October 20th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees denied the charter request for the Idaho STEM Academy at their meeting Thursday and referred the decision to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The decision was unanimous.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said the decision was not unexpected.
"We'll move forward," he said. "We're confident we will be chartered."
Whether the charter high school, which will cater to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will be able to open next year is unclear.
CALDWELL â The High Country Conference champion Blackfoot Broncos opened their state tournament on Thursday afternoon as they tangled with Minico in the first round at Brothers Field on the campus of Caldwell High School.
In a game that seemed to be played almost entirely in the Spartans end of the field, Blackfoot was able to prevail and advance to the semi-finals with a hard fought 1-0 victory.
CALDWELL â The Snake River Panthers shook of a slow start with a second half romp as they opened the 3A state tournament with a convincing 5-3 win over Gooding on Thursday afternoon.
Playing at Vallivue High School the Panthers found themselves down 2-0 just eight minutes into the first round contest.
Geott C. Ferris, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at the Renaissance Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
The family will meet with friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Robert âBobâ Jay Wilkes, 83, of Springfield passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at his home.
Robert Jay Wilkes was born Nov. 24, 1927 to Julia Ann Preece and John Wilkes.Â Bob lived in Burley and later moved to Pocatello where he attended school.Â Bob married Donna Lou Barrett (deceased), together they had a son, Robert and a daughter Robin Ann.
Bob ran the Bargain Barn in Pocatello and then moved to Springfield to raise his race horses.Â He later married Jeroldine Holbrook.Â Together they owned and operated the Hitching Post Lounge for 40 years.Â
Jewel K. âKittyâ Bolinder, 62, of Firth passed away with her husband Terry by her side, Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 2011 at the University of Utah hospital from complications of multiple strokes.
Kitty was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Hawaii to James and Beatrice Sayles.Â She grew up and attended school in Hawaii, then went on to serve in the military as a nurse in her early adult years.
BLACKFOOT â Crop Production Services (CPS) has completed a two-year project in support of public education. Each year, CPS chooses a service project to benefit the community.
In 2010, the CPS crew first started spraying weeds for the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) construction site.
The CPS crew continued to kill weeds and hay to make a playground and planted grass in a three acre lot for that playground.
The Rockford brand of CPS donated the chemical and the application of specially blended grass seed needed to plant the lot.
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot Public Library is having a fall used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday in the basement of the library at 129 N. Broadway. Annick Kittleman, historian of the Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library, and Cathie Fields, president of Friends of the Library, hold some of the books that are for sale.
Beginning prices for books are 10 cent a copy; 25 cents for a bag and $2 for new books.
"We have something for everyone," said Fields. "If you buy anything, you must take home a book that is free."
BLACKFOOT â Shortly before the United Way kickoff in Bingham County, SEICAA program coordinator Bobette Jackson helped an individual in need.
"About 20 minutes ago I helped a gal with some diapers and baby wipes," Jackson said. "Without United Way dollars I couldn't have helped as much."
Representatives of United Way of Southeastern Idaho were at the SEICAA office on Wednesday spreading their agency's message as part of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.