Archive - 2013
The Bingham County Commissioners approved the the 2014 county budget Tuesday morning.
"It's pretty good news," said County Clerk Sara Staub. "The economy continues to get better which will make a difference to taxpayers.
"Property owners will see a savings of $25.16 per $100,000 net taxable value (after the homeowners' exemption is applied)," she said.
The budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 has increased by 4 percent, Staub said. The increase is $1,103,232 over FY 2013.
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Curt Ashton Jr., 31 year old long time resident of Fort Hall,Â died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in Pocatello from an extended illness.
Traditional burial services will take place at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24th at the Sandhill Cemetery in Fort Hall.
Gayland Durney Wright, 80, of Blackfoot,, passed away Sunday, Aug.18, 2013 at The Emerald House in Blackfoot.
He was born Dec. 9, 1932 in Blackfoot, the son of Arnold F. And Stenna Jane Durney Wright.
He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1950.Â He then attended Utah State University in Logan and enrolled in the ROTC program.Â He was a pilot in the Air Force and was stationed overseas and in the United States.
On December 19, 1978 he married Leslie Carr in Elko, Nev.Â She preceded him in death on July 22, 1994.
One of his favorite pastimes was reading.
Defending champion Shelley is the top team in the first Class 3A football poll of the season.
The Russets got seven first place votes.
Snake River is ranked fourth in the preseason poll.
Firth is ranked second in the initial Class 2A poll and Blackfoot is ranked third in the first Class 4A poll of the season.
Play begins this weekend with Idaho Falls at Blackfoot, Snake River at South Fremont, Firth at Westside and Shelley taking on West Jordan, Utah, in Holt Arena.
1. Coeur dâ€™Alene (6) 0-0 36
2. Highland (2) 0-0 33
3. Borah 0-0 15
4. Rocky Mountain 0-0 9
5. Capital 0-0 8
The Blackfoot Public Library will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 7 for the installation of a new circulation program and training on its use. Patrons are invited to come to the library through this week to stock up on what they need with no circulation limits.
"We are doing our best to still accommodate the patrons while we are closed; so there will be no circulation limit prior to the closing so that everyone can get what they need to tide them over, while we are closed, " said librarian Brenda Wilcox. No fines will be assessed during the time that the library is closed.
Rick Bigler has officially become the second candidate to announce his run for mayor of the city of Blackfoot.
Bigler filed his declaration of candidacy and petition with the city on Monday, the first official day of the two-week filing period for mayoral candidacy. He was the second person to file after economist Dan Cravens, who announced in April his intention to run for mayor in Blackfoot.
Dan Cravens, who had announced his intentions in May, filed his petition for candidacy early this morning.
In a press release he explained his reason for running.
"Blackfoot is a great community. Neighbors care about each other.Â The quality of life we enjoy here is great," Cravens said.
"However, there is a threat to our quality of life.Â We need better job opportunities for our citizens.Â Each year we lose more and more of our youth to other communities, often far from Blackfoot, because our young people feel like they need to leave our city to find opportunity.
After a summer with little rain, Blackfoot, Shelley and other parts of Bingham County got over an inch all at once.
About 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, rain and hail pounded the community, leaving 1.37 inches of water behind.
Hail, some as big as a quarter-dollar coin, also struck parts of the county. Shelley High School had enough of the icy stuff on the grass next to the building that it had the appearance of a snowdrift.
Federal regulations on small business were the theme of the business roundtable hosted by Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) Friday afternoon on the University Place campus. About 30 people attended
Risch is the highest-ranking Republican) on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
From a question about credit unions, Risch commented on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
POCATELLO â€” For the first time since fall camp began Aug. 12, the Blackfoot High School football got the chance to hit somebody else.
What was supposed to be jamboree between Blackfoot, Burley and host Highland was cut short by Mother Nature as a series of thunderstorms moved through Pocatello causing the day to halted early.