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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.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â A two-vehicle crash on US 26 at milepost 297 near Blackfoot sent one man to the hospital Thursday morning.
According to the Idaho State Police report, James Miller, 52, of Herriman, Utah, was driving west on US 26 in a 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup. Mark Bynum, 52, of Blackfoot, was attempting a left hand turn out of a residence onto US 26. Bynum was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500.
Bynum did not yield to Miller's vehicle and was struck on the driver's side. Miller was driving a service pickup from Culligan.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot school board members received no visible flak from the public at a brief meeting Thursday night where they unanimously moved to proceed with a $1.975 million "maintenance and operation" supplemental levy election on March 12.
The levy, which was originally formed in 2007 to help supplement teachers salaries and invest in technology and facilities for the students, is up for renewal every two years.
Trustees of Blackfoot School District 55 are conducting a board meeting tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss the supplemental levy election.
The meeting will be conducted by interim superintendent Chad Struhs and will be held at the district office, 270 E. Bridge St., in Blackfoot.
Blackfoot's first baby of the year couldn't wait to get here. Baby Naomi Baye Rowbury was born six weeks early to become the first baby of 2013 born at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Naomi was born at 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.
She weighed five pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long. She has light brown hair.
Naomi is the first child of her parents, Jack and Loretta Rowbury, and the first grandchild of her paternal grandparents, Miriam and Paul Rowbury.
She is grandchild number five on her mother's side. Both of her mother's parents, Ron and Rhonda Birt, are deceased.
Former probation officer Daniel Darwin Orders, age 32, was sentenced to two years fixed and eight years indeterminate in the Idaho Department of Correction Wednesday morning for two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of rape of a female under 16.
Orders was sentenced Wednesday morning by Judge David Nye.
As part of his sentence, Orders must register as a sex offender. Both sentences will be served concurrently.
On Oct. 19, Orders pleaded guilty to these charges.
Quilts are needed for display at the 14th annual Quilt Spectacular scheduled at the North Bingham County District Library, 197 W. Locust St in Shelley.
This quilt show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Shelley facility.
Quilts are on display all around the library, plus free quilting classes are offered both days of the Quilt Spectacular. Â
Call library personnel at (208) 357-7801 to tell them how many quilts you will bring.
Quilts will be displayed throughout the show.