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May 4th, 2011
IDAHO FALLS â Several Bingham County students received scholarships at the 2011 Hispanic Youth Symposium last week in Sun Valley.
Scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Treasurer Janice Lawes (left) and Tanna Beal display some of the toys that were collected for children in Haiti. In two weeks, employees in the Bingham County Courthouse and Heinz Frozen Food in Pocatello contributed enough toys to fill two 55-gallon barrels. Some of the items that filled the drums included jump ropes, jacks, bats and balls, baby dolls, games, books and some gently used items.
"I told people to go as basic as you can get," Beal said.
THOMAS â During two days this week, Wednesday and today, some of the 1,000 elementary students visiting the Ag Expo at Snake River High School (SRHS) will get their first look and touch of agriculture.
The elementary students are from Irving Kindergarten Center in Blackfoot and kindergartners and first graders from Moreland Elementary.
Sponsoring the Ag Expo are SRHS students who are members of Future Farmers of America (FFA).
âThe goal of the Ag Expo is to show kids where their food comes from and to show them the agriculture way of life,â said SRHS Ag teacher Justin Patten.
BLACKFOOT â Several talented performers will take the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Friday during the second annual Bingham's Got Talent.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. The event is organized by the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church's Relay team, Angels Among Us.
GROVELAND â Seven-year-old Paige Turner welcomed her first grade classmates from Groveland Elementary to her Make-a-Wish playhouse Tuesday.
When Paige made her choice of a playhouse, she said, "I'd never seen one before; I didn't know you could fit in it."
Paige's two-story playhouse features a fireplace, kitchen area and steps up to the second floor. From the second floor, Paige and her friends can stand on a porch and a slide descends to the ground from a window.
The playhouse arrived in three pieces last Wednesday.
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Emergency Management Services Director Craig Rowland welcomed county, school district, city, fire, police and weather service officials to a flood planning meeting Tuesday in the basement of the Blackfoot fire department.
Under discussion was planning for the potential flood season.
The weather patterns are similar to those in 1997, said hydrologist Troy Lindquist from the NOAA National Weather Service in Pocatello. The last county-wide flooding in Bingham County occurred in 1997.
"There's the potential for a decent amount of rain," Lindquist said.
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot City Council approved the release of retroactive merit pay raises for eligible city employees during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.
After a brief review, Mayor Mike Virtue said the city's budget is in good shape and most departments have spent less than 50 percent of their budget.
"We're in excellent shape," Virtue said.
Employees who were eligible for merit raises during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will receive a 3 percent merit increase for this year. The council decided to withhold merit raises until a mid-year budget review.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Spc. Jason Turner, a member of Company Golf, 3rd
Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th
Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a Blackfoot native, does not
ponder the merits of a good work ethic very long.
After all, he already knows what the right ingredients are to put in a hard day of work. He learned that work ethic early and then sharpened it while he worked for his father at his shop in Blackfoot.
"You judge success by the quality of work that gets done, not by how much but by how good it is," said the 19-year-old.
SHOW LOW, Ariz. â A woman police say is from Blackfoot was arrested in Arizona Sunday after she was found driving a stolen vehicle of a murdered woman near the Mexico border.
Gabriela Maldonado, a 21-year-old female, was detained at the border crossing April 30 driving a stolen 2006 Hummer and was arrested for auto theft, according to Show Low Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe.
Talk about timing.
The Blackfoot High School (BHS) We the People team was only a few miles from the White House on Sunday when they heard that terrorist Osama bin Laden, mastermind of 9-11, had been killed.
"Sunday night, we had returned from a dance when the We the People Idaho state coordinator called to say, 'Get down to the White House,' said Mitch Jensen, BHS We the People competitor.
"We crowded into our coach's room to watch the television and hear President [Barack] Obama's address," he said. "We were all excited, wondering if [the news of bin Laden's death] was true.