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October 16th, 2013
When a local government entity tried to hide an action which cost that entity substantial money, a citizen used Idaho's public records and open meetings laws to bring the issue to the public's attention.
On Wednesday, representatives of cemetery districts, library districts and state agencies received training on those laws from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and his chief deputy, Brian Kane.
Idahoans for Openness in Government and the region's three daily newspapers sponsored the event.
THOMASâ€” To learn why the Snake River School Board presented an honorary diploma to Mona Vee Carter, age 80, at the beginning of Wednesday's meeting, check out our print edition of Thursday's paper.
Complaints by business and property owners that pine trees along Bergener Boulevard are blocking sign visibility has turned into "a question of aesthetics," prompting a public hearing next month.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue addressed the city council at a meeting on Tuesday saying that the managers of Papa Murphy's and the property managers of the strip mall housing GNC, Fantastic Sams and Sally's Beauty Supply brought the issue to his attention.
Businessman and political newcomer Kenneth Ashcraft moved to Blackfoot five years ago because he landed a good job in the city. He would like to see others have the same opportunity to find a good job in Blackfoot and grow the local economy. That's why he's running for Blackfoot City Council Seat 1.
Ashcraft is vying for the seat against longtime incumbent Chris Jensen and local realtor Andy Hasselbring.
Ashcraft, who works in sales and marketing for Crary Industries (an agricultural equipment company), believes that Blackfoot already has the tools needed to attract well-paying jobs.
THOMAS â€” "The Island of No Return," a children's musical, opens at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Snake River High School auditorium. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. while people are seated.
Tickets cost $5 per person.
Each evening, performances begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdayâ€”Oct. 14, 15, 18 and 19. A pre-show starts at 6:45 p.m. while people are seated.
Eighty children fill the roles in this musical. The children are ages 3-13.
"It's organized chaos," said director Jana McBride.
Auditions took place Aug. 23, 24. The cast has been practicing since then.
SHELLEY â€” Idaho State Police have released the name of the 19-year-old female who died Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on I15, south of Shelley. She is Colleen N. Jackson, 19, of Saugus, Calif. Her name was withheld until relatives in California were notified.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, Jackson was driving northbound on I15 in a 2005 Dodge pickup when she approached a slower moving vehicle.
Jackson made an abrupt lane change from the right lane to the left lane. She over corrected back to the right lane where she lost control of the vehicle and rolled.
The Angry Pumpkin Chuckin' catapult contest is an event within an event. The pumpkin launching, cannon shooting, egg tossing blast is part of the Wild Adventure Corn Maze, now located off Exit 98 on Rose Road.
"This event is just a blast," said Richard Johnson, owner of the Wild Adventure Corn Maze. "We have everything from small egg launchers to huge catapults. It is amazing to see what people are able to create."
Admission to watch the contest is free and all proceeds go towards prizes and cash awards for the winners.
POCATELLO â€” There was something for everyone - from the young entrepreneur to the seasoned business woman at the Working Womenâ€™s Business Symposium in Pocatello on Thursday.
Women from Bingham County and throughout the region were able to network and learn business and personal skills from the various speakers and breakout sessions offered at the annual conference sponsored by the Pocatello Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SHELLEY â€” One Idaho State University student died in an early morning accident on Interstate 15 at milepost 105 south of Shelley on Thursday, Oct. 10.
At 6:28 a.m., the Idaho State Police were investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash south of Shelley.
A woman was northbound in a 2005 Dodge pickup when she approached a slower moving vehicle. She mad an abrupt lane change from the right lane to the left lane. She overcorrected back to the right lane where she lost control of the vehicle. The pickup rolled.
No one was wearing seat belts, said ISP. All three people inside were ejected.
The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored nine first responders on Wednesday.
"I continue to be amazed and pleased with the kind of service offered by first responders to our community," said Mayor Mike Virtue. "They are clearly unsung heroes."
The Chamber honors three deputies from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, three Blackfoot police officers and three Blackfoot fire fighters.
Sheriff Craig Rowland presented certificates to Shirley Featherston, Mike Johnson and Brad Lulloff.
Featherston manages the Civil Office, making sure all papers are processed and served properly.