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BPA State Champions

BPA State Champions

Burley High School did quite well at State Competitions this last weekend! BPA which stands for Business Professionals of America is a club at the high school with Jack Bagley and DeAnn Campbell as its advisers.  BPA is a club that is all about being professional. Students learn to be professional while participating in various business categories such as Keyboarding, Video Production, Parliamentary Pro and Website Design. Regionals was sponsored at Burley High School this year and we had several winners who qualified for State. Last Thursday through Saturday, the State competitions were held in Boise at the Grove Hotel and at the BSU campus. All of the students had an absolute blast and made new friends as well as learned valuable techniques for the future. Burley High School’s Lacy Morrison was elected as Idaho’s Business Professionals of America State President and did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem as well. The event sponsored each school to attend the Stampede game at BSU that Friday night and had many workshops during the course of each day in between competitions as well. We never seemed to have a boring moment and were able to work hard but have fun at the same time. By the time the award ceremony rolled around…Burley High School had at least 16 national qualifiers including the Video Production Team, Parli Pro Team, Scott Harris (Individual), Megan Graham (Individual) and several others. Nationals will be in held in Anaheim, California May 5-9 this year and all of the students are ecstatic about this opportunity. “We are all proud of our hard work and believe that we have really shown our state what Burley High School students are all about.” -Emily Silva

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Community Education in Mini-Cassia

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Spring Fever! Sports! Break! And it’s in the Snow!

Here at the fabulous oasis of Burley High, with only two more days until Spring Break, Spring Fever is here and is infecting the population of our school.  Kids are starting the count down for Summer Vacation, 3rd quarter is winding down and Seniors are starting to feel the pressure. 

Now, maybe it’s because we’re so close to the end of the year, but in my personal opinion I believe it was that lovely and glorious day we had yesterday!  For the first time in months, when I opened the door of my lil Dodge Neon, IT FELT LIKE SUMMER!  We’ve all had them, you know, those crappy first cars.  But as much as we curse them in different seasons, depending on what’s broken at the time, we probably couldn’t imagine starting out with anything else… gotta love ‘em.  The warm weather inspired many spring athletes to pull on those shorts and ditch the sweats.  Whether it be tennis, track, golf, baseball, or softball, these spring athletes were ready for the nice weather… and then… it comes crashing down with a drizzle.

Now this drizzle turned into sleet, and that sleet turned into flakes, and those flakes turned into clumps of fluffy white stuff that brought the spring weather to a screeching halt.  In hopes of a snow day we students did not loose faith or our, well… ‘springy’, spirits.  So now, here we are, in school and outside our windows there is a winter (cold, slushy and a bit depressing) wonderland.

But the weather will not stop these giddy kids!  Whether it be kicking back in an arm chair under a heat lamp, jetting somewhere in search of warmer weather, or playing their sport in the cold (or in our case, a gym)  Bobcats will be sweating with the fever… Spring Fever.

So bundle up! Stay warm!  And try and keep up with these energetic spring players!  The golf tournament was cancelled due to the icky weather.  Track is supposed to have a meet on Thursday, March 11 @ 3:30 (although everything now depends on the weather).  Baseball boys have a game with Skyline at Burley @4:00 on Friday, March 12.

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Spring Break Fever

Cassia County 4-H Presents:  Spring Break Fever

Monday,March 15th

Divine Desserts by the Divas 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         Cost is $5.00

What can you do with a muffin tin?  Come and find out how to make “Divine Desserts” in muffin tins.  This class will also cover kitchen basics and safety.  Please bring an apron.  You will have lots of goodies to try and take home for tasting. Taught by the Gals from the Cassia Culinary Arts’ Teens.

Under Construction Sewing 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Cost is $2.00

Come and join us as we make a pair of pajama pants which will help meet the goals for your Under Construction project.  You will need to bring pre-shrunk fabric and scissors and purchase Simplicity pattern #2738.  This class is full, but call if you want to be on the waiting list.                                                                             

Tuesday, March 16th

Cards and Quilling 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.         Cost is $5.00

Put your creativity to the test in our card making mini-class.  Learn how to make a “quilling” sampler and then apply your newly learned skills making cards.                                         

Scrapbooking 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.         Cost is $5.00

Come and learn new techniques and skills in this fun scrapbooking class. You need to bring a colored picture of yourself that can be photo copied.  Both cards, quilling and scrapbooking will be taught by Teen Leader Linda Holt, and Cassia Ambassador, Brieanna.

