Archive - 2013
Morning News â€” 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."
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.
MONTPELIER â€” 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.
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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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, 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 AnetaÂ 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.Â She decided retirement just wasnâ€™t for her, so she became a Foster Grandparent and loved it!Â All the kids called her grandma, and that is what she was to them.
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.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Local veterinarians are reporting that it's a bad year for ticks in East Idaho and while the little bloodsuckers will latch onto just about anything, dogs seem to be their main victim of choice, followed by humans.
Laddie Curran, who purchased a home on Riverton Road three years ago, said he was shocked when just in the past couple of weeks he found two ticks on himself and a total of seven between his two dogs. Two of the ticks on his dogs had already filled up with blood.
BLACKFOOT â€” Stories of Bingham Countyâ€™s history have been compiled into a book entitled â€śBingham County Memories Volume II.â€ť Local historian Lois Bates compiled it.
Her passion is history.
â€śI remember climbing into my grandmotherâ€™s lap and begging her to tell me stories about our family,â€ť Bates said.
Her grandmother came from Switzerland.
â€śThere is so much history that has got to be preserved,â€ť she said. â€śStories will go away if they are not preserved.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m excited about this book,â€ť said Bates.
BLACKFOOT â€” After a long hot summer of baseball the American Legion baseball season entered its final week of the regular season with questions remaining on who will qualify for next week's district tournament in Pocatello.