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April 27th, 2011
FORT HALL â€” Leaders of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking on their new hotel and events center Wednesday by touting the economical benefits of the project.
The $47 million, 164,000 square foot project will consist of a five-story hotel with 156 rooms and an 1,400-seat events center with meeting, conference, banquet and entertainment venues. The project is being funded by a loan through the Bank of Albuquerque. The hotel will be located just off Interstate 15 at the current location of the Trading Post Grocery Store and Clothes Horse.
BLACKFOOT â€” Jake Berry wants nothing more than to be able to go to the movies or to spend time with friends and family. But for the past five years, Jakeâ€”who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchairâ€”has only been able to go to school and doctor's appointments.
That's why his family is organizing a fundraiser to help Jake's mom purchase a van large enough to transport Jake in his wheelchair. They will be having a "Wheels for Jake" yard sale May 13-14 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. and are currently accepting donations of items for the sale.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Blackfoot resident Beverly Beach is passionate about helping people rebuild Haiti.
She needs some financial help to participate in the contest, "Building Back a Better Community" (BBBC). This contest started in 2010 and is sponsored by the government of Haiti.
Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Beach is leaving for Haiti Monday where she will present her project to the Haitian government. She plans to be gone one month.
For the Morning News
FORT HALL â€” An event celebrating the long-awaited construction of a hotel and events center by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday just west of the Interstate 15 Fort Hall Exit.
The â€śgroundbreakingâ€ť event will be held amidst a hubbub of pre-construction activity at the site that started a month early due to favorable weather conditions, said Nathan Small, tribal chairman.
THOMAS â€“Sandra Molina, a senior at Snake River High School (SRHS), is one of the recipients of the Gates Millennial Scholarship (GMS).
Molina is the third SRHS student in four years who has received this scholarship.
This year, 23,000 students applied for this scholarship, â€śso the competition was very steep,â€ť said counselor Karen Crook. One thousand scholarships were awarded.
Crook said, â€śThe scholarship will pay for her schooling for the next 10 years if she decides to get a doctorate degree.
â€śShe can attend any accredited college in the U.S., Crook said.
FIRTH â€” The six Distinguished Young Woman candidates at Firth took the stage with beauty and grace on Saturday evening.
Ashli Munger claimed the 2012 DYW title. Krista Holm was runnerup.
Besides Munger and Holm, Madalina Marie High, Charity Dawn Tew, Jeull Snedigar and Jennifer Ashley Mejia were the other competitors.
DYW was formerly known as Americaâ€™s Junior Miss. The named was changed in June 2010.
Emily Fielding, the 2011 Firth Junior Miss, will be the last young lady in town to carry that title.
MORELAND â€”Â "Everyday Heroes" are recognized each month at Moreland Elementary.
Last Wednesday, Julie Wada, president of the Moreland PTA and the PTA board members, were recognized as "Everyday Heroes" for their contributions to students at Moreland Elementary throughout this school year.
"I have 13 on my board," Wada said. "For each person, there are four or five other people behind her."
PTA members contributed 304 hours to activities at the school.
"Reading with a Relative" was one of these activities. This reading activity took place on March 30 and 31.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth school board has asked voters in the its district to pass a $300,000 per year supplemental levy for two years. The vote will be Tuesday, May 17, in the electorâ€™s regular polling place.
Thursday night, trustees presented a PowerPoint presentation before 110 people.
â€śThis supplemental levy is not meant to increase or enhance our programs but to maintain it,â€ť Board Chairman Barlow Cook said.
â€śIt comes down to a matter of trust,â€ť committee member Ron Carlson said. â€śOur elected board members said we need a supplemental levy.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Joint School District board of trustees met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night to discuss policy changes and programs within the district.
The board passed a resolution to void all sections of their policy that is in conflict with the new education reform laws, primarily pertaining to personnel. There have been 15 policies identified so far that are in conflict.
The board also granted the district permission to subscribe to the Idaho School Boards Association policy manual service at a cost of $300.