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July 17th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” No hard numbers are available but Blackfoot Pride Days appears to have been a rousing success.
People packed Jensen Grove from the first activity on Friday to the final one on Saturday. Close-in parking was at a premium all day on Saturday.
"I think we had a real good turnout," said Shirley Robinson, the vendor coordinator and event co-chair with Mayor Mike Virtue. "Friday we had more people than we've ever had."
BLACKFOOT â€” Buddy Bowman sat on a couch in the small office at the Blackfoot municipal airport, talking with his hands as he explained how he had flown the F-104 jet airplane as a test pilot.
"How did you ...?" asked Kerry Requa several different times. The airport manager and Bowman talked for a long time about things only pilots understand.
Bowman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is a native of Riverside. He attended Snake River schools through his junior year, then transferred to Blackfoot High School.
FIRTH â€” A new trustee was appointed in Firth, the board was reorganized and meeting dates were set during the July school board meeting Thursday.
April Christensen was the only person to submit an application for the open trustee position. She was appointed trustee for Zone 5 (the Firth town site) in the Firth School District and will be sworn into office during the board's August meeting.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee for Eastern Idaho honored numerous area businesses on Thursday.
Two of the top honors went to Premier Technology and to the City of Pocatello Police Department. Both received recognition for advancing to the semifinals for the Department of Defense's Freedom Award.
BLACKFOOT â€” All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners started their discussion on wind turbines in the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
The conversation split into two campsâ€”one supporting the business aspect of wind, the other questioning the proximity to townships.
"This is a business," said commissioner Lee Hammett. "Let the free enterprise system take care of it. If the cost of electricity goes up because of [wind turbines], profitability would be eliminated.
"We cannot legislate view," Hammett said. "We can legislate safety but we cannot pick a side on view."
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's public schools will receive an additional $60 million in state funding and local school districts are hoping to use the funds to offset budget cuts and add cushion to slim budgets.
The funding is a result of increased tax receipts for fiscal year 2011. The state received $2.44 billion from all forms of tax receiptsâ€”sales, income and corporateâ€”in the past 12 months. That was $85.3 million more than the most recent Division of Financial Management projection in January, and 7.95 percent ahead of total tax receipts in fiscal 2010.
MORELAND â€“ The Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) at 51 N. 550 W. in Moreland is hosting an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday.
Board member Holly Lilya said board members read somewhere that colleges were turning out more students graduating in interior design than in the sciences.
â€śWe decided to try to change that,â€ť Lilya said.
There is plenty of technology at ISTCS. A piano lab with 15 pianos will be used to train students. There is also a technical lab, a science lab and a computer lab.