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May 20th, 2012
A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Competitors came from Idaho, Montana and Utah, but a man from Blackfoot won the overall championship of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More on Saturday.
John Taberna ran the 26.2-mile course around the community in three hours and two minutes.
Taberna said the marathon was his first in seven years. He and his wife run the Pocatello series of 5- and 10-kilometer races and he regularly competes in half-marathons.
"They claim you have to do marathon training to get better at the half," Taberna said. "Since this was local, I said, 'why not?'
An impressive amount of scholarships and awards were presented to Blackfoot High School (BHS) 'Class of 2012' students at the 'Honors and Awards' Assembly sponsored by the National Honor Society at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center last week.
Vicki Johnson, counselor and Dean of Students at BHS, said , "This is a great class, it's very impressive the amount of students who have earned scholarship for themselves...and there are l more to come..."
Fort Hall skateboard Talon Teton and his friends will soon have a skate park to call their own.
Teton participated in the groundbreaking for the Shoshone-Bannock Skate Park on Friday.
"Right now I'm at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot skating every day," Teton said. "I've been skating six years. It's a good way to stay in shape."
The Snake River High School senior and his friends will have another venue by August.
That's when the 4,800-square foot in-ground facility will open. It's also when a Grand Slam Skate Jam is scheduled as part of the Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival.
FORT HALL â€” In her role as an Adult Probation Worker for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Courts, Marcia Hall regularly is asked a variety of questions related to elderly citizens' issues.
So, with the support of court administrator Carina Poitra, she put together an Elder Abuse Awareness Fair to bring together a variety of vendors able to answer those questions in a one-stop fashion.
Tribal leaders also helped Hall honor four individuals over 90 years old, presenting them with Pendleton blankets embroidered with their names.
CONCERT INCIDENT: May 11, 11:21 p.m.: A man said he was at a concert at the El Centenario and he was slammed into a window while being removed.
TRESPASS: May 12, 12:43 a.m.: A man said he caught a 16-year-old male on his property. He said he has had previous issues with him attempting to steal cigarettes.
DRIVE-THRU FIGHT: May 12, 5:30 a.m.: A caller at McDonald's said there are four men fighting in the drive-thru. An arrest was made.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Blackfoot School District board of trustees ratified next year's contract with the Blackfoot Education Association at Thursday's meeting.
According to BEA Co-President Bobbie Jo Steffensen, the district offer is for a 1.25 percent pay increase to the members' base salaries. In addition, she said, the district will pay for any increases in insurance premiums for the next year.
Board members heard a report on teacher evaluations from committee member Alicia Higginson and on Pay for Performance from Anthony Peterson.
BLACKFOOT â€” The rumor mill is swirling around Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
"We are concerned about it [BMH]; that everything is upright," said Bingham County Commissioner A. Ladd Carter. "There have been ongoing allegations of wrong doing.
"The hospital now employs 600 employees," he said. "It has a significant impact on the community.
"We want to see it be successful," said Carter.
An executive session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the BMH Board of Directors and the County Commissioners.
IDAHO FALLS â€” Geoffrey Salem Elawadly, age 24, was sentenced Thursday for the second degree murder of Anthony (A.J.) Camp on March 22, 2011.
Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling sentenced Elawadly to a minimum of 10 years to life in the Idaho Department of Correction.
Elawadly had confessed to second degree murder. In the plea agreement, the deadly weapon enhancement and the two counts of aggravated assault were dismissed.
Elawadly's seven year indeterminate sentence for possession of a controlled substance will be served concurrently with the second degree murder sentence.
(Boise) â€“ Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling issued a death warrant today for Richard A. Leavitt for the July 1984 murder of Danette Elg in Blackfoot, Idaho.Â The execution date is set for June 12, 2012.
Leavitt, convicted of the brutal murder of 31 year old Danette Elg in 1984, will be given lethal injection.
Elg was murdered in her home after being attacked with a knife, sustaining 15 separate stab and slash wounds and sexually mutilated. Prosecutors say that Leavitt cut out her sexual organs while she died or shortly after.