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November 17th, 2010
BLACKFOOT â€” Former Blackfoot City Parks department employee Michael Roy Conn was sentenced to seven years to 17 years in prison on Tuesday. Conn pled guilty to one count of sexual battery with a minor 16 or 17 years old.
Conn was initially charged with five counts of sexual battery with a minor 16 or 17 years old stemming from incidents in 2008. Charges were filed against him in April 2010.
The plea agreement recommended probation with conditions. This agreement was recommended by the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney and the pre-sentence evaluator.
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” Fort Hall students who attend the after-school program at Fort Hall Elementary visited the Blackfoot Public Library Monday afternoon.
"There's over 60,000 books in the library," said librarian Brenda Wilcox. "There's always new things to see in the library."
Besides books, there are computers, videos, DVDs, newspapers and activities.
"We want you to have a good time when you come to the library," Wilcox said.
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” On Thursday, students attending Wapello Elementary spoke with the father of fourth grader Trevor Robertson during the Veterans' Day assembly at the school.
Trevor's dad is Staff Sgt. D.J. Robertson who is deployed with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. The 116th is the Idaho National Guard unit currently stationed at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. Troops began deployment to Kuwait and Iraq on Sunday.
FIRTH â€” Ninety-eight veterans attended the veteransâ€™ day assembly at Firth High School Thursday morning. The gym was mostly full as veterans, members of the community and the student bodies of Firth High School and Firth Middle School were present.
The assembly honored veterans and their families.
Mel Richardson, one of the hosts of the Probing America Radio Talk Show, was the speaker. He was impressed with the number of veterans in attendance at the assembly.
â€śMy dad fought in â€śThe Great War,â€ť Richardson said. â€śHe was part of Pershingâ€™s troops in the war to end all warsâ€”World War I.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners denied the special use permit request of the Blue Ribbon Energy LLC to build 27 wind turbines.
Blue Ribbon proposed putting the turbines on 2,500 acres on the hills southeast of Goshen owned by six landowners: Paul Reid, Bryce and Mary Fielding of Hillside Farms, Ken and Becky Davis, Richard and Charlotte Reid, C. Keith and Karma Fielding and Carol Reid.
Commissioners Lee Hammett proposed tabling the application â€śbecause this is a new process.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Five families in Blackfoot or Aberdeen may have the opportunity to build their own homes under a program offered by the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency.
SEICAA is recruiting five families to participate in the Mutual Self-Help Housing program. Under the program, the families work together to build their own homes under the supervision of an experienced construction supervisor.
â€śTheyâ€™re learning the skills to build their own home,â€ť SEICAA Affordable Housing Director Shalynn Perisol said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho Potato Museum has been nominated for the Hampton Hotels Save-a-Landmark program and could win a substantial grant to help restore the museum.
The money would be used to restore the potato bar in the museum to bring back fresh â€śtaters for out-of-staters.â€ť
Potato Museum Director Rebecca Price said they have been wanting to restore the potato bar, which was a popular feature of the museum.
â€śWe would use it to restore the restaurant,â€ť Price said. â€śWeâ€™re still trying to reopen that.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Fire Department is offering free smoke detectors and fire safety inspections to interested community members.
The Fire Department will deliver, install and test smoke detectors. They can also provide fire safety tips and evaluate a home for potential fire hazards. The goal is to work to prevent fires and to save lives when a fire does happen.
â€śWeâ€™d like to get out and help people,â€ť Capt. Dave Krumenacker said.
Smoke detectors can help alert people inside a home to a fire, increasing their chances of getting out alive.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â Is your teacher the biggest Bengal fan? If you have ever sat in a class or played on a court with Dan Hale, the answer is yes.
Hale has proudly supported the Idaho State Bengals for the last 39 years and, win or lose, rain or shine, in good years and bad he can be found cheering with his family beside him. He was recently awarded third place in the Syringa Wireless â€śIs Your Teacher the Biggest Bengal Fan?â€ť contest. Hale was presented a check for $150 on the field at an ISU football game.
BLACKFOOT â€” The special use permit requested by the Blue Ribbon Energy LLC to build a wind farm in a natural resource/agriculture zone on the Goshen bench will be continued to Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Discussion on this wind farm started at 10 p.m. Wednesday and ended at 2:30 a.m. Thursday. P&Z commissioners heard testimony from all the people present. The wind farm decision was continued until Wednesday, Nov. 10.
At the meeting on Nov. 10, P&Z commissioners will present their rationale for there decision, then vote on approving or denying the special use permit.