The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-08-28T01:24:54-04:00 discuss economic development 2014-08-28T01:24:54-04:002014-08-28T01:24:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We want to be part of something that helps our future," said Tyler, the vice chairman of the tribal business council, as he opened the symposium on Wednesday."We have to help each other," Tyler said. "We need to be a team."His audience included business and community leaders from Bingham, Bannock and Power counties as well as a few tribal leaders."There's great opportunity around here," said Randy Thompson, the acting superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fort Hall office. "Right now is a really good time."John Regetz, the executive director of the Bannock Development Corporation, discussed efforts of his organization to bring businesses to Southeast Idaho. He also talked about ways to grow the economy by helping one another.Six Southeast Idaho counties are working regionally on a program called Executive Pulse. It identifies companies within industries to target for recruitment to the region.Tony Shay, the Tribes' economic development specialist, pointed out its members and businesses provide more than $300 million in financial benefit to Southeast Idaho."The reservation is not a black hole," noted Thompson. "It is full of really good people, a really good workforce."Alonzo Coby, the former chairman of the tribal business council, is now working with FFKR Architects of Salt Lake City, Utah. Members of that group provided a vision of ways the Tribes can build upon their facilities at exit 80 on Interstate 15. Those facilities currently include the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center and a casino."In Indian County, it is very important to start planning for the future," Coby said.The Tribes approved a master plan in 2010. FFKR presented some ideas of a multi-phased development at exit 80.Included in their ideas are moving the gas station closer to the freeway, building of a theater complex, a golf course and retail space."The key thing is working with the surrounding jurisdictions," Coby said. He pointed out that those communities could benefit from Fort Hall becoming a destination venue."Until we in our communities have a common goal, we're not going to be as successful," said Beverly Beach, a Blackfoot business owner. "The more economic development we have on the reservation, the more economic development we'll have in Bannock County, in Bingham County.""We have a lot of resources here," said Arnold Appeney, the Tribes' land use director. "It's a matter of putting together all the intricate details."Tyler, speaking of the inter-dependency of communities, noted that Fort Hall residents bring back numerous things — including clothing and vehicles — from their neighboring communities.American Falls Mayor Mark Beitia and members of his staff told the success story of their economic redevelopment of that city's downtown. "It began with a vision in 2008 and became a reality in 2014," said Kristen Jensen of the Great Rift Development Corporation. Eventually it involved over $4 million, most of which was grant money. She noted the tools American Falls officials used to bring their vision to fruition included a detailed plan, finding a funding source, political support and community support.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONTribes discuss economic development Blackfoot Morning spices awarding of bus contract2014-08-26T23:21:26-04:002014-08-26T23:21:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe board called the meeting to finalize the 2014-15 school transportation bids. The were reopened last month after Donavan Harrington, the owner of Idaho Falls-based Teton Stage Lines, appealed the board's decision denying him the routes even though his firm was the lowest bidder.The board cited a handful of contract violations as reasons for not initially awarding the routes to Teton Stage Lines.While Harrington contends he has taken care of all of the violations, that did not stop the noted "violations" from being a hot topic of controversy for the board in making its final decision.Trustee Derek Preece asked the district's transportation director Melissa Carrasco to help clarify the documented violations.While there were a variety of infractions in the past year school year, some reoccurring violations included "not having qualified drivers available to fill routes" and "not having adequate backup buses when needed."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEControversy spices awarding of bus contractBlackfoot Morning crosswalk now safer2014-08-25T23:20:49-04:002014-08-25T23:20:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsLast February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.The purchase of the new sign was a collaborative effort between the City of Blackfoot and the Idaho Transportation Department. City street superintendent Von Key said that the sign has a radio controlled flashing warning light that will turn on when pedestrians push a button before crossing the street."Pedestrians need to push the button on the pole (on either side of the street) before crossing - just like they do when crossing a city intersection. This will trigger the warning light to start flashing," he said.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETESchool crosswalk now saferBlackfoot Morning witnesses history first hand2014-08-25T13:43:47-04:002014-08-25T13:43:47-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe couple had grown up in Blackfoot, Idaho, and didn't know a lot of black people although they were now living in Washington, D.C. There Henry had met Glen Roane, like him a contract negotiator who purchased underwater ordinance for the Polaris submarine. Roane was black and had grown up in Viriginia."As time passed I learned he had received his law degree in 1957 and had taught in high school and carpentered until 1961, when pressure from the civil rights movement enabled him to secure a professional job," Miles wrote in an unpublished memoir. Miles learned that he and his co-worker, who was becoming his friend, had more in common than in difference. Eventually their paths diverged, but each man had learned something from the other. Over the years Miles examined the LDS Church's stance on blacks and the priesthood.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONCouple witnesses history first handBlackfoot Morning man recalls WWII2014-08-25T00:38:58-04:002014-08-25T00:38:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I turned to my buddy and said, 'there's room for two more and we climbed in," Clark recalled recently."When we were climbing the nets onto the boat after that, the general asked, 'did we get them all?' He was told we had left about 350."Those guys were later involved in a big battle and many were killed, Clark recalled.The flash of inspiration that led him to ignore the sailor and climb into the landing craft, "was a blessing to me," Clark said. "There's a good chance I wouldn't have been here."Now in his 95th year, Clark served in Philippines and in Japan before returning home in 1946. He barbered with his brother James for 20 years, worked alone for another 40 and retired in 2000. His son, Robert, took over the barber shop on Pacific Street and is still there.Clark, who was born and raised near where he lives, remains active. He serves in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and can be seen with friends at local events.Clark had other blessings during the war, he said. Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONBlackfoot man recalls WWIIBlackfoot Morning 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