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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.
After a summer with little rain, Blackfoot, Shelley and other parts of Bingham County got over an inch all at once.
About 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, rain and hail pounded the community, leaving 1.37 inches of water behind.
Hail, some as big as a quarter-dollar coin, also struck parts of the county. Shelley High School had enough of the icy stuff on the grass next to the building that it had the appearance of a snowdrift.
Federal regulations on small business were the theme of the business roundtable hosted by Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) Friday afternoon on the University Place campus. About 30 people attended
Risch is the highest-ranking Republican) on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
From a question about credit unions, Risch commented on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
The Blackfoot School Board trustees started off on a positive note Thursday evening by recognizing the achievements of the Blackfoot High School tennis team.
For the first time ever, the boys tennis team won the district championship and were runners-up to the state champions.
District superintendent Chad Struhs said that some of the district's great accomplishments missed getting recognized when they happen in late May and we wanted to make sure that the team received the recognition that it deserves.
BLACKFOOTâThey can be old, new, dirty, ugly, stinky and even mismatched. Bingham County's "Distinguished Young Women" (DYW) will take all of your unwanted shoes of every shape and size.
THOMAS âÂ Members of the Snake River High School student council want to rent parking spaces for student parking at the high school.
"What the council wants to do is number the parking spaces," said SRHS student body president Dexton Lake. "We would charge students $15 per trimester or $40 per year for their own parking spot.
"Each student's parking space would be guaranteed and he/she wouldn't need to drive around the parking lot looking for a parking space," said Lake.