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March 21st, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Former Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue offers some insight on the economics of small towns in the new book: "The Economic Viability of Micropolitan America" by Gerald L. Gordon. Virtue, a two-term mayor, retired in January following the swearing-in of Blackfoot's new mayor Paul Loomis.
The book, published December 2013 by CRC Press, contains nearly 100 case studies of small towns, their history, successes and failures, and the economic challenges that small towns face today. The book features a profile of Blackfoot and an interview with Virtue, who was serving as mayor at the time.
Members of the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School board corrected a violation of open meeting law during a special meeting on Wednesday. That violation occurred on March 12.
During Wednesday's meeting, board members Gary Larsen, acting chair Kelly Moulton, Bryan Barclay and Steve Elliott voted unanimously to declare the violation.
The board members then declared a vacancy on the board and filled it.
Becki Adams was elected unanimously.
A Blackfoot woman and two of her children are safe after officers from Fort Hall Fish and Game found them inside a cabin on the reservation Tuesday.
On Monday the Bingham County Sheriff's office was notified that Sarah Hjelm and two of her children were missing.
At that time, an attempt to locate was issued for the vehicle that Hjelm was driving.
Through the investigation, officers learned that no one had heard from her or the children since Sunday around 12:30 p.m.
Two of the original wooden beveled glass doors, that once opened to travelers at the stone train depot in the early 1900's (now the Idaho Potato Museum and Blackfoot Chamber), have been given new life as display cases, thanks to the handiwork of local cabinetmaker and businessman Mason Sandow.
Sandow, who owns MHS Custom Cabinets, has built a career cabinet-building. It is a skill he has honed since he was a woodworking student at Blackfoot High School five years ago, winning a national championship cabinetmaking competition.
Violinist Cindrie Lowder, a senior at Aberdeen High School, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City at the beginning of February.
Twelve hundred young adults from six countries applied to perform in the "2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall."
The applicants were narrowed down to 200 in the choir; 100 in the band and 100 in the orchestra.
"I met a lot of kids and made a lot of new friends," said Cindrie Lowder.
"We practiced from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three days," she said.
Come enjoy an evening of singing, dancing, color and entertainment at the Snake River High School auditorium.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opens tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium and runs through Saturday. There is no show on Wednesday.
Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or by calling Sheila Van Orden at 681-4902.
Over 60 students make up this cast. They have been practicing since January.
Senior Jacob Seamons plays Adam Pontipee in this musical production. Seamons played Jacob Marley in the musical, â€śScrooge.â€ť
THOMAS â€” Inventors in Snake River schools are alive and well.
Snake River students won more than one-third of the ribbons available to third through sixth graders at Invent Idaho. Parents took the projects to Coeur d'Alene for the state competition last Saturday.
"[Snake River] dominated the competition," said parent John Warren.
There are five categories in the Invent idaho competition. These are: Adaptations, Gadgets & Games, Jules Verne, Non-Working Models and Working Models.
Blackfoot High School's [BHS] - seven-time state champions - We The People competitive government team was honored and presented with a $500 check from the City of Blackfoot at Thursday's school board meeting.
BHS government teacher Holly Kartchner has led the students to victory the past seven years and the team is now preparing to travel to Washington D.C. for the national competition where they will answer intense questions about government and the U.S. Constitution.
Blackfoot police chief Kurt Asmus recently discussed potential upgrades to crosswalks in response to the concerns expressed in a letter to the editor by Madison Thompson.
"There have been a couple of accidents in crosswalks within the last six months," said Asmus.
City officials have been working with the Blackfoot School District to improve the lighting in the area of the Blackfoot High School crosswalk, the chief said.
Voters passed the supplemental levies for school districts in Bingham County on Tuesday.
Aberdeen School District voters approved a two-year supplemental levy for $675,000. The unofficial election results were 107 for; 67 against. The percentage of people voting in favor of this supplemental is 61.494 percent. Â
The breakdown by precinct was:
â€˘ Aberdeen 15â€”63 votes for the levy; 27 against. The total number of voters in the precinct was 90.
â€˘ Springfield/Sterling 16â€”38 for; 27 against. The total number of voters in the precinct was 65.