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July 8th, 2011
Eight students from Blackfoot and Mountain View Middle School science teacher Alan Southern were at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday morning to see the final launch of the space shuttle.
These nine Blackfoot adventurers are part of the Idaho Space Grant Consortium that was awarded a NASA grant as part of NASA's Summer of Innovation Projects. Eighty students and 20 chaperones from Idaho traveled to Florida to see the launch.
Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 9:29 a.m. MDT Friday.
POCATELLO â€”Elected officials from cities and counties surrounding the Fort Hall Indian Reservation met with officials from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes for the first time in five months Friday to discuss moving forward.
The group includes the mayors of Pocatello and Chubbuck, county commissioners from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties and representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
IDAHO FALLS â€” One of two men charged in connection with the shooting death of a Firth man in March pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated assault.
Jayson B. Burns, 22, was arrested March 22 by the Idaho Falls Police in connection to the shooting of Anthony "A.J." Camp, 24, of Firth. In exchange for his guilty plea, Bonneville County Prosecutors dismissed a second count of aggravated assault and weapons enhancements on both charges, Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Bruce Pickett said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Snake River in Blackfoot is expected to rise two feet in two days, once again surpassing flood stage and approaching 11 feet by Saturday.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Snake River through this weekend. The Snake River, currently measuring 8.8 feet, will rise to 10 feet by noon Friday and 11 feet by 2 p.m. Saturday.
BLACKFOOT â€” About 50 people attended the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) hearing Wednesday night to discuss the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
One point of order came about when it was pointed out that P&Z have issued two final drafts. The older version states it was last printed on April 22, 2011. The newer version is dated June 7, 2011.
The dates would be of no consequence, however, the final drafts are different.
Under section 5.2.49 Wind Turbines, the April draft has number 9 that states, "[Wind turbines are] Limited to no more than two (2) wind turbine per parcel."
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Jesse Smith needed an Eagle Project and Kenn Condon had just the thing. Smith joined forces with Condon to help organize a helmet give away that will take place at the Safety Fair during Pride Days.
Condon says the Safety Fair is really an event within an event.
"Our intent is to be able to replicate everything Jesse is doing this year into the Safety Fair in years to come."
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $92,000 in the 2012 fiscal year for unpaid invoices from 2003. The City Council approved the amount during their meeting Tuesday.
The outstanding invoices are from the upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, which was completed in 2003. The City of Blackfoot worked with various agencies including the EPA to fund the project.
An audit by the EPA in 2008 found the city owed more than $1 million to the agency for the project. After further review, that figure was reduced to $92,658.
BLACKFOOT â€” On a far corner of the State Hospital South grounds, well away from the public face of the facility, a dozen large trees stand sentinel.
Their branches stretch toward the sky, their leaves providing a tiny bit of shade.
A small sign declares "State Hospital South Cemetery, established 1886." A larger sign at the entrance awaits words. Two metals benches and a couple of small trees are new.
Few people know who is buried here. Fewer still know their stories.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator for State Hospital South, and members of her staff hope to change that.
FIRTH â€“ Ford and Carol Call have been flying a flag at their home for 12 to 13 years.
â€śIâ€™ve always liked a flag,â€ť Call said. â€śI served in the Philippines and as part of the occupation forces in Japan during and after World War II.â€ť
Call served in the U. S. Army.
â€śIn later years, I decided to put up a flag and a flag pole,â€ť he said.
The pole is surplus from Utah Power and Light. To make it taller, Call welded some scrap pipe on the top. The pole stands 47-feet tall.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Jeremiah Baird already knows what the Fourth of July will be like in his hometown of Dayton, Idaho.
â€śWe always have a parade in our little town,â€ť he said.
Baird, a member of Golf Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered out of Idaho Falls, wonâ€™t be there to see the parade first-hand this year, but he might get to view the event anyway thanks to technology.
â€śOur house is right on the main road where they push the parade past. My parents will try to Skype me during the parade,â€ť he said.