to Show Low Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe.
Talk about timing.
The Blackfoot High School (BHS) We the People team was only a few miles from the White House on Sunday when they heard that terrorist Osama bin Laden, mastermind of 9-11, had been killed.
"Sunday night, we had returned from a dance when the We the People Idaho state coordinator called to say, 'Get down to the White House,' said Mitch Jensen, BHS We the People competitor.
"We crowded into our coach's room to watch the television and hear President [Barack] Obama's address," he said. "We were all excited, wondering if [the news of bin Laden's death] was true.
SHELLEY â€” Ten Shelley High School students and their English teacher have written a book and are hoping to get it published.
The students include seven freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â A memorial fundraiser for Steve Aubrey will be Tuesday. The Blackfoot High School Debate and Speech team is sponsoring a memorial dinner and auction to raise money for a headstone for Steve Aubrey who passed away on Dec, 31, 2010, from a lingering illness. Aubrey was an assistant debate coach in 2008-2009.
The suggested donation for the dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family. The fundraiser will take place on the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
A family clears a bed at the Blackfoot Community Garden as a group of volunteers assist Austin Worthington, 13, build a garden shed for his Eagle Scout project. Those with plots in the garden and volunteers are working to get the garden ready for planting and the Garden Festival, a grand opening celebration scheduled for May 14.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.
Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in possession of bin Laden's body.