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June 7th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€“ 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.
â€śIt can be found just before the road construction,â€ť 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
POCATELLO â€” Fourteen students from area high schools were recognized Friday at a ceremony celebrating the 2011 class of NDN Scholars.
The NDN Scholars Program (Navigating and Developing Native Scholars) is part of Partners for Prosperity and provides Native American high school students with leadership development, mentoring and tutoring.
Tyrell Lyons, a junior at Blackfoot High School, said he chose to participate in NDN Scholars because he felt it would help him develop his leadership skills.
BLACKFOOT â€” Proud parents, families, faculty and friends celebrated with the 36 graduating seniors of the Class of 2011 from the Independence Alternative High School (IAHS). The graduation ceremony was Friday in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The student speakersâ€”Chelsea Barzee, Wendi Cameron, Cecilia Nieto and Eddy Payneâ€”each expressed appreciation to their teachers "who helped us get where we are."
"Some of us have been through some rough times," said Nieto. "We know how to get back up.
BLACKFOOT â€” Thousands of ping pong balls will drop from an airplane Saturdayâ€”many marked for prizesâ€”to raise money for Bingham County Relay for Life.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3,500 balls will drop from an airplane flying over the Blackfoot High School football field. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is a minimum $2 donation per person. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
The event is organized by the Idaho Central Credit Union Relay for Life team.
"We were trying to come up with a unique fundraiser," Team Captain Jessie Hopkins said. "I thought it sounded really fun."
ABERDEEN â€” Fifty-six Aberdeen graduates are on their way as they celebrated their graduation from high school Thursday evening.
Valedictorian Taetem Simms asked her classmates, "What do you want to be?
"We are graduating from high school and have earned the right to follow our dreams," she said. "You must have the courage to follow your dream and work for it.
"Trust in your abilities, your friends, your family and trust in God," Simms said. "Be proud of your decisions and your accomplishments."
BLACKFOOT â€” Preparations for possible flooding was the agenda item for representatives of four irrigation companies as they met with the Bingham County commissioners on Tuesday.
"Most of the canals are in better shape than we were in 1997," said C. Paul Robertson of the Parsons Ditch Company. "In '97, that was a nervous two weeks."
The last major flood came through this part of the state most recently in 1997.
The Parsons Ditch Company is the last irrigation canal in Bingham County, just before American Falls.
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Four-year olds Ben Evans and Gabe Hooste dig into spaghetti dinners at the fundraiser at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth Wednesday evening. "We've had a huge turnout," said organizer Laurie Nielson. Funds raised from the dinner, donated items and raffle totaled $3,060. Proceeds will be used for paper, ink and curricula for students and teachers in the Firth School District.