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April 30th, 2014
Sierra Whitehead graduated from juvenile drug court on Wednesday.
"I was impressed when Sierra said, 'I have earned this,'" said juvenile drug court Judge Dane Watkins.
"We have obstacles, challenges that we need to overcome; they make us stronger," he said.
Watkins said he likes riding bicycles up mountains. There is a sense of accomplishment when he pushes to the top.
Like riding a bike up mountains or graduating from drug court, "There are some struggles along the way, some obstacles, some issues to be worked through," said Judge Watkins. "And here you areâ€”graduating.
Longtime Blackfoot school teacher Melissa Hunt was among four Idaho teachers to receive a grant for $2,500 and to be honored by Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter on Tuesday. The event at Tyhee Elementary School in Chubbuck was through the Farmers Insurance "Thank A Million Teachers" program. Hunt teaches first grade at I.T. Stoddard Elementary School. The other three teachers were Sandy Andrus, Linda Empey and Shelley Hardenbrook, all teachers at Tyhee Elementary School.
It was all about farming and the importance of agriculture at A.W. Johnson Elementary School on Monday as students experienced various
farm and agricultural related activities at the "Farmer For A Day" event sponsored by the Farm Bureau Federation and Firth High School FFA.
Outside the students had hands on fun with a variety of farm animals such as goats, cows, chickens and rabbits. The hens even laid a few eggs in their pen while they were at the school - helping to make the point "that eggs come from poultry," not from a carton at the grocery store.
FORT HALL-The good news spread like wildfire via social media Saturday night following the announcement that Shoshone-Bannock Queen Taylor Thomas of Fort Hall was crowned Miss Indian World at the "Gathering of Nations" Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas, 21, who is currently studying political science at Idaho State University, was chosen from 23 young Native American woman. She will serve as a cultural "goodwill ambassador" for the "Gathering of Nations" to educate and demonstrate Native American Culture around the world. She plans to eventually specialize in Indian law.
Boy Scout Matthew Blight of Troop 207 has worked the past two or three months in preparation for Arbor Day. Planting a dozen trees on the south end of the soccer field completed the project requirement for his Eagle Scout award.
Blight, his family, fellow scouts, 35 students from the Blackfoot Community Center, the Blackfoot Parks and Recreation crew and Mayor Paul Loomis helped to plant trees on Friday.
"It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day," said Blight. "His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever.
THOMAS â€” Jake Ballentine, a professional singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, spoke to students at Snake River Junior High and High School about believing in themselves and being kind to others.
During the high school assembly, Ballentine played a couple original songs on his guitar about "being O.K. with the things that make you different, and celebrating what makes everyone else different."
The preliminary hearing for Jack York, the former Information Technology (IT) director at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) on the felony charge of grand theft was dismissed by Bingham County Magistrate Judge Scott Hansen on Wednesday.
"I am not going to find probable cause to bind him over [to district court]," said Judge Hansen. "My gut feeling is that Mr. York probably did this, but this court does not operate on gut feelings.
"It operates on substantial evidence on every material element," he said.
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The fourth graders at Groveland Elementary each received a spruce tree start from the Central Bingham Conservation District on Tuesday.
Arbor Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of April.
In the southern part of the country, it's celebrated earlier in the year; in the north (like Alaska) it's celebrated later in the year, said Kerry Christiansen, administrative assistant of the Central Bingham Conservation District.
In a press release, the Snake River School District Board of Trustees announced its decision in the Elaine Asmus matter on Monday.
"Specifically, the Board has determined that Ms. Asmus' teaching contract should be renewed, provided that Ms. Asmus will be placed on probation for a period of one full school year on account of several violations of Board Policies and the Idaho Code of Professional Ethics for Professional Educators.
THOMAS â€“ Kaeley Shawver is the newest Distinguished Young Woman of Snake River.
She won $3,600 worth of scholarships, including $300 in each of these categories--Scholastic, Interview, Talent, Fitness and Self Expression. She also won $2,100 for being named Snake Riverâ€™s DYW.
First Alternate Savannah Williams won scholarships totaling $2,700. This amount includes the $300 she won in the categories of Scholastic, Interview and Talent, plus $1,800 for being named First Alternate.