Friday, October 31, 2014


School District opens process for finding new trustee
    The Blaine County School District officially opened the process on Wednesday for finding a new school board member to replace former Zone 4 Trustee Richard “Rick” Roberts, who resigned in September.
    Applicants must live within the boundaries of Zone 4, which mainly includes areas of Blaine County west of state Highway 75 from Empty Saddle Trail north of Hailey to the border with Custer County. A complete description of the zone boundaries is available under the “Board of Trustees” tab at the district website at
    Interested applicants need to provide a letter of interest to the school board by 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. The letter should be addressed to: School Board of Trustees, Blaine County School District No. 61, 118 West Bullion Street, Hailey, ID 83333. Letters can be mailed, emailed or hand delivered to the district office.
    The school board intends to hold a special meeting to interview applicants on Thursday, Dec. 4, and to have the selected applicant sworn in as trustee at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9.
    The new trustee can serve through June of 2017 and may run for re-election in May of that year.
    “This is an exciting time for the district,” said board Chairman Shawn Bennion. “We are working with a new superintendent, we are approaching a new strategic planning process and we are continuing to use data to identify areas of improvement. We encourage any qualified resident in Zone 4 to join our pursuit of a world-class, student-focused community of teaching and learning in Blaine County.

Idaho newspaper’s front window shot
    TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP)—South-central Idaho police officers say they are investigating after someone shot at the front entrance of a newspaper building.
    The Times-News reports that someone shot the front window at their Twin Falls building on Oct. 25.
    Police stopped by two days later to take pictures of the damage and interview reporters who were in the building over the weekend.
    Reporter Mychel Mathews says she was working at the time the bullet fired into the building but thought the sound was a rock hitting the window.
    Police say no bullet has been found yet.
    In 2000, someone shot at the home of former Times-News publisher Stephen Hartgen. That incident occurred after the newspaper printed the names and photos of south-central Idaho sex offenders.

Possible complete mammoth skeleton found in Idaho
    AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP)—A portion of a Columbian mammoth skull and tusks have been uncovered in southeastern Idaho, and experts say a rare entire skeleton might buried there.
    Experts estimate the mammoth was about 16 years old and lived about 70,000 to 120,000 years ago in what was a savanna-like country populated with large herbivores and predators.
    The skeleton was spotted by a fossil hunter earlier this month near American Falls Reservoir and excavated by students and instructors from Idaho State University.
    But the team had to postpone their work Oct. 18 as reservoir’s water level rose.
    Mary Thompson, Idaho Museum of Natural History collections manager and university instructor, says they built a barrier to keep the fossil in place while underwater.
    Workers plan to go back next summer when the reservoir drops.

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