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March 22nd, 2012
In accordance with Idaho Code, members of the Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees passed a resolution to ask Bingham County for a special election "on the next available date."
That special election in August will address the petition to recall trustee Peter A. Lipovac. The board voted 4-0 to submit the resolution with Lipovac abstaining.
"Under advice of my attorney, I'm not going to say anything," Lipovac said following the vote. "But, I will be coming out with a letter shortly."
Lipovac has the right to respond to the recall petition's charges on the same ballot.
Step into Mike Krehbiel's Barn Event Center and you could be transported back in time.
The walls of the facility at 305 South Broadway are covered with advertising signs from as far back as the 1930s and as recently as last year.
"I started collecting signs about 1985," Krehbiel said. "Currently I have over 300."
One of the oldest extols the virtues of a company called Stoker-matic. Another, probably from the 1940s, encourages customers to buy Cream Top Dairy products. Both are hand-painted and the dairy sign includes the signature of "Sato Signs."
Christopher Cox, 38, the former principal at Snake River Junior High School, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday morning as he appeared before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos.
Cox will appear before District Judge Darren Simpson for his arraignment at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 2.
Cox is accused of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 15. It is alleged the victim was 14 years old at the time of the incidents. She has since left the area with her family.
Items of note from March 6-12.
WELFARE CHECK: March 6, 11:35 a.m.: A caller requested to have an officer check on a woman who is sitting out in the cold and may possibly be homeless.
FOOTPRINTS: March 7, 9:16 a.m.: A woman said there are some suspicious footprints outside her window and she is concerned because she believes she is being stalked.
BURGLARY: March 7, 10:02 a.m.: A caller at El Vaquero reported that the back door to the business was open and there is money missing.
Bill Duke, president of Grand Teton Local Lodge 2006 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers presented a check for nearly $2,000 to the Bingham County SouthEastern Idaho Community Action (SEICAA) Agency on Wednesday.
Staff members Angel Pitchford and Ofelia Osegura accepted the donation on behalf of the agency. Program coordinator Bobette Beasley was out of the office for training.
"We don't get a lot of cash donations this time of year," Beasley said. "To get a nice chunk in the spring will help build up our bank account a little bit.
Blackfoot Police are seeking four to six suspects who pulled off a brazen daylight robbery at Vern's RadioShack of Blackfoot last Friday.
Capt. Kurt Asmus said the suspects worked as a team in distracting the clerk and concealing different items of merchandise.
"I have great video surveillance but it doesn't prevent theft," said owner Vern Murray.
He said he spent all of Sunday putting that video together so law enforcement could use its tools to identify the suspects.
Murray said the thieves targeted a variety of high-end items, concealing them before leaving the store.
Students, parents, grandparents and teachers filled every couch and chair and most floor space in classrooms at Rockford Elementary Wednesday afternoon as they took part in the all-school Reading with Relatives.
"This is what education is all about," said Rockford principal Ed Jackson, "parents, grandparents, students and high school students involved with each other.
"This is incredible," he said.
"Don't you like the buzz?" asked Rockford PTA president Julie Wada.
New kindergarten schedule approved at Snake River
Snake River trustees approved a new schedule for kindergarten beginning in the 2012-2012 school year.
There will be four half days of instruction. There will be no mid-day kindergarten busings. It is the parents' responsibility to provide the transportation for the middle of the day.
Changing kindergarten to half days will add 40 minutes of instruction each week, said Moreland teacher Lisa Warren. That change will make a big impact on student achievement and will not cost the district one penny, she said.
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