May 21st, 2012
In the light of allegations of impropriety surrounding Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), questions have arisen about who owns the facility.
Bingham County commissioner Cleone Jolley said, â€śIf I were a farmer who owned my land and decided to lease it, I would still own the farm. The person to whom I leased it could use the land as he/she saw fit as long as the person stayed within the contract.â€ť
Bingham County owns the hospital like that farmer.
BMH, Inc., is an Idaho non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue System.
Russell Hammond, who has been the Snake River School District superintendent for the past seven years, will retire July 31.
Hammond started his education career in 1971 in the Blackfoot School District after graduating from Idaho State University.
"I taught social studies and was a counselor at the Blackfoot Junior High," said Hammond. "I left education for 16 years to own and manage a construction business with my father.
"I returned to the Blackfoot School District in 1989 as a teacher and was one of the original staff of Second Chance alternative high school.
The 'retro' marquee in front of Blackfoot High School (BHS) will soon be retired to a new location and replaced by a new state-of-the art digital marquee
thanks to a $7,000 donation from Basic American Foods.
BHS is one of a handful of local schools to receive much-needed grant money for various projects from Basic American.
Basic American Plant Manager Brent Higginson said, "Basic American believes strongly in education and gives thousands of dollars every year to schools in the area through their 'corporate giving program.' "
The official results are in! John Taberna of Blackfoot and Annette Bohnsack 0f Chubbuck are the champions of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon. Taberna won his race in three hours and two minutes. Bohnsack won her title with a time of 4:17.
Other overall winners included Brittney Hill and Ray Bessett, both of Malad, in the 5-kilometer race; Joe Stroh of Idaho Falls and Joy Anderson of Blackfoot in the 10K; and Mandy Chestnut of Firth and Jeff Shadley of Idaho Falls in the half-marathon.
Photo courtesy of Blackfoot tennis team
Blackfoot's Boys Tennis team led the state in academics for 2012 with a cumulative GPA of 3.93. The boys team also earned a fourth place finish at the state tournament last weekend. Pictured from left are Bobby Cannon, Tyler Cannon, Jacob Harris, Paul Cannon, Tanner Norton and Coach Brint Jefferis. Other members of the Academic State Championship team were Mark Hudson, Anthony Smith, Jared Evans and Daylan Bird.
Excuse Blackfoot tennis coach Brint Jefferis if he's popping his buttons with pride these days.
Items of note from May 8-11.
CAT TROUBLE: May 8, 11:57 p.m.: A caller said they are having problems with the cats from a neighbor. They said the neighbor has more than 20 cats.
DOOR-TO-DOOR: May 8, 8:43 p.m.: A caller said a group of people are selling items door-to-door and they are concerned because it is getting late in the evening.
BIKE THEFT: May 8, 11:29 p.m.: A caller said someone has stolen his bike.
KIDS PLAYING: May 9, 4:05 p.m.: A caller said some eight or nine year-old kids are playing mailboxes. They said the kids have been told to stop but refuse to.
Winners for the 2012 Eastern Idaho Awards Ceremony were announced Saturday as part of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.
Blackfoot's Hallie Miles earned second place in the kindergarten division. She won a certificate and a bag of goodies.
Hallie story, with original artwork, was entitled, â€śRainbow Fairies.â€ť
In Hallieâ€™s story, there are seven rainbow fairiesâ€”red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet.
â€śThese fairies sing all the time, everywhere they go,â€ť her story concludes.
The PBS writers contest is for kindergartners through third graders.
A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Competitors came from Idaho, Montana and Utah, but a man from Blackfoot won the overall championship of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More on Saturday.
John Taberna ran the 26.2-mile course around the community in three hours and two minutes.
Taberna said the marathon was his first in seven years. He and his wife run the Pocatello series of 5- and 10-kilometer races and he regularly competes in half-marathons.
"They claim you have to do marathon training to get better at the half," Taberna said. "Since this was local, I said, 'why not?'
ONTARIO, OR â€” Coming off of their disappointing semi final loss on Friday it was interesting to see how the Snake River Panthers would respond in their third place game with St. Maries on Saturday afternoon.
Snake River wasted little time showing their intentions on the day as they jumped on St. Maries with a 4 run first inning en route to a convincing 10-2 rout to bring home the third place trophy.
"A third place trophy, I really don't know if we have brought home a trophy in baseball before," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "It wasn't what we were aiming for but the kids should be proud of this accomplishment. This was good for the kids and a great experience for all of them to talk about for the rest of their lives."