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February 15th, 2011

Volunteers needed to prepare Community Center facility

February 15, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Community Center is asking for volunteers to help prepare and move into their second facility.
Community Center Executive Director Ashlee Howell said they recently secured a second facility at 257 S. Broadway, the former Danny’s Auto building. The second location is located less than one block away from the existing facility.
They plan to convert the space into a youth center with pool table, air hockey, ping pong and a big screen television. The space will also be used for various activities, including a Zumba class to begin this week.

February 13th

ISU professor's voice no longer a solo

February 14, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot High School (BHS) Spanish teacher Paula Maldonado loves her job.
“I say it’s the best job in the world,” Maldonado said.

“Not one day’s the same,” she said. “There are a lot of eager students who want to learn Spanish and work hard.”
Maldonado has been teaching 13 years. The first three years, she was taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School and Mountain View Middle School. For the past decade, she has taught straight Spanish classes to Blackfoot High School students.

Eager students create fun for BHS teachers

February 14, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot High School (BHS) Spanish teacher Paula Maldonado loves her job.
“I say it’s the best job in the world,” Maldonado said.

“Not one day’s the same,” she said. “There are a lot of eager students who want to learn Spanish and work hard.”
Maldonado has been teaching 13 years. The first three years, she was taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School and Mountain View Middle School. For the past decade, she has taught straight Spanish classes to Blackfoot High School students.

Dive team prepares for ice rescue

February 14, 2011

ABERDEEN — Members of the Bingham and Power County Search and Rescue dive teams spent their Saturday morning diving below the ice in the freezing American Falls Reservoir.
The divers were completing their winter training, preparing for a scenario in which someone falls through the ice and into the water, potentially becoming trapped under the ice.
On Saturday, the ice in the Big Hole area of the American Falls Reservoir near Sportsmen's Park was nearly two feet thick. The water temperature was less than 30 degrees.

February 11th

Duo writes, illustrates children's books

February 12, 2011

ABERDEEN — A stay at home mom and a retired school teacher have partnered to write and illustrate children's books.
Author Julie Beck is a stay at home mom with six children. She has read countless children's books to her kids, and about 10 years ago she said she began writing her own stories. But it wasn't until a few years ago that she found someone to illustrate her stories, making her dream of writing children's books a reality.

February 10th

4 musicians make all-Northwest band

February 11, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Four students from Blackfoot High School (BHS) qualified to participate in the National Association of Music Education (MENC) All-Northwest Conference Feb. 16-20 in Bellevue, Wash.
About 1,000 outstanding high school musicians from the six Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming) will participate in the All-Northwest Band, Orchestra, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Jazz Band and/or Jazz Choir.
To be selected, each student was recorded online performing college level pieces. Screeners selected the students who will participate.

February 9th

County wants backup generator at SRHS

February 10, 2011

THOMAS — At the Snake River school board meeting Wednesday, Craig Rowland, Bingham County Emergency Management Services, asked approval from the trustees to continue looking into obtaining federal grant money to purchase a backup generator for Snake River High School.
"If in case of an emergency, the county would need a shelter to house a lot of people in one location, the Snake River High School would be ideal," Rowland said, "except it doesn't have a backup generator.

February 8th

Jury selection to begin next week in BHS case

February 9, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Attorneys for two former Blackfoot High School athletes facing misdemeanor charges have filed motions for change of venue, but will have to wait until next week to have their motions heard before the court. Both cases are scheduled to be tried in Bingham County in March.

Local woman celebrates 97th birthday

February 9, 2011

BLACKFOOT – Lois Bowyer celebrated her 97th birthday Tuesday. She lives at the Gables in Blackfoot along with 15 other residents.
“I’m the oldest one here,” she confided.
Bowyer’s secret for a long life is “always exercise and keep going.” She did add that salsa is good on everything.
“I developed my delight in (mild) salsa because there were four Spanish cafes where we lived in Southern California,” she said. “I eat salsa with every meal, and then walk three to seven times around the Gables after each meal.”
Bowyer sets a sprightly pace when walking.

February 7th

Blackfoot blood drive Wednesday

February 8, 2011

In Blackfoot, the next Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1110 Parkway Drive, Blackfoot.
Call organizer Barb Norwood for an appointment. Her phone number is 785-2666.
Because of the bad weather across the U.S., many blood drives have been cancelled.
If the blood drive exceeds its goal, people in other regions of the country can be helped, said Norwood.
Donors are asked to make appointments by calling Norwood at 785-2666.
Bbring identification. Before donating blood, Norwood recommends drinking lots of water and eating lunch.

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