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September 28th, 2010
BLACKFOOT â€” Two fires kept the Blackfoot Fire Department busy Sunday and Monday.
The first fire occurred at 10:05 a.m. at 342 E. 100 N. Sunday. The fire consumed approximately 500 tons of hay, sending smoke throughout Bingham County. The cause of the fire is unknown, but Capt. Dave Krumenacker said he believes the fire was unintentional and accidental. Total losses exceed $40,000. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the fire was still smoldering and the fire department continued to monitor its activity.
BLACKFOOT â€” While students at the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School will have a permanent school building next year, they will also get to enjoy grass and trees thanks to donations from a local business and area organizations.
The new school building is being constructed behind the existing school, which currently consists of modular buildings. The new school will have 11 classrooms, including a music room, media room, technology lab and a gymnasium. Now it will also have grass and trees.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot Community Center administrators are seeking the publicâ€™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.
â€śWe hope to get a variety of people interested and involved,â€ť Howell said.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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 issueâ€”$6.7 millionâ€”could be called and refinanced.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
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.
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.