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April 17th, 2014
This is National Telecommunications Recognition Week. To honor the countyâ€™s dispatchers, the Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s office provided lunch on Wednesday for the 14 dispatchers, two of whom are part-time.
The dispatchers also have received flowers and small gifts throughout the week.
Lead dispatcher Katie Bisharat has been a Bingham County dispatcher for 19 years.
â€śIt is a very rewarding profession,â€ť she said. â€śThere is a high turnover rate everywhere.
The average length of a dispatcherâ€™s tenure is not past 10 years, said Bisharat.
ROCKFORD â€” Sixth grade math teachers and one second grade teacher enthusiastically reported on their test drive of the Star Enterprise Math Program to the Snake River Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
The Star Enterprise Math Program is an accelerated math program that is aligned to the common core, vertically and horizontally, said sixth grade math teacher Carol Adams. Adams headed up piloting this program for the last couple months.
"Star Enterprises bridges assessment and instruction," she said. "The testing helps the teacher personalize math to their students."
Some "out of the box" ideas were offered to Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis and the Blackfoot City Council on how to contend with the city's "train problem" at a town hall meeting held in Blackfoot on Tuesday night.
About 60 concerned citizens attended the meeting called by Loomis as the city prepares to apply for a Tiger Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation in hopes of getting $1 million to have a feasibility study done on what can be done to work around the trains that have been aggravating residents for years.
On Monday dignitaries turned the first shovelsful of dirt for a meat-processing plant which will eventually employ 200 people near Shelley.
"We're going to start turning dirt in the next two or three days," said Bryce Esplin, CEO of Golden Valley Natural. "We anticipate completion in April of next year."
Golden Valley Natural is a producer of organic meat snacks based in Idaho Falls. It currently employs 270 people. The 200,000 square foot facility in Shelley will employ an additional 200 people.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Dozens of people from all over gathered to attend Jessie Woodland's funeral at Hawker Funeral Home on Saturday morning.
According to Jessie's aunt, Tammy Cobbley, Jessie planned everything about her funeral. "We asked her if she wanted us to party or do something serious to celebrate her life and she said she wanted it all - which is exactly how she lived her life," said Cobbley.
Jessie's battle with gastric cancer has touched the hearts of many in our community and has brought us all together to help rally on her and her family's behalf.
Dozens of young children and their escorts became princesses courtesy of the A Capella class at Snake River High School on Saturday.
"Being able to take my granddaughters to this is just so wonderful. They absolutely love it! We look forward to it every year," said Paula Parks.
A Capella students dressed up as Disney princesses and princes to host a tea party, a puppet show, dancing, singing, princess charm school, nail painting, crown making and more.
"I think my favorite part is the crown making," said Reese Adakai.
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Blackfoot High School student Taylor Smiddy has been selected to dance at the final Utah Jazz regular season home game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday. Smiddy will dance with a group of other high school aged dancers, most of whom are from Utah, in this special halftime performance.
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Books, books and more books! The "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" are holding their spring book sale on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the basement of the Blackfoot Public Library.
The volunteer group "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" hold a book sale in the spring and fall to raise money for the library. Thousands of books of all kinds - on nearly every subject imaginable - are donated throughout the year and sold for as low as 25 cents per book. Some of the books are even free.
BLACKFOOT â€” Employee representatives of Blackfoot's Basic American Foods plant and manager Brent Higginson presented a check for $11,500 to the Community Dinner Table on Wednesday.
That donation, and an announcement there's a possibility the organization will soon have a building of its own for storage were the highlights of its recognition dinner.
"You do the right things for the right reasons," Bingham County commissioner Ladd Carter told those assembled.
After 14 hours of testimony, the due process hearing for Snake River High School science Asmus has concluded.
The hearing started on Friday and lasted from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. that evening. The hearing resumed Monday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 11:50 p.m.
The defense started presenting its case at 8:40 p.m. on Friday.
Teachers were called and expressed their opinions that Elaine is a good teacher and works well with students and many colleagues.