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October 25th, 2011
Â BLACKFOOT -- Administrative District Judge Jon Shindurling heard two pending petitions on the Paul Ezra Rhoades case Monday in Bingham County.
"I do not have the authority to issue a stay of execution in this case," Judge Shindurling said.
Rhoades is scheduled to be put to death Nov. 18 in the Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise. Rhoades was convicted for the 1987 murders of Susan Michelbacher in Bonneville County and Stacy Baldwin in Bingham County.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot City Council will have one new face after the Nov. 8 elections. Clair L. Broadhead, Randy Herbert and Butch Hulse are seeking to fill seat 4 vacated by councilman Robert Layton. Incumbents Rich Woodfin and Farrell D. Cammack are running unopposed for their respective seats.
Clair L. Broadhead
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jon Croxford meets with Mountain View Middle School students after their 6th annual "Cookies for Courage" assembly Monday. Students gave cookies to the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, Blackfoot Police Department and Blackfoot Fire Department to thank them for their service. The assembly kicked off Red Ribbon Week at MVMS. Throughout the week students will wear red and participate in various activities to pledge to live a drug-free life.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three 4-H members were recognized for their leadership last year.
Chase Herbst, son of Layne and Michaelene Herbst, received the Spirit of 4-H Award. He received $200 for this award that is sponsored by Randy and Julie Wilmot.
"I think this award is amazing," Herbst said. "I like to help the kids and helping to keep the program going." He turns 18 on Saturday and figures the money will go into his truck.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School's dual enrollment program has grown in recent years and students are now able to choose from 33 dual credit courses and other college credit options while in high school.
Blackfoot High School Principal John Pearce and Dean of Students and Counselor Vicki Johnson made a presentation to the Blackfoot School Board of Trustees last week about the advanced education opportunities currently offered at BHS.
BLACKFOOT â€” The attorney representing Michael Roy Conn was in court Monday requesting reconsideration of Rule 35, a motion for reduction of sentence.
Conn is a former Blackfoot City Parks department employee who pled guilty to one count of sexual battery with a minor 16 or 17 years old in September 2010. He was sentenced to seven to 17 years in prison. He must also register as a sex offender.
CALDWELL â€” It was a scene that played out all year long. Anytime Blackfoot or Snake River soccer was discussed you couldn't help but notice the smiles and the pride that fans showed towards the two teams.
What will catch those unfamiliar with the two squads by surprise is the genuine love that the two teams have for one another. Yes, long time rivals have become best of friends both on and off the field, well at least on the soccer pitch that is.
BLACKFOOT â€” For many members of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team of the Idaho National Guard, being away from their homes and families is not a new experience â€” several just completed their second or third deploymentâ€” but each time coming home is just as sweet.
The community of Blackfoot welcomed home the 116th Saturday night with an informal bonfire and chili dinner. Several guardsmen and their families were in attendance.
POCATELLO â€” A member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes with an extensive history as a non-degreed engineer disagrees with the Environmental Protection Agency's assertion that there is no safe alternative to capping the former FMC site of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site, which lies largely within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The site contains a variety of dangerous materials, including elemental phosphorus and radioactive materials.
SHELLEY â€“ Three Shelley schoolsâ€”Shelley High School (SHS), Sunrise Elementary and Hobbs Middle Schoolâ€”received letters of commendation from the Idaho Department of Education. These three schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards set by the State of Idaho.
â€śAll three schools met AYP standards in all 41 categories,â€ť said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
The football team from SHS was also named academic state champions for fall sports in the 4A division, he said.