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April 24th, 2014
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.
BLACKFOOT-Blackfoot High School student Kate Wheeler was chosen from 27 contestants to be Blackfoot's "Distinguished Young Woman" at the new "New York-New York" themed program at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Saturday night. As "Distinguished Young Woman" she earned a scholarship of $1,400.
There was indeed something "fishy" going on in Blackfoot Friday morning as Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) officials dropped 2,700 rainbow trout into Jensen Grove Lake for recreational fishing.
Paul Martin, IDFG fish culturist, said that the fish are a little disoriented when they're first dropped from the water tank into the lake but that they adapt after a few hours. He stressed that the fish are sterile so that they cannot cross breed with the native cutthroat.
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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.