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March 11th, 2012
Everett Lilya has led an exciting life. The Blackfoot High School graduate has flown planes, traveled around the world, and tested weapons. Currently, Lilya is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and serves as chief of operations and strategy for the U.S. European Command Liaison Office in the Pentagon.
The Aberdeen school district is asking voters to approve a $600,000 supplemental levy, the same amount that was requested last year. The election is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the American Legion in Aberdeen and Road and Bridge in Springfield.
"In light of the current economic climate and the challenges families in our communities and across the state are facing, we are doing everything we can to curb costs," said Superintendent Jane Ward. "We will strive to maintain your trust and use resources wisely to continually provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students."
Fort Hall Police detained a fugitive from Bonneville County about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, eventually turning him over to Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s deputies.
Sheriff Dave Johnson said that his deputies took 30-year-old Christopher Weston Hudson into custody after tribal police detained him at the Fort Hall Casino.
â€śA worker recognized him and called the Fort Hall Police,â€ť Johnson said. â€śSince he was a non-tribal member they detained him until our deputy arrived. He still wouldnâ€™t tell us his name but we identified him from his tattoos.â€ť
The possibility of a recall election against Blackfoot School District No. 55 trustee Pete Lipovac increased on Friday.
Marlene Jensen, the Bingham County election director, verified the 133 signatures on the recall petition which has been circulating for the past few weeks.
"We have sent certified letters to Mr. Lipovac and to the school board," Jensen said. "Upon receipt of the letter Mr. Lipovac has five days to resign."
If Lipovac doesn't resign, Jensen said, the recall election will go forward and could be on the ballot at the same time as the primary election on May 15.
Shelley native Merrill Blake, a businessman and entrepreneur, is running for Bingham County Commission Seat 1 as a Republican. That seat is currently held by Cleone Jolley, who is retiring.
"I am running for county commissioner because my 40-plus years as a successful businessman and as a volunteer in my community have given me the experience and knowledge needed to step into the position of county commissioner and be effective on Day One," Blake said.
Kirk Ogden has worked for Bingham County in the Road and Bridge Department for the past 22 years. He is currently a supervisor for the crusher crew.
"I'm the little guy," Ogden said of his decision to run for Bingham County Commission Seat 3. A. Ladd Carter currently holds that post. "I'm just the normal everyday guy who gets a paycheck. I want to represent everyone."
Ogden is a native of Bingham County and a graduate of Blackfoot High School. He, like his opponent, is running as a Republican. The primary election is May 15.
Mike Duff of Blackfoot has announced his candidacy for the Idaho House of Representatives, Legislative District 31 Seat A. Legislative District 31 comprises all of Bingham County. Duff is seeking the seat left vacant by the retiring Representative Dennis Lake of Blackfoot.
â€śMy 30 years of government and political experience have uniquely trained me to serve the citizens of Bingham County and address the broad range of complex issues facing us all today,â€ť Duff said.
Matthew Thompson of Shelley is running for Bingham County Commissioner from District 1 as a Republican.
The length of the county commissionerâ€™s term rotates through the three commissioners. In 2012, the commissioner elected from District 1 will serve a two-year term.
â€śI have been interested in politics at all levels and I think itâ€™s time to get involved,â€ť he said.
Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was thrilled with the support her "We The People" students received from the community on Thursday night.
We The People is a class which learns about our democratic government and meets other schools in a competitive environment. The Broncos have won the state competition and the right to compete on the national level in Washington, D.C.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator at State Hospital South, is breathing a little easier after the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee passed a budget which adds 10 positions for next year.
Before the vote, which passed 19-1, Rep. Fred Wood (R-Burley), a physician, told his fellow legislators that the major staffing cuts over the last few years put the hospital in danger of losing its accreditation.
â€śWe've cut 30 some-odd positions in the last three years out of State Hospital South,â€ť he said. â€śIf we don't get that staffing level up, we're going to jeopardize accreditation.â€ť