Archive - Jan 2013
City Council president Chris Jensen and Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring shared "state of the â€¦." messages with members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Among the accomplishments of city workers in 2012, Jensen said, were the completion of various road projects and of improvements at Jensen Grove.
They also added an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant lift in the swimming pool and completed a new water storage tank and booster station.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Department is not ruling out that missing Blackfoot man Laurence J. "Jack" Doering, 82, may still be trying to make his way back to Blackfoot. Doering, and his wife Leah [Doering], live in Blackfoot but have been in the Yuma, Ariz., area since October.
Doering, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, has been missing since last Thursday after he got ahold of the car keys while he and his wife were getting haircuts at a shopping plaza near Yuma. Doering took off by himself in a tan/grey 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with Idaho license plates.
BLACKFOOT â€” And that is why they play the games. A popular saying in sporting circles to help describe upsets in the athletic arena. Well on Tuesday evening the 1-17 Blackfoot Lady Broncos were facing off with the 16-1 Pocatello Lady Indians. Throw the records out the window however as Blackfoot turned in an inspired performance, sending the seniors out in style with a 54-46 upset victory.
The letter of the week is "J" at Storytime in the Snake River School Community Library.
Children ages 3-5 followed storyteller Peggy Hansen as she encouraged them to repeat, "Where is J? Here I am. What do you say J? J-j-j.
The color was blue and the nursery rhyme is "Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after."
"We study a color and letter each week," Hansen said. "There's is a nursery rhyme each week.
"This helps early literature skills.
"Nursery rhymes teach rhyme and rhythm," said Hansen.
A nationwide post for the position of Blackfoot School District superintendent expired on Jan. 17 and plans to hire a new superintendent for the district will move forward, despite the ongoing distraction of the "Crane payout" debacle.
While the board is behind on their original plan to have a new superintendent selected by Feb. 1, 2013, the district's interim superintendent Chad Struhs said they hope to have a person selected for the position by March 1, with the plan of having the new hire officially on board by July..
BLACKFOOT â€” Rollin' For A Cause, a foundation formed by Susan Jensen of Blackfoot to help those in the area struggling with the cost of juvenile diabetes, is assisting Pocatello teen Kaela Collazo in her efforts to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Collazo, who is a Type 1 diabetic, is organizing a 'talent show' fundraiser at Pocatello High School (where she attends school) on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Collazo received permission from the district's school board to have the event, but learned that there is a $300 fee to use the school's facilities.
BLACKFOOT â€” Families in the area who are struggling financially this winter due to medical costs incurred from juvenile diabetes can contact Rollin' For A Cause' for some financial relief.
Susan Jensen of Blackfoot started Rollin' For A Cause in 2011 to help those in need after suffering financial stress and losing her 12 year old daughter, Camille to juvenile diabetes.
"If there is anyone out there who needs help (or knows of anyone who needs help), please let us know," Jensen said. "We are here to help."
Bonnie Louise Burns, 70, of Idaho Falls passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at her home from diabetes.
She was born Oct, 21, 1942 in Blackfoot, the daughter of Samuel Enoch Butler and Emily Myrtle Adams.
Bonnie attended school in Blackfoot.Â She lived in Blackfoot, Boise and Idaho Falls throughout her life.
Â Â She married Clair Farnes and he preceded her in death in 1973.Â She married Jim Burns and they were later divorced.
She had worked at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge and in law enforcement at the jail in Idaho Falls.
Douglas Deloy Bench, 45, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at his home after fighting a valiant and final battle with colon cancer.
He was born Nov. 18, 1967 in Idaho Falls, the first son of three children born to Francis Deloy Bench and Helen Renee Bench.
His older sister was like a twin to him and they played and were mischievous growing up.Â It was a daily adventure to see what three childrenâ€™s inquiring minds could come up with.Â Doug was always looking for work and chores that needed to be done.Â He valued hard work and the reward that comes with it.
Juan Alba Gomez, 73, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello from diabetes.
He was born June 24, 1939 in Purisima de Bustos Guanajuato, Mexico, to Marcelo Alba and Francisca Gomez, the ninth of 12 children.
He grew up in Purisima de Bustos Guanajuato, Mexico, and worked as a harvester on his dadâ€™s land and also helped raise cattle.Â Juan also was the owner of three freight trucks.
On July 17, 1963, he married Isabel Alba.