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October 28th, 2011
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.
For the Morning News
BLACKFOOT â€” Next Wednesday, the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded "to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), United States Army, collectively, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II."
The formal award presentation will be made in Washington, D.C.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Sheriff's Office is seeking a person of interest in a number of wire thefts in the Shelley/Firth area.
Detectives are investigating numerous reports of wire thefts throughout the county. Most of the thefts have occurred from farm equipment and potato cellars in the Shelley/Firth area, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
BLACKFOOT â€” A vote on a permanent override for the ambulance district will be on each ballot this November.
"This is nothing new," said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. "There will be no additional increase.
"Every other year, the community supports an ambulance override," Gray said. "What this override does is bring the levy up to the maximum amount that can be levied."
The whole of Bingham County is one ambulance district. Support of the ambulance district shows up on property taxes.
Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
First graders Halley Boyack and Chaz Spraker at Groveland Elementary take turns grinding wheat during the Idaho Farm Bureau's "Agriculture in the Classroom" Tuesday. After grinding wheat, teachers prepared pancakes for the students to eat. Students also milked a cow.
The Morning News â€“Â Katie Harris
Kelsey Baguley prepares to scare at the Grandstands of Terror Tuesday night. The Community Players along with aspiring Blackfoot student actors will be scaring patrons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and Thursday and until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are closed Sunday. Grandstands of Terror concludes Halloween night. The Grandstands of Terror is at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
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.