Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.
“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

Moving Sale

Moving Sale this Saturday

Sat. Aug. 27  8-4 pm

3837 Wright Rd.  Arbon, ID

Antiques, furniture, old grain scale, dog house, pressure cooker, metal posts, snow fencing, winch puller, ladders, tire chains, fishing, camping, canvas tent, metal shelving, framed art, filing cabinets, oak desk, Christmas tree, lots of misc.

Thanks,  Linda Lewis

Erratic winds fan Power Line fire near Arbon Valley

**This news is by Debbie Bryce for the Journal**

The massive wildfire reported on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation on Wednesday afternoon is now listed as 10 percent contained.

Fort Hall Fire Chief Brian Briggs said the blaze, which is located in the Starlight Creek area of Arbon Valley, has burned more than 4,000 acres.

However, as of 6 p.m. on Thursday, Briggs said no evacuations were issued.

Firefighting resources from the Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Power County and Chubbuck fire departments assisted tribal resources.

Briggs said the short turnaround time for refill at the tanker base at the Pocatello Regional Airport made air support an effective tool in limiting the spread of the blaze.

The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center reported that officials underestimated the size of that fire on Thursday morning, which was mapped at 3,106 acres.

However, officials expected the fire to be fully contained by Thursday evening.

Fire activity was minimal throughout Thursday and was mainly confined to interior areas, where heavy fuel pockets continued to smolder.

The cause of the fire in Arbon Valley is still under investigation, but officials said on Thursday that the fire most likely resulted from lightning that passed through the area several days ago. The wildfire is burning primarily in grass and sage intermixed with pinyon and juniper trees.

Minimal personnel will continue to monitor the blaze and patrol the perimeter until the fire is completely out.

As of Thursday, there are 14 fire engines, one helicopter, four dozers and one fire crew on the scene.

The Lone Pine Fire, which was caused by lightning and burning about seven miles northeast of Fort Hall in the Ross Fork Creek area, is listed as contained but not controlled.

Between 1980 and 2015, the region has averaged about 40 wildfires each year with an average of almost 54,000 acres burned each year, according to the Eastern Idaho Regional Fire Center.

However, acres scorched this year have already exceed the 2015 numbers.

Last year, 1,380 acres were burned by wildfires in East Idaho, compared to 5,147 this year. So far this year, human-caused fires have scorched 782 acres in the region.

In 2016, more than 600,660 gallons of flame retardant has been shipped out of the air tanker base in Pocatello.


Arbon School Schedule & Supply List

Dear Parents and Students,

It seems as if we just finished our school year and yet the stores are advertising back to school sales! I am sending out our supply list early so that you can hopefully take advantage of those sales! We are again following the Am. Falls School District schedule as close as possible and will be starting our school year August 29th, 2016.  There is a school calendar included with this letter.  Our schedule is below and recess is still the best time to contact your child.

Daily Schedule (M,T,TH,F)

9:15 – school begins

11:00 – 11:15 Recess

12:35 – 1:25 Lunch

3:00 – 3:15 Recess (Little Room)  (Big Room will have P.E. at  this time)

4:20 School Dismisses (This will be flexible depending on when the bus from Am. Falls arrives -between 4:15 – 4:30)

Wednesdays we will dismiss at 2:20 (also depending on the Am. Falls bus)

The following is the supply list for this year

Little Room students will need –

    • Large eraser
    • 24 Crayola Crayons (please NO substitutions!)
    • Pencil bag
    • *We have a lot of pencils and glue sticks left from last year.  We will use them up and if we need more we will let you know.  January is a good time time to send another eraser and box of crayons.

Big Room students will need –

    • 2 doz #2 wood pencils or .7 mechanical pencils with lead refills
    • 4  homework folders
    • 1 pkg colored pencils
    • 1 pkg colored markers
    • 1 pkg cap erasers
    • 1 durable hand held pencil sharpener
    • 1 pencil bag
    • 3 red ink pens
    • 1 fine point black sharpie
    • Running shoes for P.E. daily
    • Please send a book bag daily and check it daily for homework, notes, and whatever else may be in there.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Mrs. Claunch and Mrs. Curry

*We have a large supply of boxes of tissues.  Please do not send any at this time, however we may ask for some later.

School Board Agenda and Expenses


August 9, 2016
















Teacher Contracts

The contracts for the Arbon Elementary School teachers for the 2016-2017 school year are below:

School Board MInutes / Expenses

June 14, 2016

The Arbon School Board met on June 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. members Jason Williams and Jessica Ward were present as were Debbie Curry and clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve the minutes.  The bills were reviewed.  The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for June was $34,757.63. The school received $170.21 from property taxes. $45,949.01 from the State Department, $149.02 from Federal Forest, $1,233.15 from REAP and $67.63 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $98,549.99. The Plant Facility received $22.19 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $51,786.26. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve the financial statement.

Robin has an extension on the 2016-2017 school calendar until June 30th.  American Falls has still not finalized theirs. Debbie went over the ISAT test scores.  Our schools 3rd – 6th grade scores are above the state average.  She would like to take some separate field trips from the K-3rd grades that are focused more for her grades.  The board approved.

The Supplemental Levy passed with 40 in favor and 6 against.  The 2016-2017 budget was gone over and approved.

Jessica made contact with parents and the teacher aides on the possibility of changing the kindergarten half days from Tuesday and Thursday to Monday and Friday.  The consensus was to leave it as it is so it will not change.  Jessica is working on the duel enrollment policy and procedures.

The auto dial for phones, teacher, lead teacher, administrative job descriptions and the clerk/business manager/etc. position was tabled for this month.

The annual meeting will be held on July 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


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