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Archive - Jul 2013

Triple celebration coming to potato museum

July 31, 2013

The city and county are teaming up for triple celebration on Aug. 16 at the Idaho Potato Museum.
It is the 100th anniversary of the building which was formerly Blackfoot's train station, donated to the city in 1987.
Additionally, it is the 30th anniversary of the Bingham County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Bingham County and surrounding areas.

Fire burning in Wolverine

July 31, 2013

IDAHO FALLS — Lightning ignited a wildfire in the Wolverine area late this afternoon. The Wolverine Fire is estimated to be 150 acres and is continuing to grow. The fire is located approximately nine miles east of Firth.

Looking back at 2012 in high school football

July 31, 2013

BLACKFOOT — It is finally here.
After what seems like an eternity the 2013 high school football season will get underway next week as teams all over the state will lace up their cleats and don the pads and helmets to begin practice.

Homer L. Nielson, 90

July 31, 2013

Preston - Devoted and beloved father, grandfather, uncle, brother dad and friend, Homer Leon Nielson, 90, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the home of his daughter in Blackfoot. 
He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Cleveland, Idaho, the ninth child among 10 born to Edgar Odland and Catherine Ann Bevins Nielson.  His early years were spent on a homestead in the foothills, of the Cleveland mountains on the west side of what was called Gentile Valley. 

Joyce H. James, 86

July 31, 2013

Joyce H. James, 86, passed away July 28, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah from natural causes. 
Joyce was born June 3, 1927 in Idaho Falls to Oliver D. and Violet Hendrickson.
Joyce was raised in Idaho Falls and graduated from high school in 1945.  She attended college in Logan, Utah at Utah State University.  While there she met J. Carl James and they were married in the Idaho Falls, Idaho LDS Temple on June 30, 1948.  At that time Joyce left school and started a family.

Country concerts and derby tickets selling fast

July 31, 2013

BLACKFOOT— Concert tickets for country stars Trace Adkins and Chris Young, along with the always popular Demolition Derby, are proving to be hot commodities as Eastern Idaho State Fair officials have already raked in a record number of ticket sales for this year's grandstand events.
While the grandstand events are not sold out yet, fair officials say they are expecting the concerts and the derby to completely sell out.

July 30th

Rollin' for a Cause continues fight against juvenile diabetes

July 30, 2013

Whether you drive a truck, mini-van, moped or fifth long as it rolls, you are invited to join the thundering motorcycles as they hit the pavement this Saturday for the third annual Rollin' For A Cause bike rally to help raise money for families affected by Juvenile Diabetes.

Douglas Adam Polatis, 27

July 30, 2013

Douglas Adam Polatis, 27, passed away July 26, 2013, from complications of diabetes and a seizure disorder. 
He was born April 1, 1986, in Blackfoot to Kevon Lowell and Betty Ann Christiansen Polatis. 
Douglas loved the Denver Broncos football team.  He also loved to watch monster trucks, play video games, 4- wheeling, and fishing.   His greatest friends were his family and he was always excited when they were here.  He taught everyone compassion, patience, and unconditional love.

Danielle Watzke, 27

July 30, 2013

Danielle Hughes Watzke, 27, completed a short but amazing life Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Portneuf Regional Medical Center after a motorcycle accident that occurred July 24, 2013 east of Carey. Danielle was born Sept. 10, 1985, in Pocatello, the daughter of Pat and Susan Hughes.
From the very beginning Danielle was determined to keep up or out-do her brothers, Brandon and Dustin, and live life to the fullest. Two years following her birth in Pocatello the family moved to Everett, Wash. and back to Blackfoot in 1995 to be near family.

Keith Lusk Williams, 89

July 30, 2013

Keith Lusk “Coach Willie” Williams, 89, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 at his home in Boise, surrounded by his family. 
He was born July 6, 1924 in Malad, the son of Jenkin Vaughn Williams and Elizabeth Maria Lusk Williams.
Keith graduated from Malad High School in 1943 and received his associate's degree from Snow College.  He attended Utah State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and in 1953 he received his master’s degree from the University of Idaho.
He served in the Air Force from 1943-1945 during World War II. 

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