The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-22T22:48:12-04:00 teachers can earn leadership awards2014-08-22T22:48:12-04:002014-08-22T22:48:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee. State Representative Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree), who serves on the House Education Committee, was instrumental in establishing the bill approving the $15.9 million in leadership awards across the state.Blackfoot School District business manager Brian Kress, who served on the leadership award plan committee with teachers and administrators, presented the program to the board of trustees on Thursday. Kress explained that every teacher in the district who chooses to participate can earn the dollars (which lawmakers call premiums) in units of $850 each. Participants can be awarded a maximum of seven award premiums]. The leadership duties must be designated and approved by the local board of trustees and the district's established guidelines.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBSD teachers can earn leadership awardsBlackfoot Morning School Board assesses flood damage2014-08-22T00:14:21-04:002014-08-22T00:14:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsStruhs addressed the flood damage that the district incurred at the school board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that "several buildings were flooded" from the storm.Stuhs said that water poured off the back side of the building and into the gym, warping part of the floor. Workers have sanded and re-stripped the damaged part of the floor and that "the warpage has gone back into place.""Twenty-three (GCA) custodians were in the building when it hit. They were able to salvage quite a bit." he said. "Had they not been there, we could've lost a larger portion of the floor or the entire floor."Struhs said that the damage done cost the district its insurance deductible of $2,500. Had the gym floor been completely damaged, it could've cost the district around $200,000 to replace.The gym floor should be ready for use by Sept. 8. As a preventative measure, the district will look into putting in another drain.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBlackfoot School Board assesses flood damageBlackfoot Morning food wanted2014-08-21T01:26:02-04:002014-08-21T01:26:02-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"There's always an ongoing need for food; and recipients at the food pantry really appreciate the fresh produce, because many of them don't have gardens," Ronda Cheatham said.Cheatham said that summertime, in particular, is a tough time for families with kids, adding, "There are no school meals and kids go through the food in the house a lot faster."Cheatham encourages those who are cleaning out their cupboards or cleaning out the home of someone who has passed away to donate good canned or dried food items and unopened hygiene products."A lot of people in this area have a great amount of food storage and when they pass on, it just gets thrown out," said Cheatham. "If you're not going to use, don't toss it, donate it."Blackfoot's Community Food Bank is a joint effort of the Bingham County Senior Citizens Center, Community Dinner Table and the Idaho Food Bank.Food donations are accepted weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center at 20 E. Pacific St.The food is distributed to those who need it on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center. Recipients are allowed two food pickups per month.Blackfoot, IDLiSA LETEMore food wantedBlackfoot Morning owners to see tax increase2014-08-20T00:32:34-04:002014-08-20T00:32:34-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsAfter listening to public comment, city leaders implemented one idea offered by regional economist and Dan Cravenss of Blackfoot. At the request of Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, Cravens ( who ran against Loomis for mayor last year) offered some budget recommendations to the city. Cravens suggested that since the street department has about $1.3 million in projected carryover, that tax relief could be achieved, in part, by eliminating the street levy for two years. Cravens estimated that the savings in 2015 would be about half the dollar amount of the currently proposed property tax. The council voted 3-1 (with councilman Chris Jensen voting no) to keep the carryover funds in street department fund as "a cushion" and that "zero dollars" will be taken from the street department as tax revenue. It's estimated that this will decrease the projected tax levy increase from 4.2 to about 3.8 percent. This is the first time in six years that the city has taken a tax increase.Loomis, who was scolded by Blackfoot resident George Hames for raising taxes after only four months in office, maintains that the tax increase is necessary due to hefty increases particularly in utility costs and health insurance." Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEProperty owners to see tax increaseBlackfoot Morning's officers investigating homicide2014-08-20T00:29:24-04:002014-08-19T11:17:50-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsAbout 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, sheriff deputies were dispatch to 1954 West Tabor Road for a male subject with a gunshot wound. When the officers arrived, they found Miguel Davalos, a 21-year-old Hispanic who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Bingham County/Blackfoot Detectives are currently investigating this as a homicide. No name of a suspect has been released. Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said he does not believe the public is in danger. He anticipates there will be more information this morning. Blackfoot, IDNo author availableSheriff's officers investigating homicideBlackfoot Morning hit Shelley school2014-08-18T23:55:35-04:002014-08-18T23:55:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsIt is thought three individuals gained entrance to the school on Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening. "All the fire extinguishers were set off and they trashed the place," said Special Education Director Jeff Brandt. "Sixty to 100 fluorescent bulbs were broken; glass was all over the place." The vandals also upended 50-gallon jugs of water for the water cooler. A fine dust from the fire extinguishers covered the halls and rooms. Because of the dust, police were able to identify the footprints of three individuals, at least the sole prints of their shoes. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEVandals hit Shelley schoolBlackfoot Morning celebration draws a crowd2014-08-17T23:22:57-04:002014-08-17T23:22:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThere were food booths serving up traditional Mexican food, treats, live music, dancing, games and an overall festive feeling in the air. It was one that could take not take the smile off the face of grandmother Rosie Gomez of American Falls as she watched her five grandchildren (ranging in ages from 3 to 15) laughing and playing."I come to enjoy the food, hear the music. I love to watch the cousins play together," she said. "The grandkids don't get together often enough to play and enjoy each other."Her husband Joseph agreed, joking, "I just came to eat! But we love to see everyone laughing and smiling."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETECatholic celebration draws a crowdBlackfoot Morning IT director enters Alford plea2014-08-15T23:52:12-04:002014-08-15T23:52:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsYork entered an Alford plea to Count 1: Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Electronic or Oral Communications, a felony, a violation of Idaho Code § 18-66702(1)(a), as set forth in the Grand Jury Indictment filed June 19, 2013. In an Alford plea, the defendant maintains his/her innocence but agrees that a jury would probably find him/her guilty. Defense Attorney Anne Taylor advised the court of the state's agreement to dismiss counts II and III of wire tapping in exchange for the defendant's Alford Plea of guilty to Count 1. Deputy Attorney General Krista Howard, representing the state, acknowledged its agreement with the defendant recitation of the terms of the plea agreement. The charges against York stem from the accusation that York set up devices to record phone calls in a doctor's office at BMH in 2009 and 2010. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEEx-BMH IT director enters Alford pleaBlackfoot Morning Street construction may be done by Fair Week2014-08-14T22:53:59-04:002014-08-14T22:53:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe summertime road project, which has been underway for over two months now, is a much needed overhaul of the worn out and "pot-hole riddled" Ash Street from Francis to Grant streets.Workers are currently doing what is called, "blue top," the final step in the road grading process. City of Blackfoot street superintendent Vaughn Key said that "paving is scheduled to start next Thursday."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEAsh Street construction may be done by Fair WeekBlackfoot Morning members get INL update2014-08-13T23:00:10-04:002014-08-13T23:00:10-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I was excited to hear they are hiring again," Stombaugh said after hearing Amy Lientz, a communications specialist at the INL, during Wednesday's Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.Lientz gave an update of happenings at "the site" and related facilities. "There are a lot of exciting activities going on, Lientz said. After a year of economic struggles in 2013, the INL has 200 openings. It currently has 4,000 employees. And that doesn't count the 2,000 who work for the contractors involved in cleanup activities.Lientz pointed out that the INL and its contractors do $1 billion in business with companies throughout Eastern Idaho among the beneficiaries.INL's mission is four-fold with research and development in energy, environment, national security and homeland security."Those (last) two things are growing like crazy," Lientz said."We do what businesses and universities can't do, don't do or shouldn't do," Lientz said.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONChamber members get INL updateBlackfoot Morning