SHELLEY — Despite chilly weather to start the day, the 91st Idaho Spud Day still brought out a decent crowd Saturday and kept the long-running tradition of Shelley’s community celebration — one of the biggest in Bingham County — alive.

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham Academy school board held its monthly meeting on Thursday along with a budget hearing to discuss and approve the operating budget for the current school year.

BLACKFOOT – Blackfoot School District trustees held their monthly meeting on Thursday on the stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC). The meeting included a discussion on long-term planning including the possible construction of a new elementary school and the conversion of Stod…

BLACKFOOT – The following defendants charged with felony crimes were scheduled to appear Sept. 19 before Magistrate Judge James Barrett for preliminary hearing.

BLACKFOOT – Isabelle Jolley, the 19-year-old Blackfoot woman who allegedly tried to kill a man whose home she reportedly occupied for a short time, waived her preliminary hearing on charges of attempted murder and burglary Thursday and is scheduled to enter a plea in District Court before Ju…

BLACKFOOT – Two of 11 defendants appearing in Magistrate Court Thursday for preliminary hearings on felony crimes they are accused of opted to go ahead with their hearings, but were bound over to answer in District Court despite the efforts of their public defenders.

BLACKFOOT – The City of Blackfoot lodged written notice with the Blackfoot Post Office last week regarding the state of disrepair of its outside steps and handicapped ramp.

FIRTH – In recognition of the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Gayla Coombs’ third grade class at A.W. Johnson Elementary in Firth studied the Preamble to the Constitution.

BLACKFOOT — The Idaho Transportation Department will direct all traffic on southbound I-15 to use Exit 98 on the nights of Sept. 19-20 (tonight and Friday night) during construction at the Rose Road Interchange.

BLACKFOOT – Twenty defendants charged with felony crimes were scheduled to appear Monday or Tuesday before District Judge Darren Simpson, but only four were there for sentencing on crimes for which they pleaded guilty.

MACKAY – If you’ve been meaning to take the Mackay Mine Road tour, now is the time to do it while the weather is nice and the area is still open.

Idaho is a big state with a diverse mix of habitats, elevations and climates, and the state contains a variety of upland game birds. Upland bird populations can vary tremendously on an annual basis, and their health and numbers typically depend on favorable weather conditions, which are ofte…

The 2019 theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week (Sept. 15-21) is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear.” This should resonate, in particular, with eastern Idahoans and remind us that it is everyone’s responsibility to prioritize safety on farms and the rural roadways of Idaho and throu…

BLACKFOOT — The annual Day of the Corn event may have gotten off to a later start than expected Saturday morning at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, but many hands made quick work of the event.

SHELLEY — One of the biggest annual celebrations in Bingham County, the 91st Idaho Spud Day, is coming up here this week.

Taking the oath of office, swearing to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, has been a great privilege and sacred honor. These documents, which have a genealogy of at least 900 years of sacrifice and struggle, safeguard and secure the liberty, pro…

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Animal Shelter & Rescue (BASR) held its annual fundraising event Saturday at the Blackfoot Animal Clinic on W. Collins Road.

BLACKFOOT — Around 7,600 Idaho Power customers were affected by a power outage Monday that lasted about 12 minutes.

BLAKFOOT – The Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission deliberated about 15 minutes Wednesday night before recommending that the county commissioners approve a zone change from Residential/Agriculture to Residential and the preliminary plat for a 74-lot subdivision east of Shelley.

BLACKFOOT – Two Blackfoot residents arrested on felony charges Aug. 31 in connection with a shooting incident appeared before Magistrate Judge James Barrett and waived their preliminary hearings.

BLACKFOOT – The following persons were among defendants scheduled to appear Thursday before Magistrate Judge James Barrett for preliminary hearing or arraignment on felony charges.

FIRTH – Firth School District Superintendent Sid Tubbs announced plans for his retirement during the monthly school board meeting Thursday night. Tubbs will step aside after the current school year.

BLACKFOOT — Opposing views regarding the proposed recreation district to try and breathe life into the Blackfoot swimming pool were presented Thursday night in an informational forum at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.

FIRTH – Firth city council members named Brandon Jolley as the town’s new mayor Wednesday night. He will complete the remaining two years of the term of the late Vincent Winn Larson, who passed away last week.

BLACKFOOT — Over 247,000 people experienced the food, entertainment and fun grandstand events of the 2019 Eastern Idaho State Fair, according to a news release from I.E. Productions, the marketing firm for the fair.

BLACKFOOT — With the 18th anniversary of 9/11 Wednesday serving as an appropriate time, several local employers were recognized for their support of the men and women of the National Guard and reserves.

FORT HALL — Closure could be forthcoming for the family of a Fort Hall man who’s been missing for more than a year.

BLACKFOOT — A “bump in the road” was navigated Wednesday when the committee working to put a recreation district on the ballot in the November election received approval from Bingham County commissioners.

BLACKFOOT – Douglas Howell, 49, the Shelley resident originally charged with a felony in connection with the death of his mother-in-law Naoma Ware four years ago, has been sentenced to four days in jail and a year’s probation.

BLACKFOOT – A 37-year-old Blackfoot man who used methamphetamine while on probation from an earlier charge for the same crime lucked out in District Court Monday when he got a second shot at probation instead of going to prison.

SHELLEY – At the end of a long public meeting, the Shelley City Council discussed the possible revival of the city’s long defunct fire whistle on Tuesday night.

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce its upcoming 2019-2020 concert season. The season will feature seven outstanding world-class concerts.

BLACKF00T – When Ron Reese was a boy growing up on a dairy farm in Utah’s Cache Valley near Logan, he developed a desire to do two things: be an educator and own fine horses.

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Urban Renewal Agency met Tuesday morning and gave its last grants for the 2019 fiscal year, which ends on September 30. It also held a brief public hearing on its proposed 2020 budget which it then passed.

BLACKFOOT — The search for a dangerous fugitive with ties to East Idaho who’s been on the run for more than a week has ended in this local city where he once resided.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14, 2019. In order to create awareness and strengthen the fight against suicide, we wanted to shed some light on this serious subject that affects too many Americans and their family members.

BLACKFOOT – Bingham Academy submitted a conditional use permit (CUP) application for consideration by the Blackfoot Planning and Zoning Commission on Friday. The school paid the $325 fee for the application on Monday afternoon.

BLACKFOOT — Now that the Eastern Idaho State Fair is history, the work of picking up, hauling off, and cleaning up is taking place.

BLACKFOOT — The Bingham County Republican Central Committee is hosting a forum to hear from both the “yes” and “no” sides of the proposed recreation district on the upcoming November ballot.

BLACKFOOT – The Idaho Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is proud to announce that several local employers will be recognized for their support of the men and women in the Guard and Reserves on Wednesday, 9/11.

BLACKFOOT — The maintenance crew of the Eastern Idaho State Fair works year-round, because the fairgrounds are used year-round.

FIRTH — Firth Mayor Vincent Winn Larson was taken from the Basalt Ward chapel to the Shelley-Hillcrest Cemetery Saturday in a way that represented his years of service to the community.

BLACKFOOT – The 4-H Junior Livestock Market Animal Sale was held Friday night in the Beef Show Barn at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Swine, goats, sheep, and market beef were sold at the sale.

POCATELLO — Blackfoot businessman Jonathon Peirsol, 45, was arrested at 11:28 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Bannock County Courthouse and booked into the Bannock County Jail.