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January 19th, 2014
Blackfoot resident Dennis Lake, the former chairman of the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation committee, has been appointed to serve as chairman of an 8-person group started by Governor Butch Otter to study ways to improve the Idaho Tax Commission.
Lake was born in Rigby and was a Republican Idaho State Representative since 2003 representing District 28 in Seat A. He served consecutively in the Idaho House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002 when the seat was in District 31.
BLACKFOOT â€” Judge David Nye issued a hefty 15-year sentence (5 years fixed/10 years indeterminate) to Charles Neff (21) of Blackfoot on Friday for vehicular manslaughter in the death of his friend Madison Bartausky last summer.
However, the court will retain jurisdiction for 365 days, giving Neff the opportunity to successfully complete a 6-month Rider Program followed by 100 hours of community service - at which point Judge Nye can reconsider his decision.
See Saturday's Morning News for more on this story.
SPRINGFIELD â€” The Thelin Family of Springfield is counting their blessings and hoping to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving after an impaired driver ran a stop sign, T-boning a vehicle driven by Elizabeth Thelin Young (25) of Pocatello. Passengers in the car were Elizabeth's 18-month-old daughter Esabella; her sister Crystal Thelin (22) and Crystal's boyfriend Derek Bilancia (23) who were visiting from Oregon. The accident occurred on Sunday around 3 p.m.
While some area hospitals are restricting visitors due to extreme flu outbreaks, Bingham Memorial Hospital [BMH] in Blackfoot is bucking the trend so far.
Officials at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello announced on Tuesday that due to 21 confirmed cases of the flu (dominant H1N1 strain) already this month, that no one with the flu or flu-like symptoms will be allowed to visit patients in the hospital. These include cough, cold, congestion, fever, nausea or diarrhea.
Anyone who attends the Blackfoot Community Players' (BCP) latest play "Night of January 16th," just might find themselves on stage acting as a juror in the murder mystery which opens appropriately on Jan. 16 at the Nuart Theatre (195 N. Broadway) in Blackfoot.
First time director Rob Cox is excited to present the courtroom drama based on the book by Ayn Rand. Cox, a Blackfoot resident of 15 years, has served on the BCP 'board of directors' for three years and has acted in several of their productions.
Ten days ago, Karen Drake of Wapello was notified she had received the 2013 High Point Amateur Award for her miniature horse, Dunner.
The trophy reads, â€śASPC/AMHR/ASPR Miniature Nationals Triple A 2013 High Point Amateur Award.â€ť
ASPC stands for American Shetland Pony Club. The ASPC was formed in 1888 for Shetland pony aficionados. It is the nationâ€™s oldest miniature horse association.Â
SHELLEY â€“ Dust off your dancing shoes. It was Prom night at The Gables in Shelley on Friday.
For her senior project, Mikaela Jensen, a senior at Firth High School, decided to organize and sponsor a â€śSenior Promâ€ť for the residents of The Gables, a care center.
â€śI was looking through a list of service projects and thought this one would be fun,â€ť she said.
Mikaela chose The Gables because her grandmother, Zelda Moser, is a resident there.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Academy marked a milestone on Thursday.
Board chairman Greg Sigerson for Bingham Academy signed a lease with Woodbury Corp. for space in the Riverside Plaza on Thursday.
Bingham Academy, a charter high school, will open for ninth and 10th graders in August 2014. The high school will be housed at 1350 Parkway Dr., Ste. 18 in the Riverside Plaza in Blackfoot. (The space was formerly leased by the movie theater.)
Registration for interested ninth and 10th graders is open now. (Grades 11 and 12 will be added in subsequent years.)
While some kid that she will be the "rose among the thorns," newly elected city councilwoman Jan Simpson said she is wholeheartedly looking forward to working new mayor Paul Loomis and seasoned councilmen Bart Brown, Chris Jensen and Layne "Skip" Gardner.
Simpson, a 40-year resident of Blackfoot, ran unopposed for retiring councilman Rich Woodfin's seat in November's election. She is the first woman to serve on the council since city councilwoman Cherie Clawson's term ended in 2006.
It was an evening filled with laughter and tears as Blackfoot's new city leaders were sworn in and the community bid farewell to popular two-term mayor Mike Virtue and retiring councilman Rich Woodfin at Blackfoot City Hall Tuesday evening.
Newly elected mayor Paul Loomis took his oath of office followed by the city council members Bart Brown, Chris Jensen, Layne Gardner and newcomer Jan Simpson.