Archive - Aug 2012
The 2013 budget for Bingham County is lower than the 2012 version and the levy is also lower. In the upcoming budget, taxpayers will pay $15.53 less per $100,000 taxable value.
Taxable values in the county have increased.
"Levies are down because [taxable] values went up," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub.
Bingham County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2013 budget.
There is a $35,943 decrease in the 2013 budget. In 2012, the budget totaled $27,250,512. Next year's budget totals $27,214,469.
Only electors living in Blackfoot School Zone 1 can vote in the recall election of trustee Peter Lipovac from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Electors living in Precinct 6 will vote at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. Electors living in Precinct 4 will vote at Stalker Elementary and electors living on the reservation will vote at Fort Hall Elementary.
The reasons for the recall and Lipovac's comments about the recall are printed on the ballot.
On Monday Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Robert Arch Sims, 47, of Blackfoot for one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Simpson denied probation to Sims saying that "denying probation would diminish the seriousness of his crime." He went on to sentence Sims to six years (fixed and determined) in the Idaho Department of Correction (with 15 years undetermined). Sims was given credit for the 77 days that he has already spent in jail.
"This means no less than six years and no more than 15 years," Simpson explained.
Christopher Charles Cox, 39, the former principal at the Snake River Junior High School, was sentenced Monday for one count of sexual abuse of a child under 16-years-of-age.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced Cox to not less than three and not more than 18 years in the Idaho Department of Correction.
Cox was given credit for the 54 days he has already served in jail.
Cox was also fined $10,000. He must pay court costs of $150.50 and make a $375 payment to the victim's relief fund.
With the voice of a smooth and mellow middle-aged man and the acoustic stylings on the strings of a guitar from a 28-year-old, Bart Bradford and Steven Muldenhauer create a sound that is undefinable. Bradford said, "I wanted to be more like Metallica but it comes out more like Simon and Garfunkelesque."
Bradford and Muldenhauer create an unlikely duo which came together after both were in the musical "Brigadoon" which The Blackfoot Community Players presented at the Nuart Theater.
David Kerns is the new principal at Rockford Elementary in the Snake River School District. He is also the federal programs director.
He brings lots of experience to these positions in that he is entering his 30th year in the education profession.
Kerns grew up in Potlatch.
â€śI grew up surrounded with dry land farming,â€ť Kerns said. â€śThis is like going home to me.
â€śI see it out my window every day,â€ť he said.
Kerns attend the University of Idaho before going on an LDS mission to Bolivia.
Two Bingham County natives were among 10 recipients (featuring veterans, businessmen, teachers and scientists) who received 2012 Idaho Hometown Hero Medals from U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, at a poignant and patriotic ceremony at Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello on Friday.
The awards are in celebration of individuals who show commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improve communities throughout Idaho and a create a better world for the future.
THOMAS â€” Wyatt Wray hit Bret Parkinson for a pair of touchdown passes and the Snake River Panthers opened defense of their 3A state title with a resounding 57-18 home win over South Fremont on Friday night.
"I told the kids before the game that if they did three things; no turnovers, no penalties and if they tackled that they would win and they took care of all three of them," Snake River head coach Jeff Dalley said. "I was happy with both sides of the ball. I thought that the kids played a good game."
FIRTH â€” For those who thought that last years run to the championship game was a fluke think again. The Firth Cougars are for real, and they showed that in good old Firth Football fashion Friday night as they dismantled West Side 44-18 in the season opener.
The Cougars started the first drive of the game at their own 32 yard line and called on Mitch Ormeâ€™s number 5, over and over again. Firth was facing a 4th and 17 as they drew something up out of the Boise State playbook with a hook and ladder to Orme, to get them down to the goal line where Nick Andersen punched it in from 3 yards out Orme got the 2 point conversion.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's Senator Mike Crapo, veterans, families and friends honored Congressional Gold Medal winners Kazuo Endow and Agie Harada at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center Friday afternoon.
The two WWII veterans were part of Army 442nd Regiment that was the most decorated and most decimated unit of its size and length of service during the war. The unit served in Italy the last 11 months of WWII.
Every member of the battalion received a Congressional Gold Medal.
Many veterans from the 442nd received their medals in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2011.