The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-23T00:23:48-04:00 55 to re-bid bus routes2014-07-23T00:23:48-04:002014-07-23T00:23:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe district cited "contract violations" as the reason for not initially choosing Teton Stage Lines. At last week's school board meeting, Harrington said the "violations have been taken care," and he asked the board to amend its decision and grant Teton Stage Lines the 10 bus routes.Blackfoot School District superintendent Chad Struhs consulted with the district's attorney who advised the district to go ahead and "rebid" the routes, adding that, "there was confusion in the guidelines and the 'points of appeal' were not clear.""The original bids, (the motion and approval) had to do with violations," Struhs explained. "We understand that issues do arise. We are asking that (in rebidding) that any violations are noted - how they were remedied and the amount of time it took to remedy the issues.""While low bids play an an important part in our decision-making, we have to look at the whole component...the entire package," Struhs added.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEDistrict 55 to re-bid bus routesBlackfoot Morning named EISF Grand Marshall 2014-07-22T00:42:20-04:002014-07-22T00:42:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News“We couldn’t choose a more deserving person for this honor,” said General Manager Brandon Bird. “Darrell has been a great contributor to the fair for 50-plus years, dedicated to exhibiting cattle and continuing the tradition with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Darrell embodies the importance and strength of our agricultural community.” Callison has resided in Blackfoot and actively participated as an exhibitor in the EISF since the age of 27. He exhibited his first Angus bull at the fair in 1964. Since then, he has proudly exhibited under Nonpareil Angus Ranch as well as his own herd, Callison Angus, every year. When Callison first began exhibiting at the EISF, the livestock show barn was not yet a fixture. “We showed cattle anywhere we could find a spot: the infield of the racetrack, the outside of the racetrack, and the grass show ring where the goats show now,” said Callison. Callison is also actively involved in agriculture outside of the EISF, working as an Angus cattle herdsman or ranch manager throughout his career.He is the past president of the Idaho Angus Association and Western States Angus Association. In 1969, he was selected from candidates throughout the United States as the prestigious “Herdsman of the Year” from the American Angus Association. Additional family awards include Western States Angus Family of the Year at the Western National Angus Futurity in Reno, Nevada, and Idaho Angus Family of the Year. Most recently in 2012, Darrell and Barbara received the “Hal” award from Nonpareil Corporation for their 50 continuous years of service with the company. “I am proud to accept the nomination of Grand Marshal for the 2014 Eastern Idaho State Fair,” said Callison. “I still enjoy exhibiting with my family. Plus, the best fair food in the world is right here in Blackfoot.” Callison was born in 1937 in Newton, Iowa. His mother raised four children as a single mother, so Darrell became the "man" of the house at an early age. Darrell bought, rebuilt and sold two cars before he even had his driver’s license. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSCallison named EISF Grand Marshall Blackfoot Morning woman's students shine in national competition2014-07-20T23:51:49-04:002014-07-20T23:51:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsKeller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year."This is a great accomplishment," said Battle, who has instructed Keller for the past eight years. "World-class guitarists come from all over the world to perform, teach and judge at this event."Battle admits that when Keller was announced the winner, that she "just melted into the pew.""The atmosphere is pressure-intense; I was so proud and it was just such a relief," she exclaimed. "It was a good competition."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEPingree woman's students shine in national competitionBlackfoot Morning officials plant trees at courthouse2014-07-18T22:50:05-04:002014-07-18T22:50:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKECounty officials plant trees at courthouseBlackfoot Morning U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash2014-07-18T17:02:01-04:002014-07-18T17:02:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate CrashBlackfoot Morning Olympics pickleball champions from Blackfoot2014-07-18T00:44:38-04:002014-07-18T00:44:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News“It was a good time,” said Hunt. “I also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.“I play racketball during the winter,” said Tomazin. “Pickleball is similar in that you aim for certain spots on the court and try to make your opponent run from side to side to wear him down.“It’s a larger version of ping pong and a smaller version of tennis,” he said.Hunt and Tomazin play one time each week, every week. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S,” Hunt said. “It originated in Washington and is big in Texas and southern Utah.”“St. George, Utah, is taking out all its tennis courts to put in pickleball courts,” he said.The pickleball court measures 20 feet x 44 feet. The LDS Church in Moreland has a concrete pad that is being used for this sport.The ball is a wiffle ball that is bigger than a baseball and smaller than a softball.The racket is rectangular in shape and is larger than a ping pong ball racket.To begin play, the ball is served underhand below the waist. It is served cross court.In doubles, each player serves the wiffle ball once and then the opposing doubles team members serve it once apiece. Service alternates between teams.   The person or team only scores when he or she is serving the ball. Eleven points wins the match. Players must win by two points.“It’s a game for all ages and all skill levels,” said Hunt.“We are trying to get as many people as possible to come out and try it,” said Tomazin. “It’s fun.”Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESenior Olympics pickleball champions from BlackfootBlackfoot Morning Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)2014-07-17T17:01:11-04:002014-07-17T16:54:16-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script> Blackfoot, IDNo author availableUPDATE. Fireball From Malaysia Plane Impact (VIDEO)Blackfoot Morning NEWS - Malaysian Airlines Plane Crash Near Russian Border (VIDEO)2014-07-17T16:46:03-04:002014-07-17T16:34:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:425px;height:320px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="26420831" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Blackfoot, IDNo author availableBREAKING NEWS - Malaysian Airlines Plane Crash Near Russian Border (VIDEO)Blackfoot Morning projects $1 million budget shortfall2014-07-16T23:20:24-04:002014-07-16T23:20:24-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue.""So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."At a budget meeting on Tuesday, Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said that "while the city's $1.1 million carryover fund will offset the deficit, the city is considering raising its tax levy for the first time in six years."With an increase, a property tax on a $200,000 property would be about $300," Loomis said.The first draft of the city's proposed budget will be revealed on Aug. 5 and a public hearing on the budget will be held in Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Blackfoot City Hall.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETECity projects $1 million budget shortfallBlackfoot Morning council approves BMH intern ride-along program2014-07-15T23:30:17-04:002014-07-15T23:30:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis said that BMH officials originally instigated a program to have the city's "ambulance service employees" work with the interns at the hospital - giving the city an opportunity to earn up to $60k with the program. However, Loomis said it became difficult to find ambulance employees who could cover at the hospital for the hours needed.Now, the residents can ride "on the job" with the city crews to gain experience while still allowing the city to earn some money. Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray called this a "win-win," saying, "We can learn a lot from these interns fresh out of medical school."For more on this story, turn to our print and e-editions.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETECity council approves BMH intern ride-along programBlackfoot Morning