The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-23T00:48:00-04:00 Budget approved 2014-09-23T00:48:00-04:002014-09-23T00:48:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe 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. The total amount that can be distributed is dependent on the amount of revenue collected, said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. The budgeted amount to be distributed includes $20,000 that will go to the Ambulance Vehicle Purchase Fund. The rest of the balance ($831,084) will be distributed according to the percentage of people served in the ambulance districts. The City of Blackfoot ambulance district will be funded with $543,528.94 or 64 percent of the ambulance budget. The ambulance district in Blackfoot covers Blackfoot, Rockford and half of Firth to Goshen Road. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEAmbulance Budget approved Blackfoot Morning County Volunteer Council keeps Aberdeen community in mind2014-09-21T23:24:21-04:002014-09-21T23:24:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe 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. While the plant is officially still open, it is being run by a skeleton crew and is mostly being used as a potato storing facility at this time. Most of the displaced workers have found harvest jobs for the time being, but when those jobs end, members of the volunteer council fear that a lot of people could find themselves in need of  food, clothing and utility support.Aberdeen Mayor Morgan Anderson said that while there has not been a "mass exodus of residents from the Aberdeen community," the future of the town is still up in the air."For now, things are just like they have been for the past two since Simplot announced they were leaving," Anderson said. "Workers have found employment working the harvest, and I don't expect things to change until about January."Anderson said he is frustrated because Simplot has not given him any indication as to "what they intend to do with the plant."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBingham County Volunteer Council keeps Aberdeen community in mindBlackfoot Morning woman flies plane on 90th birthday2014-09-21T18:57:28-04:002014-09-21T18:45:04-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBilly 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."Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSFlorida woman flies plane on 90th birthdayBlackfoot Morning driver says he woke up in field of donkeys2014-09-20T19:27:46-04:002014-09-20T18:39:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsKOAT-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.Police say the driver suffered injuries to a shoulder and his hands and the passenger suffered back injuries.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMissing driver says he woke up in field of donkeysBlackfoot Morning gets new gym floor2014-09-20T00:44:54-04:002014-09-20T00:44:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsWater from the torrential rainstorm poured off the back side of the building - through the doors and into the gym - immersing at least half of the floor in over an inch of water. While the district had to pay an insurance deductible of $2,500, BHS principal John Pearce said that insurance covered the rest of the repair, which he estimates cost about $40,000.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBHS gets new gym floorBlackfoot Morning with head stuck in beer can rescued in Ohio2014-09-19T18:33:20-04:002014-09-19T18:33:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsOxford 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 sprayedThe animal was then released.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSSkunk with head stuck in beer can rescued in OhioBlackfoot Morning'Males Order Brides' begins run at Nuart2014-09-19T00:22:56-04:002014-09-19T00:22:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsChristine, 17, a student at the Idaho Virtual Academy online school, chose directing the play as her senior project.Christine personally selected the play and described it as a hilarious, classic melodrama with a dreaded villain and a beloved heroin that is appropriate for all ages. "It's about a villain who attempts to steal the money of four men by hiring one woman to impersonate four brides," she said. The play stars local actors: Steve Elliott (Big Harry Deal), Elizabeth Powers McCoy (Starr Billings), Abbie Jones (Tiara Rhinestone), Abi Elliott (Trinket LaGlitz), Jennifer Houghton (Calico Shortz), Ted Christensen (Grubby Shurtz) Carl Fisk (CD Nichols), Spencer Barbre (Forrest Green), Anthony Stott (Lucky Betts) and Shauna Jones (Piano Player).Blackfoot, IDLISA LETE'Males Order Brides' begins run at NuartBlackfoot Morning River books 'in good shape'2014-09-18T00:36:36-04:002014-09-18T00:36:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsCPA 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. "[The ending fund balance of $852,921] is about one and one-quarter of the operating reserve needed," he said. "We usually recommend one and one-half to three months of operating reserve. "Why is this needed?" Folke asked. The school district's fiscal year ends June 30. The next big check from the state arrives about Aug. 15. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESnake River books 'in good shape'Blackfoot Morning 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-17T17:33:18-04:002014-09-17T17:33:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSVIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better LunchBlackfoot Morning district official explains shortfall2014-09-16T23:59:07-04:002014-09-16T23:59:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThere 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.Kress said the three reasons are: 1) An overage in operating expenditures. 2) Underperforming revenues 3) Budgeting/accounting errors.In explaining reason No.1, Kress said that several small overages in the cost of utilities, supplies, substitutes, salaries and transportation equated to a $250,000 budget revision.Kress elaborated further on reason No.2 (underperforming revenues) specifically Medicaid and Impact Aid. Kress said the district budgeted for $300,000 in these federal revenues, but that only $150,000 has come in.For more on this story, turn to our print and e-editions.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBlackfoot district official explains shortfallBlackfoot Morning