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August 6th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” A pilot in an experimental aircraft made an emergency landing Friday on an island in the Snake River after his plane struck a bird.
The pilot, Joel Milloway, of Idaho Falls, was piloting a single-engine light aircraft along the Snake River when a flock of birds came up from the water. A bird struck the plane and and caused a vibration on the engine. Milloway decided to make an emergency landing on a gravel bar in the Snake River just north of Blackfoot approximately 10:40 a.m.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” A former Blackfoot man has created a group on Facebook that has more than 1,100 Blackfoot natives reminiscing about their past.
John Brann, who graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1990 and currently lives in Portland, Ore., created the Facebook group "You grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho if you rememberâ€¦ " at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Within 24 hours the group had more than 1,000 members and 1,600 posts.
Brann created the group with the idea that he and a few of his friends would share their memories of growing up in Blackfoot.
High schools in Aberdeen, Firth and Shelley met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school year 2010-2011 in the report released by the Idaho Department of Education.
In the Snake River School District, no school made AYP for school year 2010-2011.
In the Blackfoot School District, the schools that made AYP included Fort Hall, Stoddard and Wapello Elementary and Blackfoot High School.
BLACKFOOT â€” Four of 10 schools in the Blackfoot School District met adequate yearly progress during the 2010-2011 school year, but three schools failed to meet AYP due to low participation levels among minority students and three failed to meet proficiency levels.
AYP is an academic benchmark states are required to set and report each year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is calculated based on results of the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT). The ISAT measures reading, mathematics and language usage in grades 3-8 and science in grades 5, 7 and 10.
BLACKFOOT â€” The number of animals that were auctioned at the 19th annual 4-H Market Sale totaled 211.
The endowment hog that is raised each year by the Stoddard family brought in $850.
The first 10 animals auctioned off were the champion and reserve champion market animals in each speciesâ€”sheep, beef, goat, rabbit and swine.
The top market animals sold for the following prices:
The Grand Champion Market Lamb was raised by Ashley Carpenter and sold for $600.
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb was raised by Tehya Jensen and sold for $600.
BLACKFOOT â€” Cattle Kids took the show ring Tuesday at the Bingham County 4-H Fair.
The kids in the program were divided into two flightsâ€”one for kids who have been part of the program in previous years and the second for first year Cattle Kids.
Emma Harris won champion showman honors in the veteran Cattle Kid division. Hannah Adams took reserve champion honors.
In the first year category of Cattle Kids, Marlee Kofoed was champion showman; McKenzie Later earned reserve champion.
"I like having animals I can take care of and I like the opportunity," said Harris.
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot intends to join an independent medical insurance cooperative among Idaho cities in an effort to control costs and rate increases.
The City Council voted Tuesday night to sign a three-year joint powers agreement with the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority, a cooperative of numerous Idaho cities to create a self-funded medical insurance program. The council members will take the next week to review additional information about the program, and if there are no objections from the councilmen the agreement will be signed Aug. 10 by Mayor Mike Virtue.