Archive - 2013 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€” Former Blackfoot High School teacher Joyce Bingham, who sued the Blackfoot School District last fall and won, has been nominated for The Max Dalton "Open Government Award."
The award, sponsored by the Idaho Newspaper Foundation, has been given yearly since 1999, "to a citizen or group judged to be an outspoken advocate of openness in either public records or public meetings on the state or local level."
For one former Blackfoot man, the celebration of the Boston Marathon ended with two bombs going off near the finish line on Monday.
Matt Hong, a Blackfoot High School graduate, was running his first Boston Marathon.
When contacted, Hong said, "My wife and I are okay."
"I had finished the marathon a half-hour before the explosion," he said. "We are staying with friends near the scene of the explosion.
"After cleaning up, we were heading back to the finish to cheer on other runners," Hong said. "People were heading toward us, coming in the opposite direction,from the finish line.
FIRTH â€“ Shannon Christensen was named the Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of the Firth/Shelley area Saturday night in the Firth High School auditorium.
Ashley Carpenter was named First Alternate. Jessica Mecham will serve as Second Alternate.
Christensen not only became the DYW but also was recognized as the person who best exemplified the â€śSpirit of Distinguished Young Women.â€ť This award is voted on by the participants themselves.
DYW is a scholarship program. Christensen was awarded these scholarships:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $1,000 scholarship for becoming the DYW,
BLACKFOOT â€” In an overall quality and entertaining production as good as any in a big city, accomplished dancer, Miiko Toussaint, wowed the crowd with a self choreographed lyrical dance performance, taking top honors as Blackfoot's 2013-14 Distinguished Young Woman at Saturday night's program held at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, one of the most beloved Big Bands in the country, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The current band director is Terry Myers, a world-renowned clarinet and saxophone player.
"We play swing music from the 30's and 40's," he said.
"The music is great," Myers said. "I love it; we have a good time." Many great soloists started their careers with the Dorsey Orchestra, like Frank Sinatra, said Myers.
POCATELLO â€” "Cybersecurity Researchers" is the fancy new term for "hackers." But, whatever you call them, they are out there putting businesses, small and large, at risk of losing services, data and vital information while undermining top positions and a company's reputation.
Rita Wells, a cybersecurity specialist for the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) addressed the issue at a seminar sponsored by the Pocatello Department of Labor on Thursday.
BLACKFOOTâ€” Shawn Peterson from Blackfoot is still missing.
He was last seen on Tuesday, March 26. His family has not seen or heard from him since this date.
"We've checked on a few tips and a few leads," Capt. Robert Sobieski from the Bingham County Sheriff's office. "We'd like to find him."
Peterson is 6-foot-1 with dark hair, slender build and blue eyes. He drives a 1991 or '92 two-wheel drive blue Ford truck with Bingham County plates.
If you have any information regarding Peterson, contact Debby at 681-4768 or Mavisat 785-8933.
Items of note from March 18-25.
Bingham County Sheriff
SUSPICIOUS: March 19, 9:14 a.m.: A woman said a purple Jeep is parked in front of her house and the is a male inside the Jeep that is acting suspicious.
STANDING AROUND: March 20, 12:47 a.m.: A man said there are three males standing around a vehicle off to the side of the road and he believes this to be suspicious.
Idaho Disposal Systems, a recycling business on Wilson Street in Blackfoot, closed down last fall. However, that didn't stop people from continuing to drop off their garbage (recyclable or otherwise) - creating what began to resemble a mini- landfill in the parking lot.
With the spring thaw and windy conditions, the garbage was becoming more than eyesore, blowing into yards and up and down the street; prompting complaints from residents in the area and throughout the community.