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May 3rd, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council approved the release of retroactive merit pay raises for eligible city employees during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After a brief review, Mayor Mike Virtue said the city's budget is in good shape and most departments have spent less than 50 percent of their budget.
"We're in excellent shape," Virtue said.
Employees who were eligible for merit raises during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will receive a 3 percent merit increase for this year. The council decided to withhold merit raises until a mid-year budget review.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Spc. Jason Turner, a member of Company Golf, 3rd
Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th
Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a Blackfoot native, does not
ponder the merits of a good work ethic very long.
After all, he already knows what the right ingredients are to put in a hard day of work. He learned that work ethic early and then sharpened it while he worked for his father at his shop in Blackfoot.
"You judge success by the quality of work that gets done, not by how much but by how good it is," said the 19-year-old.
SHOW LOW, Ariz. â€” A woman police say is from Blackfoot was arrested in Arizona Sunday after she was found driving a stolen vehicle of a murdered woman near the Mexico border.
Gabriela Maldonado, a 21-year-old female, was detained at the border crossing April 30 driving a stolen 2006 Hummer and was arrested for auto theft, according to Show Low Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe.
Talk about timing.
The Blackfoot High School (BHS) We the People team was only a few miles from the White House on Sunday when they heard that terrorist Osama bin Laden, mastermind of 9-11, had been killed.
"Sunday night, we had returned from a dance when the We the People Idaho state coordinator called to say, 'Get down to the White House,' said Mitch Jensen, BHS We the People competitor.
"We crowded into our coach's room to watch the television and hear President [Barack] Obama's address," he said. "We were all excited, wondering if [the news of bin Laden's death] was true.
SHELLEY â€” Ten Shelley High School students and their English teacher have written a book and are hoping to get it published.
The students include seven freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â A memorial fundraiser for Steve Aubrey will be Tuesday. The Blackfoot High School Debate and Speech team is sponsoring a memorial dinner and auction to raise money for a headstone for Steve Aubrey who passed away on Dec, 31, 2010, from a lingering illness. Aubrey was an assistant debate coach in 2008-2009.
The suggested donation for the dinner is $5 per person or $20 per family. The fundraiser will take place on the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
A family clears a bed at the Blackfoot Community Garden as a group of volunteers assist Austin Worthington, 13, build a garden shed for his Eagle Scout project. Those with plots in the garden and volunteers are working to get the garden ready for planting and the Garden Festival, a grand opening celebration scheduled for May 14.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late Sunday.
Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in possession of bin Laden's body.
BLACKFOOT â€”Sixty-five students at Stalker Elementary received free hats, free books and a party to celebrate reaching their reading goals Friday afternoon.
"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," said Jamie Trevino, the representative for the Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) at Stalker Elementary. Last year, 40 kids completed the reading challenge.
"It's because of support from the administration and community, donations and grant writing that we have these gifts to give away," Trevino said.
BLACKFOOT â€”Trustees of the Blackfoot School District has hired a new principal at Blackfoot High School. In January, former Principal Blaine McInelly took a medical leave of absence until the end of this school year, at which point he will retire.
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees approved the hiring on John Pearce at their meeting Thursday night. He will officially begin his duties as principal July 28.