Archive - 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.
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.
Larry Tissidimit, 65, a lifetime Fort Hall resident, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Â Larry was born Aug. 25, 1947 in Pocatello to Charles S. and Rose Snipe Coby Tissidimit. As a child he loved riding horses and swimming in the canals.Â He attended school in Blackfoot and graduated from Fort Sill Indian School in Lawton, Okla. He attended post-grad in Chillacco, Okla. where he earned a degree in engineering.
He was a member of The Native American Church.
Â In 1970 he married Marianne Watson in Fort Hall.Â
KerriÂ Lynn Spraktes, 45, of Arco, Idaho passed away peacefully in her sleep of diabetes complications on July 13, 2013.Â
She was born December 7, 1967 in Blackfoot, Idaho the daughter of Robert Burroughs and Nancy Lott.
She was a graduate of Mackay High School class of 1986, and spent her working years in the nursing field.Â Her bright spirit and loving heart will be missed by many.
Kerri was preceded in death by her older brother, Jeff Burroughs, whom she adored.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” Singer Christina Christensen, an â€śAmericaâ€™s Got Talentâ€ť
finalist, was in Blackfoot Tuesday to raise funds for and promote awareness of cystic fibrosis (CF).
â€śCF is a disease where mucus builds up in the lungs and/or pancreas,â€ť
said Christina. â€śEach day treatments can take from 10 to 45 minutes. There are multiple pills and multiple medical treatments.â€ť
Christina and her three sisters all have CF.
â€śPeople have asked why our parents had any more children after our first sister was diagnosed with CF,â€ť she said.
The Blackfoot City Council unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution to work with the Blackfoot Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and expand the Downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District to assist Glanbia Foods with some improvement projects.
Jason Moulton, a representative of BURA, addressed the council, asking for the "expandability to help businesses which in turn helps local tax revenues."
POCATELLO â€” Five Blackfoot tennis players competed at Scott's Tennis Tournament last week. Four brought home hardware.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Amid the hype of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case involving the death of Trayvon Martin, we asked our Facebook friends for their thoughts on the case.
"It's not isolated, but we are emotional beings, so we won't let it go and keep focusing on it. He may not be in prison, but he will not live a comfortable life because he had the worst juryâ€¦ the jury of public opinion," said Chris Werth of Blackfoot.