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BLACKFOOT â€” Officials from several agencies are still working to determine just what caused the water in an eastern Idaho irrigation ditch to become electrified, killing three people.
Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson says his office, state and private investigators and Idaho Power Company officials are all reviewing the deaths of 31-year-old Jacquelyn Poulson, 41-year-old Lance Hicks and 49-year-old Keith Tarpley. The three died in succession Thursday after entering an irrigation ditch containing electrified water.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly $8,000 in funds from the Idaho Community Foundation's (ICF) Eastern Regional Grants Panel will directly benefit five projects in Bingham County. Butch Hulse of Blackfoot, who is on the grant awards committee, was instrumental in getting the funds headed to the county.
The ICF selected 54 non-profit organizations in East Idaho to receive more than $83,000 through its annual grant cycle.
"I am very pleased," Hulse said. "This is a competitive grant program; I worked hard and was able to get a good share of this money for Bingham County"
BLACKFOOT â€” A proposal to make Jensen Grove a smoke-free recreation area is expected to be a hot topic and the Blackfoot city council moved, in Tuesday night's city council meeting, to hold a public hearing on the proposal in October.
Councilmen Butch Hulse and Christopher Jensen suggested designating smoke-free areas in the park; however, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said he fears this would simply be too hard to enforce. "It is going to be difficult to draw a line in the sand as to where people can smoke and where they can't and enforcement will be a concern," he said.
Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Keeping children safe is a priority for parents, school officials, law enforcement and one concerned Boy Scout trying to earn his Eagle Scout Award.
One way to help in this endeavor is to keep a fingerprint card for each child in the family.
Joseph Earl, a 14-year-old from Snake River, sought to do just that during the Eastern Idaho State Fair Parade Saturday morning.
"I figured with as many kids there would be we could get done in a couple of hours." said Earl.
Safe Place is aiding children and parents should they become separated on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Safe Place volunteers greet families at the gate. The Safe Place tent is located next to the entrance to the midway (the rides).
Should the parents desire the service, each child is given a bright yellow sticker. The parentâ€™s cell phone number of written on the sticker.
â€śWe ask for no names,â€ť said Safe Place volunteer Jacque Burt. â€śIf the child and parents become separated, the child can come here or go to a security officer.
BLACKFOOT â€” There is a dark cloud of sadness hanging over Blackfoot and throughout the region this week, as funeral preparations are made for three Blackfoot residents (Jackie Poulson, 31, Lance Hicks, 41, and Keith Tarpley) who entered into an electrically charged canal and were electrocuted Thursday night in the Groveland area.
And while residents are out enjoying the Eastern Idaho State Fair and other end-of-the-summer activities, the tragedy is weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of everyone in the community.