Archive - 2013
Building an overpass over the railroad tracks in Blackfoot is a concept that has been kicked around off and on for years. Blackfoot native Jim Patrick is adamant that the time to move forward with a plan "is now."
Patrick, who lives east of town, addressed Blackfoot's City Council on Tuesday in hopes of lighting a fire under city leaders to aggressively look into it.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blake Hawker has never had any inhibitions about becoming a funeral director. He believes this is what he was meant to do.
Hawker, 27, earned his mortician's license in December and will now work with his father Perry as a funeral director at Hawker Funeral Home on Shilling Street in Blackfoot, with the intention of eventually taking over the family business.
When asked why he chose the funeral business as a career, Hawker replied, "I grew up around this business. I helped at funerals when I was kid. This is all I've known."
Brent K. Young, 62, of Moreland ventured on to cast his line in Heavenâ€™s rivers on Jan. 3, 2013.Â He passed from a heart condition which developed because of Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam.
Clarice Baker Villa, 69, of Fort Hall, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Parke View Care and Rehab Center in Burley.
She was born Dec. 31, 1943 at Fort Hall to Harrison and Pauline Broncho Baker.Â Â
Clarice has lived most of herÂ life in Fort Hall and lived a short time in California and Washington.Â She attended school in Fort Hall and Blackfoot.Â Following graduation she attended college at Idaho State University and in California.
She married Raul Villa; they were later divorced.
Esmiie Elexis Quezada, 1-year-old daughter of Leiyah Quezada and Antonio Bautista of Fort Hall, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Primary Childrenâ€™s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, from a sudden illness.
Christina Maria Morales, 42, of Blackfoot passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born April 7, 1970 in Blackfoot to Arturo Carrizales Morales and Carolina NuĂ±ez Morales.She attended Blackfoot High School and received her associates degree from ISU.
She married Juan Rodriguez and they were later divorced.
Christina was baptized and raised Catholic, but later joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She worked in Blackfoot at the Cheese Factory, Car Quest Auto Parts and also for American Linen.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos dug themselves a hole to begin their conference tilt against Rigby on Tuesday evening, falling behind by a 19-3 score after one quarter of play. From there the Broncos scratched, clawed and fought their way back into the ball game only to have their comeback hopes dashed as they fell in overtime 59-54.
On Tuesday, District Judge Darren Simpson sentenced Jeremy Robert Andrus, 31, to not less than four years and no more than five years for aggravated assault on Tuesday. Andrus was fined $1,000 with court costs totaling $225.50.
On a felony count of eluding the police, Andrus was sentenced to two years fixed and three years indeterminate (not less than two years and no more than five years). He was fined $800 with court costs of $225.50. The sentences will be served consecutive to one another.
Kenny Carl Struhs, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter plea on Tuesday before District Judge Darren Simpson.
Under the plea agreement, Struhs pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter, a felony. The state dismissed count two, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which was also a felony.
"So what did you do that makes you guilty?" asked Judge Simpson.
"I was operating a vehicle on a Rich Lane under the influence of alcohol on Aug. 2, 2012," Struhs said. "I was driving a 1999 black Blaser.
In the first city council meeting of the new year, Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue appointed Layne Gardner to fill the council seat held by Butch Hulse who died in October 2012.
Gardner is the brother of the late Chris Gardner, who was serving as a city councilman when he was killed in an ATV accident in July of 2010.