Archive - 2013
Stanâ€™s Restaurant on Main Street in Blackfoot has been a gathering place in Blackfoot since 1951.
So when the longtime, family owned eatery closed its doors rather abruptly last week, the word got out fast, leaving patrons and vendors asking â€śwhy?â€ť
Attempts were made by the Morning News to reach the longtime restaurant owner,Gregory Richardson, for comment on the closure of Stanâ€™s last week.
Family spokesman Tom Richardson (Gregoryâ€™s brother) offered to shed some
insight on the closure and the history of Stanâ€™s.
Ronald D. Aldous, 67 of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013 at his home.
He was born Jan. 4, 1946 in Blackfoot, the son of Charles and Mable Aldous.
He lived his life in Grandview and Blackfoot,. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1964.
Ron served in the Air Force from 1965-1969 at various bases in the USA and in Thailand.
He married Kay Shelman and they were later divorced.
He worked for 20th Century after serving in the Air Force, Spudnik for 20 years and drove truck for Eagle Rock Timber. He was one of the best mechanics in Bingham County.
SHELLEY â€” It was a Bingham County battle Monday at Shelley High School as the Shelley and Blackfoot American Legion baseball teams took to the field for their only meeting of the season.
Shelley came into the game having been off for six days, while Blackfoot played in the Jackson Hole Tournament over the Fourth of July weekend before coming home a day early after rain needed the tournament Saturday.
LeRoy Henry Erickson, 95, of Pocatello, passed away on June 29, 2013, at the Portneuf Medical Center.
He was born in Pocatello on January 26, 1918, to Emil S V Erickson and Sofia Elizabeth Wallin, the third of eight children. The family moved to Moreland, Idaho, in 1932 and lived on the family farm. LeRoy graduated from Moreland High School in 1936.
He married Helen Hix in 1949. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1955. The love of his life, Helen, passed away in 1987. He later married Donna Gooch.
Jeanne Kay Strickland, 63, of Moreland, passed away Thursday July 4, 2013 after a long brave battle with ovarian cancer.
Jeanne was born on Feb. 10, 1950 in Marietta, Ohio to William H and She was a graduate of Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio. She continued her education at Ricks College in Rexburg.
Jeanne was married to Thomas Keith Strickland on June 26, 1970 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.Â Together they had five children:
Zola John, 93, of Blackfoot passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 4, 2013.Â Â
She was born Jan. 16, 1920 in Blackfoot to Marion and Lucille Harper Sorensen.Â She was the second of nine children.Â
She married Thomas LaVere John on June 30, 1939. Â They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. To this union five children were born â€”Â Thomas L. John (Bonnie) , Ronald John, Â Linda Steffler, David John (Keri) and Karolyn Taberna (John).Â LaVere and Zola were married for 74 years.Â They lived most of their married life in the Blackfoot area.
FIRTH â€“ Five Firth High School students left Saturday to participate and
compete at the National Conference of Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
The conference takes place from July 6-12 in Nashville, Tenn. The goal of Emma Mechamâ€™s project, â€śRed Hot Readersâ€ť Focus on Children, Junior Division, was to organize and execute a reading program for the first through fourth grades at A.W. Johnson Elementary in Firth to help
encourage children to read. Emma is the daughter of David and Deslynn Mecham.
The goal of Katie Kirbyâ€™s project, â€śHome Runâ€ť Focuses on Children,
An evening storm that moved through the area Saturday evening botched up the traditional Blackfoot Pride Days Ping Pong ball drop.
The highly anticipated event drew hundreds to Jensen Grove Park as they waited for an airplane to fly over and drop approximately 4,000 Ping Pong balls, all worth a prize.
However, when the storm started brewing, bringing winds and rain, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue and Pride Days coordinator Aaron Moon made the call to bring in a backup plan.
The National O-Mok-See Competition opens this Sunday at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds and will conclude Friday. The competition is free to watch.
"This is the second year the national competition has been in Blackfoot," said participant Mike Owens. "I've been all around the country in national competitions.
"This is the first time an O-Mok-See has taken place in the same location in the 21 years I've participated," he said.
Free swimming, a family carnival, an open house at the Historical Museum and the "Guns & Hoses" Softball Tournament were among the many activities happening Friday for Blackfoot Pride Days. Business leaders and members of the community were enjoying the events to the fullest.
Chantel Bame, manager of the Blackfoot Municipal Swimming Pool, didn't mind a bit letting everyone swim for free on Friday.
"I absolutely love Pride Days," she said. "The community is so good to us all year long, it's nice to have this opportunity to give back to the community. Blackfoot is filled with good people."