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April 6th, 2012
The judge in the case of former Blackfoot High School janitor Joshua Michael Jenkins retained jurisdiction for 365 days to give Jenkins an opportunity to "get you the help you need,on Friday." Senior Judge Peter D. McDermott told Jenkins, age 37, from Chubbuck, he must apply to a substance abuse or mental health program.
"We are offering you services and structure," Judge McDermott said.
"Probation is not appropriate in this case," the judge said. "If you succeed in completing this program, you can be brought back here to be put on probation."
Items of note: March 24-29.
WIND SPRINTS: March 24, 6:52 p.m.: A caller said two small girls are running back and forth in the area. They are about three-years-old.
$1,000: March 25, 11:18 a.m.: A man said someone broke into his house on Friday. He said he doesn't think anything of his is missing but his roommate is missing $1,000.
BAD NEIGHBOR: March 25, 12:51 p.m.: A woman at Sunset Manor said her neighbor threw her garbage can and kicked it. She said her door was open and she told him not to come in and he came in anyway and stood by the fridge.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Idaho farmers and gardeners will always tell you the weather is their boss, but Richard Johnson, owner of Grove City Gardens in Blackfoot, recently invested in a new greenhouse and high tunnels that he hopes will significantly extend their normal growing season and show Mother Nature a better way.
â€śIt seems like so much depends on the weather,â€ť said Johnson. â€śI expect this to add an extra two months to the front end of our growing season and another two months on the back end.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” With autism in the news lately, and with April being National Awareness Month, Kris Jaques, OTR/L, owner of Camp Hippo, shared some of her knowledge recently.
She began with a young mother's story.
FORT HALL â€” Each day when he goes to work, Jim Metzger sees a little more progress on the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
Metzger is the Director of Hospitality for the facility going up in front of the Fort Hall Casino. Thursday he and Randy'L Teton, the Tribes' public affair manager, showed the progress workmen are making on the building.
"We have between 120 and 140 employees working on-site every day," Metzger said. He added those numbers will remain fairly stable when the hotel opens for business.
"Currently we have contractors from throughout the region," Teton added.
The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating its 75th anniversary in a very big way. Commission officials have built the world's largest Idaho potato and they are taking it on a cross-country road tour.
During a brief stop at the Idaho Potato Museum on Wednesday, Paul Humbracht, driver of the spectacular spud, said, "everywhere we've been everyone has asked if it is this (Blackfoot's) potato. Ours is a bit bigger."
IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Geoffrey Salem Elawadly, age 24, of Shelley pleaded guilty to the charge of second degree murder Wednesday morning before Seventh District Judge Jon Shindurling.
Elawadly appeared before the judge in Bonneville County.
In his plea agreement, Elawadly admitted to shooting a gun into a car on March 22, 2011. Using a handgun, he shot and killed 24-year-old Anthony Keith "A.J." Camp of Firth.
Members of the Blackfoot City Council approved increases to several city fees on Tuesday.
Effective Oct. 1, the fee for rental of shelters at Jensen Grove and other city parks will increase from $50 to $75. Participation in city recreation leagues will be $15 for everyone regardless of whether they live in the city limits or outside of them.
On May 1, the cost of an annual family pass at the Blackfoot Swimming Pool will go from $375 to $425.
The Distinguished Young Women scholarship program at Snake River High School presented several young girls with awards last Saturday. They included:
Spirit of Distinguished Young Women- $350- Janalyce Turpin.
Be Your Best Self- $300- Jessica Williams, Kimille Furniss, Celeste Gepford.
Scholastic- $300- Celeste Gepford, Lariss Furniss, Malorie Smout.
Interview- $300- Kayla Weight, Annie Whittier, Janalyce Turpin.
Talent- $300-Whitney Powell, Kimille Furniss, Paige Watt.
Fitness-$300-Paige Watt, Janalyce Turpin, Xenia Reyes.