Archive - May 2012 - Latest News
The warning signs of abuse in a teen dating relationship aren't hard to spot in this high tech age that we live in but they are important for everyone to know.
A free presentation on abuse in teen dating relationships was held at Bingham Memorial Hospital Monday with attorney Fred Zundel of Idaho Legal Aid Services in Pocatello and Dixie Chapman, executive director of Bingham Crisis Center the hosts/
"The key is to catch the dynamic of domestic abuse early and rectify it," Zundel said. "We need to stop the abuse in early ages before a guy has spent 10 to 15 years pounding on a woman."
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.' "
Items of note from May 8-11.
CAT TROUBLE: May 8, 11:57 p.m.: A caller said they are having problems with the cats from a neighbor. They said the neighbor has more than 20 cats.
DOOR-TO-DOOR: May 8, 8:43 p.m.: A caller said a group of people are selling items door-to-door and they are concerned because it is getting late in the evening.
BIKE THEFT: May 8, 11:29 p.m.: A caller said someone has stolen his bike.
KIDS PLAYING: May 9, 4:05 p.m.: A caller said some eight or nine year-old kids are playing mailboxes. They said the kids have been told to stop but refuse to.
Winners for the 2012 Eastern Idaho Awards Ceremony were announced Saturday as part of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.
Blackfoot's Hallie Miles earned second place in the kindergarten division. She won a certificate and a bag of goodies.
Hallie story, with original artwork, was entitled, â€śRainbow Fairies.â€ť
In Hallieâ€™s story, there are seven rainbow fairiesâ€”red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet.
â€śThese fairies sing all the time, everywhere they go,â€ť her story concludes.
The PBS writers contest is for kindergartners through third graders.
A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Competitors came from Idaho, Montana and Utah, but a man from Blackfoot won the overall championship of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More on Saturday.
John Taberna ran the 26.2-mile course around the community in three hours and two minutes.
Taberna said the marathon was his first in seven years. He and his wife run the Pocatello series of 5- and 10-kilometer races and he regularly competes in half-marathons.
"They claim you have to do marathon training to get better at the half," Taberna said. "Since this was local, I said, 'why not?'
An impressive amount of scholarships and awards were presented to Blackfoot High School (BHS) 'Class of 2012' students at the 'Honors and Awards' Assembly sponsored by the National Honor Society at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center last week.
Vicki Johnson, counselor and Dean of Students at BHS, said , "This is a great class, it's very impressive the amount of students who have earned scholarship for themselves...and there are l more to come..."
Fort Hall skateboard Talon Teton and his friends will soon have a skate park to call their own.
Teton participated in the groundbreaking for the Shoshone-Bannock Skate Park on Friday.
"Right now I'm at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot skating every day," Teton said. "I've been skating six years. It's a good way to stay in shape."
The Snake River High School senior and his friends will have another venue by August.
That's when the 4,800-square foot in-ground facility will open. It's also when a Grand Slam Skate Jam is scheduled as part of the Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival.