Archive - 2013
Eighteen-year-old Marcus Ian Medina has been sentenced on three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
On Wednesday, Medina appeared before Seventh Judicial Court District Judge Darren Simpson. Two of the original five counts of lewd conduct were dismissed on motion of the prosecutor.
The victim's father, LeRoy DeVar Saline II, gave a victim's impact statement.
Saline stated Marcus had dropped out of school and got into fights at school.
"He [Marcus] has a lot of anger and disrespect," he said. "He blew off any regard for others or responsibility of family.
The Blackfoot Chamber is seeking donations and ideas to help keep the annual 4th of July fireworks show at Jensen Grove going.
"For many years, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce has has graciously sponsored the free 4th of July fireworks at Jensen Grove," said Tish Dahmen, the chamber's executive director. "The community has come to love and expect it; however, funding it is becoming increasingly difficult each year."
Dahmen said that through the years, the $10,000 firework show has been paid for by the Chamber and the generous donations of local businesses.
THOMAS â€” It was a good day to play two and that is just what the Snake River Panther baseball squad did, although they ended both games early with the visiting Sugar-Salem Diggers, as they swept the twin bill 11-0 in game one and 15-5 in the nightcap on Friday.
"Honestly it was the same thing as our first game on Wednesday," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We had small ball set the table for the guys coming up behind looking for the buffet. We hit the heck out of the ball today."
Thursday, elementary students swarmed the courthouse to be transported into the 19th century as they explored Bingham County's history.
Each student was given a book to fill out. There were questions to answer, stickers to obtain, people to meet and lots of displays to see.
Rockford Elementary fourth grader Stephanie Miranda said the displays were "good."
After leaving the re-creation of an 1887 trial, Rockford student Mary Anderson said, "The jury listened to the evidence."
Rockford student Alexa Rodriguez said she learned that "Sara Woods was murdered."
Blackfoot School District trustee Taylor Johansen announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election for his Zone 4 seat in May. Johansen was appointed to the board in October 2011 to fill the remainder of trustee Bryce Lloyd's term. Lloyd resigned from the board for personal reasons.
Johansen said that he will support businessman Derek Preece to fill his seat in the upcoming election.
In a statement released on Thursday, Johansen wrote, "After a great deal of thought, I have decided that I will not seek election for trustee of Blackfoot School District.
Mother Nature offered mild springlike temperatures for the opening day of the Blackfoot Golf Course and driving range Thursday. This year, for the first time, the City of Blackfoot will manage the "Smooth Swing Driving Range," privately owned by Bill and Rita Pope of Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Golf Pro Mike Dayley said this is a good move for the city and golfers.
"The city is leasing the driving range from the Popes'," Dayley said. "This is something the city has been working on for awhile and the timing was right for the Popes."
By MARK HIGH
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco baseball squad opened their 2013 season on Thursday afternoon and after a shaky start, the men in green pulled it all together in a 7-6 hard fought victory over 5A Idaho Falls.
"Like I told the boys, first game of the season and we saw a lot of good things and we also saw a lot of things that we can work to improve on," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "Overall I'm proud of the boys though. Idaho Falls are a good, young, well coached team and its always big to pick up a win against them."
Jack Ray Dyer, 55, of Rigby passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 11, 2013 in Rexburg.
Jack was born Oct. 3, 1957, in Pocatello to jerry Ray dyer and Nadine Frasure Dyer. He grew up on the Fort Hall Reservation and In Blackfoot. He graduated from Blackfoot High School and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix. Jack worked as a registered nurse in various places, including Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and Bingham Memorial Hospital.
In 2010, Bingham County began a project to index and preserve estate files from 1885-1922 and use the â€˜best practicesâ€™ for archival storage. As a clerk on the project I was fascinated with the early records and what they contained. Along with the required court documents the records contained receipts from established businesses at the time, creditor letters with unique letterhead, land grant records, naturalization papers, and one contained letters written from the Civil War battlefield.
Morning News-Lisa Lete
Students at Stalker Elementary School had a GRRRReat time checking out real bearskins and listening to Jennifer Jackson, Idaho Fish & Game Regional Conservation Educator, talk about Idaho bears Wednesday evening. It was all part of the school's bear-themed 'Family Reading Night' where students and their families enjoyed a free dinner, read books, played games and learned all about bears at various 'bear dens' set up throughout the school.