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September 27th, 2010

Community Center interest meeting Tuesday

September 27, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot Community Center administrators are seeking the public’s help in developing the programming and design of their proposed new facility.
The Community Center is hosting an initial interest meeting for anyone interested in serving on a Building Committee. The interest meeting will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackfoot Community Center at 157 W. Sexton.
Community Center Executive Director Ashlee Howell said the committee is an opportunity for the public to provide input on the new facility.
“We hope to get a variety of people interested and involved,” Howell said.

Family donates apples to kids

September 27, 2010

BLACKFOOT – Offer a kid an apple and he will run a lap? That was the plan at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday and it worked.
In order to promote healthy lifestyles, students at Ridge Crest have the opportunity to walk or run laps during afternoon recess with volunteers standing at a checkpoint offering encouragement and punching walking cards. The physical activity is meant to help establish healthy habits for life.
The turnout on the track was much higher Friday when students learned there was a free apple after walking the first lap.

September 24th

Fire caused by burning weeds

September 24, 2010

BLACKFOOT — The fire Wednesday that destroyed a storage building for Sartori Foods was likely caused by an employee burning weeds outside the building, according to Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray.
The building contained packaging materials including cardboard and plastic as well as cleaning chemicals. Gray said the chemicals were typical household chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, sodium hydroxide and hyrdocarbons.
Damages are estimated to be $65,000.

September 23rd

Blackfoot School Board to refinance bonds

September 24, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot school district trustees are looking to save taxpayers a little money.
Interest rates are low because the bond market is low, said Alan Westenskow, vice president of Zions Bank Public Finance. It's a good time to refinance.
The Blackfoot School District could get a triple A rating because Blackfoot's bonds would be backed by the State of idaho.
In 2002, the Blackfoot School District issued bonds totaling $7.5 million, Westenskow said. What is still owed on the bond issue—$6.7 million—could be called and refinanced.

Blackfoot Community Center to reopen Friday

September 23, 2010

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Community Center will reopen Friday after being closed today to assess damages from the nearby fire at a Sartori Foods storage building.
Executive Director Ashlee Howell said they are working to purify the air today, and that it will be safe for the children to return to the center tomorrow. They will open at 7:30 a.m.
Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray said the chemicals that burned in the fire are normal household chemicals, and there is no serious threat to human health from the chemicals in the smoke.

Updated - Fire forces kids to evacuate

September 23, 2010

BLACKFOOT — There were some scary moments for kids Wednesday afternoon at the Blackfoot Community Center when a fire across the street brought billows of smoke towards the Center, forcing an evacuation.
Center administrators quickly began calling parents alerting them to the fire and advising them that the smoke was intense. Approximately 35 students were picked up before the Code Red call came. With 52 students remaining, officers ordered them to evacuate.

September 22nd

Fire destroys Sartori storage building (with video)

September 23, 2010

BLACKFOOT –Downtown Blackfoot was covered in dense smoke Wednesday evening from a fire that destroyed a storage building for Sartori Foods.

The fire began at approximately 4:30 p.m. in a Quonset hut located on Ash Street across the street from the Sartori Foods manufacturing plant. Inside were packaging materials, cleaning chemicals and other unidentified materials.

Businesses and residences within a three-block radius of the fire were evacuated as thick smoke filled the streets and limited visibility for drivers on Judicial and Bridge streets.

Children Evacuated, Community Center closed Thursday

September 22, 2010

MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT -- Children at the Blackfoot Community Center were among the first citizens to be evacuated after a fire broke out at nearby Sartori Foods late Wednesday afternoon.
Ashlee Howell, executive director of the Blackfoot Community Center says the center will be closed Thursday while they assess damages. Center administrators will be in touch with parents as soon as possible.
Police took the children to Hawker Mortuary, which is several blocks away, until their parents could pick them up. Authorities used the Code Red reverse 911 system to contact many of the parents.

Portions of Blackfoot evacuated

September 22, 2010

MORNING NEWS
BLACKFOOT -- Blackfoot Police have evacuated several blocks of downtown after a fire broke out in Sartori Foods' wastewater facility.
Scanner traffic indicated that authorities were worried that chemicals in the building could igniite. Information indicated that the chemicals could produce dangerous gases if they caught fire.
The Morning News office and presses are in the center of the evacuated area. Check back on this Website for updated information.

Council hears concerns from citizens

September 22, 2010

BLACKFOOT — During their meeting Tuesday night, the Blackfoot City Council heard from residents who live on Wilson Avenue who are concerned about the sewer project currently underway on that street.
The residents are concerned with the manner in which the project is being completed—with problems involving dust, road access and deep holes. They also voiced concerns regarding the structure of the road once it will be repaved, noting width issues, draining concerns and the possibility of the edges of the road breaking off.

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