Wednesday, March 17th

Guys and Girls Night In by the Guys 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Cost is $5.00

If you would like to learn how to make a variety of fun foods to serve when you feed the group after the game or for your family game night, then this is the class that you want to attend.  Guys from the Cassia Culinary Arts’ Teens  will teach you how to make several fun dishes as well as kitchen basics.

To the Sky and Beyond! 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Cost is $4.00

Are you the scientist in the family?  If so, come and check out our science class which will include science projects and water rockets.

Leathercrafting 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.        Cost is $4.00

Come and join leather crafting expert, Carma Scheer, and make a personalized leathercraft item.  This is for youth and any adults who would like to learn more about leathercrafting.

To register, please call the Cassia County Extension Office and ask for Rosie or Linda at 878.9461. Don’t wait to register as class sizes are limited.  All youth must be 8 as of January 1st, 2010.  You do not have to be enrolled in 4-H to attend the classes.  There must be 6 registered in a class to hold a class and the last day to register is Monday, March 8th.

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Every Day Earth Bread

I fill a titch of spring in the air today…exciting. Why? Because it’s definitely time for a food change. I know that there is still a big bad snow storm that is going to sweep in right when we get our hopes up, and that is okay because I might not be quit ready to give up the comfort food just yet. So here is to the last of the comfort food…and hello to the flavors of spring!

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Place in bowl or mixer let stand for about 3 minutes.
  • 1 ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups high protein bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients together and mix for about 5 minutes.  When well combined add more flour if needed.  You’ll know there is enough flour when you see the dough freeing itself from the sides of your mixer.  Place in oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise for about 1 hour or until double in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Split dough into two equal size balls.  Roll into round balls and place on sheet pan.  Loosely cover with plastic and let rise again for about 30 minutes.  Remove plastic and brush generously with olive oil then sprinkle with a bit of salt and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

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Photo Of The Week – Feb 22

Photo Of The Week – Feb 22

Silhouette of a local snowboarder taking in the view.

This week I am excited to show off an amazing photo from Cindy Singleton. She is great photographer and does a lot of work on istockphoto (check her out at, and has a personal site coming out soon. You will be seeing a lot more of her work over the coming months, and I am very glad to have her hop aboard the “Go sites”. As a side note, Cindy took our wedding day pictures and they made even me look good which is a very hard thing to do.

Mike Ramsey

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Cassia County Sugarbeet Growers Awards Banquet

Wanna know something sweet?  White Satin Sugar, sold in our local grocery stores, is grown right here in the Magic Valley!  The Cassia County Sugarbeet Growers Association throws a banquet each year and recognizes the top beet-growers in our area, from rookie 4-H members to successful farmers.  This year’s top growers in the county were Oakley Idaho Crops, Darrington Farms Inc. (Shane and Robert Darrington), and Bart Bowers.  The board also recognized the top growers of each station:  Bart Bowers and Fred & Alan Hawker for Beetville, Moo View Cow Palace and Scott Turpin for Elcock, Darrington Farms Inc. and Goldenview Inc. for Hatch, Scott Beck and Craig Larson for Hobson, Harper Family Partnership for Idahome, Oakley Idaho Crops and Rick Wrigley for Kenyon, and Flying W Farms Inc. and Call Farms for Yale.  Special Awards were presented to Bob Beck, who retired after 15 years of service on the board.  Tom Garrard, who served on the Cassia County Board, Snake River Board, and Executive National Sugarbeet Board, was recognized for his distinguished service as a champion for the sugar industry.

Everyone who attended the banquet got the opportunity to participate in a raffle sponsored by: ACH Seeds, Adams Petroleum, Agriservice, AMI, Betaseed, Bio Flora, Christiansen Implement, Crop Production Services, Farm Credit, Hilleshog, Holly Hybrids, Landview, Pioneer Equipment, Simplot Soil Builders, Tires West, and Zions Bank.

4-H and FFA project winners were presented a plaque and cash award from the Cassia County Sugarbeet Growers, and an additional cash award from ACH Seeds.  First place winners received a name-embroidered coat from Butte Irrigation.  Butte Irrigation has donated these coats for over 15 years, and they are most coveted by young beet-growers!  Thanks Brice and Dale at Butte!

The Cassia County Sugarbeet Growers Association Board consists of Scott Searle, Scott Beck, Alan Harper, Shane Beck, Ken Turpin, Mike Wheeler, and newly elected Ryan Samples.

