The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-30T23:50:22-04:00 shares insights with Cub Scouts2014-07-30T23:50:22-04:002014-07-30T23:50:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis answered the boys' questions during a meeting in the city council chambers, then shared a lunch with them, some parents and siblings. The Blackfoot Elks Lodge sponsored the lunch.Loomis began with an explanation of the workings of city government. He asked the boys about the recent issue of "should we allow dogs in the city cemetery?"After his presentation, the boys voted 3-1 to forbid dogs there, much as the city council had done.Loomis also outlined the roles of many city departments. He then asked how much the city's bill from Idaho Power is each month. Seth Waters guessed $7,500. The actual amount is $35,000.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONMayor shares insights with Cub ScoutsBlackfoot Morning band to perform at celebration concert2014-07-29T23:42:14-04:002014-07-29T23:42:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe band members will dedicate the CD to the late Keith Tarpley of Blackfoot, who helped start the band in 2012. Tarpley, was electrocuted two years in a Groveland canal - an accident that also claimed the lives of his future daughter-in-law Jackie Poulson and his friend Lance Hicks. The band's manager Jodee Blackburn said, "Bob Blackburn, Keith Tarpley and Stacy Ritchie originally formed the band and started performing at venues throughout Southeast Idaho. After just a few performances, Keith's tragic death brought HiWay 91 to an end just as they were getting started."While the band broke up following Tarpley's death, the remaining members eventually pulled it back together. The guys decided that their music must go on and they auditioned new lead singers for the yet unnamed band. Devin Bodkin of Blackfoot was ultimately signed on as the band's lead singer and the group decided to revive the name HiWay 91 in honor of Tarpley."Devin had been a longtime friend and had been learning and writing music with Bob," said Jodee. "[Devin] is an amazing songwriter and the band has been performing his songs." Jodee, who describes the band's music as 'alternative country' said the performers kept hearing from the public that "they should make a CD."So, after many long hours of perfecting their music, the band completed a CD in Boise earlier this spring.Blackfoot, IDLLocal band to perform at celebration concertBlackfoot Morning TRENDING (VIDEO): Peyton Manning dancing at practice - KTNV2014-07-29T15:14:17-04:002014-07-29T15:14:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="1" style="width:425px;height:320px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26464010" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div> Blackfoot, IDNo author availableNOW TRENDING (VIDEO): Peyton Manning dancing at practice - KTNVBlackfoot Morning airport schedules weekend airshow2014-07-28T23:14:56-04:002014-07-28T23:14:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We have really stepped it up this year. We want to offer an event that will expose the community to the airport environment," said Pocatello's airport manager, David Allen. "This will be an exciting "open house" type of event with something for everyone."The air show will feature the MiG Fury Fighters as the headliner from 1-2 p.m. While the air show is free, there will be other aviation opportunities at minimal costs including helicopter discovery flights for $35, airplane discover flights for $25 and "vintage aircraft flights" starting at $250.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEPocatello airport schedules weekend airshowBlackfoot Morning VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see owner2014-07-28T16:52:20-04:002014-07-28T16:52:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableTRENDING VIDEO: Dog passes out from excitement to see ownerBlackfoot Morning distance bike ride in honor of track coach concludes 2014-07-28T00:05:26-04:002014-07-28T00:05:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsPoulson was tragically electrocuted two years ago in the Groveland area. Her future father-in-law Keith Tarpley and friend Lance Hicks also died in the accident.The duo, both ISU alumni, started on the their journey from Coeur d'Alene two weeks ago to raise money for the Jackie Poulson Memorial Scholarship Fund (a fund formed to directly aid ISU track and field students).About 50 bicyclists that included Poulson's fiancee'  Kyle Tarpley (and nine of his nieces and nephews), her mother Deb Poulson-Bailey, friends and even people who had never met Poulson before, met Mulick and Parkinson in Blackfoot on Saturday morning for the final trek into Pocatello.Mulick and Parkinson, who had never taken on a long distance bike ride before, reflected on their experience upon reaching their destination.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETELong distance bike ride in honor of track coach concludes Blackfoot Morning Catholic priest officially installed as church pastor of two parishes 2014-07-25T21:51:01-04:002014-07-25T21:51:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I am honored and excited," said Gonzalez. "This means that the bishop believes that I have done a good job and he has entrusted the parishes to me." In reciting from the ceremonial script, Gonzalez exclaimed, "As your pastor, I pledge to always be a loving father, a gentle shepherd and teacher of the people to lead them to Christ."Deacon Jeff Powers said he thinks it's wonderful that Gonzalez will be the pastor, saying, "I love it. It gives stability to our church."Parishioner Bobbie Dahlquist agreed, adding, "I am so excited. It has been a long time since we have had a pastor at our church."Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gonzalez said he has "wanted to be a priest since he was a little boy."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETELocal Catholic priest officially installed as church pastor of two parishes Blackfoot Morning Castle sold to BCCLC 2014-07-25T00:11:08-04:002014-07-25T00:11:08-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Castle Pre-School and Day Care will be open through Thursday, July 31. BCCLC will take over ownership on Friday, Aug. 1. "The school needed more room," said BCCLC administrator Fred Ball. "I approached Shelly [Boyd, owner of the Castle Pre-School and Day Care], to ask if she would be willing to negotiate. This will releave the space concerns we have for the present." "It was a hard decision," said Castle owner Shelly Boyd. "I went back a forth [about the decision]." Last Monday, she decided to sell. Monday evening she started to call her parents [of the pre-schoolers and day care children]. "I wouldn't consider selling to anyone else," said Boyd. "I have been here [at the Castle] eight years," she said. "My husband and I built the building. "I have worked really hard to build up my business," said Boyd. "This was the best year I've ever had. "I have been working in daycare/pre-school for 21 years total so I think I'll take one year off and then, probably, start another pre-school," she said. "I'll miss the kids and all the hugs." "This is the ideal situation for us," said Ball. "This is a win all the way around." Plans to add two more classrooms to the Castle are underway. The kitchen will become a faculty workroom. "The air conditioning is fantastic," said Boyd. Future plans include building a connector between the two buildings. "The two buildings will make up one school but they will operate as two small schools, each with grades K-5," Ball said. "Each building will have its own library." Jonathan Braack has been hired as the assistant principal. He will be the administrator of the east campus (BCCLC). Ball will be the administrator of the west campus (the Castle). "We want to maintain a small school atmosphere; a small school feel," said Ball. "It's a different environment; a different culture." So far, the number of registered students at BCCLC is 336 for the fall. School begins on Monday, Aug. 18. "We have a plan in place for growth," said Ball. "Now that we have space, we have asked the Idaho Public Charter School Committee for permission to increase the number of students we can accept." Registration for this upcoming school year is Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6 and 7, at BCCLC. The Castle is planning a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEThe Castle sold to BCCLC Blackfoot Morning legal fees in Asmus case over $50K2014-07-23T22:35:41-04:002014-07-23T22:35:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Snake River District budgeted $8,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, said business manager Chris Nelson. Much of that money went to conduct hearings into the case of Elaine Asmus, a science teacher who was charged with harassment following a disagreement with another teacher in January. When she was not offered a contract for the 2014-2015 school year, Asmus sought a public hearing. She received substantial support from many former students and school patrons and got the hearing she sought. Following the hearing, board trustees offered her a contract, but put her on probation for a year. They also required her to sign her contract by June 30. Instead of doing so, she filed a grievance. Neither the board nor Asmus have revealed the details of that grievance. From March through July, legal bills were received from the law firm of Blaser and Oleson (now, Blaser, Oleson and Lloyd, Chartered) in Blackfoot; the Marotz Law Firm in Idaho Falls and the law firm of Holden, Kidwell, Hahn and Crapo in Idaho Falls. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESR legal fees in Asmus case over $50KBlackfoot Morning 55 to re-bid bus routes2014-07-23T00:23:48-04:002014-07-23T00:23:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe district cited "contract violations" as the reason for not initially choosing Teton Stage Lines. At last week's school board meeting, Harrington said the "violations have been taken care," and he asked the board to amend its decision and grant Teton Stage Lines the 10 bus routes.Blackfoot School District superintendent Chad Struhs consulted with the district's attorney who advised the district to go ahead and "rebid" the routes, adding that, "there was confusion in the guidelines and the 'points of appeal' were not clear.""The original bids, (the motion and approval) had to do with violations," Struhs explained. "We understand that issues do arise. We are asking that (in rebidding) that any violations are noted - how they were remedied and the amount of time it took to remedy the issues.""While low bids play an an important part in our decision-making, we have to look at the whole component...the entire package," Struhs added.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEDistrict 55 to re-bid bus routesBlackfoot Morning