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March 25th, 2012

Museum board to honor potato industry pioneer

March 26, 2012

The Board of Directors of the Idaho Potato Museum will conduct the annual Idaho Potato Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 130 NW Main Street. The event is free and the public is invited. There will be a baked potato bar meal following the program.
This year's recipient is longtime Blackfoot
resident and pioneer of the potato industry, James Pendlebury.
Pendlebury was born in 1870 in England and later immigrated to the
United States, living first in Wyoming and then in Blackfoot.

Shelley Preparedness Fair draws crowd

March 26, 2012

The Shelley Preparedness Fair on Saturday offered a variety of classes and demonstrations. About 600 to 700 people attended.
Calvin Pirtle from Shelley displayed cooking methods without electricity.
“About three years ago, my wife, Helen, went to a preparedness fair that demonstrated some of these alternative methods of cooking,” Pirtle said.
One of the items on display was a Wonder Box. It’s also called a hay box cooker. The entire cooking operation was located in a bucket. The pan of cooking food was surrounded by a pillow or beanbag that insulated the pan, keeping it warm. 

March 24th

The Fabric Place opens in Blackfoot

March 24, 2012

Entering The Fabric Place at 123 W. Bridge in Blackfoot opens a world of fabric, color and texture.
Robert and Royelle Mickelson opened The Fabric Place in mid-February.
"We are located between Downtown Bread and Downtown Dance," Royelle said.
"Most of the fabrics are mill ends," she said. "When mills finish their runs, there is usually an overrun of 50 to 100 yards.
"This is the material we offer at a discount," Mickelson said.
The Fabric Place also sells new fabrics.

March 23rd

Butler running for Idaho Legislature

March 24, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Robert B. Butler is a candidate for District 31 Representative Position A at the Idaho State Legislature.
He is a practicing civil engineer licensed in four states and is president of Butler Engineering and Land Surveying in Shelley. He has operated this business for 20 years, helping to build up and establish the permanence of the communities the company serves.

March 22nd

Board passes resolution calling for special election

March 22, 2012

In accordance with Idaho Code, members of the Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees passed a resolution to ask Bingham County for a special election "on the next available date."
That special election in August will address the petition to recall trustee Peter A. Lipovac. The board voted 4-0 to submit the resolution with Lipovac abstaining.
"Under advice of my attorney, I'm not going to say anything," Lipovac said following the vote. "But, I will be coming out with a letter shortly."
Lipovac has the right to respond to the recall petition's charges on the same ballot.

Sign collector shares with the community

March 22, 2012

Step into Mike Krehbiel's Barn Event Center and you could be transported back in time.
The walls of the facility at 305 South Broadway are covered with advertising signs from as far back as the 1930s and as recently as last year.
"I started collecting signs about 1985," Krehbiel said. "Currently I have over 300."
One of the oldest extols the virtues of a company called Stoker-matic. Another, probably from the 1940s, encourages customers to buy Cream Top Dairy products. Both are hand-painted and the dairy sign includes the signature of "Sato Signs."

Ex-principal waives preliminary hearing

March 22, 2012

Christopher Cox, 38, the former principal at Snake River Junior High School, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday morning as he appeared before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos.
Cox will appear before District Judge Darren Simpson for his arraignment at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
Cox is accused of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 15. It is alleged the victim was 14 years old at the time of the incidents. She has since left the area with her family.

Police Log

March 22, 2012

Items of note from March 6-12.

Blackfoot Police

WELFARE CHECK: March 6, 11:35 a.m.: A caller requested to have an officer check on a woman who is sitting out in the cold and may possibly be homeless.

FOOTPRINTS: March 7, 9:16 a.m.: A woman said there are some suspicious footprints outside her window and she is concerned because she believes she is being stalked.

BURGLARY: March 7, 10:02 a.m.: A caller at El Vaquero reported that the back door to the business was open and there is money missing.

March 21st

Machinists donate to SEICAA

March 22, 2012

Bill Duke, president of Grand Teton Local Lodge 2006 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers presented a check for nearly $2,000 to the Bingham County SouthEastern Idaho Community Action (SEICAA) Agency on Wednesday.
Staff members Angel Pitchford and Ofelia Osegura accepted the donation on behalf of the agency. Program coordinator Bobette Beasley was out of the office for training.
"We don't get a lot of cash donations this time of year," Beasley said. "To get a nice chunk in the spring will help build up our bank account a little bit.

Blackfoot Police looking for robbery suspects

March 22, 2012

MORNING NEWS
Blackfoot Police are seeking four to six suspects who pulled off a brazen daylight robbery at Vern's RadioShack of Blackfoot last Friday.
Capt. Kurt Asmus said the suspects worked as a team in distracting the clerk and concealing different items of merchandise.
"I have great video surveillance but it doesn't prevent theft," said owner Vern Murray.
He said he spent all of Sunday putting that video together so law enforcement could use its tools to identify the suspects.
Murray said the thieves targeted a variety of high-end items, concealing them before leaving the store.

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