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August 17th

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes celebrate hotel grand opening

August 17, 2012

Some of the people touring the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center on Friday had good things to say about it.
"It's beautiful," said LaLyn Murray, who is bookkeeper at her husband's store, Vern's RadioShack of Blackfoot. "The rooms are outstanding.
"And the suites, who would not want to stay in that for an anniversary or something?
"This is a place you'd refer people to," Murray continued.
She and John and LaVerne Cegielnik of Chubbuck were among those who attended the grand opening celebration on Friday.

Police Log

August 17, 2012

Items of note from Aug. 5-13.

Blackfoot Police

GAS THEFT: Aug. 5, 12:38 p.m.: A caller at Maverik reported a vehicle leaving without paying for $40 in fuel.

GRAND THEFT AUTO: Aug. 5, 5:03 p.m.: A man said his motorcycle has been stolen in the last few hours.

RACCOON: Aug. 6, 12 p.m.: A caller requested someone to check on a raccoon that is locked in a car at the dollar store.

CRANE ACCIDENT: Aug. 6, 9:16 a.m.: A caller requested an ambulance for a man who has been "smashed" by a crane that has fallen on him.

2012 REGISTRATION DATES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT #55

August 17, 2012

Registration dates for the various schools in Bingham County are:

Shelley began classes on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Friday, Aug. 17
Snake River — Open House at Snake River Junior High from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 20
Snake River — First day of school for students
Firth — First day of school for students except kindergartners
Aberdeen — First day of school for students
Blackfoot — Independence Alternative High School registration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20-25

August 16th

Students pass GED Boot Camp

August 17, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Hard work and persistence has paid off for five students who made it through the first ever GED Boot Camp offered by the Idaho State University (ISU) Outreach Center in Blackfoot. A graduation celebration was held in their honor at the center on Thursday afternoon.
The 'Boot Camp' is described as a very intense six-week crash course designed to prepare students in the subjects of language, reading, science, social studies and math for the GED (General Education Diploma) and the Compass college placement tests.

August 15th

Online education gaining in popularity

August 15, 2012

As online education continues to gain in popularity, riding a school bus, juggling a backpack full of books and eating lunch in a school cafeteria are becoming a thing of the past for many students in grades K-12.
According to a recent cyber-school survey, more than 200,000 in grades K-12 are educated online today and the trend seems to be taking hold in East Idaho as well.
Proponents of the online education system say that it works for families by providing flexible schedules while creating student engagement that can't be replicated in the "brick and mortar system."

GOP picnic draws interested community members

August 15, 2012

Bingham County Republicans had a picnic at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot Wednesday evening.
"People who we haven't seen before are here," said Dan Cravens, District 31 Legislative Central Committee Chairman. "We registered some people to vote and we gained some new volunteers."
Charlie Kay, the one-man band, and Jareth Sampson of Bearded Glory provided the entertainment.
People took advantage of a cake walk. The hypnotist show, "Two Bro Hypno Show," also performed.

August 14th

Local man sentenced for domestic violence

August 14, 2012

Dustin Cash Cody, age 20, appeared before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson Monday afternoon.
Cody was arrested on March 14, 2012, and charged with (count one) domestic violence inflicting traumatic injury and (count two) attempted strangulation.
He served 15 days in jail and was released on his own recognizance.
In his plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss the attempted strangulation charge for a guilty plea. Other points of the plea agreement included, the state would recommend a withheld judgment and would not oppose probation.

West Nile virus shows up in Fort Hall mosquito traps

August 14, 2012

While there have been no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in East Idaho so far this summer, residents are urged to take precautions after mosquitoes collected in a trap during a routine test by the Fort Hall Reservation's Mosquito Abatement Program tested positive for the virus recently. Randy'L Teton, public affairs manager for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes reported that information on Tuesday.
The virus, which is spread through a mosquito bite, impacted three Idahoans last year, and one woman in Twin Falls County has contacted it so far this year, according to a press release.

Blackfoot now has fulltime taxi service

August 14, 2012

It may not be the iconic yellow taxi seen on the streets of New York City, but it is the one and only taxi service in Blackfoot and taxi driver Rob Beebe said his new business, B-B Taxi, is filling a need in the community and that his gray '92 Honda Accord works just fine as a taxi cab.
Beebe, a Blackfoot native who was born in the original Colonial Inn, definitely knows his way around the area and has plenty of experience behind the wheel as he worked as a long-haul truck driver for 35 years and drove for Country Coach for nearly five years.

August 13th

Kidnap trial moved to October

August 13, 2012

Appearing before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson, Jeremy Robert Andrus, age 30, received a continuance because he has a new defense attorney.
Defense attorney John Souza from Pocatello asked for a new trial date so he has time to prepare for it.
In June, Andrus plead not guilty to aggravated assault, attempted second degree kidnapping (the victim was not held for ransom) and attempting to elude a police officer.
Andrus was arrested May 2 after a pursuit and standoff on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, during which he threatened to commit suicide.

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