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July 18th, 2012

Police seek Jensen Grove vandals

July 19, 2012

Blackfoot city mayor Mike Virtue is asking the public's vigilance to help stop vandalism at Jensen Grove, after the brand new restrooms that opened on the park's east side on July 4th were vandalized, just nine days later, on the night of July 13.
Blackfoot police officer Scott Rasmussen responded to Jensen Grove for a report of malicious injury to the new bathrooms on the evening of the 13th. He reported that a divider between the urinals had been torn from the wall and was laying on the ground.

Children receive summer reading rewards

July 19, 2012

Amongst bouts of laughter and shouts of happy children Wednesday afternoon, Blackfoot librarian Lisa Harral explained just what all commotion about reading is about.
"It's our last adventure day for the summer reading program."
Brightly colored bounce houses lined the taped-off parking lot of the library for the "No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" activity.
The library has had just over 1,200 children sign up for the program that featured points and prizes for reading. This year's theme, "Dream Big" was part of a collaborative program through the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

July 17th

Police Log

July 18, 2012

Items of note from June 22-July 13.

Blackfoot Police

BUSINESS BREAK-IN: June 22, 7:34 a.m.: A caller at the Y Motel said someone broke into the office of the business and all the money has been taken. They said the window was broken.

COULD IT BE A SNIPE?: June 22, 9:35 a.m.: A caller said there is a "funny looking bird" in their yard that is making odd noises. They said they are worried the bird may get hit by a car.

EXPOSED: June 23, 12:40 a.m.: A caller said someone just exposed himself to the cheerleaders at Jensen Grove.

Commissioners review proposed P&Z ordinance

July 18, 2012

County officials spent all day Tuesday reviewing and discussing the proposed Bingham County Zoning Ordinance.
The officials taking part in this discussion were Bingham County Commissioners Cleone Jolley, Ladd Carter and Whitney Manwaring, Planning & Zoning Administrator Allen Jensen, Bingham County Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Cornelison, Planning & Zoning (P&Z) staff and P&Z commissioners.
The review of the ordinance was completed by 4:30 p.m.

Rockford Cafe and Bakery to celebrate grand opening

July 18, 2012

Darin and Kristen Perry of Rockford want to teach their children how to work.
"There aren't many opportunities for 14- and 15-year-olds to get part-time jobs," Kristen said on Tuesday. "We tried farming, but that didn't work out."
So, the couple has opened Rockford Cafe and Bakery. It's in the same building as Rockford Ranch and Farm Supply at 53 South 1200 West.
Kristen noted that she managed a pizza place when attending college at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

July 16th

Biking Across America stops in Blackfoot

July 17, 2012

Twenty-seven bicyclists had a stopover in Blackfoot Monday night as they continued their 4K (4,000) miles in 70 days biking adventure across the U.S.
They ride with an organization called Biking Across America whose purpose to highlight cancer awareness. This ride started May 27 from Baltimore, Maryland, and will end Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore.  
Each rider raised at least $4,500 before taking on the challenge of this ride across America. Rider Venkatesh Srinivas from New Jersey raised $10,000; rider Joshua Wilkins from Philadelphia raised $11,000.

Plane crashes near Rockford Airport

July 17, 2012

A plane belonging to AvCenter of Pocatello crashed in a grain field near the Rockford Airport at 9:50 a.m. Monday, said Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson.
The single engine, two-passenger plane was on a cross country flight when the engine lost power, Johnson said. Bobby Picker, 63, of Idaho Falls was piloting the plane and had one passenger, Craig Hansen, 30, also of Idaho Falls.
Picker tried to glide the plane into the Rockford Airport but was short of the airport and landed in the field. The plane flipped upside down because of the muddy, uneven ground.

July 15th

Blackfoot helps Pocatello clean up from fire

July 15, 2012

POCATELLO — With their distinctive yellow vests standing out against the black and barren hillsides, they called themselves the 'worker-bees,' and swarms of them converged upon the fire ravaged hills of Pocatello Saturday afternoon — eager to lend a helping hand to a neighboring community in need during a massive fire clean-up effort organized by the LDS Church.

July 13th

Pork Producers sponsor swine camp at EISF

July 13, 2012

The theory of how to show a pig sounds pretty simple, even fun, right up to the point when a live pig is added to the equation.
4-H kids spent Friday learning about swine, how to take care of them and show them at the first Eastern Idaho Swine Camp at the state fairgrounds. The kids learned how to give shots, how to notch ears, the different breeds of pigs, what to feed them and how to show them.
Presenter Lynsee Shaffer from Albany, Ind., taught four tips about showing swine.
"My first and most important tip is always maintain eye contact with the judge," Shaffer said.

State fairgrounds are site of miniature horse show

July 13, 2012

The showmen range in ages from four to 70 and come from all walks of life. The one thing they have in common is a love for tiny horses. All were gathered at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds Friday for the 10th annual Snake River Miniature Horse Club (SRMHC) Show.

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