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BLACKFOOT â€” The administrator for the Bingham County road crew presented the Eight-Year Plan of road maintenance in the county to the Bingham County commissioners Monday.
The commissioners oversee the expenses for the county. Therefore their input is sought on the priority of the road projects.
"The projects presented are in no particular order," said David Babbitt, Bingham County Director of Public Works. "We want our plan on where we're going to be on the same page [as the Bingham County commissioners]."
A cold front will move through Southeast Idaho tonight bringing rain and overnight snow showers to the valley floors.
Precipitation will only linger mainly in the Eastern Highlands, which may see 1-3 inches of snow.
Lingering snow showers are expected Tuesday with another system bringing cold air and rain and snow moving in Friday and Saturday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Three people were injured in a three-vehicle accident Monday morning on Interstate 15 just south of Blackfoot.
The accident occurred at 10:45 a.m. at milepost 92 in the northbound lanes of travel on Interstate 15. A small Jeep SUV experiencing mechanical problems was traveling approximately 20-25 miles per hour in the slow lane of travel and was preparing to exit at Blackfoot, Idaho State Police Sgt. Robert Rausch said. The vehicle was being followed by an Idaho Department of Transportation pickup truck with flashing lights.
PINGREE â€”Â Riding, roping, calving, cutting, branding and building fence â€“â€“ you name it â€” and the Dalley girls Naomi, 12; Quinci 10, and Saydi, 6 can do it.
Chris and Kimmel Dalley own land and cattle in Pingree and Northern Nevada but they donâ€™t need to hire help because itâ€™s a family business and everyone, regardless of age, or gender helps.
Kendall Keller, Farm Bureau regional manager and family friend, says â€śthese three girls are better cowboys than most grown men.â€ť
Thatâ€™s a compliment the girls and their parents will tell you is true.
BLACKFOOT â€“ The beautification project at the Bingham Crisis Center was started on Saturday with the help of scout Brad Carter as he started the hands-on work of his Eagle Scout project Saturday. Â
Carter designed his Eagle Scout project to help the Crisis Center â€śbecause I wanted to do good for the community.â€ť
â€śThere are really seven projects,â€ť Carter said.
These projects include:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â fixing the sidewalk,
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â removing the maple tree that caused the sidewalk to buckle,
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â preparing the flowers beds for new bushes and laying down river rock,
BLACKFOOT â€” On Friday, Bingham County Chiropractic donated 150 winter coats to the Bingham Crisis Center. During October, for the past four years, Bingham County Chiropractic has spearheaded this coat drive under the direction of Dr. Michael Johnson, Cari Garrett and Dixie Chapman from the Bingham Crisis Center.
"We love the coat drive; especially receiving children's coats," Chapman said. "Anyone who needs a coat can come to the Crisis Center to get one. No one in Bingham County should be cold."
"We do this every year because we know the coats go to a good cause," Johnson said,
FORT HALL â€” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for the FMC Operable Unit of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund Site until Dec. 2.
The decision comes after several people speaking at the public hearing earlier this month in Fort Hall expressed that they did not have enough time to review the information regarding the proposed plan to provide comment at that hearing. Many also criticized the EPA's handling of that meeting.
FORT HALL â€” Speaking to a large group gathered at the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's first Indian Law Conference in Fort Hall, Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, got emotional while talking about crimes committed on Indian reservations.
"Tribes will never meet their full potential to have prosperous communities without safe communities," Echo Hawk said.
He said public safety is one of three priorities outlined by the Obama administration and is the primary concern among tribal leaders throughout the country.
BLACKFOOT â€“ The Legislative Redistricting committee has completed its work.
To keep the population of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe together, that group was moved into Legislative District 28 with the eastern side of Bannock County and all of Oneida County.
The city of Pocatello and the area around it are now designated at Legislative District 29.
With the loss of population from the reservation, most of Bingham County has been joined by Butte County.
For the past 10 years, Butte County was part of a legislative district made up of Butte, Jefferson, Clark, Lemhi and Custer counties.
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY â€” A Blackfoot man is among those at the Idaho National Laboratory who have a role in NASA's mission to Mars later this year.
Stephen Johnson is director of Space Nuclear Systems and Technologies Division at the INL. His team is responsible for the assembly, testing and certification of a battery which will be used to charge the rover Curiousity when it lands on Mars in August of 2012. Launch of the Mars Science Laboratory from Cape Canaveral, Fla., is scheduled on Nov. 25.
On Wednesday Johnson conducted a tour of his facility for members of the media.