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January 9th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners unanimously denied a request by the Four Seasons Ranch Subdivision at 35 S. 250 East, Blackfoot to re-plat two lots into three. The subdivision is four miles east of Blackfoot off Rich Lane.
The recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners was to deny this request because of concerns about the water system and whether it would be able to handle additional septic systems.
At an earlier P&Z hearing, residents in the subdivision presented evidence of high nitrate levels of private wells.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” State spending on public schools would increase more than $30 million next year under the governor's proposed budget, which also includes a $21 million boost in general funding for Idaho's colleges and universities.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Monday also proposed replenishing the rainy day account for public schools and kicking in the first state payment to a similar account for higher education.
Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward the public education budget in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
BLACKFOOT â€” When a potential customer whizzed past Trestlewood's yard adjacent to Interstate 15, he spied what he thought were railroad ties.
When Alice Cannon, a founder of the company with her husband John, tried to tell that customer that Trestlewood didn't carry or sell railroad ties, he asked to speak to a man.
Bob Cannon, Alice's son and one of the owners, also told him that much of the company's inventory is reclaimed railroad trestles.
"We started taking down a railroad trestle across the Great Salt Lake in 1993," Bob said of the company's beginnings.
BLACKFOOT â€” The trial of Lawrence James Crow, age 24, is set for Tuesday, Jan. 24, when Crow will face two felony counts. Count one is attempted murder and count two is domestic battery inflicting traumatic injury.
A motion on this case was for Friday. Instead, a five-hour criminal mediation took place under the direction of Sixth District Judge Robert Naftz from Pocatello.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â At 91 years old, Dallas Satterfield is still just one of the boys. Satterfield's friends, who started meeting for coffee in the 70's, gave him a birthday surprise him Friday morning by singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and presenting him with a cane â€“â€“ which they custom made from a baseball bat to celebrate his life.
The January/February issue of Bingham Magazine is now available. Magazines are available in the Morning News office and at select businesses around Bingham County free of charge.
Here are a few of the articles you will find:
â€¢Â Shirley Brumfield takes the reigns as the new Chamber of Commerce president this month. Brumfield, along with new members of the Chamber board will be introduced at the President's lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
â€¢ You've probably seen him wearing green. Blackfoot's Biggest Fan, Ralph Hulse, is featured in our "Faces in the Crowd" section.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Commissioners approved changes to the commissioner district boundaries Thursday, moving Precinct 4 from Commissioner District 2 to District 3.
The moveâ€”required by Idaho Statuteâ€”ensures the population in each of the three districts is no more or less than 10 percent of the other two districts based on the 2010 Census.
The change only affects 2,701 people living in Precinct 4, which is the area of Riverton Road west of Blackfoot. Precinct 4 is now part of District 3, which includes nearly all of western Bingham County.
BLACKFOOT â€” Local Idaho Power employees give back each year to various local non-profit organizations, including the Bingham Crisis Center.
Regional Idaho Power employees donate to an employee community service fund throughout the year. Those funds are then matched by Idaho Power and distributed to various non-profit agencies throughout the region from Pocatello to Salmon. The fund is employee-governed and gives to various organizations providing health and human services to individuals.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) â€” Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.
BLACKFOOT â€” Shaden Leland Ross Walters was sentenced to probation and
fined $1,355.50 Monday by Bingham County Seventh Judicial Judge Darren
On May 23, 2011, Walters, age 19, and co-defendant Chris Nelson were
charged with burglary. The pair were charged with stealing from Todd
On Oct. 3, Walters pleaded not guilty to the burglary charge and then
changed his plea to guilty on Nov. 14.
In Walters' plea deal, the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney
and the pre-sentence investigator agreed that Walters was a good