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Ambulance Budget approved

September 23, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County commissioners approved the budget for the Bingham County Ambulance District on Monday.
The fixed amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is $851,084.
Projected revenue comes from property taxes for a total of $743,376. Other revenue is anticipated to come from the PacifiCorp Judgment ($7,268); Ag Replacement Monies ($23,886); Personal Property Replacement ($10,554) and Sales Tax/Other Revenue ($64,000).
The project revenue total is $851,084.

Bingham County Volunteer Council keeps Aberdeen community in mind

September 21, 2014

The Bingham County Volunteer Council wants the community of Aberdeen to know that "they are here for them and have resources to help if there is a need."
The small agricultural community has taken an economic hit with the closure of the Simplot potato processing planet which affected about 200 workers in the area.

Florida woman flies plane on 90th birthday

September 21, 2014

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman celebrated her 90th birthday by flying a four-seat Cessna.
Billy Jones had to sit on a pillow to see out the windshield Tuesday, but she took off with flight instructor Kurt Schneider by her side and landed some 30 minutes later at Flagler County Airport.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the flight wasn't out of the ordinary for the 5-foot-tall Jones. For her 80th birthday, she went skydiving. When she turned 85, she flew a glider.
Jones has been taking flying lessons with Schneider for months "just for the fun of flying."

Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

September 20, 2014

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.
KOAT-TV reports New Mexico State Police say the driver called 911 seven hours after investigators failed to find any victims from the crash in Roswell late Friday.
The driver, whose name has not been released, told 911 dispatchers that he was lost and found himself surrounded by the animals.
Authorities say the man claims he and a passenger were drinking the night before but didn't remember what happened next.

BHS gets new gym floor

September 20, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot High School students have gone without using the new gym this year since flood waters ruined the floor following a flash flood on Aug 6. However, this week, just in time for BHS's Homecoming festivities on Sept. 27, students will be able to a hit the shiny, "spic and span" new floor which now sports an 18 inch Bronco head smack in the center.

Skunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio

September 19, 2014

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A skunk with a beer can stuck on its head had to be rescued near a fraternity house in southwestern Ohio.
Oxford police said a resident called them about the skunk's predicament on Sunday. Police found the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs.
Skunks are known for the offensive spray they can emit when threatened. But Sgt. Jon Varley says an animal control officer was able to free the skunk without getting sprayed
The animal was then released.

'Males Order Brides' begins run at Nuart

September 19, 2014

Weeks of casting, costuming and rehearsals are coming together tonight for teen director Christine McPhie as the Blackfoot Community Players presents the opening night of "Males Order Brides, tonight, 7:30 p.m. at Blackfoot's historic Nuart Theater..
Christine, 17, a student at the Idaho Virtual Academy online school, chose directing the play as her senior project.

Snake River books 'in good shape'

September 18, 2014

The auditor from Quest CPA, P.C. of Payette reviewed the audit report with the Snake River School District trustees on Wednesday at the trustees' regular meeting.
CPA Kurt Folke said the district's funds "are in good shape." The general fund had an increase of $69,095 over fiscal year 2013-2014.
"It was an increase for the last fiscal year," he said. "It was added to the carryover to the general fund.
"The ending fund balance for the purpose of cash flow was $852,921," said Folke.
"The general fund balance that is needed for one month is about $720,000.

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September 17, 2014

Blackfoot district official explains shortfall

September 16, 2014

Blackfoot School District's business manager Brian Kress described the causes behind the district's $1.3 million shortfall as "the perfect storm." The massive deficit was discovered during an audit last month accounting for 6 percent of the district's 2014-15 Maintenance and Operations budget.
There was standing room only at Tuesday's school board meeting as Kress went through a PowerPoint presentation explaining in detail "three major reasons" why the district has found itself in such a deep hole and how the budget will be revised to help make up the deficit.

 

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