Archive - Jan 2013 - Latest News
Building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot is a concept that has been kicked around off and on for years. Blackfoot native Jim Patrick is adamant that the time to move forward with a plan "is now."
Patrick, who lives east of town, addressed Blackfoot's City Council on Tuesday in hopes of lighting a fire under city leaders to aggressively look into it.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blake Hawker has never had any inhibitions about becoming a funeral director. He believes this is what he was meant to do.
Hawker, 27, earned his mortician's license in December and will now work with his father Perry as a funeral director at Hawker Funeral Home on Shilling Street in Blackfoot, with the intention of eventually taking over the family business.
When asked why he chose the funeral business as a career, Hawker replied, "I grew up around this business. I helped at funerals when I was kid. This is all I've known."
On Tuesday, District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Jeremy Robert Andrus, 31, to not less than four years and no more than five years for aggravated assault on Tuesday. Andrus was fined $1,000 with court costs totaling $225.50.
On a felony count of eluding the police, Andrus was sentenced to two years fixed and three years indeterminate (not less than two years and no more than five years). He was fined $800 with court costs of $225.50. The sentences will be served consecutive to one another.
Kenny Carl Struhs, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter plea on Tuesday before District Judge Darren Simpson.
Under the plea agreement, Struhs pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a felony. The state dismissed count two, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which was also a felony.
"So what did you do that makes you guilty?" asked Judge Simpson.
"I was operating a vehicle on a Rich Lane under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 2, 2012," Struhs said. "I was driving a 1999 black Blaser.
In the first city council meeting of the new year, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue appointed Layne Gardner to fill the council seat held by Butch Hulse who died in October 2012.
Gardner is the brother of the late Chris Gardner, who was serving as a city councilman when he was killed in an ATV accident in July of 2010.
Items of note from Dec. 21 - Jan. 1.
IN MY ROOM: Dec. 21, 11:22 p.m.: A woman said someone has been in her room and several items have been misplaced but nothing is missing.
SHOTS FIRED: Dec. 22, 12:19 a.m.: A woman said she heard five or six shots coming from the east of N. Ash St.
HIGH-SPEED CHASE: Dec. 22, 5:50 a.m.: A vehicle did not yield at a stop sign and reached speeds up to 100 mph on Highway 91. An arrest was made.
ANGRY PARENTS: Dec. 23, 1:59 a.m.: A female said she needs officers now because she has angry drunken parents.
Going to work each day is a pleasure for Bob Hoffenbacker and Tom Campbell now that the two men have successfully opened Bob & Tom's Big Boar Guns, a gun store and pawn shop, across from the Potato Museum on NW Main St. in Blackfoot
Bingham County Commission Chair Cleone Jolley retires from the commission board next week.
Jolley has been a commissioner for 12 years and has been chairman from 2009 to 2013.
"I've learned a lot; it's been a good experience," said Jolley. "Some of it was not so good but for the most part, the learning experience has been good."
Jolley named several highlights of his time on the board.
"We finally have a zoning ordinance for Planning & Zoning," he said.
The review of the P&Z ordinance started in May 2005 and, after 17 drafts, was signed by the commissioners on Sept. 12, 2012.
At the end of December, Bingham County officials launched a new program to help community residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications.
Through a partnership with the National Association of County (NACo), the free Prescription Discount Card program provides area residents with a card that is saving consumers across the country an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medications, said Sharon Strum, Bingham County Welfare Director.
"Bingham County is not sponsoring this program; we are just making it available," Strum said.
Bingham County residents, along with local and regional dignitaries, offered an excellent show of support at the Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello Friday afternoon as Blackfoot resident Scott Axline was sworn in as the new Bannock County Magistrate Judge. Axline takes the place of the Honorable Gaylen Box who recently retired as a full time magistrate judge to work as a senior judge for the state of Idaho.