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May 18th, 2012

James Haroldsen

May 18, 2012

James Henry Haroldsen, 73, of Pingree, Idaho passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to an aortic dissection.
 
He was born June 22, 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Ancel Henry Haroldsen and Eliza Eldora Andersen Haroldsen. He grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School.
James continued his education at Brigham Young University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Husbandry.
 

Merle Eskelsen, 85

May 18, 2012

Merle Hillman Eskelsen, of Idaho Falls, formerly of Blackfoot  passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the age of 85.  Merle was the wife of the late Milton Dwayne Eskelsen of Blackfoot, Idaho.
             Merle was born on January 8, 1927, the daughter of Gheen Hillman and Eva Buxton in Driggs, Teton County, Idaho. 

Board ratifies contract

May 18, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Members of the Blackfoot School District board of trustees ratified next year's contract with the Blackfoot Education Association at Thursday's meeting.
According to BEA Co-President Bobbie Jo Steffensen, the district offer is for a 1.25 percent pay increase to the members' base salaries. In addition, she said, the district will pay for any increases in insurance premiums for the next year.
Board members heard a report on teacher evaluations from committee member Alicia Higginson and on Pay for Performance from Anthony Peterson.

Accusers to speak to commissioners

May 18, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The rumor mill is swirling around Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
"We are concerned about it [BMH]; that everything is upright," said Bingham County Commissioner A. Ladd Carter. "There have been ongoing allegations of wrong doing.
"The hospital now employs 600 employees," he said. "It has a significant impact on the community.
"We want to see it be successful," said Carter.
An executive session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the BMH Board of Directors and the County Commissioners.

May 17th

Elawadly given 10 years to life

May 18, 2012

IDAHO FALLS — Geoffrey Salem Elawadly, age 24, was sentenced Thursday for the second degree murder of Anthony (A.J.) Camp on March 22, 2011.
Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling sentenced Elawadly to a minimum of 10 years to life in the Idaho Department of Correction.
Elawadly had confessed to second degree murder. In the plea agreement, the deadly weapon enhancement and the two counts of aggravated assault were dismissed.
Elawadly's seven year indeterminate sentence for possession of a controlled substance will be served concurrently with the second degree murder sentence.

Parkinson K's 13 in Panther win

May 17, 2012

ONTARIO, OR – Senior hurler Shane Parkinson struck out thirteen Tigers and Zane Stephenson drove in three runs as the Snake River Panthers advanced to the winners side of the state baseball tournament bracket with a 5-0 victory over Timberlake on Thursday morning.
“This was big,” Parkinson said. “This is my senior year and I definitely didn’t want anything but the winners bracket this year.”
Parkinson was big all day long as he limited the Timberlake lineup to just two hits on the day in the complete game victory.

Execution date set for Leavitt, convicted of 1984 Blackfoot Murder

May 17, 2012

(Boise) – Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling issued a death warrant today for Richard A. Leavitt for the July 1984 murder of Danette Elg in Blackfoot, Idaho.  The execution date is set for June 12, 2012.

Leavitt, convicted of the brutal murder of 31 year old Danette Elg in 1984, will be given lethal injection.
Elg was murdered in her home after being attacked with a knife, sustaining 15 separate stab and slash wounds and sexually mutilated. Prosecutors say that Leavitt cut out her sexual organs while she died or shortly after.

May 16th

Shelley Fire District bond fails; school bond passes

May 16, 2012

Needing two-thirds of the vote to pass, the Shelley-Firth fire district bond failed by 32 votes or 0.35 percent.
Fire district administrators had asked voters to pass a $1.7 million bond to build a new fire station in Shelley.
The Firth Fire District would also have benefited with $300,000 for its needs.
"We're disappointed we didn't win," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "We want to thank everyone who worked really hard on the bond and thank everyone who voted for it.
"Maybe we will try again," said Carter.
The vote by precinct for and against the fire district bond:

Republicans turn out in Bingham County

May 16, 2012

A strong Republican showing in Tuesday's primary election propelled candidates into the general eection in Bingham County.
"We are very happy with the high turnout," said Dan Cravens, Bingham County Republican Central Committee secretary. "In six precincts, more ballots needed to be supplied.
"That speaks highly of a lot of enthusiasm for Republican candidates and is a positive sign for the Fall," Cravens said.
Congressman Mike Simpson will face Nicole LeFavour in the November election.

Protestors bring message to Blackfoot

May 16, 2012

Set up in front of the U.S. Post Office in Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon were Gene Schenk and Steve DeMartini who represent the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (PAC).
"Lyndon LaRouche is the intellectual, i.e., the Benjamin Franklin of this generation," said Schenk. LaRouche's last run for the Presidency was in 2004.
"We are Democrats after the likeness of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy," he said.

 

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