Who ever said people from southeast Idaho don’t accomplish anything great? It certainly wasn’t Shelley’s Rayce Bird, who won the SyFy networks’ reality competition show “Face Off.” He’ll now join an elite group of some of the best movie makeup artists in the country. In more good(ish) news, the INL is only forcibly laying off 19 people after they scared everybody with a number of nearly 200 back in February. The dog who was shot Monday is now back on its feet and heading home, while the man who shot him is still facing charges. Not the worst news in the world today, folks. Isn’t this how Friday is supposed to be?
- The Idaho National Laboratory was supposed to cut up to 185 jobs, but it looks like the ax won’t be so harsh after a high number of employees decided to take voluntary lay offs. Mark Holubar, the INL’s director of human resources, said 56 people volunteered to leave during a two-week period. Now, only 19 people will be laid off as part of reduction efforts. So what about those other 110 jobs? Holubar said they will analyze how much money these cuts save the INL, and whether or not they will need to cut more. [LN8]
- The dog shot by a Pocatello man earlier this week is going home and is on its way to recovery. Jack, who was tentatively named Mr. Amazing until the owner was found, will still need to return for regular visits for dental work and checkups on the damage to his nasal cavity and tongue. Brock Merrill, who lives on the outskirts of Pocatello, said he shot the dog in self-defense after it came to his home several times in a week. Merrill said Jack became agressive, so he shot him. He has been cited with cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm within city limits. [KPVI]
- Idaho Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill has given in to requests by state Democrats to convene an ethics panel, investigating New Plymouth Sen. Monty Pearce for potential conflicts of interest on 21 votes made on oil and gas drilling legislation. Pearce disclosed Wednesday, before his 22nd vote on oil and gas issues, that he has leased oil and gas drilling rights to an oil company since the ’80s. He sees no problem with the potential conflict of interest, and said he just never thought about the connection. But Democrats are up in arms, as Pearce championed bills and rules through the Senate Resources and Environmental Committee as its chairman without ever revealing his connection. Hill said the panel will convene by the end of the day Friday. [IDS]
- A Shelley man is enjoying the spotlight after winning SyFy network’s reality game show “Face Off.” On the show, contestants created special effects, masks and intricate makeup that you might see in Hollywood movies, but in the end Shelley’s Rayce Bird was the champion. Bird won despite not having as much experience as some of his opponents. He works as a tattoo artist at the Spider’s Web in Idaho Falls but just considers himself an all-around creative guy. His prize for winning the show was $100,000, a new car and $25,000 of movie makeup. [LN8]