Archive - Jan 2012 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT - The Bingham County Courthouse is on lockdown after an envelope containing white powder was discovered in the Treasurer's Office.
Update 3:45 p.m.: The courthouse remains on lockdown. The regional hazmat team from Pocatello has suited up and is running a battery of test on the substance outside the courthouse.
BLACKFOOT â€“ An evidentiary hearing for Nathan Anthony Walker, age 20, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. He is charged with a probation violation.
The alleged violation is being a minor in possession of alcohol on Dec. 22.
Defense attorney,Stephen Blaser requested Walkerâ€™s evidentiary hearing be set during Walkerâ€™s spring break. He is attending Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore.
Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos agreed to set the hearing in early March.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Stefano Bronzati, a Salt Lake City businessman, stood amid the debris in the former Winger's Restaurant in Blackfoot earlier this week, he discussed the future of the building.
"This is completely different than it was before," he said of what will become the prototype for Winger's Express.
"When you walk in, you come and order at the counter," Bronzati added. He said Winger's Express will be similar to quick service restaurants such as Cafe Rio, Rumbi Island Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. All food will be cooked to order.
BLACKFOOT â€” Several local kids have been working for several months on the first TaVaci School of Performing Arts TaVaci Teen mini-musicalâ€”"Adventures of a Comic Book Artist."
The show will open tonight and continue Jan. 14, 16 and 17 at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
"Adventures of a Comic Book Artist" is a mini-musical based on comic book heroes. Director Breclyn Everett said it is a fun show for the entire family.
Items of note from Dec. 30-Jan. 4
DROWSY DRIVER: Dec. 30, 7:58 p.m.: A caller at Arctic Circle said there is man in the drive through that had slurred speech and fell asleep.
FIGHT: Dec. 31, 1:35 a.m.: A caller said there may be a fight behind the Best Western Inn.
GAS THEFT: Dec. 31, 3:57 p.m.: A caller at Chevron reported a man driving off without paying for $80 in gas.
SATAN: Jan. 1, 11:49 a.m.: A caller requested an officer because a man is disrupting the church and making statements that he is Satan.
BLACKFOOT â€” Forecasters have been predicting wet weather will return the second half of January, and it appears that the area may get to see some rain and snow next week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that the upper ridge that has contributed to dry, cold weather in Eastern Idaho since late November is expected to move north, allowing a Pacific jet to move in and bring moisture to the Pacific Northwest as early as Sunday and continuing through next week.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho Doctors' Hospital has been recognized as one of the top health care facilities in the country for patient satisfaction.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named the Idaho Doctors' Hospital as a 2011 Summit Award winner for inpatient patient satisfaction. It is one of 98 organizations to receive the honor in 2011 and one of 87 to be recognized for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.
On an annual average basis, the price Idahoans paid for gasoline in 2011 was higher than any prior year, even surpassing the watershed year of 2008 when the Gem State averaged $3.29 a gallon and set a record daily price of $4.16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Relay for Life will be hosting a kick-off event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center, 310 N. Meridian St. Suite D in Blackfoot.
The event also serves as the monthly Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. There will be refreshments, games and information about Relay for life teams and upcoming Relay events. The public is invited.
This year's Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 15. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back against the disease.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot attorney Justin Oleson will represent Bingham County on the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board.
"I am looking forward to doing what I can to represent Bingham County," Oleson said.
The Bingham County commissioners made the appointment this week.
"The commissioners asked if I was interested and I agreed to do it," he said. "I try to do what I can to help out the community.