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May 24th, 2011

BHS changes driver's education

May 24, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Driver Education will no longer be offered as a class at Blackfoot High School, but students will still have the opportunity to take the course before school or during the summer.
Dan Hale will no longer be teaching Driver Education as a class and incoming freshmen can take five classes in addition to Driver Education, which will be offered before school each block. Gerald Humpherys, who also taught Driver Ed, is retiring.

Flooding update: Weather Service expects manageable snowmelt

May 24, 2011

MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT — The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley.
A spring-like weather pattern is expected to bring intervals of showers and fluctuating temperatures to the region throughout the week and is expected to melt snowpack in an manageable fashion, according to the National Weather Service.
The Snake River at Blackfoot is forecast to rise at least another six inches over the next four days, cresting at 11.54 feet by Saturday evening. On Tuesday night, the river was 10.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.

Shelley graduates 156 in Class of 2011

May 24, 2011

SHELLEY — One hundred fifty-six Shelley graduates received a rousing send-off Tuesday evening at their graduation ceremony.
The Class of 2011 earned scholarships and awards totaling more than $900,000.
Addressing her classmates, valedictorian Wendee Morgan said, “Stop worrying about filling someone else’s shoes, just fill your own.”
She continued, “As Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Whatever you are, be a good one.’”
As valedictorian Kemais Ehlers related the incident that when he was 4 years old, he had climbed onto the counter to get some toothpicks.

May 23rd

4-Hers weigh in fair animals

May 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Nearly 200 animals were weighed-in Monday evening in the 4-H barn at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF). This qualifies the animal and his/her handler to participate in Bingham County 4-H fair.
Sheep, meat goats and four pigs were carried, pushed and prodded onto the scale.
At the weigh-in, sheep need to weigh under 100 pounds. Goats weighed under 70 pounds and pigs needed to be under 90 pounds.
After the weigh-in, 4-H members took part in a sheep showmanship class.

May 22nd

Snake River ag teacher to explore new horizons

May 22, 2011

THOMAS — Snake River High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor Justin Patten is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Patten will be working with the Idaho Farm Bureau in the future.
"My favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow, said Patten.
"Students learn leadership through Future Farmers of America and start to understand their potential.
"In the shop, you can see the light click on about how things work, he said. "They begin to understand the skills they are gaining."

Bingham, Caribou deputies promote boating safety

May 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Deputy Drew Lusk and a few of his friends got together at Jensen Grove Lake on Saturday. Their purpose was to raise awareness of water safety through the Ready-Set-Inflate program. Safe Boating Week runs through Friday, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. It is one of the first opportunities many Americans take to get on the water.

Blackfoot seniors receive awards ,scholarships

May 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.

May 20th

Shelley Orchestra to perform at Disneyland

May 21, 2011

SHELLEY — Among items presented at the Shelley School Board Thursday night were "Pay for Performance," an orchestra trip scheduled for spring break 2012 and classified personnel receiving the same sick leave as certified personnel.
Superintendent Bryan Jolley discussed “Pay for Performance.”
“I’m going to discuss two points of this plan,” Jolley said.
There is a state side and a school, classroom, side to this proposal, he said.

Ridge Crest students celebrate reading

May 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."

District 55 makes cuts to balance budget

May 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positions—among numerous other cuts—in an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.

 

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