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October 4th, 2012
Bingham County Commissioners and P&Z Director Allen Jensen worked through the final draft of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) ordinance Thursday morning.
After legal counsel has reviewed changes made to the ordinance, commissioners have set the next meeting for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in their chambers.
Thursday commissioners went through the ordinance using comments and specific concerns expressed by people at the September public hearing.
Commissioners agreed that the county needed an ordinance.
Stone Soup is an ancient myth about how a delicious soup, starting with nothing but a stone, can be made when everyone makes a small contribution of something good to the soup. The myth, and the community spirit of everyone pitching in, lives on in the 9th annual Stone Soup cook-off, a fundraiser to help raise money for Blackfoot's South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICCA).
Although the Bingham County Historical Society and the Bingham County Historical Society have merged, the county retains ownership of the building at 190 N. Shilling Ave. and its contents.
"We will lease the building and its contents for $1 a year for five years," executive director Merlin Wright told members of the Society on Wednesday. "That's all the law allows but it can be renewed after that if the commissioners approve."
Dan Grimes, a teacher at Blackfoot's Independence Alternative High School (IAHS), took the stage Wednesday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center speaking out against Idaho Proposition Bills 1, 2, and 3, just one week after Idaho First Lady Lori Otter stood in the same spot speaking in favor of the bills. Both speeches were sponsored by the the Blackfoot Rotary Club and the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce.
The propositions are veto referendum bills on the upcoming November ballot seeking to overturn the controversial "Students Come First" legislation passed in 2011.
Students at Stalker Elementary are combining learning and exercise with the help of fitness instructor Heather Polatis from Gold's Gym in Blackfoot. The program is called Learn and Be Fit.
Polatis goes into each classroom to give the students 15-20 minutes of exercise on Monday and Wednesday. The students exercise by their desks in their classrooms.
On Wednesday, students in Shawna Matsuura's second grade warmed up and cooled down. They marched, jumped a simulated jump rope, did step touch, tapped heels and toes and learned about their biceps, triceps and quadriceps.
Law enforcement agencies from Bingham and Bonneville counties joined forces in the pursuit of Francisco Pete Tarin, age 41, from early morning to the early afternoon on Tuesday.
Tarin was the suspect in a high-speed chase through Idaho Falls last week. The Bonneville Sheriff's Office had called off that chase because of concerns about public safety.
Tarin was allegedly involved a high-speed chase in Twin Falls Monday and again in Idaho Falls Monday night before wrecking his car in Shelley early Tuesday morning.
Over 400 balloons will be released from Jensen Grove as part of a 'domestic violence awareness campaign' sponsored by Bingham Crisis Center Thursday at 6 p.m. The balloons are in honor of those who have lost their lives to domestic violence and for all of the men, women and children who were assisted at the crisis center this past year.
Items of note from Sept. 18-26.
ROAD RAGE: Sept. 18, 10 a.m.: A caller said an elderly female passed him on the right hand side of Judicial and rolled down her window and yelled obscenities at him.
STILL IN THE CAR: Sept. 18, 3 p.m.: A caller said there is a vehicle that has been in the parking lot for several hours and there is a man inside that has never exited the vehicle.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: Sept. 19, 9:45 a.m.: A caller reported a truck stolen from the fairgrounds and said it happened sometime last weekend.
Don Dewey and his wife Charlene live near exit 93 off Interstate 15.
About 2 a.m. on Tuesday they were awakened by two explosions.
"We thought the Sinclair had blown up," Don said. "We thought one of their tanks had blown."
The Deweys live about one block from the Snake River Sinclair station on U.S. Highway 26.
Don got up and made his way to Anytime Fitness where he and others watched the fire caused when two semi-trucks collided. He said several people working out at the gym had to have witnessed the explosion.