Archive - Dec 2012
The repercussions of the number one local story of 2012 - Joyce Bingham/Post Register vs. Blackfoot School District - will undoubtedly carry deep into the new year.
On Dec. 11, 2012, former Blackfoot High School and patron Joyce Bingham learned that she had won a lawsuit against Blackfoot School District in what was a six-month quest to view documents revealing a district payout of $105,428 listed as 'contracted services from July 2012.'
New Year parties were filled with the traditional noisemakers and champagne bottles fizzing; however, any balloons that were dropped were probably sad and droopy-looking, filled with just a little bit of helium, if any at all.
A worldwide shortage of the 'lighter than air' non-renewable gas has not only sucked the air out of party plans, but has deflated the profits of local businesses since last spring's proms, weddings and graduations.
Kya Nelson, manger of Blackfoot's Honk's $1.00 Store, said her store has been out of helium for seven months.
In May, it was revealed Louis Kraml, administrator of Bingham Memorial Hospital, and Dan Cochran, an associate and friend of Kraml's, had formed a coding, billing company called International Consulting Services (ICS), LLC.
A contract was proposed between ICS and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHC) in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory.
At that time, Kraml's contract with BMH did not prevent him from outside contracts such as the one in Saipan. Now he must consult with board members before making outside contracts.
#2 Tragedy in Blackfoot with three accidental electrocutions
By LISA LETE and LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” An unthinkable tragedy took the lives of three Blackfoot residents on the evening of Aug. 29, 2012. Jackie Poulson (31), Lance Hicks (41) and Keith Tarpley (49) were all accidentally electrocuted when they entered into an electrically charged canal in the Groveland area, four miles northwest of Blackfoot. The incident started as an attempt to rescue Poulson's dog.
THOMAS â€“ Because of the shootings at Newtown, Conn., this month, school safety is on everyoneâ€™s mind.
In the Snake River School District, high school assistant principal Ray Carter is in charge of school security.
â€śOur first priority is student and staff safety as well as safety for family, patrons and community members,â€ť said Carter. â€śStudents wonâ€™t be able to achieve academically without the assurance of their safety.
â€śI think stability with the administration and staff members really helps,â€ť he said.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers took to their home court for a holiday game on Saturday night and by the end of the evening, the visiting Malad Lady Dragons found no holiday spirit in the gym as the Lady Panthers envied the mercy rule with a 56-23 drubbing.
"We came out and looked a little holidayish to start the game," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "But like we've talked all year long. Defense, defense, defense and in the second quarter, after we got a little sweat on our brow, we took over the game with our defense by getting in their passing lanes and taking away their screen game which led to some transition baskets on the offensive end."
BLACKFOOT â€” Around 5 p.m. Thursday, officers were called as a person was leaving a residence off Rich Lane.
It was suspected the driver was intoxicated.
Sheriff officers asked the driver to pull over. She refused to pull over and continued driving through town, said Capt. Robert Sobieski with the Bingham County Sheriff's office.
Her tires were spiked and she came to a stop on Diggie Road, at the south end of Blackfoot.
The driver, Marie Sue Tracy from Fort Hall, was arrested.
By MARK HIGH
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Panthers returned to the basketball court on Friday night and behind a big third quarter, the Panthers made that return a happy one with a commanding 62-46 win over Soda Springs.
"I thought that it was a good bounce back game from our loss to Blackfoot," Snake River head coach Bob Coombs said. "The kids came out and responded. Now we will have to see if we can build on that with a road game against Malad and win two in a row."
FIRTH â€” The Firth Cougars hosted the Tex Elkington Invitational Wrestling tournament on Friday with nine teams attending the annual holiday break event.
At the end of a highly contested day on the mats the Cougars took home more first place medals (4) than any other squad but wound up finishing third in the team standings with 162 points. Malad won the day with 196 points while the Idaho Falls J.V. squad finished second with 188 points.
Aberdeen finished in fifth with 135 points while the Snake River J.V. came in sixth with 81.5 points.
Items of note from Dec. 5-21.
BAD MEDICINE: Dec. 5, 10:25 a.m.: A man said a pharmacy gave his son antibiotics that they knew he was allergic to.
SOLAR LIGHT: Dec. 5, 12:32 p.m.: A caller said his little bolard solar light was wired to the fence at Jensen Grove and it has been stolen.
DRUG DEALERS: Dec. 5, 2:26 p.m.: A caller said her nephew was in his car at Burger King and he was approached by two males in a van who asked if he was interested in buying marijuana.
RAPE: Dec. 6, 12:27 a.m. A possible rape was reported.