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Although the results aren't visible just yet, representatives of various companies have shown an interest in bringing them and jobs to Bingham County.
"Economic development is just like a good courtship," county commissioner Ladd Carter said during a recruitment luncheon on Wednesday.
Roger Chase, who is a consultant to the Bingham Economic Development Council (BEDC), noted that representatives of five companies have made site visits to possible locations in the county.
Shelley Police are asking the public to help in locating a white truck. Specifically, it is thought the vehicle is a Ford Ranger with an extended cab, a late 90s, early 2000s model, said Cpl. Kent Swanson.
"We would like to locate the owner of the white truck to question about possible involvement," said Swanson.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, an unarmed man walked into the East Idaho Credit Union, 418 W. Fir St. in Shelley, passed a note to a teller demanding money. He escaped on foot with an unspecified amount of cash. No one was hurt.
The Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds will be lively with activity now through Sunday as members of the Idaho Good Sam Organization (RV Club) roll into Blackfoot with their RV's and an agenda filled with food, learning, entertainment and fellowship for the club's annual camp out and rally - '2012 Samboree.'
This year's Samboree theme is 'Here We Have Idaho,' and Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue, along with state directors from the various Good Sam chapters, signed an official proclamation Tuesday afternoon welcoming them to Blackfoot for the week.
On a blustery Wednesday morning, officials from State Hospital South recognized the donations of family and community members which has enabled them to memorialize 30 people who are buried in their cemetery.
"We placed 30 headstones in the last month, bringing the total to 48," said assistant hospital administrator Diane Yarrington. She pointed out that approximately 1,000 people were buried in the cemetery east of the main campus from 1886 to the early 1980s.
The East Idaho Credit Union at 418 W. Fir St. in Shelley was robbed around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The suspect is one male subject. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black hat, red hoodie and sunglasses. He appeared to in his late teens, early 20s.
There were no weapons, Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson said.
Shortly after the credit union was robbed, a stolen vehicle was reported.
"We assume the two incidents are tied together," the sheriff said.
Police later reported that they had recovered the stolen vehicle in another part of the community.
Wednesday's Blackfoot City Council meeting was primarily informational in nature.
Mayor Mike Virtue received final approval for an airport lease agreement with NezGro Aerial Applicators. The company has paid the city $3,600 to use a hangar for one year.
Virtue also pointed out that the city and its fire fighters have realized there is no benefit to renegotiating their contract at this time. So the council approved extension of that pact for one year.
The rain, wind and unseasonably cold temperatures didn't damper the spirits of 85 fifth grade students from Blackfoot and Fort Hall as they each wheeled away a brand new 21-speed Diamond Back mountain bike Tuesday evening, a reward from Phil Meador Toyota for having perfect attendance this past school year.
The second half of the 2011 property tax is due by Wednesday, June 20, 2012, according to Bingham County Tax Collector Janice Lawes.
If you are coming into the office to pay, bring your tax bills with you.
If you are mailing your payment, include the appropriate payment stub to facilitate proper credit. Early payment is encouraged, to avoid long lines or unexpected circumstances that might prevent you from making payment on the due date.
Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments may be mailed to 501 N Maple #210, Blackfoot ID 83221.
BLACKFOOT --Â With recent concerns raised by Stalker Elementary parents after the hiring of a uncertified teacher, officials in the Blackfoot School District spoke out to clarify the process.
Hiring procedures used in the Blackfoot School District aim to have a level playing field for all applicants.
Superintendent Dr. Scott Crane said, â€śThe process tries to be fair and consistent.â€ť
"We try to hire the best qualified candidate who best meets the needs of the district and the school.
Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot was bursting at the seams as hundreds of friends and family members honored and remembered Blackfoot native and city councilman Farrell Cammack Monday afternoon.
Cammack, 69, who was Blackfoot's longest running city council member, died of cancer at his home last Tuesday evening.
Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray, who attended the funeral in full uniform to honor his friend and colleague, said, "He was a great listener and a 'wealth of information' and support to the fire department. He will be missed."