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January 25th, 2011

Local school receives $50,000

January 25, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Lillian Vallely School received a large grant to fund a portion of the construction costs on a new building currently underway.
The Lillian Vallely School received $50,000 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund. The fund was established through a generous $15 million bequest to the Idaho Community Foundation from Boise philanthropist Gladys Langroise to support the health, education and welfare of children. Langroise died in early 2000, just prior to her 100th birthday.

Growing quickly: NDN Scholars program doubles

January 25, 2011

BLACKFOOT — A program providing tribal youth with academic support services and leadership development opportunities has doubled in size this year.
The NDN Scholars Program—short for Navigating and Developing Native Scholars—began last year as a pilot program aimed toward helping tribal youth reach their academic goals. This year, the program—which operates as part of Partners for Prosperity—received a Learn & Serve grant that allowed for the expansion of the program to focus on service learning. The grant also allows for a leadership conference to be held for all tribal youth in the area.

January 23rd

Woman with local ties receives Bronze Star

January 23, 2011

BLACKFOOT — A woman with local ties was awarded the Bronze Star last year for her service as a logistical planner with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division.
U.S. Army Maj. Karrie Patterson—who was raised in Idaho and whose grandparents are Margene and Charles Belnap of Blackfoot—was deployed to Basra, Iraq, last year for a one-year deployment where she earned the Bronze Star.

January 21st

Students going to Boise for competition

January 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Eighth-grade students at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School have spent the last three months designing and constructing a functional city of the future.
Two teams from the school will travel to Boise this weekend to compete among 25 teams from 17 schools in the Idaho Regional Future City Competition.

January 20th

Fighting back: Researchers battle potato disease

January 20, 2011

POCATELLO — Potato growers from throughout Idaho learned about the re-emergence of the Potato Virus Y and what research is being done to prevent the spread of the disease during a special symposium at the 2011 Potato Conference Wednesday.

January 18th

Scout aids Tribal Corrections for Eagle project

January 19, 2011

By MELANIE MOORE
mmoore@cableone.net
BLACKFOOT — The Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility now has a library of more than 800 books thanks to a local Boy Scout.
Macalister Loos, 15, is a sophomore at Blackfoot High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 239. His father, Mark Loos, is a corrections officer at the Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility and suggested Macalister conduct a book drive to supplement the book selection at the jail, where inmates had fewer than 100 books to choose from.

January 17th

Asmus named teacher of year

January 18, 2011

By MELANIE MOORE
mmoore@cableone.net
BLACKFOOT — A local teacher has been named the Idaho VFW Teacher of the Year.
Elaine Asmus, who teaches science at Snake River High School, was presented the award Saturday at the Idaho VFW Mid-Winter Conference in Boise. Asmus was recognized because she encourages her students to participate in a number of activities throughout the year serving veterans and those less fortunate.
She said that even though she teaches science, she still feels a responsibility to encourage her students to be contributing members of their community.

Teacher doing something that matters

January 18, 2011

FIRTH – High School history teacher Darvel Jolley started teaching in Firth in 1987.
“I feel like I’ve spent my life doing something that matters,” Jolley said.
Relationships and helping people discover their own self-worth are some of the perks of teaching social studies, Jolley said.
“In social studies, we get to talk about people; we study groups, nations and/or individuals,” he said.
“For example, we study Jim Crow laws; under these laws, people were treated in certain ways because they were black,” Jolley said.  

January 16th

Bingham native key fundraiser at Utah State

January 17, 2011

LOGAN, Utah — Growing up in Bingham County provided Neil Abercrombie with much of the understanding of his new job at Utah State University.
In December USU President Stan Albrecht named Abercrombie as director of government relations.
As such he will help USU garner state and federal funding for key academic programs and research projects.
"A lot of our programs and research have direct relevance to Bingham County," Abercrombie noted in a telephone interview last week. "One of our primary focuses this legislative session is to get funding to start a doctoral veterinary program."

January 14th

BHS Principal McInelly takes medical leave

January 14, 2011

Blaine McInelly, Blackfoot High School Principal, has requested a leave of absence due to health reasons for the remainder of the year at which time he will be retiring, according to a press release from the Blackfoot School District. Ben Speelmon will be working as an educational consultant at Blackfoot High School during McInelly’s absence.

 

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