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March 7th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€”Jazz music gets toes tapping and fingers snapping. On Saturday the Intermountain Jazz Festival comes to town.
Ten high school and middle school jazz bands from Southeastern Idaho will each perform for 30 minutes before three judges. Student performances are open to the public and are free of charge.
The Four Freshmen will entertain at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center that night. The cost of that concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is $20 for adults and $15 for students.
FORT HALL â€” Four youth from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes recently travelled to Washington, D.C., to voice their environmental concerns at the White House.
Participating in the national high school program were Sequoia Dance and Deryk Broncho from Highland, Cesilio Silveira from Blackfoot and Angel Teton from Shoshone-Bannock Junior/Senior High School. The young people and their chaperones travelled to the East Coast Feb. 12-17 as part of the Close Up High School program, which is designed to give students and educators an inside look at democracy in action.
On Tuesday commissioners Cleone Jolley and Ladd Carter recognized Probation Officer Jeff Nelson as Bingham County's first graduate from the Misdemeanor Idaho Peace Officer Standards & Training Academy.
Claudon Lilya, the county's Director of Probation Services, said Nelson graduated from the state's third class, which ran from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3 of this year in Boise.
"Basic training is a critical component in enhancing the effectiveness of probation departments by enhancing officer safety and the ability of misdemeanor probation officers to perform central job functions," Lilya said.
Eighteen-year-old Ryan Hudson and 88-year-old Lamar Robertson represented the wide spectrum of participants in Bingham County's portion of the Idaho Republican Caucus on Tuesday.
"I think it's kind of exciting," Robertson said after casting his vote in what could potentially have been several rounds. Candidates who got less than 15 percent of the vote in each round were eliminated until a winner was declared.
"My government teacher said it was a good idea for us to get out and vote," said Hudson, a Blackfoot High School senior. "It's nice that I can vote even though I'm just 18."
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.