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January 5th, 2011

Update: Felony charges dropped against all athletes

January 5, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Prosecutors agreed to dismiss all remaining felony charges against Logan Chidester and Nathan Walker.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith said they reached an agreement with the defense to work toward a resolution.
The preliminary hearing for the case involving two former Blackfoot High School athletes began Wednesday morning.
Logan Chidester and Nathan Walker both faced two felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object. Felony charges facing Tyson Katseanes and Anthony Clarke were dismissed Tuesday.

Plans advance for new jail kitchen

January 5, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Plans for the new jail kitchen addition at the Bingham County Courthouse are moving forward.
An architect team from Utah-based JWL+BDG Architects and construction management company MBA Construction in Blackfoot met Tuesday to discuss the specifics of the plan and to work down the cost of the project to $450,000.

BHS hazing case: Prosecutor to dismiss some felony charges

January 5, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Bingham County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking to dismiss felony charges facing three of the five former Blackfoot High School athletes charged with various criminal offenses that occurred last year.
Bingham County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Randy Smith said the felony charges facing Tyson Katseanes, Anthony Clarke and an unidentified juvenile will be dismissed. Each had been charged with one count of forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object. Both Katseanes and Clarke still face misdemeanor charges.

January 3rd

Former county prosecutor becomes tribal judge

January 4, 2011

FORT HALL — David Hooste was sworn-in Monday morning as a Tribal Court Judge at the Justice Center in Fort Hall.
Judge Marina Race Horse swore Hooste into his office.
Hooste has entered into an open contract to be a specialty judge dealing with domestic abuse cases. He will be reviewing protection orders, doing protection order hearings and handling domestic criminal cases.
Hooste started work as a judge immediately after being sworn in. His first case is one from which all other judges in the Fort Hall jurisdiction have recused themselves.

January 2nd

Parrish teaches students life skills

January 2, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Teaching practical life skills, this is the second year Angelen Parrish has taught family and consumer science at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.
“My students ask, ‘Why should I learn how to set a table?’” Parrish said. “My reply is, ‘It can make you employable.'
“I share with kids a different perspective because I work in the business world,” Parrish said.
Parrish and her husband, Eugene, own and operate the Shilling House and the Shilling Reception Center. The Shilling Reception Center is up for sale.

January 1st

Local man ends 40-year military career

January 1, 2011

BLACKFOOT — With "the wonderful draft lottery number of 22," Kenyon Kofoed knew he was going to serve in the military during the Vietnam War era. He just didn't know his military experience would last nearly 40 years. Or that he would retire as a lieutenant colonel.
With that draft number, "I knew I was going to go one way or another," said Kofoed, who now lives in Riverside.
His journey began in 1971 when he joined the Idaho National Guard. He received training as a field wireman, stretching communications cables from pole to pole.

December 28th, 2010

Red Kettle campaign exceeds goal

December 29, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County residents proved generous in their donations to the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign.
More than $4,200 in donations were collected from the kettles—$1,700 more than last year.
The Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency's Bingham County office is the local Salvation Army service extension. SEICAA coordinates volunteers for the kettles and collects and distributes the funds collected to the local community.
"My goal was to go over $4,000," Bingham County SEICAA Program Coordinator Bobette Jackson said. "Next year we would like to hit $5,000."

December 27th

Workers clearing trees near Blackfoot River

December 28, 2010

BLACKFOOT — For the past two weeks, large trees along the north and south banks of the realigned Blackfoot River have been removed to comply with Corps of Engineer recommendations.
District Seven Flood Control board secretary Marion Walker said the Army Corps of Engineers has established new recommendations for flood control as a result of the many lawsuits brought against the Corps after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Before 1962, the river meandered, Walker said. In fact, there were two channels.

December 24th

First appearance: Ex-BHS athletes hear charges

December 24, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Four former athletes at Blackfoot High School appeared with their attorneys before Seventh District Magistrate Judge Charles Roos Thursday in the Bingham County Courthouse.
The defendants, Anthony Clarke, Nathan A. Walker, Tyson W. Katseanes and Logan J. Chidester, are all 19 years old.
The four face felony charges of forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object and misdemeanor charges for alleged incidents involving underclassmen who were teammates.

December 22nd

Children of St. Bernard's to present Nativity play

December 23, 2010

BLACKFOOT — Members of the community are welcome to St. Bernard Catholic Church's Nativity play on Friday.
Director Donna Blackman said several of the parish's children will present the play at 5 p.m.
"There's no charge," Blackman said. "This is the children's gift to the community as we celebrate Christmas."
Blackman said the play, which features the story of the birth of Jesus Christ and many familiar hymns, will last about 30 minutes.
She said those who attend are welcome to stay for services which will follow immediately after completion of the play.

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