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March 9th, 2012
The possibility of a recall election against Blackfoot School District No. 55 trustee Pete Lipovac increased on Friday.
Marlene Jensen, the Bingham County election director, verified the 133 signatures on the recall petition which has been circulating for the past few weeks.
"We have sent certified letters to Mr. Lipovac and to the school board," Jensen said. "Upon receipt of the letter Mr. Lipovac has five days to resign."
If Lipovac doesn't resign, Jensen said, the recall election will go forward and could be on the ballot at the same time as the primary election on May 15.
Shelley native Merrill Blake, a businessman and entrepreneur, is running for Bingham County Commission Seat 1 as a Republican. That seat is currently held by Cleone Jolley, who is retiring.
"I am running for county commissioner because my 40-plus years as a successful businessman and as a volunteer in my community have given me the experience and knowledge needed to step into the position of county commissioner and be effective on Day One," Blake said.
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.