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November 11th, 2011
Update 4:00 p.m.:
Employees are now allowed to leave their buildings and will be boarding buses home at the usual time.
Everyone examined for potential injury has been cleared to return to work.
Emergency response personnel responded to Fridayâ€™s event at the INLâ€™s Materials and Fuels Complex. It is believed that a sodium reaction resulted in a sudden pressure increase which compromised the system integrity. The compromise in the system set off fire alarms in the vicinity. An investigation is continuing.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” A federal judge told attorneys for a condemned Idaho inmate that he'll try to decide by Monday whether to postpone an execution scheduled to take place in one week.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush said Thursday night that he was concerned that the Idaho Department of Correction seemed to be "playing catch-up" when it came to planning for Paul Ezra Rhoades' execution, set for Nov. 18. Rhoades, who was convicted of murdering three people in 1987 and sentenced to die for two of the murders, has sued over Idaho's lethal injection protocol.
FIRTH â€” The student population of both Firth High School and Firth Middle School joined together to honor veterans Thursday.
Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Les Chapman headlined the assembly. He was a Green Beret during the Vietnam conflict.
BLACKFOOT â€” If you were traveling on Highway 91 between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot Thursday, chances are you saw a man in a red jacket walking along the side of the road with a sign that reads "walking for hospice care."
What you may not know is that the short 28-mile journey is part of a 3,000 mile walk Dr. Colin Skinner is making that began in Devil's Lake, North Dakota and continues to San Francisco. And its all to raise awareness of hospice care.
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.