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August 29th, 2012

Aberdeen mayor offers reward for toilet vandals

August 29, 2012

Aberdeen mayor Morgan Anderson is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person (or persons) who plugged up the toilets and left the men's and women's bathrooms in ruin at Aberdeen City Park last week.
"The toilets were plugged up with toilet paper, the floors and sinks were dirty and there was mess everywhere," Anderson said. "We have to go to the expense of cleaning everything up."
Anderson said that the park bathrooms, which were upgraded last year, are locked up at night and that city crews check the bathrooms throughout the day.

District 55 patron seeks answers about 'out of ordinary' six-figure payment

August 29, 2012

Patron and former Blackfoot High School teacher Joyce Bingham simply wants to know who was paid (and why were they paid) $105,428 out of the Blackfoot School District No. 55 bank account on July 2, 2012. The payment was made using 'Auto Pay-Zions Bank' (Salt Lake City, UT) and is noted under description as AP Contract Services.

August 28th

Lipovac survives recall vote

August 29, 2012

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot School District trustee Peter Lipovac retained his position as Zone 1 trustee. Electors voted to retain him by a count of 101 for the recall; 180 against it.
By precinct, vote totals are:
Blackfoot precinct 4 (Stalker Elementary)—for the recall 52 votes; against the recall 13 votes.
Blackfoot Precinct 6 (Blackfoot Performing Arts Center)—for the recall 3 votes; against the recall 3 votes.  
Fort Hall 20 (Fort Hall Elementary)—for the recall 28 votes; against the recall 135 votes.
Absentee votes—18 votes for the recall; 29 votes against it.

August 27th

Taxes decrease in 2013 Bingham County budget

August 27, 2012

The 2013 budget for Bingham County is lower than the 2012 version and the levy is also lower. In the upcoming budget, taxpayers will pay $15.53 less per $100,000 taxable value.
Taxable values in the county have increased.
"Levies are down because [taxable] values went up," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub.
Bingham County Commissioners unanimously approved the 2013 budget.
There is a $35,943 decrease in the 2013 budget. In 2012, the budget totaled $27,250,512. Next year's budget totals $27,214,469.

Zone 1 voters to cast ballots on Lipovac recall

August 27, 2012

Only electors living in Blackfoot School Zone 1 can vote in the recall election of trustee Peter Lipovac from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Electors living in Precinct 6 will vote at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. Electors living in Precinct 4 will vote at Stalker Elementary and electors living on the reservation will vote at Fort Hall Elementary.
The reasons for the recall and Lipovac's comments about the recall are printed on the ballot.

Local man sentenced for lewd contact

August 27, 2012

On Monday Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Robert Arch Sims, 47, of Blackfoot for one count of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 16.
Simpson denied probation to Sims saying that "denying probation would diminish the seriousness of his crime." He went on to sentence Sims to six years (fixed and determined) in the Idaho Department of Correction (with 15 years undetermined). Sims was given credit for the 77 days that he has already spent in jail.
"This means no less than six years and no more than 15 years," Simpson explained.

Former principal sentenced to prison

August 27, 2012

Christopher Charles Cox, 39, the former principal at the Snake River Junior High School, was sentenced Monday for one count of sexual abuse of a child under 16-years-of-age.
Seventh District Judge Gregory Moeller sentenced Cox to not less than three and not more than 18 years in the Idaho Department of Correction.
Cox was given credit for the 54 days he has already served in jail.
Cox was also fined $10,000. He must pay court costs of $150.50 and make a $375 payment to the victim's relief fund.

August 26th

Local musicians create Hambone's undefinable sound

August 26, 2012

With the voice of a smooth and mellow middle-aged man and the acoustic stylings on the strings of a guitar from a 28-year-old, Bart Bradford and Steven Muldenhauer create a sound that is undefinable. Bradford said, "I wanted to be more like Metallica but it comes out more like Simon and Garfunkelesque."
Bradford and Muldenhauer create an unlikely duo which came together after both were in the musical "Brigadoon" which The Blackfoot Community Players presented at the Nuart Theater.

Rockford Elementary gets new principal

August 26, 2012

David Kerns is the new principal at Rockford Elementary in the Snake River School District. He is also the federal programs director.
He brings lots of experience to these positions in that he is entering his 30th year in the education profession.
Kerns grew up in Potlatch.
“I grew up surrounded with dry land farming,” Kerns said. “This is like going home to me.
“I see it out my window every day,” he said.
Kerns attend the University of Idaho before going on an LDS mission to Bolivia.

Two Bingham County men receive Hometown Hero awards

August 26, 2012

Two Bingham County natives were among 10 recipients (featuring veterans, businessmen, teachers and scientists) who received 2012 Idaho Hometown Hero Medals from U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, at a poignant and patriotic ceremony at Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello on Friday.
The awards are in celebration of individuals who show commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improve communities throughout Idaho and a create a better world for the future.

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