Archive - Jan 2013
In the first city council meeting of the new year, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue appointed Layne Gardner to fill the council seat held by Butch Hulse who died in October 2012.
Gardner is the brother of the late Chris Gardner, who was serving as a city councilman when he was killed in an ATV accident in July of 2010.
Items of note from Dec. 21 - Jan. 1.
IN MY ROOM: Dec. 21, 11:22 p.m.: A woman said someone has been in her room and several items have been misplaced but nothing is missing.
SHOTS FIRED: Dec. 22, 12:19 a.m.: A woman said she heard five or six shots coming from the east of N. Ash St.
HIGH-SPEED CHASE: Dec. 22, 5:50 a.m.: A vehicle did not yield at a stop sign and reached speeds up to 100 mph on Highway 91. An arrest was made.
ANGRY PARENTS: Dec. 23, 1:59 a.m.: A female said she needs officers now because she has angry drunken parents.
Going to work each day is a pleasure for Bob Hoffenbacker and Tom Campbell now that the two men have successfully opened Bob & Tom's Big Boar Guns, a gun store and pawn shop, across from the Potato Museum on NW Main St. in Blackfoot
Bingham County Commission Chair Cleone Jolley retires from the commission board next week.
Jolley has been a commissioner for 12 years and has been chairman from 2009 to 2013.
"I've learned a lot; it's been a good experience," said Jolley. "Some of it was not so good but for the most part, the learning experience has been good."
Jolley named several highlights of his time on the board.
"We finally have a zoning ordinance for Planning & Zoning," he said.
The review of the P&Z ordinance started in May 2005 and, after 17 drafts, was signed by the commissioners on Sept. 12, 2012.
BLACKFOOT â€” The darn ball just wouldn't go through the hole. Fresh off their heartbreaking road overtime loss at Madison, the Blackfoot Broncos faced off with another 5A school on Friday night and trailing by three points with thirty seconds left in the contest the Broncos got not one, not two, but five different shots at tying the ball game. Unfortunately for the Blackfoot fans on each and everyone of those attempts, the ball just would not cooperate as the Broncos fell to Skyline 51-48.
"You can't fault the looks we got," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "We had the ball in the hands of our shooters. We couldn't have asked for a whole lot more."
At the end of December, Bingham County officials launched a new program to help community residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications.
Through a partnership with the National Association of County (NACo), the free Prescription Discount Card program provides area residents with a card that is saving consumers across the country an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, said Sharon Strum, Bingham County Welfare Director.
"Bingham County is not sponsoring this program; we are just making it available," Strum said.
Bingham County residents, along with local and regional dignitaries, offered an excellent show of support at the Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello Friday afternoon as Blackfoot resident Scott Axline was sworn in as the new Bannock County Magistrate Judge. Axline takes the place of the Honorable Gaylen Box who recently retired as a full time magistrate judge to work as a senior judge for the state of Idaho.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â A two-vehicle crash on US 26 at milepost 297 near Blackfoot sent one man to the hospital Thursday morning.
According to the Idaho State Police report, James Miller, 52, of Herriman, Utah, was driving west on US 26 in a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup. Mark Bynum, 52, of Blackfoot, was attempting a left hand turn out of a residence onto US 26. Bynum was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.
Bynum did not yield to Miller's vehicle and was struck on the driver's side. Miller was driving a service pickup from Culligan.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot school board members received no visible flak from the public at a brief meeting Thursday night where they unanimously moved to proceed with a $1.975 million "maintenance and operation" supplemental levy election on March 12.
The levy, which was originally formed in 2007 to help supplement teachers salaries and invest in technology and facilities for the students, is up for renewal every two years.
THOMAS â€” It was the conference opener for the Snake River Lady Panthers on Thursday evening and the Lady Panthers made short work of the visiting Lady Bears from Bear Lake as they enacted the mercy rule in a 57-28 blow out victory.
Four different Lady Panthers cracked double digit scoring for Snake River with Scout Baldwin leading the charge with 14 points on the evening. Madison Pilster added 13. Makena Shelley scored 12 and Kylie Coby had 10 in the blow out.