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November 10th, 2011
Snow is in the forecast again for this weekend as a fast-moving strong storm system moves across Eastern Idaho Friday and Saturday, and the Idaho State Police wants to remind motorists that it's that time of year again when we have to re-train ourselves for winter driving. The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. But if you can't here is a list of things to do or not to do to make your travel safer.
* Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights - even the hood and roof - before driving.
BOISE â€” The J. R. Simplot Company is planning to build a state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Caldwell, with site preparation anticipated to begin next May and start-up expected by spring of 2014.
The new plant will replace the company's existing potato processing plant in Caldwell with additional closures in the next 2 to 3 years of facilities at Aberdeen and Nampa, resulting in the loss of just under 800 jobs.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three cities in Idaho have an ordinance that requires council members to be elected by 50 percent plus one vote. These three cities are Blackfoot, Hailey and Idaho Falls.
Eight cities in Idaho require mayors to be elected by at least 50 percent plus one vote. These eight cities are American Falls, Blackfoot, Boise, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello and Spirit Lake.
The ordinance is not recommended by the Association of Cities. If a city adopts this ordinance and a runoff election is necessary, the runoff election is paid for by the city.
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot will have to pay an estimated $6,000 to have a runoff election Dec. 6 after Butch Hulse narrowly missed the number of votes needed to obtain a majority of the votes in the three-person city council race.
Hulse, who received 49.7 percent of the vote and Clair L. Broadhead, who received 37.4 percent of the vote, are running for Seat 4 on the city council. The position pays $5,040 a year plus benefits.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The governor's office says the Idaho Capitol was evacuated after a suspicious letter or package was found containing a white powder.
A spokesman for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter confirmed Tuesday the state Capitol was cleared at about 11 a.m. while authorities investigated. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the governor was in the building at the time and evacuated along with other state employees.
Hanian says Otter has since left the grounds and is attending a meeting elsewhere.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot will have a run-off election for city council seat number 4 on Tuesday, Dec. 6. City council members in Blackfoot must win by 50 percent plus one vote of the cast ballots to be declared the winner.
For seat 4, Butch Hulse had 388 votes or 49.68 percent of the vote. Clair Broadhead garnered 292 votes or 37.39 percent of the vote. Randy Herbert had 101 votes or 12.93 percent of the vote.
Blackfoot city councilmen Rich Woodfin had 703 votes. City councilman Farrell Cammack earned 663 votes. Each of these men ran unopposed for their council positions.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Paisley Studios moved down the street to a bigger space at their new location at 100 W. Bridge St., photographers Heather Parmenter and Kayla Evans decided to try something new.
The new studio features a full-service salon upstairs and a photography studio downstairs.
"We just wanted to do something different," Parmenter said. "We wanted to fill the space."
The salon has three stations manned by Brittney Chavez, Kristina Gregory and Laurie Shawver. They do hair, makeup and nails.
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. â€“ The ride from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Rigby, Idaho, usually takes under two hours. But, for Holly Galbraith and the seven young women traveling with her last Saturday, the day was not what they expected.
Galbraith, a 35-year old youth leader, gave herself extra time that morning allowing for slick road conditions as the group set out for an Especially for Youth church activity.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three people were transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital after their car struck a truck that was crossing Highway 39 at 600 West Tuesday night.
At 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, Idaho State Police responded to what was reported as a one-vehicle rollover. Upon arriving at the scene it was determined that there were two vehicles involved and the accident was not a rollover.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m. â€” A total of 17 Battelle Energy Alliance employees were potentially exposed to low-levels of contamination. Of the potentially exposed employees, six have tested positive for low-levels of contamination based on external surveying.
All 17 employees are currently undergoing full body scans at the Central Facilities Area Medical Facility which can take up to an hour per person.
External air sampling and radiological surveys indicate no contamination has been detected outside of the Zero Power Physics Reactor facility.