Archive - Jul 2012 - Latest News
Shirley Brumfield, president of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce, introduced Letitia (Tish) Dahmen as the organization's new executive director on Wednesday.
Dahmen replaces Leah Rigby, who resigned for personal reasons, effective Monday.
She has a journalism degree from the University of Idaho and has worked in marketing, advertising and editing.
"I worked for the Chamber in Heber City (Utah) for five years and I loved the work," Dahmen said of her decision to seek the director's position.
BLACKFOOTâ€” The Charlotte fire that burned the Mink Creek area June 28, leaving 66 families without homes, has hit close to home in Blackfoot, leaving many wanting to reach out and help those affected.
Zumba instructor Lacy Grover noticed how many of her own students were willing to offer what they had and quickly put together a combined effort for donations.
Sgt. Joseph A. Hale (retired) from Blackfoot received his gold spurs Tuesday for being a soldier with the 116th HBCT (Heavy Brigade Combat Team) from Idaho. He served two tours of duty in Iraq.
Lt. Col. Kenyon Kofoed and Sgt. Marcus Adams made the presentation. Kofoed and Adams serve with the Idaho National Guard. Hale was recognized before all the employees at Spudnik in Blackfoot where he is employed.
Hale was recognized for being a soldier with Operation New Dawn whose aim was to free the people of Iraq. The certificate also noted his ability using a carbine, pistol and sabre.
Jerad Rene Contreras, who was arrested on a parole violation, has been sentenced to complete his sentences on two previous felonies. Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson imposed the sentence Monday afternoon.
In 2007, Contreras was sentenced to two years fixed and three years indeterminate for burglary. In 2009, he was sentenced to two years fixed with three years indeterminate for aggravated assault. The sentences were to run concurrently.
He received credit for 633 days served in jail for his 2007 offense and 585 days on his 2009 offense.
Appearing before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson, Robert Arch Sims, age 47, pled guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
Counts two and three for lewd conduct with a child under 16 were dismissed, said Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Andrew.
Sims is from Blackfoot. The lewd conduct reportedly occurred from Christmas 2011 through March 2012.
Andrew said the victim was interviewed twice by Bingham County detectives and her testimony both times was "very consistent."
Sims will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dennis Rinehart of Blackfoot describes himself as just a regular 'Joe Shmoe.' However, he is a 'Joe Shmoe' who believes without a shadow of a doubt that he has had not one...but two...encounters with Bigfoot.
Rinehart replied to a local advertisement, put out by the Animal Planet Television Network, seeking Bigfoot stories from eastern Idaho for the show: 'Finding Bigfoot.' He and approximately 20 others responded to the ad and gathered in Pocatello last month with the show's producers for a 'town hall meeting' to tell their Bigfoot stories.
Blackfoot Pride Days "are going to be great," said Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue. "The vendors are coming in, Juan is here for the sprint boat demonstration," the mayor said. "There are airplane rides and snow machine races.
"It's going to be super," said Virtue.
Locations of the various activities are noted.
Â° 7 a.m. registration starts from 2012 Car & Bike Show
Registration is $10. There will be auto trophies, motorcycle trophies and prizes for contestants wearing period costumes. Cash prizes for first place winners.
The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
BLACKFOOT â€” Appearing before Judge Gregory Moeller in Seventh District Court on Thursday, Christopher Cox, the former principal of Snake River Junior High School, changed his plea to guilty on one of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16 days. Prosecutors dropped the other charges in exchange for the guilty plea.
Cox's court appearance came just days before his scheduled jury trial on July 11.
Family members raised a flag in honor of longtime Blackfoot resident and World War II veteran Worth B McNeel at a ceremony outside Ridley's grocery store in Blackfoot on Wednesday.
McNeel was born on Feb. 19, 1921. When World War II broke out in 1941 he was attending school at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps and was called to active duty in April of 1943 where he reported to Fort Douglas, Utah.