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January 12th, 2012
Items of note from Dec. 30-Jan. 4
DROWSY DRIVER: Dec. 30, 7:58 p.m.: A caller at Arctic Circle said there is man in the drive through that had slurred speech and fell asleep.
FIGHT: Dec. 31, 1:35 a.m.: A caller said there may be a fight behind the Best Western Inn.
GAS THEFT: Dec. 31, 3:57 p.m.: A caller at Chevron reported a man driving off without paying for $80 in gas.
SATAN: Jan. 1, 11:49 a.m.: A caller requested an officer because a man is disrupting the church and making statements that he is Satan.
BLACKFOOT â€” Forecasters have been predicting wet weather will return the second half of January, and it appears that the area may get to see some rain and snow next week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that the upper ridge that has contributed to dry, cold weather in Eastern Idaho since late November is expected to move north, allowing a Pacific jet to move in and bring moisture to the Pacific Northwest as early as Sunday and continuing through next week.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho Doctors' Hospital has been recognized as one of the top health care facilities in the country for patient satisfaction.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named the Idaho Doctors' Hospital as a 2011 Summit Award winner for inpatient patient satisfaction. It is one of 98 organizations to receive the honor in 2011 and one of 87 to be recognized for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.
On an annual average basis, the price Idahoans paid for gasoline in 2011 was higher than any prior year, even surpassing the watershed year of 2008 when the Gem State averaged $3.29 a gallon and set a record daily price of $4.16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Relay for Life will be hosting a kick-off event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center, 310 N. Meridian St. Suite D in Blackfoot.
The event also serves as the monthly Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. There will be refreshments, games and information about Relay for life teams and upcoming Relay events. The public is invited.
This year's Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 15. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back against the disease.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot attorney Justin Oleson will represent Bingham County on the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board.
"I am looking forward to doing what I can to represent Bingham County," Oleson said.
The Bingham County commissioners made the appointment this week.
"The commissioners asked if I was interested and I agreed to do it," he said. "I try to do what I can to help out the community.
BLACKFOOT â€” A cold front moving through Idaho today is only expected to bring colder temperatures and wind to the valleys while the mountains may see up to two inches of snow.
Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be about 10 degrees cooler than earlier this week with highs in the mid- to upper-20s and overnight lows dipping to single digits.
Winds will be slightly higher than earlier, with gusts of 10-15 miles per hour through Wednesday night.
Things return to normal Friday with temperatures in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the teens.
The Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Capt. Robert Sobieski and Sheriff Dave Johnson help Blackfoot Community Learning Charter School fifth graders Benson Isom and Jacob Christiansen load more than 950 food items into the Sheriff's vehicle. Students at the school collected the items for the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in December. The Sheriff's Office volunteered to transport the donations to SEICAA. Student Trey Underwood, not pictured, also helped load the items.
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.