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May 25th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â When their children were at home, Lamar and Barbara Robertson of Blackfoot planted a large garden on their two-plus acres of ground.
But when the children left and their tiller broke, they lost interest in gardening for a time.
Today the Robertsons are among a growing group of people who participate in what is known as four-square gardening. They have four raised beds in the area behind their house.
"I heard some ladies talking about it at the temple one day last year," Barbara recalled. "So I bought the book (Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew).
BLACKFOOT â Due to flooding conditions in eastern Idaho, Governor C.L. âButchâ Otter has declared a State Declaration of Emergency in support of Bingham and Jefferson Counties. The State Declaration, approved by the governor today, brings the availability of state support to the impacted areas.
BLACKFOOT â Driver Education will no longer be offered as a class at Blackfoot High School, but students will still have the opportunity to take the course before school or during the summer.
Dan Hale will no longer be teaching Driver Education as a class and incoming freshmen can take five classes in addition to Driver Education, which will be offered before school each block. Gerald Humpherys, who also taught Driver Ed, is retiring.
BLACKFOOT â The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley.
A spring-like weather pattern is expected to bring intervals of showers and fluctuating temperatures to the region throughout the week and is expected to melt snowpack in an manageable fashion, according to the National Weather Service.
The Snake River at Blackfoot is forecast to rise at least another six inches over the next four days, cresting at 11.54 feet by Saturday evening. On Tuesday night, the river was 10.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.
SHELLEY â One hundred fifty-six Shelley graduates received a rousing send-off Tuesday evening at their graduation ceremony.
The Class of 2011 earned scholarships and awards totaling more than $900,000.
Addressing her classmates, valedictorian Wendee Morgan said, âStop worrying about filling someone elseâs shoes, just fill your own.â
She continued, âAs Abraham Lincoln said, âWhatever you are, be a good one.ââ
As valedictorian Kemais Ehlers related the incident that when he was 4 years old, he had climbed onto the counter to get some toothpicks.
BLACKFOOT â Nearly 200 animals were weighed-in Monday evening in the 4-H barn at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF). This qualifies the animal and his/her handler to participate in Bingham County 4-H fair.
Sheep, meat goats and four pigs were carried, pushed and prodded onto the scale.
At the weigh-in, sheep need to weigh under 100 pounds. Goats weighed under 70 pounds and pigs needed to be under 90 pounds.
After the weigh-in, 4-H members took part in a sheep showmanship class.
THOMAS âÂ Snake River High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor Justin Patten is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Patten will be working with the Idaho Farm Bureau in the future.
"My favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow, said Patten.
"Students learn leadership through Future Farmers of America and start to understand their potential.
"In the shop, you can see the light click on about how things work, he said. "They begin to understand the skills they are gaining."
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Deputy Drew Lusk and a few of his friends got together at Jensen Grove Lake on Saturday. Their purpose was to raise awareness of water safety through the Ready-Set-Inflate program. Safe Boating Week runs through Friday, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. It is one of the first opportunities many Americans take to get on the water.
BLACKFOOT â Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.
SHELLEY âÂ Among items presented at the Shelley School Board Thursday night were "Pay for Performance," an orchestra trip scheduled for spring break 2012 and classified personnel receiving the same sick leave as certified personnel.
Superintendent Bryan Jolley discussed âPay for Performance.â
âIâm going to discuss two points of this plan,â Jolley said.
There is a state side and a school, classroom, side to this proposal, he said.