Archive - Aug 2013 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€” Working as the head maintenance man for the Eastern Idaho State Fair (EISF) may not be the most glamourous job in the world, but it is an important one and a job that Barry Adams has enjoyed for over 20 years.
As a Blackfoot native, Adams grew up enjoying the EISF. These days he sees it from quite a different perspective saying, " As maintenance manager, it's my job to make sure that everything at the fair operates smoothly and there's a lot more to it than people think. The fair couldn't operate without us [the maintenance department]," he exclaimed.
BLACKFOOT â€” If you want to know where the best fair food is, you should ask members of the media. After all, they're accustomed to eating on the run, as many people do when they're enjoying the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
On Thursday about 20 media members gathered at the Fairgrounds to judge this year's entries in the Fairest of Them All and Best New Fair Food categories.
Outlaw Catering took away the golden corndog trophy in both categories, winning with its Bullseye Burger in the Fairest of Them All and with their Grilled Cheese Donot in the Best New Food competition.
THOMASâ€” The Bingham County Sheriff's Department reports that some power poles were damaged by a truck this morning on Highway 39 and Thomas Roads and that traffic may be slow in the area while they're getting repaired.
Administrators of the North Bingham County District Library in Shelley are asking voters to approve a $5 million bond for a new library. A super majority or two-thirds approval is required to pass this bond.
"We need a new library because we need more space for programing, computers, books and materials," said Heidi Riddoch, director of the library. "It's impossible to do everything so that we can offer what we need to offer.
"We need to stay up to date to meet the needs of the community," she said. "We also need more than one community room.
ABERDEEN â€” The plant facility levy for the Aberdeen School District was approved by voters Tuesday. Voters were asked to approve a plant facility levy in the amount of $275,000 per year for five years.
The levy needed a super majority to pass; at least 67 percent of the voters needed to approve the levy.
The final tally was 147 for and 66 against. Sixty-nine percent of the voters approved the levy; 31 percent opposed it.
The vote totals were:
Â° absenteeâ€”9 for; 16 against.
Â° Springfield precinct 16â€”40 for; 20 against.
Â° Aberdeen precinct 15â€”98 for; 30 against.
The Blackfoot Elks are raffling a "Herby Derby" Demolition car and giving it away at the Demolition Derby 'Kick-off' Party at the Elks Lodge on Sept. 6. The annual "Herby Derby" raffle and the ever popular Demolition Derby held each year at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, are sponsored by the Elks each year to raise money for local youth organizations.
The Bingham County Commissioners approved the the 2014 county budget Tuesday morning.
"It's pretty good news," said County Clerk Sara Staub. "The economy continues to get better which will make a difference to taxpayers.
"Property owners will see a savings of $25.16 per $100,000 net taxable value (after the homeowners' exemption is applied)," she said.
The budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 has increased by 4 percent, Staub said. The increase is $1,103,232 over FY 2013.
The Blackfoot Public Library will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 7 for the installation of a new circulation program and training on its use. Patrons are invited to come to the library through this week to stock up on what they need with no circulation limits.
"We are doing our best to still accommodate the patrons while we are closed; so there will be no circulation limit prior to the closing so that everyone can get what they need to tide them over, while we are closed, " said librarian Brenda Wilcox. No fines will be assessed during the time that the library is closed.
Rick Bigler has officially become the second candidate to announce his run for mayor of the city of Blackfoot.
Bigler filed his declaration of candidacy and petition with the city on Monday, the first official day of the two-week filing period for mayoral candidacy. He was the second person to file after economist Dan Cravens, who announced in April his intention to run for mayor in Blackfoot.
Dan Cravens, who had announced his intentions in May, filed his petition for candidacy early this morning.
In a press release he explained his reason for running.
"Blackfoot is a great community. Neighbors care about each other.Â The quality of life we enjoy here is great," Cravens said.
"However, there is a threat to our quality of life.Â We need better job opportunities for our citizens.Â Each year we lose more and more of our youth to other communities, often far from Blackfoot, because our young people feel like they need to leave our city to find opportunity.