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August 13th, 2011
FORT HALL â€” The 48th annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival will continue through Sunday at the Fort Hall festival and rodeo grounds.
Today will be full of activities including an All-Indian Parade at 10 a.m. and Grand Entry and powwow at 1 p.m. There will also be an art show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tribal Business Center.
The annual feast will be at 4 p.m., Indian Relay Races at 5 p.m. and a second Grand Entry and powwow at 7 p.m. The second round of the rodeo begins at 7 p.m.
FIRTH â€” Trustees of the Firth School Board have no interest in participating in a district consolidation study.
Superintendent Sid Tubbs noted that the State Office of Education will make $10,000 available to each district to pay for a study on consolidation. He noted the Blackfoot and Snake River districts have already indicated that they plan to participate in such a study.
THOMAS â€“Â Books are filling more than shelves at the Snake River School Community Library -- they are filling up Amazon Kindles.
The Library Board recently allotted technology funds to the purchase of 15 Kindles. The popular portable electronic device that stores books and other print publications is now available for patrons to check-out. The Kindles are now available for the public to check-out.
ROCKFORD â€” The Taber fire burned 910 acres before it was contained at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The fire was reported at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. It burned primarily in cheatgrass and sagebrush in the desert and lava beds west of 1900 West and 300 North, approximately 4 miles south of Taber and 17 miles west of Blackfoot.
The Bureau of Land Management sent four heavy engines, one light engine, two single engine air tankers, one hand crew, one helicopter and a bulldozer to the fire. They were assisted by the Blackfoot Fire Department.
BLACKFOOT â€” Registration for students in the Blackfoot School District will be Aug. 15-17. The first day of school is Aug. 24.
Lunch prices for the 2011-2012 school year will be $1.85 for elementary students, $2.10 for grades 6-12 and $3.10 for all adults. Reduced lunch price is 40 cents.
Breakfast prices are $1.20 for elementary students, $1.35 for grades 6-12 and $1.95 for adults. Reduced breakfast price is 30 cents.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â It's the chance of a lifetime. Three professional Broadway actors will conduct a 3-day workshop culminating in a public performance Aug. 20. The entire event, "Broadway Lights Up Blackfoot" is a fundraiser organized by the Blackfoot High School Class of 1968 to purchase a new digital display marquee for the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center and BHS.
ROCKFORD â€” A fire west of Blackfoot burned 688 acres and was 50 percent contained by 8 p.m. Tuesday night, according to the Bureau of Land Management.
The fire, named the Taber Fire, was reported about 3 p.m. Tuesday at 1900 West 300 North approximately 4 miles south of Taber and 17 miles west of Blackfoot. The fire was primarily burning in the desert and lava flows but was adjacent to a hay field. There had been no reports of loss or damage due to the fire as of Tuesday evening.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Moo-Donna has her new home. The 2011 EISF mascot stretches about six feet from ear to ear and now looks down from her post atop the billboard near the east entrance of the fairgrounds.
Chad Hammond with I.E. Productions said the Eastern Idaho State Fair's three-dimensional billboards are the only of their kind appearing in the state. There are two similar EISF billboards on I-15 and another large Moo-Donna will be placed on the back of the grandstands this year.
"I think it is the coolest welcome to the fair we've ever had," said Hammond.
The EISF runs Sept 3-10.