The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) has decided to offer a teen career camp for high school students in Bonneville County. This class entails a free, four-day experience that provides students a chance to explore the Law Enforcement profession. The activities planned for the groups are to team build, learn about the equipment, and help introduce teenagers to a variety of job opportunities.
Education about law enforcement activities can come with a unique experience. Deputy Dan Sperry explained some activities that the teams will participate in, including how to use equipment, build confidence, ride in the patrol cars, as well as ride with them when the officers drive around. Other random activities include playing bumper cars and spinning each other out, and going to the courthouse to help solve a detailed case. The educational experience will provide a new perspective to all the law enforcement positions. Bringing more to the table for job ideas in the future and it is something to do in the summer.
Deputy Sperry vocalizes why BCSO decided to do this, “We want to reach teenagers during the summer just cause schools done. It's not a ‘bye, have a good summer, see you next fall,’ continue to build those relationships over the summer.” BCSO has an exploration program during the school year, in which students can ride with the deputies, wear slightly different uniforms, and help out the officers in their daily job. All of the activities for these students encourage them to step outside of their comfort zone and help them explore new opportunities.
The days of the camp one includes June 12 through to the 15 or camp two includes June 19 to the 22. The age range is freshmen to seniors, this includes the graduates this year. Application deadline is 15th of May.
It all started in late August. The winter came like any other average Idaho winter. Little did everyone know that this winter would soon take over. This unrelenting winter season has carried on way longer than usual. Even though Idaho is known for it is a very frigid winter, it continues to snow through most of the spring. This weather has negatively affected Bonneville activities, including baseball, softball, track, tennis, and a number of other outside activities. This forever winter has held sports teams and people back from cozy warm weather and physical activities.
The snow came down hard during this winter season. Snow took over, and even though the winter season came to an end, the snow persisted. As the months dragged on, so did the cold weather and snow. Spring came, yet snow was still on the ground. Maybe it has not melted yet, everyone thought. However, that was not the case, as it would continue to snow and take a considerable toll on school sports along with various outside activities. Bonneville High School is one of many schools in the Idaho Falls and Ammon area that have been affected by the winter. Sports such as tennis where even strong winds can affect the sport. The winter season continues to set back tennis and baseball with all the snow that needs to be shoveled or melted from the courts and fields. This season has lasted so long that some spring sports seasons had to be cut in half due to bad weather. Some softball and baseball players have had countless games canceled in addition to other games from multiple other sports groups. This unyielding winter does not only hurt Idaho sport teams; it also affects students' mental health. Less sunlight and physical activity can have an affect on peoples moods, and mental health.
The 2022 to 2023 winter season continues to be detrimental for Bonneville students. Whether it is the cancelation of spring sports or the harm to mental health, this season has held people back from outside activities. Regardless, this forever winter shall end eventually; there is hope for a cozy spring and summer.
Idaho has many state symbols. This information is widely known since state symbols are a required fourth grade lesson in elementary schools of Idaho. However, there seems to be a new state emblem thanks to the efforts of fourth graders from Bonneville Joint School District 93’s Ucon Elementary School. On March 31, 2023, Governor Brad Little signed the bill for the Oryctodromeus, a small prairie dog-like dinosaur that was native to Idaho, to be the state dinosaur. As of now, Idaho is the 17th state to have an official state dinosaur.
The process of gaining this new state symbol began last year in the fourth grade class of Joel Walton, a teacher at Ucon Elementary. The proposal for the Oryctodromeus to become the state dinosaur was introduced to the senate on February 27th of this year. A key player in the entire process of rallying for the bill’s approval was a professor from Idaho State University, L. J. Krumenacker, who discovered the fossils of the Oryctodromeus in 2006, and worked with the elementary schoolers to bring this dream to fruition. On April 14th, Governor Brad Little visited Ucon Elementary to congratulate the students and sign the copy of the bill, known as Senate Bill 1127. This was the governor’s fourth visit to D93 since he was elected. Alongside the governor at the ceremony was Representative Wendy Horman and Senator Kevin Cook, who were the individuals who assisted the students through the enactment process.
The Oryctodromeus’ name itself translates to “digging runner.” Living nearly 100 million years ago, this dinosaur was about the size of a golden retriever paired with a seven-foot tail. The Oryctodromeus was known to be very family oriented, as their burrows contained remains of younger oryctodromeus and adults. From what can be gathered, the dinosaur is only native to Idaho and southwest Montana, which fits well for a state emblem. Krumenacker has stated over a phone interview with a non-profit political news organization that he has 10 to 12 completed skeletons of the Oryctodromeus, found in the Caribou Mountains.
In conclusion, this experience has left quite the impression on the fourth graders who helped to make the Oryctodromeus the state dinosaur, as well as possibly making a big leap in Idaho’s future history.