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March 15th, 2013
The Blackfoot Chamber is seeking donations and ideas to help keep the annual 4th of July fireworks show at Jensen Grove going.
"For many years, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce has has graciously sponsored the free 4th of July fireworks at Jensen Grove," said Tish Dahmen, the chamber's executive director. "The community has come to love and expect it; however, funding it is becoming increasingly difficult each year."
Dahmen said that through the years, the $10,000 firework show has been paid for by the Chamber and the generous donations of local businesses.
Thursday, elementary students swarmed the courthouse to be transported into the 19th century as they explored Bingham County's history.
Each student was given a book to fill out. There were questions to answer, stickers to obtain, people to meet and lots of displays to see.
Rockford Elementary fourth grader Stephanie Miranda said the displays were "good."
After leaving the re-creation of an 1887 trial, Rockford student Mary Anderson said, "The jury listened to the evidence."
Rockford student Alexa Rodriguez said she learned that "Sara Woods was murdered."
Blackfoot School District trustee Taylor Johansen announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election for his Zone 4 seat in May. Johansen was appointed to the board in October 2011 to fill the remainder of trustee Bryce Lloyd's term. Lloyd resigned from the board for personal reasons.
Johansen said that he will support businessman Derek Preece to fill his seat in the upcoming election.
In a statement released on Thursday, Johansen wrote, "After a great deal of thought, I have decided that I will not seek election for trustee of Blackfoot School District.
Mother Nature offered mild springlike temperatures for the opening day of the Blackfoot Golf Course and driving range Thursday. This year, for the first time, the City of Blackfoot will manage the "Smooth Swing Driving Range," privately owned by Bill and Rita Pope of Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Golf Pro Mike Dayley said this is a good move for the city and golfers.
"The city is leasing the driving range from the Popes'," Dayley said. "This is something the city has been working on for awhile and the timing was right for the Popes."
In 2010, Bingham County began a project to index and preserve estate files from 1885-1922 and use the â€˜best practicesâ€™ for archival storage. As a clerk on the project I was fascinated with the early records and what they contained. Along with the required court documents the records contained receipts from established businesses at the time, creditor letters with unique letterhead, land grant records, naturalization papers, and one contained letters written from the Civil War battlefield.
Morning News-Lisa Lete
Students at Stalker Elementary School had a GRRRReat time checking out real bearskins and listening to Jennifer Jackson, Idaho Fish & Game Regional Conservation Educator, talk about Idaho bears Wednesday evening. It was all part of the school's bear-themed 'Family Reading Night' where students and their families enjoyed a free dinner, read books, played games and learned all about bears at various 'bear dens' set up throughout the school.
BLACKFOOT â€” Kenny Carl Struhs, age 42, was sentenced for vehicular manslaughter Tuesday by Seventh Judicial District Judge Darren Simpson.
Struhs was sentenced to be incarcerated for 10 years fixed and 5 years indeterminate, "that is not less than 10 years and not more than 15 years," Simpson said. Struhs was credited with 222 days for time served.
Struhs was fined $2,500 and $285.50 court costs.
On Aug. 2, 2012, Struhs ran a stop sign on East Harmony and Rich Lane and hit a motorcycle driven by Brent Hansen with his 6-year-old daughter behind him. The motorcycle exploded.
Voters in the Blackfoot, Snake River and Aberdeen school districts approved the supplemental levies their trustees were seeking on Tuesday.
Check our print edition on Wednesday for more details.
Representatives of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) delivered an armored, Humvee to the Bingham County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning. The older but still usable Humvee, a tool for protecting law enforcement officers and security guards in dangerous situations, had been previously used by the Idaho National Laboratory's Protective Force.
According to Rick Provencher, manager of DOE's Idaho Operations Office, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), commonly known as 'Humvees' were replaced at the INL recently by the newer-generation BearCat armored vehicles.
Witness Bessie Croshaw (played by Sharon Sturm) reacts as the bailiff (played by Wayne Brower) takes away the prosecutionâ€™s exhibitâ€”a skull and a bullet. The re-enactment of this 1887 murder trial will be performed at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, reserve tickets are recommended since there is limited seating in the courtroom. Contact Sara Staub at 782-3160 for tickets.