Archive - 2013
Gwen Wheeler, 83 of Blackfoot passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
Gwen was born on Nov. 27, 1929 in Boise. She was raised in the Thomas, Snake River area. She attended Wilson Elementary school and was in the last class to graduate from Moreland High School in 1948.
Theodore â€śTedâ€ť Eugene Serr, 85, of Blackfoot passed away, surrounded by his family on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 at Bingham Memorial Hospital from complications due to a stroke.
He was born Dec. 4, 1927 in Blackfoot to Jacob Serr and Elsie Alma Henrietta Loebsack.
Ted graduated from Moreland High School as valedictorian.
On June 10, 1948, he married Gwendolyn Wood.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he was serving as a home teacher.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” After months of turmoil and controversy over the $220,000 separation agreement between Blackfoot School District 55 and former superintendent Scott Crane, public reaction to the district's most recent changes have been positive.
RIVERSIDE â€” Mother Nature provided a sunny back drop for cross river rivals Blackfoot and Snake River on Saturday afternoon as the respective softball teams squared off on the Lady Panthers home diamond for a double header to open the season for both clubs.
By days end, Blackfoot was more than grateful for the season to begin as they opened 2013 with a double header sweep of the Lady Panthers, 15-1 in game one and then 19-1 in the nightcap.
BLACKFOOT â€” While there is still no trace of missing Blackfoot man Jack Doering, 82, who disappeared from the Yuma, Arizona area on January 17, the Yuma County Sheriff's Department is not giving up on the case.
Doering, who battles Alzheimer's disease, was last seen driving away from a shopping center in a tan and gray, Chevrolet Suburban with Idaho plates after grabbing the keys while he and wife Leah [Doering] were getting haircuts. The Doerings have been wintering in Arizona since October.
THOMAS â€” Snake River patrons have a big decision to make next Tuesdayâ€”whether to approve the proposed $900,000 supplemental levy for use in programs in the school district or not.
At Snake River, about 60 patrons attended the informational meeting about the proposed levy.
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk explained why the district needs a supplemental levy.
Eighty-five of the 115 school district in the State of Idaho have supplemental levies, he said.
POCATELLO â€” Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Naftz sentenced Jason Lee Rollene, age 37, of Blackfoot Monday on two counts of video voyeurism. In November, Rollene changed his plea to guilty.
"To protect society and to deter you and others from this felony, I am sentencing you to three years fixed and two years indeterminate," Naftz said.
The judge then retained jurisdiction for 365 days. Rollene will be turned over to the Department of Correction.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue accepted the resignation of Police Chief Dave Moore at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Virtue read aloud the resignation letter submitted by Moore stating that "while his decision comes with some mixed feelings, he has decided that it's time' to retire." Moore's official retirement date will be May 31. A native of Pocatello, Moore has served as Blackfoot Chief of Police since 1997.
East Idahoans are proud of their heritage and they showed up in force to celebrate it at the Eastern Idaho 150 Kickoff Celebration at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center Monday night. Committee Chair Jacquee Alvord said she couldn't have been more pleased with the attendance of over 700 people in celebration of Idaho becoming a territory.
"This is the first time such an event has taken place," a beaming Alvord said. "This is unique; it's quite the gathering and it's only the beginning of a year full celebrations in honor of the sesquicentennial."