Archive - Aug 2012 - Latest News
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is a slogan that should be familiar and it's a concept that the Fort Hall Police Department is taking seriously as they join with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crackdown hard on drunk drivers now through Sept. 7.
According to For Hall Police Captain Mark Massey, the crackdown will include high visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints and will be supported by a national paid advertising campaign to raise awareness of the effort.
Elvis Has Left The Building and the band arrived in Blackfoot Wednesday evening to perform before an appreciative audience of about 200 people.
The band was performing as part of Music in the Park series that performs at Courthouse Square throughout the summer.
Band members are Angier Wells from Pocatello, Matt Murdoch from Blackfoot and Greg Mladenka from Pocatello. Kim Tweedy from Tweedy's Music in Blackfoot was on percussion.
The band performed its own music. The band's style is upbeat and easy listening.
A summer of quiet residential streets has given way to hundreds of school-aged children heading to bus stops and school yards all over town as back to school is in full swing in Shelley and other area communities. With the 'increase' of bicyclists and pedestrians, Shelley police officer Robert Tincher warns drivers that there better be a 'decrease' in speed.
A recall election for Blackfoot School District Zone 1 trustee Peter Lipovac is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Only people living in the Blackfoot School District Zone 1 will be allowed to vote in this recall election.
The point of contention comes down to:
Did Lipovac have or did he need prior approval to travel to a conference in New Mexico and then be able to charge the school district for reimbursement?
Members of the City Council approved Blackfoot's budget for final publication on Tuesday. The budget is $15,026,087 for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said that the city's revenues come from taxes, fees (garbage, water, sewer) grants and some miscellaneous revenue such as from the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming Pool, park reservation fees and airport fuel taxes (which will be new revenue this year).
AUGUST 18, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” A family argument that started as a debate over a funeral has now ended with jail time for Jesse William Whipkey. The 67-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault after he pulled a loaded weapon on his daughter, Amy Mayer, at his home during a dispute.
Judge David C. Nye presided over Whipkey's trial and said of the sentencing, "In my years as a judge I have had occasions to sentence killers, and those charged with aggravated assault. It is safe to sayâ€¦ this is the most difficult sentencingâ€¦ so far."
Snake River trustees voted to increase the drivers' education fees from $85 to $110, effective next year. The increase goes into effect Friday, March 1, 2013.
This fee increase includes an increase in the driver education teacher's salary from $17.50 to $20 per hour. This salary increase brings the driver education teacher's salary more in line with the state average.
Trustees also approved the bus routes and safe busing.
These decisions were made at the August Snake River school board meeting last week.
It's about fun, fitness and giving back to the community. Sandy McKinlay, owner (and personal wellness coach) of Sweet Life Nutrition in Shelley, is sponsor of an end of summer 5K walk on Saturday. The entry fee to participate in the walk is a donation of food and/or baby items to help replenish the Bingham County Food Bank.
"There is such a great need to restock the food bank; we'll take as much or as little as a person can give," McKinlay stressed.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School's (BHS) new head cross country coach Brint Jefferis has set a goal to qualify his team for the state competition this school year. A new training routine on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation is hopefully giving the team the cutting edge that they need to do it.
While new to the BHS cross country team, Jefferis is the high school's tennis coach and also a physical education teacher for Fort Hall Elementary School. He is familiar with the terrain on the reservation and saw it to be ideal training ground for the team.
The 45-member cast of "The Secret Garden" is ready to perform. The musical, produced by the Snake River High School Musical Theatre, opens at 7 p.m. Monday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Snake River High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $5.
Fourth grader Lyndsie Larsen is the lead character, Mary. She is in almost every scene and is doing a marvelous job.
Her mom said, "She loves everything about the stage."
The cast was selected in April.
Playing other lead roles are:
Â° Nathan Brady as Archibald Craven,
Â° Sean Grayson as Dr. Neville Craven,