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March 6th, 2012
The Blackfoot City Council approved the lowering of the speed limit on Highway 91 in front of the Grove City Cemetery on Tuesday night.
The speed limit is currently 55 miles per hour but will drop to 45.
Mayor Mike Virtue told members of the Council it was important they make the decision now because there's a bill in the Idaho Legislature which would take away cities' ability to lower speeds on state highways which run through their communities.
The Bingham County Republican Central Committee has moved tonight's caucus site in Aberdeen. Because of concerns the American Legion Hall will be too small to handle the number of people expected, committee member Herb Bohrer moved the caucus to Aberdeen Elementary School.
There will be signs at the Legion Hall, but those who use social media such as Facebook are encouraged to pass the word along by that method.
The caucus begins at 7 p.m.
Who would have guessed a young man growing up on a farm and ranch operation in Idaho would be one of seven members on the U.S. Polo Association (UTPA) team.
Meet Lucas Reid.
Reid grew up in the Wolverine Canyonâ€”Preston Bench area and learned horsemanship on the farm.
About a month ago, Reid returned from training camp for the U.S. Polo team. The weekâ€™s training was in Wellington, Fla., the polo capital of the U.S. It was a busy week.
On Monday evening, presidential hopeful Ron Paul spoke to a large crowd of Southeast Idaho residents in the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium. Before Paul arrived, the enthusiastic crowd filled the auditorium with chants of "Ron Paul, the solution! Bring us back the Constitution!" and "End the Fed!" Former military man George Marriott led the pledge and Paige VanderSloot began the meeting with a prayer. When Paul and his wife Carol arrived, the crowd cheered emphatically. Paul said it was one of the best welcomes he ever experienced.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho State Republican Caucus is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Doors at the caucus sites will open at 5 p.m. to allow people to register.
People wishing to participate in the caucus must be in line by 7 p.m. After that time, no more people can come in to participate in the caucus.
Bingham County is offering Republicans four caucus sites. These sites are:
Â· In Blackfoot at the Blackfoot High School old gymnasium
Â· In Thomas at Snake River High School cafeteria
Â· In Shelley in the Shelley High School gymnasium
BLACKFOOT â€” Detectives from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident in the Rose area last Wednesday.
Sheriff Dave Johnson said, "we don't know what really happened. It involved a shotgun at the parents' home."
Nineteen-year-old Dakota Oleson received shotgun pellets to his abdomen and left arm after a shotgun went off in a bedroom at the home of Justin and Christie Oleson.
The alleged shooter is a younger brother.
R. David Moore, Blackfoot's chief of police, has filed as a candidate for District Seat A in the Idaho House of Representatives.
"There seems to be a loss of contact with the constituents, Moore said. "I see a lot of personal agendas in the Idaho legislature right now. I want to represent the constituents of Bingham County."
Craig Rowland, the Bingham County Director of Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation and Abatement District, is running for sheriff.
"I have spent the biggist part of the past eight years on the outside, looking in at the sheriff's office," Rowland said. "I see changes that would benefit not just the sheriff's office but also the county and its cities.
"My campaign is 'Communications and Cooperation,'" Rowland said. "I see the need for communications and cooperation with agencies in the county and with more people who live in the county.
BLACKFOOT â€” Amy Sorensen wanted to find a creative way to catch people's attention and promote presidential candidate Mitt Romney. That is why she brought her "Mitt is bringing sexy back" sign to the Romney rally on Thursday. Little did Sorensen know that her sign would receive national attention. Now, Sorensen's picture has been displayed in the Washington Post, the LA Times, Reuters and numerous blogs.
Items of note from Feb. 24-29.
DUMPSTER FIRE: Feb. 24, 5:36 p.m.: A woman said she is driving on Camas Street and there is a metal dumpster on fire.
MISSING WALLET: Feb. 24, 6:18 p.m.: A caller reported a missing wallet. They said it is zebra-striped and there is $400 inside.
PATIENT LEAVING: Feb. 25, 7:22 a.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial Hospital said a man is attempting to leave. They said he is getting dressed and determined to leave when he is dressed.