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August 14th, 2012
It may not be the iconic yellow taxi seen on the streets of New York City, but it is the one and only taxi service in Blackfoot and taxi driver Rob Beebe said his new business, B-B Taxi, is filling a need in the community and that his gray '92 Honda Accord works just fine as a taxi cab.
Beebe, a Blackfoot native who was born in the original Colonial Inn, definitely knows his way around the area and has plenty of experience behind the wheel as he worked as a long-haul truck driver for 35 years and drove for Country Coach for nearly five years.
Appearing before Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson, Jeremy Robert Andrus, age 30, received a continuance because he has a new defense attorney.
Defense attorney John Souza from Pocatello asked for a new trial date so he has time to prepare for it.
In June, Andrus plead not guilty to aggravated assault, attempted second degree kidnapping (the victim was not held for ransom) and attempting to elude a police officer.
Andrus was arrested May 2 after a pursuit and standoff on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, during which he threatened to commit suicide.
Back-to-school shoppers have hit the Bingham Crisis Center Thrift Store pretty hard recently and the store could use some donations. The thrift store is a subsidiary of the Bingham Crisis Center run solely by volunteers with proceeds from the store going to help the crisis center, a shelter for adults and children.
"We always need clean, gently used clothing," said Steffanie Beasley, thrift store volunteer. "We especially need clothing for men and young boys right now."
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse won the state competition last Saturday. The 13-member posse placed first in drill, third in parade, first in the most first places and first in the most overall points won.
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse competed against eight other posses.
"This win was way cool," said posse drill mistress Sheri Nickerson. "I am so proud of everyone.
"It's a lot of work, a lot of talent and a lot of effort," she said.
"I don't remember the last time we won the state competition," Nickerson said.
The day was picture perfect and organizers could not have been more pleased with the first annual "Grand Slam Skate Jam" held at the new skate park in Fort Hall Saturday as part of the Shoshone-Bannock Festival activities.
"It started off with a lovely ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and then we had the 'skate jam,' " said Mildren Manulito, organizer for the event. "Everything was ready...the competitors were excellent...the emcee Brad Beech did a great job...what a success!"
Organizers commented that "there were no dark clouds over the 49th annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival"- literally or figuratively speaking - as the week's festivities wrapped up Sunday with rodeo finals and a closing Grand Entry and Pow-wow.
"We've had quite a crowd; the weather was great and I've heard no complaints from the vendors," said festival coordinator Delbert Farmer.
Blackfoot firemen and volunteers had an extra night of training Thursday as they practiced extracting potential patients from wrecks.
"We're practicing taking the car away from the patient," said Blackfoot fire chief Kevin Gray. "We do not want to compromise the patient at all."
Salesman Scott Slader from the Oregon company, Santiam, was explaining the use of the new extraction tools offered by his company. For example, using the simul-pump, firemen can run two tools at once.
Natasha Watson won the 2012-2013 Miss Sho-Ban Queen crown at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Friday.
"As Miss Sho-Ban, I will talk to the youth in my community and travel across the country representing my tribe," Watson said. "I will also be able to compete in the Miss Indian World contest."
Five contestants competed for this honor. Competitors each performed a traditional dance, made a traditional dish, took part in the Children's Parade and answered an impromptu question.
Watson performed a traditional woman's dance and made mint tea and fry bread for her traditional dish.
BLACKFOOT â€” Joe Cannon withdrew his request for a special use permit request to allow a gravel pit/crusher at 80 W. 450 N. near the Rose overpass. He had also requested a zone change from heavy commercial to light manufacturing at the same site.
It brought some people to tears when Cannon withdrew his request.
This zone change request and special use permit was the fourth and last item on the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) agenda Wednesday evening.
Items of note from July 27-
PEEPER: July 27, 10:22 a.m.: A caller said a man is standing in front of their door and looking into the windows of the residence.
BAD NEIGHBOR: July 27, 1:12 p.m.: A woman said her neighbor is throwing garbage, leaves, plastic pipe and other materials into her yard and this has been an ongoing problem.
TRAFFIC COMPLAINT: July 27, 9:40 p.m.: A caller reported speeding motorists on Seefried and Cromwell. They said it was every shape and size of vehicle.