I gotta say, this upcoming Chobani yogurt factory is pretty exciting, not just because it means 400 new jobs and a better economy for Twin Falls and southeast Idaho, but also because it’s a yogurt factory. I don’t even like yogurt, but how cool is that? In other news people are maybe horrible murderers and the government is continuously awful and a great man in Idaho Falls won a bunch of money. But how about that yogurt factory? Man, it’s exciting.
- A Burley man is being held on a $500,000 bond for a second degree murder charge after a Saturday night shooting that left one man dead. According to the Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office, an officer pulled over a pickup truck for a possible DUI. When the officer got to the car, the female driver jumped out covered in blood. Inside was another female, the body of 21-year-old Michael Kenneth Blair, and the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Michael Jared Thompson. Police believe the four were on their way back from a bar when somehow, for some reason (or maybe not) Thompson allegedly shot Blair. Whatever the case may be, officials in Minidoka County don’t want Thompson out of their sight. [TN]
- Chobani officially broke ground on its new yogurt plant in Twin Falls yesterday, marking the official start of the construction on the plant that will mean jobs for about 400 Idahoans in 2012. In fact, at least one local construction company us already hiring people to get started on constructing the plant. So now Twin Falls will be known as a yogurt town! Awesome! Chobani enthusiasts will undoubtedly flock from all over the world to see the famed plant where their beautiful, delicious Greek yogurt is made. Is it too soon to start thinking about bringing in a major yogurt-themed sports team? [TN]
- A disabled Idaho Falls man is surely all smiles after he won $200,000 in the PowerBall lottery. Donald Jones works as the head chef at the Hometown Kitchen in Idaho Falls, after working his way up from dishwasher. It’s a job he loves and is not looking to quit after his big win, simply because he loves the place. So what’s he doing with that $200K? “I’m going to pay most of my bills all off and then go from there.” OK, fine. The responsible route, I see. Some of us might have bought a new car or fancy smart phone, but bills, sure. To each his own. [LN8]
- In Washington, D.C. Republican members of the House of Representatives are set to vote down the much-debated payroll tax cut, an odd move for the vicious tax cutters. The Republican representatives are complaining that the two-month extension of the tax break doesn’t do enough. The Senate already approved the measure, with 89-10 bipartisan approval, in an attempt to move the debate two months down the road, after the holidays. If the House of Representatives does not approve the extension, the payroll tax will increase by two percent on January 1, and could raise taxes by $1,000 on the average American family. [WP]