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March 9th, 2012
Kirk Ogden has worked for Bingham County in the Road and Bridge Department for the past 22 years. He is currently a supervisor for the crusher crew.
"I'm the little guy," Ogden said of his decision to run for Bingham County Commission Seat 3. A. Ladd Carter currently holds that post. "I'm just the normal everyday guy who gets a paycheck. I want to represent everyone."
Ogden is a native of Bingham County and a graduate of Blackfoot High School. He, like his opponent, is running as a Republican. The primary election is May 15.
Mike Duff of Blackfoot has announced his candidacy for the Idaho House of Representatives, Legislative District 31 Seat A. Legislative District 31 comprises all of Bingham County. Duff is seeking the seat left vacant by the retiring Representative Dennis Lake of Blackfoot.
â€śMy 30 years of government and political experience have uniquely trained me to serve the citizens of Bingham County and address the broad range of complex issues facing us all today,â€ť Duff said.
Matthew Thompson of Shelley is running for Bingham County Commissioner from District 1 as a Republican.
The length of the county commissionerâ€™s term rotates through the three commissioners. In 2012, the commissioner elected from District 1 will serve a two-year term.
â€śI have been interested in politics at all levels and I think itâ€™s time to get involved,â€ť he said.
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.