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July 23rd

Calvin 'Ray' Hawker, 84

July 23, 2013

Calvin “Ray” Hawker, 84, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, July 19, 2013 at his home following a courageous battle of a lingering illness.
Ray was born March 12, 1929 in Menan to Charles and Rosalie Hawker. He attended schools in the Rupert and Burley areas and then in California.  He valued hard work and the reward that comes with it.
In September of 1948 Ray married Nadine Fairchild in Elko, Nev. and they had three children together. Nadine passed away in November 1994 .

July 22nd

Snake River Library offers free technology class

July 22, 2013

The Snake River School/Community Library is offering a free technology class from 9 a.m. to noon each Monday at the library until school begins.
Throughout the school year, this technology class is offered from 4-7 p.m. each Monday.
Megan Hawley was recently hired to work as a tech assistant at the library.
"I've learned how to set up a computer, from building it to programming it," said Hawley. "I'm amazed I've learned as much as I have in only one and one-half weeks.
Hawley will be a junior at Snake River High School this fall.

July 21st

Triathlon winners come from near, far

July 21, 2013

Saturday's Blackfoot Triathlon.
Women's champion Melissa Pett, meanwhile, came from Idaho Falls.
Both were first-time participants in the event, which was in its fourth year.
"What really drew me is it's a USAT (United States of America Triathlon Association)-sanctioned course," said Warden, who is a triathlon coach who trains 15 athletes.
"I liked the course. It was well marked. And it was great to see the volunteers and police officers out there; I felt safe throughout."

Local man addicted to restoring cars

July 21, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke
Iki Ikard stands next to his 1932 Ford Street Rod. The car was air-conditioned, had an automatic transmission and a V8 engine.

Bingham County resident Ike Ikard defines his hobby of restoring old cars as an addiction.
In the early 60s, Ikard purchased his first car. It was a 1932 Ford B Model.
"It was in a bunch of pieces and cost $200," Ikard said. "I didn't even have a garage."
"Eventually, my friend Bob Nelson told me to bring the car to his garage where we could work on it together."

July 19th

Blackfoot Community Center shares in $15M grant

July 19, 2013

Blackfoot Community Center has received a School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grant to help students at Snake River Junior High School.
The Blackfoot initiative is one of 13 across the nation who will share $15 million. This three-year grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.
"[The Blackfoot Community Center staff] will give training and oversight to AmeriCorps members," said Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center.

Broncos swept by Bears

July 19, 2013

MONTPELIER — For the Blackfoot Broncos Thursday's doubleheader with Bear Lake was the final games of the regular season.
But it will not be the last time the players on the team will don the Blackfoot uniform as the Broncos will be the top seed in next weeks Area C 'A' district tournament in Pocatello.

July 18th

Legion Riders conduct buffalo stew feed

July 18, 2013

A buffalo stew feed, sponsored by the American Legion Riders, is open to all comers. The meal will be served from noon to 8 p.m. today at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot.
The buffalo meat is fresh, said organizer Dave Breshears. So is the fry bread that will be served with the meal.
The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will go to the American Legion Legacy Fund.

Pair of Snake River students earn leadership scholarships

July 18, 2013

BLACKFOOT — Two Blackfoot area youth are spending part of their summer at a prestigious National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston, Mass.
Joslyn Phillips and Davian Martinez, both incoming sophomores at Snake River High School, were invited to attend and each received a $500 scholarship from the program.

Shirley Ann Mecham, 74

July 18, 2013

Shirley Ann Mecham, 74, of Blackfoot slipped away peacefully on a bright sunny Saturday morning, July 13, 2013 with her little companion, Sheba, by her side.
Shirley was born July 7, 1939 in Blackfoot, the daughter of Kenneth C. Mecham and Aneta  Jensen Mecham Lawrence. She was raised in the Blackfoot and Firth areas.
Shirley was a hard worker and never went without a job; she retired from Basic American Foods after 20 years.  She decided retirement just wasn’t for her, so she became a Foster Grandparent and loved it!  All the kids called her grandma, and that is what she was to them.

Mellissa Alice Yellowhair, 26

July 18, 2013

Mellissa Yellowhair, 26, a lifetime Fort Hall resident, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at home surrounded by family following an illness.
Mellissa was born June 2, 1987 in Blackfoot to Rick Yellowhair and Donna Devine. As a child she attended Blackfoot Elementary and Junior High. Mellissa graduated as valedictorian from the Sho-Ban High School in 2005.
She was a member of The Native American Church.
Mellissa worked as a supervisor at the casino and then was the banker at the Fort Hall Casino.

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