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June 28th, 2012

Whipkey takes plea deal

June 29, 2012

BLACKFOOT – Jesse William Allen Whipkey, 67, accepted a plea agreement to aggravated assault with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon in committing a felony Thursday afternoon.
He faces a maximum sentence of five years for aggravated assault with an additional 15 years for using or attempting to use a firearm in commission of a felony.
The aggravated assault charge states Whipkey intentionally tried to do violence to another person, namely his daughter, Amy Mayer, when he aimed a .22 pistol at her and pulled the trigger.

Blackfoot teens make music video

June 28, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot teens Cameron Baker (vocalist) and Josh Spencer (pianist) had their first taste of performing live music together in a large concert venue Tuesday evening in Salt Lake City and now have their first music video out on Youtube.
The teens were chosen from an audition tape to open for popular singer Dia Frampton (well known for being a runner up on the reality TV show - 'The Voice') at the concert venue 'The Complex'.
"I was a little nervous stepping out and singing that first song," Baker said, "but then I was able to relax a little and enjoy the moments."

June 27th

Shelley school district budget approved

June 28, 2012

SHELLEY — Shelley school board trustees approved the school district's budget for school year 2012-13.
"There are no real surprises," said Shelley Business Manager Trish Dixon.
"The first 10 days of enrollment will determine if the trustees need to decide on an emergency levy for the coming year," said Dixon.
In Shelley, an emergency levy is based on the first nine days of enrollment compared to the first nine days of the previous school year, she said. If there is an unexpected increase in the number of students, a certain formula is applied to cover costs of the unexpected students.

Whipkey trial begins

June 27, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The trial of Jesse William Whipkey, age 67, started Tuesday afternoon before Seventh District Judge David C. Nye.
A jury of six men and seven women are impaneled to hear this case. The 13th juror hears the case but will not deliberate with the other jurors.
Whipkey faces two charges. On count one, Whipkey is charged with attempted murder. Count two is an enhancement charge for use of a firearm in commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies.
Tuesday, Whipkey's daughters explained the circumstances that led up to this alleged crime.

June 26th

Blackfoot man is arm wrestling champ

June 27, 2012

ABERDEEN — Shawn Kirkpatrick has been training for arm wrestling since he was 12 and after his latest competition in Reno, Nevada, he can now tout the title "the best in the United States" as he took first place in the 2012 USAF Unified National Championship in left 64kg open men's division. Winning this title pulls him in as a qualifier to compete for the National Championship in Saio, Brazil.

Committee raising funds for Springfield Park

June 26, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Nestled along the shore of Springfield Lake in the cozy neighborhood of Springfield lies a park with green grass, a home-built swing and two large tires partially buried in the earth.

Boys lucky to be alive

June 26, 2012

ROSE — Two of Blackfoot's youth are lucky to be alive after an intense one vehicle rollover. Tyler Condon, 19 and Alex Condon, 16 were driving too fast for a corner near Rose Canal and 450 North Sunday evening. "I was driving to fast, took the corner and the car caught and rolled on the bank and flew into the canal." said Tyler. Once the car hit the water, Tyler yelled "seatbelts!" and the boys frantically grasped their seatbelts to get out of the car that was quickly filling with water. Tyler punctured the air bag and kicked out the driver's side window to escape.

June 25th

Blaze erupts along I-15

June 25, 2012

BLACKFOOT— Blackfoot Firefighters respond to yet another fire call this morning, June 25, 2012 as fire erupted along north bound I-15 between mile markers 95-103. Two separate spots were ablaze. One from 95-97 and another near Rose Ponds both along the edge of the freeway. Smoke drifted into traffic causing minor visual problems for commuters. The fire department states that the cause of the fires is unknown.

Teens safe after vehicle crashes into canal

June 25, 2012

BLACKFOOT — A one vehicle accident occurred last night, Sunday June 24, 2012 involving two teen boys, 19 and 16, near Rose and 450 N. The car, borrowed from their grandmother, ended up in the Rose Canal. The car traveling too fast for the roadway lost traction around the sharp corner and plunged into the canal. Bingham County Search and Rescue sent out the dive team to located the vehicle. The boys were treated for minor injuries and released. Look for more of the story in tomorrow's paper.

June 24th

Blackfoot Community Center receives grants for improvements

June 24, 2012

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot Community Center (BCC) received two grants last week. One grant was from the Bistline Foundation Fund and the other was received from the CHC Foundation, Inc.
BCC received a grant for $3,000 from the F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation to purchase exhibits for the art and music rooms of BCC’s Children’s Museum of Idaho.
“We are fortunate to receive the Bistline Grant,” said Ashlee Howell, Director of BCC. “The grant money will be used to expand the children’s theater.

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