The repercussions of the number one local story of 2012 - Joyce Bingham/Post Register vs. Blackfoot School District - will undoubtedly carry deep into the new year.
On Dec. 11, 2012, former Blackfoot High School and patron Joyce Bingham learned that she had won a lawsuit against Blackfoot School District in what was a six-month quest to view documents revealing a district payout of $105,428 listed as 'contracted services from July 2012.'
New Year parties were filled with the traditional noisemakers and champagne bottles fizzing; however, any balloons that were dropped were probably sad and droopy-looking, filled with just a little bit of helium, if any at all.
A worldwide shortage of the 'lighter than air' non-renewable gas has not only sucked the air out of party plans, but has deflated the profits of local businesses since last spring's proms, weddings and graduations.
Kya Nelson, manger of Blackfoot's Honk's $1.00 Store, said her store has been out of helium for seven months.
In May, it was revealed Louis Kraml, administrator of Bingham Memorial Hospital, and Dan Cochran, an associate and friend of Kraml's, had formed a coding, billing company called International Consulting Services (ICS), LLC.
A contract was proposed between ICS and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHC) in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory.
At that time, Kraml's contract with BMH did not prevent him from outside contracts such as the one in Saipan. Now he must consult with board members before making outside contracts.