Archive - May 22, 2012 - Latest News
In the light of allegations of impropriety surrounding Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), questions have arisen about who owns the facility.
Bingham County commissioner Cleone Jolley said, â€śIf I were a farmer who owned my land and decided to lease it, I would still own the farm. The person to whom I leased it could use the land as he/she saw fit as long as the person stayed within the contract.â€ť
Bingham County owns the hospital like that farmer.
BMH, Inc., is an Idaho non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue System.
Russell Hammond, who has been the Snake River School District superintendent for the past seven years, will retire July 31.
Hammond started his education career in 1971 in the Blackfoot School District after graduating from Idaho State University.
"I taught social studies and was a counselor at the Blackfoot Junior High," said Hammond. "I left education for 16 years to own and manage a construction business with my father.
"I returned to the Blackfoot School District in 1989 as a teacher and was one of the original staff of Second Chance alternative high school.
The 'retro' marquee in front of Blackfoot High School (BHS) will soon be retired to a new location and replaced by a new state-of-the art digital marquee
thanks to a $7,000 donation from Basic American Foods.
BHS is one of a handful of local schools to receive much-needed grant money for various projects from Basic American.
Basic American Plant Manager Brent Higginson said, "Basic American believes strongly in education and gives thousands of dollars every year to schools in the area through their 'corporate giving program.' "