The Daily Press http://am-news.com http://am-news.com/apfeed.xml--1 Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-04-17T23:25:34-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8936County officials honor dispatchers2014-04-17T23:25:34-04:002014-04-17T23:25:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe dispatchers also have received flowers and small gifts throughout the week.Lead dispatcher Katie Bisharat has been a Bingham County dispatcher for 19 years.“It is a very rewarding profession,” she said. “There is a high turnover rate everywhere.The average length of a dispatcher’s tenure is not past 10 years, said Bisharat. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKECounty officials honor dispatchersBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8936Change0Usable2014-04-17T23:25:33-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8932New Math Program explored at SR 2014-04-17T01:52:03-04:002014-04-17T01:52:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Star Enterprise Math Program is an accelerated math program that is aligned to the common core, vertically and horizontally, said sixth grade math teacher Carol Adams. Adams headed up piloting this program for the last couple months. "Star Enterprises bridges assessment and instruction," she said. "The testing helps the teacher personalize math to their students." "[This program lets me] know exactly where my students are and what they need," said Adams. "This program has changed the style of my teaching." Three benchmark tests are given students—possibly one in Fall, Winter and Spring. More data points are given as each student progresses. The program also tracks each student's need of intervention. Sixth grader Lorenzo said he has already mastered 79 math standards. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKENew Math Program explored at SR Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8932Change0Usable2014-04-17T01:52:03-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8929Citizens, city officials explore options for solving 'train problem'2014-04-15T23:44:28-04:002014-04-15T23:44:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsSome "out of the box" ideas were offered to Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis and the Blackfoot City Council on how to contend with the city's "train problem" at a town hall meeting held in Blackfoot on Tuesday night. About 60 concerned citizens attended the meeting called by Loomis as the city prepares to apply for a Tiger Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation in hopes of getting $1 million to have a feasibility study done on what can be done to work around the trains that have been aggravating residents for years. City Councilman Skip Gardner stressed, "This is not the time to complain about how our lives have been stopped by the trains. We've all been affected by the trains. We're here to find a solution to a definite problem that we have here in Blackfoot."City leaders have been toying with the idea of constructing an overpass or underpass for years. Loomis, who just took office this year, wants to be the mayor to start the process of doing "something" to resolve the problem.For more on this story, go to our print or e-editions.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETECitizens, city officials explore options for solving 'train problem'Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8929Change0Usable2014-04-15T23:44:28-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8925Meat-processing firm breaks ground on Shelley plant2014-04-14T23:15:20-04:002014-04-14T23:15:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We're going to start turning dirt in the next two or three days," said Bryce Esplin, CEO of Golden Valley Natural. "We anticipate completion in April of next year."Golden Valley Natural is a producer of organic meat snacks based in Idaho Falls. It currently employs 270 people. The 200,000 square foot facility in Shelley will employ an additional 200 people."We've been handcrafting meat snacks since 1968," Esplin noted. He said that when the Shelley plant is up and running, it will include every type of job related to manufacturing, from minimum wage to administrative positions.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONMeat-processing firm breaks ground on Shelley plantBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8925Change0Usable2014-04-14T23:15:20-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8913Community celebrates life of courageous woman2014-04-14T18:23:04-04:002014-04-14T18:23:04-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsAccording to Jessie's aunt, Tammy Cobbley, Jessie planned everything about her funeral. "We asked her if she wanted us to party or do something serious to celebrate her life and she said she wanted it all - which is exactly how she lived her life," said Cobbley. Jessie's battle with gastric cancer has touched the hearts of many in our community and has brought us all together to help rally on her and her family's behalf.Prior to the funeral we asked our Facebook friends: what it was about Jessie that can make an entire community come together and how has she managed to touch your life? "Though I didn't know her well, I know her family. She touched many lives for good. I shed a tear as I drove by the cemetery early this morning and saw family and friends preparing her resting place. The last bit of service they could do for her. Hoping for peace and comfort for them today," said Kerry Keller Christiansen. "She loved everyone and when you were her friend, it was forever, we love you Jessie," said Kim Vitelli. "She was a very sweet person inside and out and she did not ever say anything to hurt anyone. You just had to know her and her family. She was so young to go through what she did. She showed us all grace in living and in dying. Now she is without pain and free to help us all some day. What a great family for sharing her with us," said Marilyn Jefferis."She was an amazing young woman who taught us how to have courage, love and faith in our journey here. Jesse, you are so loved," said Ann Packer Ropp."Jessie is my sister. I keep picturing her laugh, her smile and her kindness! Love you, Jessie