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January 30th

Community reacts to recall efforts

January 31, 2013

Community reaction to the news of recall efforts against Blackfoot School District trustees Scott Reese and Jenny Hong has been mixed, with some patrons showing strong support for the school board members.
Start-up recall petitions against the two were turned into the Bingham County Clerk's office late Monday by a local group, "Concerned Citizens of District 55" because of the board's actions regarding former superintendent Scott Crane's $220,000 separation agreement. Scott Bigler, organizer of the group contends that "the community has lost trust in the board."

Relay for Life participants start planning with Hawaiian Luau

January 31, 2013

It was a festive but emotional evening as volunteers, team participants and cancer survivors gathered at the Meridian Center in Blackfoot Thursday night for a Hawaiian Luau to kick off planning efforts for this year's Bingham County "Relay For Life." The event to be at Blackfoot High School June 14-15.

Author brings anti-bullying message to Snake River

January 31, 2013

About 600 fifth through eighth graders heard a strong anti-bullying message in the Snake River High School auditorium on Wednesday.
Author Brad Tassell used song, examples and his fictional detective story, "Don't Feed the Bully,"
"Why is it funny when someone hurts him/herself?" Tassell asked.
With the help of his audience, three reasons were determined:
° "Because it's not you," one student answered.
° "It is you; just not at this time," Tassell added.
° "It's not forever."

January 29th

'Concerned Patrons of District 55' file recall petition paperwork

January 30, 2013

Two start-up recall petitions were submitted to the Bingham County Clerk’s office late Monday.

The petitions ask that Blackfoot School District trustees Jenny Hong and Scott Reese be recalled. Hong represents Zone 2; Reese represents Zone 3.
Both start-up petitions that were submitted each have more than the 20 signatures on them, required to begin recall petitions, said Marlene Jensen, the County Clerk’s Election Director. Twenty signatures are required to submit a start-up recall petition. The signatures on both petitions have been verified by the County Clerk's office.

Police Log

January 29, 2013

Items of note from Jan. 15-21.

Blackfoot Police

BATTERY: Jan. 15, 4:32 p.m.: A caller said a female was just punched in the face by a male in the parking lot at Chevron.

SCARY SQUIRREL: Jan. 15, 11:23 p.m.: A woman said she believes there is a squirrel under her couch and she is afraid of it.

ATTEMPTED RAPE: Jan. 16, 1:48 p.m.: A woman said a man tried to have sex with her against her will this morning. She said the man began getting "fresh" with her and began taking her shirt off and broke her bra. She said she hit the man and ran out of the residence.

Buster the Bus comes to town

January 29, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Bus drivers from throughout the region braved the wicked roads Monday morning to keep a date with "Buster the Bus."
"Busters" is a miniature, remote-controlled 3-foot tall, animated replica of a full-sized yellow school bus, equipped with a swing-out stop sign, a crossing gate and flashing red lights, just like a real school bus.

January 28th

Woman sentenced for grand theft

January 29, 2013

Jolene Flores, age 58, was sentenced to the Idaho Department of Correction on Monday for one count of grand theft and one count of forgery.
On Nov. 1, 2011, Flores was accused of forging checks, taking money from her aunt's checking account. Her aunt is 87-year-old Desi Underwood. Flores was charged with one count of grand theft, one count of burglary and one count of forgery.
Flores pleaded guilty to the charges of grand theft and forgery on Nov, 26, 2012. The charge of burglary was dismissed on motion of the prosecutor.

Storm closes many county schools

January 29, 2013

Blackfoot School District 55 was one of the few districts in the county to keep schools open Monday morning after a cold front moved in Sunday night, bringing windy conditions and dumping several inches of snow throughout the region.
In Bingham County - Shelley, Firth, and Snake River school districts and Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center all closed school because of hazardous road conditions and blowing and drifting snow.

January 27th

Purple spuds the new rage for color and nutrition

January 28, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Popular for their color, flavor and health benefits, 'purple potatoes' are in hot demand across the country, prompting growers and distributors in East Idaho to step up to the plate.
Lanae Workman, marketing executive for Potandon Produce in Idaho Falls, said that the purple (or blue-skinned) potatoes have been in the news recently "for their abundance of antioxidants and nutrients," not found in the lighter-skinned potatoes.

Famous Idaho Potatoes travel across country

January 28, 2013

POCATELLO — On Wednesday at the 2013 Potato Conference in Pocatello, Frank Muir, the president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, gave a report to local farmers about the Idaho Potato truck tour that traveled across the United States to promote Idaho and its famous crop, potatoes.
Because the tour was such a success, the Idaho Potato Commission is sending the Ferrari Red potato truck out on another tour. The dates of the up coming tour are tentatively from Memorial Day to Labor day.

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