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August 23rd, 2012

Sheriff's office investigating calf mutilation

August 24, 2012

BONE – A 450-pound steer calf was killed and mutilated in the Bone, Homer Creek area. The calf belonged to Ted Thompson of Shelley.

Thompson’s son, Rick, found the calf Wednesday morning.

His brother, Matt, said he had been in that same area a day or two before “and there was no sign of a dead calf.”

When they found it, Matt figures the calf had been dead about a day.

“It didn’t die of natural causes,” he said. “The hide was peeled back and it was mutilated by someone who knew what they were doing.”

The meat was left on the calf.

Bingham County dogs head to new homes in Montana

August 24, 2012

Dr. Peter Rork landed in Blackfoot Thursday morning, picked up 11 rescue dogs and flew them to adoptive homes in Hamilton, Mont.
Rork is a retired Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon from Jackson, Wyo., where he practiced for 23 years.
“The difference between people and dogs is people expect a certain outcome,” Rork said. “Dogs are just so appreciative.”

District 55 board honors pair of employees

August 23, 2012

Blackfoot School District board members honored and awarded two district employees with a check for $500 at the board of trustees meeting Thursday evening.
Marsha Peterson, a second grade teacher at Groveland Elementary School, was recognized as the 2012-13 'Teacher-of-the-year." Interim district superintendent Chad Struhs said she has been with the district for 24 years and described her as "an excellent representation of the quality of teachers found in Blackfoot."

Tribal police to crack down on drunk driving

August 23, 2012

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is a slogan that should be familiar and it's a concept that the Fort Hall Police Department is taking seriously as they join with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crackdown hard on drunk drivers now through Sept. 7.
According to For Hall Police Captain Mark Massey, the crackdown will include high visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints and will be supported by a national paid advertising campaign to raise awareness of the effort.

August 22nd

Elvis leaves building to play Music in the Park

August 23, 2012

Elvis Has Left The Building and the band arrived in Blackfoot Wednesday evening to perform before an appreciative audience of about 200 people.
The band was performing as part of Music in the Park series that performs at Courthouse Square throughout the summer.
Band members are Angier Wells from Pocatello, Matt Murdoch from Blackfoot and Greg Mladenka from Pocatello. Kim Tweedy from Tweedy's Music in Blackfoot was on percussion.
The band performed its own music. The band's style is upbeat and easy listening.

Motorists are warned to obey speed limits

August 23, 2012

A summer of quiet residential streets has given way to hundreds of school-aged children heading to bus stops and school yards all over town as back to school is in full swing in Shelley and other area communities. With the 'increase' of bicyclists and pedestrians, Shelley police officer Robert Tincher warns drivers that there better be a 'decrease' in speed.

Recall election for Lipovac next week

August 22, 2012

A recall election for Blackfoot School District Zone 1 trustee Peter Lipovac is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Only people living in the Blackfoot School District Zone 1 will be allowed to vote in this recall election.
The point of contention comes down to:
Did Lipovac have or did he need prior approval to travel to a conference in New Mexico and then be able to charge the school district for reimbursement?

Blackfoot council approves budget

August 22, 2012

Members of the City Council approved Blackfoot's budget for final publication on Tuesday. The budget is $15,026,087 for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 2013.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said that the city's revenues come from taxes, fees (garbage, water, sewer) grants and some miscellaneous revenue such as from the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming Pool, park reservation fees and airport fuel taxes (which will be new revenue this year).

August 21st

Whipkey receives sentence

August 21, 2012

AUGUST 18, 2012
BLACKFOOT — A family argument that started as a debate over a funeral has now ended with jail time for Jesse William Whipkey. The 67-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault after he pulled a loaded weapon on his daughter, Amy Mayer, at his home during a dispute.
Judge David C. Nye presided over Whipkey's trial and said of the sentencing, "In my years as a judge I have had occasions to sentence killers, and those charged with aggravated assault. It is safe to say… this is the most difficult sentencing… so far."

August 20th

Snake River board approves drivers' ed fee increase

August 20, 2012

Snake River trustees voted to increase the drivers' education fees from $85 to $110, effective next year. The increase goes into effect Friday, March 1, 2013.
This fee increase includes an increase in the driver education teacher's salary from $17.50 to $20 per hour. This salary increase brings the driver education teacher's salary more in line with the state average.
Trustees also approved the bus routes and safe busing.
These decisions were made at the August Snake River school board meeting last week.

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