The Power County Press
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December 17, 1997

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Vehicle found Ford Explorer belonging to murder victim Damon Knosp of Pocatello was retrieved from the frigid waters of the west end of the American Falls Reservoir on Friday, Dec. 11. The vehicle was found at approximately 12:30 Two Pocatello men charged with first degree murder Victim was found on. reservation, car dumped in A.F. Reservoir Rmldy Scott Willimns. 20, 524 W. Wyeth St. and Tyrell Joseph McKnight, 18. 1480 Troy Lane, both of l)catello were arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Kaosp, 25, Pocatello, on Thuray, Dec. 11. The body of Knosp was lound by a goose hunter on Sunday, lc. 7, in a remote area on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Power County. Knos 0 was allegedly beaten to death. The crim4 scene indicated that Knosp struggled before he was killed, ac- cording to Power County Prosecuting At- torney Paul Laggis. McKnight and Williams were arraigned on Friday. Dec,-'12, before 6th District Magistrate Judge Mark Beebe. They are currently being held in the Bannock County Jail. An early 1990's Ford Explorer belonging to the victim was pulled from the west end waters of the American Falls Reservoir on Friday. A tip led police to the location of the vehicle, said Laggis. A team of divers from the Bonneville County Sheriffs Department and the Power County Search and Rescue found the vehi- cle at approximately 12:30 p.m. The vehi- cle is being detained in an undisclosed lo- cation in Pocatello where it was searched Although Laggis declined to comment on any motive of the murder, he said the effort of many agencies assisted with the quick arrests. "I think the fact that we were able to make a quick arrest of the two suspects was directly related to the cooperation and team work of the 10 or 11 agencies that actively participated in the investigation," he said. Also, Laggis said that many of the initial leads in the case were telephone calls that were followed up by interviews. Preliminary hearings for Williams and McKnight are scheduled for Tuesday, Dee. 23. Knosp was employed as a micro.con- tamination specialist for Kleen Clean, Pocatello, at the time of his death. council tonight The Power American Falls City Council will tonight at 7 p.m. at the council 550 N. Oregon Trail, Items on County a motion to approve the street finance report for the fiscal publish the report and submit the state and county auditors. A motioll will be considered to ap- payment of the Resource and Development sponsor for the fiscal year 1998 in the of $150. County Commissioner Kent will be present to discuss the for the proposed emergency building. second reading of the proposed for public services, water, be held. council will discuss the lease Pacific Railnmd. The Idaho Department of has submitted a revised for the Imaiy they want to The cOuncil will a motion topt the offer. motion will be considered to con- the mayor's appointments to the Falls Planning and Zoning appointments include Ron Mayer and Mark Scherer area of city impact representative. construction building issued permits with a total con- value of $356,363 were issued the month of Nov. in the city of those one manufactured home :was issued with a dollar valuation two mobile home permits at of $45,000 and three new with a dollar value of nonresidenthl permits issued $38,000 and additions, alterations totaled $47,363. offers dog discount of American Falls who li- dogs in December can do so any other time of year. is offering dog licenses during of December for $5, one-half price of $10 charged the re- year.  who are picked up in the city tlmt !licensed are charged a $20 license eaay clo for the Dec. 24 at 2 pJn. and will be ,, Dec. 26. for hours, except they will School district schedules Hillcrest renovation project School District 381 Board of Trustees and the Hillcrest Elementary School build- ing committee have been working several hours preparing a renovation schedule for the elementary school, according to Super- intendent Ron Bolinger. Architects Don Hutchinson of Awes and Hutchinson Architects, Boise, and Joe Reams of Brennan Construction Company, Pocatello, discussed plans for the renova- tion with the school board when tltey con- vened on Monday, Dec. 15. The committee has planned a renovation schedule of the 64,000 square foot school. Those include a schedule of preliminary drawings submitted to the school district for approval, the awarding of bid packages and renovation dates. The preliminary estimate of work was submitted to the architects on Dec. 11. The second estimates will be submitted on Dec. 18. On Jan. 5, 1998, the school district should receive the preliminary drawings from the architects. The trustees will ap- prove the drawings and submit them to the state for approval on Jan. 9. Bid packages for the renovation will be prepared before Feb. 6. The t will ad- vertise the bid packages and award the bids on Feb. 19. The school board will then ap- prove the bids during the Feb. 23 school board meeting. The cost of the individual projects will vary from the estimates when the final bids are approved. Some preliminary work, such as small projects, will begin on weekends and after school from Feb. 24 until May 2, the day the major renovation is slated to begin. Those projects will not affect the environ- ment of the school or the staff, said Bolin- ger. The substantial renovation of the project will be completed by Aug. 17. Teachers will be able to move into their classrooms by Aug. 21, he said. There will also be a walk through of the building with the trustees and the architects for final approval of the individual projects between Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. The project is slated to be completed by SepL 5. "What we are interested in is the envi- ronment of the students," said Bolinger. "We have a commitment to get this done on schedule...a commitment to get the kids back into the classroom." The estimated cost of the renovation project is $2,175,998 with a contingency of $178,500. The school board will use all of the plant facility reserve fund levy for the renovations. Voters ved a $2.6 million school plant facility reserve fund levy for remWa- lions of the school on May 20. The levy is for $873,382 per year for three years.   taxp :na The levy, vs a bond, ves interest. The interest of the levy, taken ofl of the $2.6 million, is $140,000. Archflec- tural and construction management Pes, also deducted from the $2.6 million, are estimated to cost $30.0(X). The school dis. trict deducted $60,000 from the $2.6 mil- lion budget to cover anticipated delinquent taxes they project to not receive. All of the remaining funds will be used towards the renovation project. A contingency fund of $178,500 is from the 1998-99 plant facility fund and other funds of the school district. Usually the school district will use the plant facility fund for a major project each year, but the district does not plan on any major projects during the 98-99 school year. Only 85 per- cent of the plant facility funds for the 1998- 99 school year will be used for the renova- tion project. The estimated costs of each project may change because prices can vary, said Bolin- ger. A breakdown of the estimated costs for each project are: " General conditions of construction; not R i i i See Hilicrest page 4