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April 15th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's legislators had plenty to consider during the recently completed session of the state legislature. Trying to wrap up their accomplishments isn't an easy task.
But Sen. Steve Bair and Reps. Dennis Lake tried to do so for those who participated in the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce's legislative breakfast on Thursday.
"We revisited the Right to Farm bill," Bair noted. He pointed out that the bill exempts bigger farms from being declared nuisances so long as their owners remain compliant with existing regulations.
BLACKFOOT â€” A Blackfoot man died after an early morning crash Thursday that resulted in his vehicle catching fire.
Tobie Robinson, 23, of Blackfoot, was traveling northbound on Highway 91 in a 1995 Acura Legend at approximately 2:30 a.m. when for unknown reasons his vehicle went off the right side of the roadway near Shilling Street, according to the Idaho State Police. Robinson's vehicle came to rest on the embankment of the Blackfoot River. He was wearing his seatbelt and was trapped inside his vehicle as it started on fire, ISP said.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Community Orchestra will perform music from the popular Broadway musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel" for its spring concert Friday and Saturday.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5. All proceeds will benefit Snake River Fine Arts.
The orchestra will be accompanied by a chorus. There will be three talented vocal soloistsâ€”John Grayson, Curtis VanOrden and Sarah Jackson.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School Basketball Coach Jonathan Packer said he was informed this week by the administration at the school that they will not seek to renew his coaching contract next year. Packer coaches boys' varsity basketball.
Packer said he met with Ben Speelmon, the man hired in January to serve as an educational consultant in the absence of Principal Blaine McInelly, and Athletic Director Brian Flake Tuesday afternoon.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham Crisis Center is seeking brave men to join thousands of others throughout the country in showing their support for women while taking a stand against sexual assault and gender violence.
That stand will be made in high-heeled shoes.
The Bingham Crisis Center is hosting a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event Saturday at 11 a.m. They are hoping to raise awareness of sexual assault and gender violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
BLACKFOOT â€” Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson has set a trial date for the case of MSW Green Energy Corporation versus Bingham County. County officials are suing the company for non-performance of contractual obligations.
Donald Fredley, president of MSW Green, and Austin Johnson, vice president of MSW Green, have also been named as defendants in this lawsuit.
A jury trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The judge reserved three days for the trial.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Sharon Hoge has taught in the Blackfoot School District her entire teaching career. Presently, she teaches drama at the Mountain View Middle School (MVMS).
Hoge has also taught first grade and fourth. She taught fifth grade for 10 years at Stoddard Elementary School before joining the staff at MVMS.
â€śI was hired at MVMS as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator,â€ť Hoge said. â€śAbout the same time, the drama teacher at the school quit.
BOISE â€” Firth High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) teams took four first place and three second place awards at the state convention that took place over the weekend in Boise.
Four teams from Firth FCCLA, involving seven chapter members, qualified to compete at the national level in July at Anaheim, Calif.
Stephanie Lathrop, a junior, was elected to serve as the Sixth District director.
The results of the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) competition are:
BLACKFOOT â€” The weather hasn't been conducive to training for such things as a triathlon, a competition which involves bike riding, swimming and running.
But Mark Kartchner and his wife Holly are determined to be ready.
"We're working on doing some triathlons this summer," said Kartchner, who is principal of Independence Alternative High School (IAHS). "We're training in the pool and the roads right now.
"I like to fish, too," continued Kartchner. He said he enjoys spending time with his brother-in-law, who is a fishing guide in Washington state.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Relay for Life season is well underway with several great teams sponsoring some fun and unique fundraisers, but more teams are needed to make the event a success and to raise money for cancer research.
Teams who participate attend the overnight carnival-type event June 17-18 where there is great entertainment, food and fun. Teams also have the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors as they lead the all-night walk around the track and participate in the moving luminaria ceremony at dark.