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September 8th, 2014
Bingham County commissioners approved the county budget recently. The county's budget is lower than the final 2014 budget.Â
The county's fiscal year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year.Â
"This is the commissioners' budget," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "They make the decisions about where the money will be allocated.Â
"The commissioners have always been conservative about the budget," she said.Â
"We anticipate a 3 percent increase from sales tax that is distributed from the state which is a good indication that the economy is improving," said Staub.Â
Tears of joy and pride rolled down the cheeks of Angelina Quilimaco of Blackfoot as her son Alec Carlson, 11, was presented with his Idaho's Hometown Hero medal at a poignant and patriotic ceremony on Saturday at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
With this year's 4th Annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal theme, being youth involvement, Alec, a student at Blackfoot Sixth Grade School, is the youngest recipient to date to receive one of the coveted medals.
FIRTH â€” A recent Firth High School graduate earned a gold medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference.
Celeste Esplin, a 2014 graduate of FHS, earned a gold medal in the Illustrated Talk category with her presentation entitled "Mirror, Mirror." This was her fourth year competing at Nationals, and her fourth year receiving a gold medal.
BLACKFOOTâ€”It was a somber sight to see the bikes rolling down Shilling Street , escorting the body of Bo Taylor to the cemetery following his funeral on Thursday.
Taylor, 19, and his uncle Trent Sorensen (45) died last week while repairing a sewer line in Georgetown. The two apparently succumbed to toxic fumes.
For Alec Carlson of Blackfoot, helping his mother comes naturally and it's just what he does; but to his mother, "he is a hero." Now, Alec, just 11 years old, will be recognized as the youngest recipientt of "Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal."
Alec will receive his medal at the fourth annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal ceremony on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.
During a brief public hearing on Tuesday night, Blackfoot city leaders approved executing funds from this yearâ€™s [2013-2014] fiscal year budget to supplement the cost of an improvement project at Blackfootâ€™s McCarley Field Airport.
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis explained that the city has secured a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for $372,760.
The project slated at the airport will include the installation of new runway lighting, a beacon and supplemental windsocks.
It's amazing what you can find when you remodel your home.
Dennis and Cathy Hansen from Kimball were remodeling their home this summer. The Hansens' home is a big white house that stands south of Kimball Hill near Firth.
As they took off an old door frame, they found a century old letter from James E. Good, the prosecuting attorney for Bingham County in 1914.
The letter is dated Aug. 1, 1914.
It reads: "To the Voters of Bingham, Custer and Lemhi Counties:
FORT HALL â€” A Fort Hall man has died following a late-night stabbing on the reservation on Friday.
According to the Fort Hall Police, someone in the area of Edmo Road called an reported a fight in progress about 11:10 p.m. When police arrived, they found a Native American man with a stab wound.
Medical personnel took the man to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello where he was pronounced dead.
The FBI and Fort Hall Police are continuing their investigation.
Two Blackfoot men died in an industrial accident in Georgetown, Idaho, on Thursday. The victims are 45-year-old Trent Sorensen and 19-year-old Bo Taylor.
The accident occurred during work on the Georgetown City Sewer Project.
Sorensen and Taylor were attempting to repair a leak inside a manhole.
For more on this story, turn to our print or e-editions.
Senator Mike Crapo presented Quentin Murdock with the 2014 Spirit of Freedom Award on Thursday at the Idaho state Veterans home in Pocatello. These awards have been presented by Crapo since 2002.
You can read the whole story in tomorrows paper.