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September 26th, 2012
Attorneys hired by the Bingham Memorial Hospital board reported their internal review of allegations raised in the press during the months of May and June 2012.
Attorneys Walter Bithell and Erik Stidham from Holland & Hart in Boise conducted this review.
"We had full access," Bithell said. [The board's direction was, "whatever you think you need to review."
The attorneys investigated seven basic allegations:
Â° Outdated Medications and Supplies
Â° Billing for Saipan Hospital
Â° Purchase and Sale of Equipment by Cyberdine
Â° Telephone Monitoring
Â° Medicare Secondary Payer Forms
Home foreclosures were rampant in Idaho and throughout the nation from 2008-2011 and now Idahoans who lost their homes during that time may be eligible for payments from the government under the National Mortgage Settlement.
Bingham County Commissioners have scheduled a work session on comments given during the public hearing on the final Planning & Zoning (P&Z) ordinance. The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.
About 50 people attended the public hearing on Tuesday.
Two letters were read into testimony. Twenty-four people presented their concerns verbally to the commissioners.
Most of the people who spoke expressed concern about property rights.
"We want to use our property as we see fit," said Michael Harvey from Shelley.
Brady Meline is a vibrant 28-year-old wife and mother to an active 3 year old boy.
Unlike most average women her age Meline doesn't dream of conquering the world.
Customers and employees affectionately call it Blackfoot's "Cheers." While it has been through management and name changes through the years, the iconic gathering place recently renamed "The Nail" Sports Bar, is a place where everybody knows your name.
Three elected Bingham County officials received Mills-Alder Awards at the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) convention last week in Sun Valley.
The recipients are Treasurer Janice Lawes, Sheriff Dave Johnson and Commissioner Cleone Jolley.
The Mills-Adler Awards are voted on by the recipents' peers. The award goes to each "outstanding county elected official." Across the state, there are 132 county commissioners, 44 sheriffs and 44 treasurers.
Started in 1993, this is the first time in its history that the Mills-Adler Awards have gone to three elected officials from the same county.
Representatives of Bingham Memorial Hospital presented Bingham County Commissioner Cleone Jolley with a check in the amount of $356,628.33 on Friday. It is the latest payment made as a result of an agreement signed in 2007 when the hospital converted from a county-owned and operated facility to a non-profit, 501(c)3 private entity.
The payment amount comes from three funds:
Â° the annual lease payment for the liquid asset transfer,
Â° reimbursement for indigent care provided by the county to area residents and
Students and staff at Fort Hall Elementary School are enjoying bright colors and more of nature's beauty on the grounds of their school with the completion of a landscaping project made possible by a $5,000 grant from Lowe's
Fifth grade teacher Garth Carlson applied for the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant last year in hopes of getting the money "to help make the world a nicer place for the students." He was thrilled to receive the funds in time to get much of the landscaping done throughout the summer before school started.
â€śI got into education so I could have the same impact on students that certain teachers and coaches had on me,â€ť said Thomas.
Â [When this opportunity came up], â€śI was ready for a change,â€ť he said. â€śI wanted to have more of an impact on education than I had in my own classroom.
Thomas grew up in Blackfoot, graduated from Blackfoot High in 1990 and then taught in American Falls.
â€śAs I looked over the river, I was always a bit envious of Snake River,â€ť he said.