sister," said Maggie Powers Wagoner."There were 14 men out there preparing Jessie's final resting place. Dug by hand with love and respect for our "little girl." I can't put into words how humbled I feel. I love my family, friends and this community," said Suzette Powers McBride, Jessie's mother.At the funeral, Jessie's father, Wesley Woodland, said that Jessie stayed strong through the entire battle and "never let them see her sweat." Every goal that was set for Jessie's "Go Fund Me" account, that was created and managed by Tasha Brumfield Grimmett to help raise money for the family to help with medical costs, has been shattered. Jessie's "Go Fund Me" account has officially raised close to $17,000. There have been multiple fundraisers to help Jessie's family and the next one will take place on Saturday. A coed softball tournament to benefit Jessie Woodland and her family has been coordinated by the Blackfoot Softball Association and is scheduled to take place on April 19 at the State Hospital Fields, 500 S. Pendlebury Lane.Each team will be made up of five boys and five girls. The entry fee is $200 per team ($20 per person).Teams must register by Wednesday so the coordinators can determine the brackets and an exact time to start the tournament.There is a four-game guarantee for each team and rosters will be available for the players to sign the morning of the tournament. Call or text Dana Steffensen at 604-5045 or e-mail her at stefdana86@gmail.com or check out the Jessie Woodland Memorial Co-ed Softball Tournament Facebook page for any additional information.Businesses are welcome to donate and/or advertise for the tournament.An account has been opened for Jessie at Idaho Central Credit Union; all are welcome to contribute. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be sent to the Bingham County Humane Society at ww.bingchs.org/donate.htm or call 680-3381. The Bingham Crisis Center will also be accepting donations. They can be sent to 288 N. Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot or call Dixie Chapman at 785-1047. Blackfoot, IDSAMANTHA RICHARDSONCommunity celebrates life of courageous womanBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8913Change0Usable2014-04-14T18:23:04-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8912How to become a princess2014-04-13T22:26:32-04:002014-04-13T22:26:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"Being able to take my granddaughters to this is just so wonderful. They absolutely love it! We look forward to it every year," said Paula Parks. A Capella students dressed up as Disney princesses and princes to host a tea party, a puppet show, dancing, singing, princess charm school, nail painting, crown making and more. "I think my favorite part is the crown making," said Reese Adakai.Blackfoot, IDSAMANTHA RICHARDSONHow to become a princessBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8912Change0Usable2014-04-13T22:26:32-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8908Blackfoot teen to dance at Jazz halftime2014-04-11T23:10:37-04:002014-04-11T23:10:37-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot High School student Taylor Smiddy has been selected to dance at the final Utah Jazz regular season home game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday. Smiddy will dance with a group of other high school aged dancers, most of whom are from Utah, in this special halftime performance.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBlackfoot teen to dance at Jazz halftimeBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8908Change0Usable2014-04-11T23:10:37-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8901Book sale at library Saturday2014-04-10T23:24:32-04:002014-04-10T23:24:32-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe volunteer group "Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library" hold a book sale in the spring and fall to raise money for the library. Thousands of books of all kinds - on nearly every subject imaginable - are donated throughout the year and sold for as low as 25 cents per book. Some of the books are even free. Volunteer Tom Drysdale said that there is a larger than usual collection of old books for sale this year.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBook sale at library SaturdayBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8901Change0Usable2014-04-10T23:24:32-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8899Basic American donates $11,500 to Community Dinner Table2014-04-09T23:59:00-04:002014-04-09T23:59:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThat donation, and an announcement there's a possibility the organization will soon have a building of its own for storage were the highlights of its recognition dinner."You do the right things for the right reasons," Bingham County commissioner Ladd Carter told those assembled."Thank your for everything you're doing," said Higginson, who said the company encourages its employees to be a part of their communities.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONBasic American donates $11,500 to Community Dinner TableBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8899Change0Usable2014-04-09T23:59:00-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:8885Defenders praise embattled teacher2014-04-08T23:54:33-04:002014-04-08T23:54:33-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe hearing started on Friday and lasted from 3 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. that evening. The hearing resumed Monday at 6 p.m. and concluded at 11:50 p.m. The defense started presenting its case at 8:40 p.m. on Friday. Teachers were called and expressed their opinions that Elaine is a good teacher and works well with students and many colleagues. Jennifer Vogler has been a teacher in the Snake River School District for 23 years “and counting.” She has been a seventh and eighth grade math teacher for the past five years. “I have never observed [Asmus] be cruel and I have never seen her do or say anything to hurt another person,” said Vogler. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEDefenders praise embattled teacherBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:8885Change0Usable2014-04-08T23:54:33-04:00