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March 8th, 2012
Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was thrilled with the support her "We The People" students received from the community on Thursday night.
We The People is a class which learns about our democratic government and meets other schools in a competitive environment. The Broncos have won the state competition and the right to compete on the national level in Washington, D.C.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator at State Hospital South, is breathing a little easier after the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee passed a budget which adds 10 positions for next year.
Before the vote, which passed 19-1, Rep. Fred Wood (R-Burley), a physician, told his fellow legislators that the major staffing cuts over the last few years put the hospital in danger of losing its accreditation.
â€śWe've cut 30 some-odd positions in the last three years out of State Hospital South,â€ť he said. â€śIf we don't get that staffing level up, we're going to jeopardize accreditation.â€ť
Possible high speed chase occurred moments ago on I-15 near exit 113. Speeds ranged from 35-95mph while the Idaho State Police tried to negotiate the suspect off the road. Attempts were unsuccessful for approximately 30-45 miles. ISP reportedly then used spike strips to get the suspect to stop.
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.