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April 11th, 2012
Stephanie Palmer, a young mother of two, had her life turned upside down when she suddenly became paralyzed. Palmer is now reaching out to the community after she entered a national contest to win a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
Nineteen candidates for five county and state officers introduced themselves to the members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
They are running for sheriff, the state House of Representatives, county prosecutor and two county commission seats.
Each had two minutes to briefly explain their reason for seeking their office. All are Republicans whose numbers will be winnowed in the primary election on May 15.
Registration for Cattle Kids is open. Contact the Extension office in Blackfoot at 785-8060 to sign up.
"Cattle Kids gives city kids an opportunity to raise cattle," said organizer Neil Anderson. "Kids have an opportunity to be in the cattle business.
"The program builds character and helps develop responsibility," said Anderson. "They make money in the process.
Cattle Kids is for kids ages 8 through 15, inclusive. This is the fourth year for this program.
BLACKFOOT â€”The smell of fresh paint and the sound of hammers accost the senses when you are undergoing a remodel.
Bright red, purple and green walls replace the once stark white canvases. A large stage has been placed for the instructors to show their Zumba moves to their class. Lacy Grover, owner of Legacy Dance Studio, is thrilled to be back from maternity leave to re-join her clients for the Zumba classes.
Grover said she feels that Zumba had become such an important part of what they are doing that they wanted to design the remodel specifically for those classes.
Eight years ago, when her daughter Abbi was in kindergarten at Rockford Elementary, Emily Perkes and her husband Alma volunteered to be involved in PTA.
Now Perkes is president-elect of the Idaho PTA, learning her duties from current state president Jana Lee Hatch of Blackfoot.
Later this month Perkes will travel to Washington, D.C., where she will be Idaho's representative for Parenting magazine's third annual Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference.
James Griswold, age 54, from Blackfoot was arrested Monday for manufacturing a controlled substance.
Griswold appeared in court Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance.
The Blackfoot Police Department reported that approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday, police responded to an address on North University for a welfare check.
The owner of the home had not been seen all day and, according to the caller, that was unusual.
Police were unable to locate the owner but his vehicles were still at the residence.
Appearing before District Judge Gregory Moeller Tuesday morning, Christopher Cox plead not guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a child under age 16.
Cox, age 39, is the former principal of the Snake River Junior High School.
If convicted, Cox would face a maximum sentence on each count of 25 years in the Idaho State Prison, $50,000 fine and would be required to register as a sex offender.
If Cox were convicted and the sentences were to be served consecutively, Cox would face 75 years in prison, a $150,000 fine and would be required to register as a sex offender.
Items of note from March 29-April 7.
DANGEROUS DEBRIS: March 29, 8:33 a.m.: A woman said a neighbor put up siding over a year ago and left the debris in the driveway. She said the owner is rarely at the home and the debris is continually blowing into her yard and she has to clean it up so her kids don't get hurt on it.
DUI: March 29, 6:19 p.m.: A caller said a truck crashed into and knocked over the light in the parking lot of El Centenario.
SHOPLIFTING: March 29, 7:15 p.m.: A caller at Cal Store said there is a female shoplifter.
The spring concert of the Snake River Community Orchestra begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Snake River High Auditorium.
The orchestra features well loved music by composers including Bach and Strauss.
The concert is called "Timeless Favorites."
Admission is free. (Donations are welcome and gladly accepted.) For the last number of the evening, the orchestra will combine with the Snake River High School band and Community Choir to perform Irving Berlin's "America."
Steven Kauer is running for Bingham County Commission Zone 3, as a Republican. His opponents are incumbent A. Ladd Carter and Kirk Ogden. They will battle in the primary May 15. With no Democratic opponent, the winner will assume his seat on the commission in January, 2013.
"We need a big change in the direction of county government," said Kauer.
He said he opposes the county's intrusion into property rights through its newly rewritten zoning ordinance.