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June 10th, 2011

Governor in town: Otter makes visit to Blackfoot to see flood damage

June 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, as well as federal, state and county officials, toured areas affected by flooding or in danger of flooding in eastern Idaho Thursday.
“Bingham County is more prepared for flooding than we were in 1997,” said Bingham County Commissioner Cleone Jolley.
Bingham County Disaster Services Director Craig Rowland said “at the Blackfoot site Thursday, the water level is at 11 feet. That’s one foot below flood stage.”

Library opens with reading program

June 10, 2011

THOMAS — The new facilities at the Snake River School/Community Library opened with its summer reading program this week. The library is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday during the summer.
The summer reading program is at 10 a.m. and 12 noon each Wednesday and Thursday and lasts through June.
Activities are scheduled for younger children, said librarian Sherrilynn Bair. “For kids in junior high and above, there will be video editing next week and photo editing the following two weeks.”
“Signing-up is not necessary,” she said. “Just come.”

June 8th

Snake River trustees approve 2011-2012 budget

June 9, 2011

THOMAS — Snake River School District trustees unanimously approved the 2011-2012 budget on Wednesday.
Chris Nelson, the district's business manager, noted that revenue for the district is down $730,000.
To make up some of this difference, the district has transferred $356,000 of previously dedicated funds. These one-time designated funds come from the state tobacco fund and from savings.

LEAD director receives SBA award

June 8, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Jayson Meline, executive director of the Latino Economic and Development Center (LEAD), shared a statewide award presentation with members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Irene Gonzalez, a representative of the Small Business Administration, presented Meline with the organization's Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award.

June 7th

Relay for Life golf tournament June 15

June 7, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Ladies Golf Association is sponsoring a Relay for Life Golf Tournament June 15 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot City Golf Course. The cost is $100 per four-person team, which includes green fees and dinner. Cart rental is a separate cost.
Teams are encouraged to register in advance and space is limited to the first eight teams. To register call the Blackfoot CIty Golf Course at 785-9960.
All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.

Pocatello car dealer makes good on promise

June 7, 2011

POCATELLO — Last fall, students in the graduating classes from elementary schools in American Falls, Blackfoot, Chubbuck and Pocatello were challenged by Jason Meador, general manager of Phil Meador Toyota, to have perfect attendance—bell to bell, all day every day—throughout the school year. Each student could have no absences, no tardies and no early outs.
The program was called PASS—Perfect Attendance Spells Success.

Blackfoot bans texting while driving

June 7, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council has banned texting and driving within the city limits. The council unanimously approved the ordinance and waived all readings at their meeting Tuesday. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.
The ordinance clearly defines texting as using an electronic wireless communications device to communicate using a text-based communication including test messages, instant messages or electronic mail.
A texting violation is classified as an infraction and is punishable by a fine of $50.

June 6th

Sandbagging put on hold

June 7, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County sandbag-making operations have been temporarily suspended because there are plenty of sandbags on hand if needed.
Bingham County Emergency Management Director Craig Rowland said since sandbagging operations began last month, more than 225,000 sandbags have been made. Approximately 40,000 sandbags remain on hand and sandbagging operations may resume again if the need arises, Rowland said.
"We've got plenty of sandbags filled," Rowland said.

Green Thumb Nursery in sixth year of serving community

June 7, 2011

BLACKFOOT – A person with a green thumb is said to be one who excels at growing beauty and food. Dennis and Peggy Mecham have appropriately named their retail business, the Green Thumb Nursery.
The retail outlet is one mile north of the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
“It can be found just before the road construction,” Peggy Mecham said.
The Mechams begin their gardening in February each year. The flowers and vegetables are planted in eight greenhouses on their property near Blackfoot. The greenhouses cover about 10,000 square feet of space.

June 5th

State Hospital South to demolish abandoned buildings

June 6, 2011

BLACKFOOT — This year marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of State Hospital South in Blackfoot, but two hospital buildings built 79 years ago will be demolished this summer.
Buildings F and G, former patient wards located on the north side of the State Hospital campus, were constructed in 1932 and officially opened in 1933. The two-story buildings were occupied as separate men's and women's wards until 1988 when the treatment methods used there became obsolete, said Support Services Director Greg Horton. The wards were replaced by the Patient Treatment Facility used today.

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