Junior Division                                                                            Intermediate Division                                                     FFA Division                                                                                                                        Senior Division (not pictured)

1st Place: Briana Beck                                                               1st Place: Brae Beck                                                           1st Place: Nate Garner                                                                                                     1st Place: Alli Webb

2nd Place: Brandon Harper (not pictured)                     2nd Place: Luci Garner                                                     2nd Place: Kyle Darrington (not pictured)                                                             2nd Place: Rebeccah Spear

3rd Place: Christopher Harper (not pictured)               3rd Place: Justin Montoya                                             3rd Place: Dallin and Jordan Darrington (tie)                                                        3rd Place: Saedee Moss

Top Record Book: Hailey Darrington                           Rookies of the Year: Hannah Beck                                Top Field Presentation: Malorie Bowen

and Savannah Searle (tie)                               Sponsored by ACH Seeds

-Brae Beck

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I Am Looking For Some People To Make A Big Difference

We are starting to build a pretty good team of contributors on Go Burley, the best place to get Burley, Idaho news. But, there is still so much room and so much that we can cover in our small town. I want to share with you a News site that I have been informed of in my dealings online. The site is called and covers the happenings in a small area for 500 people in Derbyshire, England.

This site is completely driven by local community members in order to have a source for free local news.  It is a way for individuals to give back to their community, and ultimately promote it to the rest of the world. Now, I know that we have a free weekly mailer in town that has a contributor section called the “Sound Off” but, that section doesn’t exactally do it’s part in promoting our area if you catch my drift. I am convinced that if GoBurley and future HyperLocal News sites in our Mini Cassia area become community driven, we will have the best news reporting in not only our area, but the entire state. In my opinon, news shouldn’t be a business model for profit as much as a group effort for a communty. It seems that the business model method is plagued by a hidden agenda in most cases. So, with this site, we have a very good opportunity to make a difference. With that in mind here is what I am looking for….

A Burley Area History Writer – I want to have a weekly section where an individual writes about the settlement of this area and what has happened since. This information is so important for our community to know and I have a feeling there are very few people who have been taught about it.

A Local Business Writer – I think there are some amazing businesses in our town. I would love to see owners interviewed and advice given about what has lead to success. Also, I think there should be some promotion of good deeds that our businessmen do. Another area is someone who would like to write about tips and struggles from their local business.

A Few Community Events Writers – Know I know there is a handful of people that don’t miss a library meeting, concert, church event, or anything else that happens in our area. It is time that your voice is heard and you have a place to write about your experiences here. Community Meeting attendances will triple if people only knew the cool stuff that is going on.

A Healthy Lifestyle Writer – This is more for me needing the information than anything else. I sit in front of a computer for up to 16 hours a day between my Local Search Marketing Company and a vast amount of other online projects. I need to heathly motivation and I am sure I am not alone. If you have a business that focuses on health, write for this blog and become known. I will probably use you!

There are more positions than this, but the above are a good start. I will be honest, there is no compensation with other than knowing that you are making a difference, the plan is that a large amount of the ad dollars will be given to local schools since they are starting to help with the site, but I sure to hope to have some killer pizza parties for those who get involved on a regular basis.

I decided to start GoBurley because I knew it was the right thing to do. I have met a lot of people out there who have helped because of the same reason, and I know that we are only touching the tip of the iceberg. So, please contact me through email at or the contact us link at the top of the page,  and let me know what you would be interested in contributing towards.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mike Ramsey

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Issun Boshi – BHS High School Brings Japanease Puppets To The Stage

Issun Boshi – BHS High School Brings Japanease Puppets To The Stage

Talk about a lot of “talent on the stage” hitting Burley over this upcoming few weeks! This show is something that is seriously larger than life. When we were backstage for Joseph and the blah blah blah Dreamcoat, we were surrounding by these puppets that were towering 20 ft. above us. They really got me interested in what Mr. Call was doing with this upcoming production and with opening night right around the corner, it’s time to get the word out to the community so that you can show your support.

Burley High School Drama Department’s Children Production of Issun Boshi (“Little One Inch”) is the Japanese tale of Tom Thumb and opens February 23rd 2010.  Directed by Richard B. Call, the production will run Feb. 23, 24, 25, 26 in the KFAC at BHS.  Curtain time is 7:00PM for all performances with additional 1:00PM matinee performances for our local elementary schools on Feb. 23rd and 24th.

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Burley High School Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Burley High School Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Do you wear your seat belt?  Statistics show that nearly 10,000 lives are saved each year by seat belts.   The Burley High School Student Council recently presented videos and statistics to all Burley High  Students about the importance of seat belt safety.  The videos they created can be seen here.  Enjoy!

-Brae Beck

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