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September 5th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â Officials from several agencies are still working to determine just what caused the water in an eastern Idaho irrigation ditch to become electrified, killing three people.
Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson says his office, state and private investigators and Idaho Power Company officials are all reviewing the deaths of 31-year-old Jacquelyn Poulson, 41-year-old Lance Hicks and 49-year-old Keith Tarpley. The three died in succession Thursday after entering an irrigation ditch containing electrified water.
BLACKFOOT â Nearly $8,000 in funds from the Idaho Community Foundation's (ICF) Eastern Regional Grants Panel will directly benefit five projects in Bingham County. Butch Hulse of Blackfoot, who is on the grant awards committee, was instrumental in getting the funds headed to the county.
The ICF selected 54 non-profit organizations in East Idaho to receive more than $83,000 through its annual grant cycle.
"I am very pleased," Hulse said. "This is a competitive grant program; I worked hard and was able to get a good share of this money for Bingham County"
BLACKFOOT â A proposal to make Jensen Grove a smoke-free recreation area is expected to be a hot topic and the Blackfoot city council moved, in Tuesday night's city council meeting, to hold a public hearing on the proposal in October.
Councilmen Butch Hulse and Christopher Jensen suggested designating smoke-free areas in the park; however, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said he fears this would simply be too hard to enforce. "It is going to be difficult to draw a line in the sand as to where people can smoke and where they can't and enforcement will be a concern," he said.
Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Keeping children safe is a priority for parents, school officials, law enforcement and one concerned Boy Scout trying to earn his Eagle Scout Award.
One way to help in this endeavor is to keep a fingerprint card for each child in the family.
Joseph Earl, a 14-year-old from Snake River, sought to do just that during the Eastern Idaho State Fair Parade Saturday morning.
"I figured with as many kids there would be we could get done in a couple of hours." said Earl.
Safe Place is aiding children and parents should they become separated on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Safe Place volunteers greet families at the gate. The Safe Place tent is located next to the entrance to the midway (the rides).
Should the parents desire the service, each child is given a bright yellow sticker. The parentâs cell phone number of written on the sticker.
âWe ask for no names,â said Safe Place volunteer Jacque Burt. âIf the child and parents become separated, the child can come here or go to a security officer.
BLACKFOOT â There is a dark cloud of sadness hanging over Blackfoot and throughout the region this week, as funeral preparations are made for three Blackfoot residents (Jackie Poulson, 31, Lance Hicks, 41, and Keith Tarpley) who entered into an electrically charged canal and were electrocuted Thursday night in the Groveland area.
And while residents are out enjoying the Eastern Idaho State Fair and other end-of-the-summer activities, the tragedy is weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of everyone in the community.
The death of Jacquelyn (Jackie) Poulson, age 31, will be felt hard by so many family, friends and the Idaho State University (ISU) athletic department.
A native of American Falls, Poulson was active at ISU for over 12 years where she attended school and competed as a track and field student athlete before becoming a coach.
According to a press release from ISU, Poulson was going into her ninth year as assistant track and field coach, where she assisted coach Dave Nielsen in training multi-event athletes.
Three people were electrocuted after trying to rescue a dog in Groveland Thursday night.
According to Sheriff Dave Johnson, 31-year-old Jacquelyn (Jackie) Poulson was reported missing just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Johnson said Poulson had left her home in search of the family dog. She had taken another dog with her.
When she didn't return, a group of neighbors and family began looking for her along with Bingham County Sheriff's deputies and Search and Rescue.
Items of note from Aug. 19-27.
STOLEN RIFLE: Aug. 19, 11:11 a.m.: A caller reported a rifle being taken from his vehicle last night.
FREE BANDANAS: Aug. 20, 5:37 a.m.: A caller said someone has been inside their residence and they don't think anything has been taken but there are bandanas that were left at the house.
STOLEN FLASHLIGHT: Aug. 20, 10:28 a.m.: A man said some got into his Surburban and stole his flashlight and threw bandaids all over his front yard. He said the vehicle was left unlocked.
BLACKFOOT â Itâs estimated that the Eastern Idaho State Fair brings in over $6 million in commerce the eight days that is open to the public and while thatâs a âhuge chunk of change,â it doesnât include the multiplying effect that spills outside of the fairgrounds, according to Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tish Dahmen.