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August 12th, 2014
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Garth and Julie VanOrden have filed a civil suit against the Bannock County Sheriff and specific deputies in the death of their son, Jason, while he was interned in the Bannock County Jail in 2013.
Julie (R-Pingree) represents Bingham County in the Idaho Legislature.
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FORT HALLâ€”The 51st Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival concluded in Fort Hall on Sunday with a traditional feast of salmon and buffalo meat, the INFR Tour Rodeo Finals, the Wild Horse Race and one last grand entry with a poignant closing ceremony. Some are saying this was "the best festival ever."
With an abundant of food, sporting events, parades, dancing activities, hundreds of spectators from around the region and the world, were able to experience Native American culture "at its finest." Travelers from Italy, Japan, Israel and Dubai enjoyed the festival first hand.
Fort Hall's Tadrachelle Murry was named the 51st Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen following a spectacular, but wet, grand entry at the Shoshone-Bannock Festival Friday evening.
Murry, 25, who is affectionately known as "Sister Moss" throughout the Fort Hall community was crowned by Taylor Thomas who was named Miss Shoshone-Bannock last year. Thomas went on to become Miss Indian World this spring.Â
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FORT HALL â€” The Indian Art Show is open today and Saturday at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel. Art show hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
"This is the first year a silent auction has taken place," said Emma George, Indian Art Show Coordinator. Bid on original Indian Art Work will close at 6 o'clock this evening. The items for sale are marked by a tag.
The work of 40 artists is on display.
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BLACKFOOTâ€”Many homes and business throughout the area were severely damaged due to a flash flood that hit the Blackfoot area on Wednesday. There are yet no reports of significant crop damage.
A torrential rainstorm dropped at least 3 inches of rain in the first 15 minutes on Wednesday.
While some folks were just contending with flood water, others were flooded with sewage backup in their homes due to the city's wastewater system becoming overwhelmed with too much water. Bingham County's Public Information Officer Scott Reese estimates that over 100 homes have damage from sewage backup.
A flash flood hit Blackfoot Wednesday afternoon following an intense downpour.
On Wednesday, Chief Deputy Jeff Gardner with the Bingham County Sheriff's office asked people to stay home if at all possible.
"We have stalled vehicles all over and we are dealing with the traffic," he said.
Some home and business owners reported that their buildings were flooded with water and sewage. City officials noted that the wastewater system was overwhelmed and asked residents to curtail their usage for a few hours.
Blackfoot city leaders hashed out the first draft of the city's proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis announced that the public comment period on the budget is "officially open" and will conclude with a public hearing on Aug. 19 at Blackfoot City Hall.
5 Year Old Idaho Girl Accidentally Shot Dead During a Playdate
A 5 year old girl shot dead by a 5 year old boy in a tragic accidental shooting during a playdate. Noelle Aston Shawver of Blackfoot in eastern Idaho died on Wednesday after visiting a home in Chubbuck, police said. Police have released few details, citing an ongoing investigation.
There may be more contention in the future for the Snake River School District regarding teacher Elaine Asmus.
On Monday, Asmus' attorney, Paul Stark, general counsel with the Idaho Education Association, explained the background of this case from his perspective.
In April, the Snake River Board of Trustees conducted a due process hearing for Asmus. In its written decision on April 21, 2014, the board offered Asmus a contract for the 2014-2015 school year and put her on probation for one year.