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August 22nd, 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.
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?
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 18, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” 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 sayâ€¦ this is the most difficult sentencingâ€¦ so far."
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.
It's about fun, fitness and giving back to the community. Sandy McKinlay, owner (and personal wellness coach) of Sweet Life Nutrition in Shelley, is sponsor of an end of summer 5K walk on Saturday. The entry fee to participate in the walk is a donation of food and/or baby items to help replenish the Bingham County Food Bank.
"There is such a great need to restock the food bank; we'll take as much or as little as a person can give," McKinlay stressed.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School's (BHS) new head cross country coach Brint Jefferis has set a goal to qualify his team for the state competition this school year. A new training routine on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation is hopefully giving the team the cutting edge that they need to do it.
While new to the BHS cross country team, Jefferis is the high school's tennis coach and also a physical education teacher for Fort Hall Elementary School. He is familiar with the terrain on the reservation and saw it to be ideal training ground for the team.
The 45-member cast of "The Secret Garden" is ready to perform. The musical, produced by the Snake River High School Musical Theatre, opens at 7 p.m. Monday and runs through Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Snake River High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $5.
Fourth grader Lyndsie Larsen is the lead character, Mary. She is in almost every scene and is doing a marvelous job.
Her mom said, "She loves everything about the stage."
The cast was selected in April.
Playing other lead roles are:
Â° Nathan Brady as Archibald Craven,
Â° Sean Grayson as Dr. Neville Craven,
Some of the people touring the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center on Friday had good things to say about it.
"It's beautiful," said LaLyn Murray, who is bookkeeper at her husband's store, Vern's RadioShack of Blackfoot. "The rooms are outstanding.
"And the suites, who would not want to stay in that for an anniversary or something?
"This is a place you'd refer people to," Murray continued.
She and John and LaVerne Cegielnik of Chubbuck were among those who attended the grand opening celebration on Friday.
Items of note from Aug. 5-13.
GAS THEFT: Aug. 5, 12:38 p.m.: A caller at Maverik reported a vehicle leaving without paying for $40 in fuel.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: Aug. 5, 5:03 p.m.: A man said his motorcycle has been stolen in the last few hours.
RACCOON: Aug. 6, 12 p.m.: A caller requested someone to check on a raccoon that is locked in a car at the dollar store.
CRANE ACCIDENT: Aug. 6, 9:16 a.m.: A caller requested an ambulance for a man who has been "smashed" by a crane that has fallen on him.