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January 29th

State Hospital South patient captured in IF

January 29, 2014

IDAHO FALLS — A man who had escaped from State Hospital South over a week ago was captured in Idaho Falls Monday night.
Jeremy Johnson, 26, was arrested on multiple felony warrants.
Idaho Falls police officers had responded to the 1000 block of Lovejoy around 8 p.m. and found Johnson at the home. The residence did not belong to Johnson.
At first, Johnson came out of the house, but went back inside when police told him to come out.

Steve Johnson

January 29, 2014

Steven Lynn Johnson, 50, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Jan. 27, 2014, in Shelley.
 He was born Jan. 20, 1964, in Ann Arbor, Mich. to Grover Vaughn Johnson and Sandra Lee Foster Johnson.  He was raised in Omaha, Neb. where he attended schools and graduated from Burke High School.  He continued his education at Brigham Young University where he received his bachelor’s degree and then Colorado State University where he received his master’s degree in Business Finance.
On Dec. 15, 1986, he married Kim Marie Jolley in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.  They were married until 2010. 

Moonyeen Coffey, 77

January 29, 2014

Moonyeen Coffey, 77, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 at her home. 
Private family services will be held at a later date. 
The family would like to thank Alliance Home and Hospice, Bishop Mike Horrocks and the Blackfoot 11th Ward for all their loving care of Moonyeen.  Arrangements have been under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. 
Condolences may be sent to the family at

January 28th

Local woman seeks yarn donations for blankets

January 29, 2014

Through the years, longtime Blackfoot resident Pauline Sweet has crocheted nearly 500 afghans for babies, veterans, senior citizens and others in need, and she's still going strong. She started making the blankets in the 1980s for babies in the small Mexican fishing village of Kino Bay, where she and her husband Dwain spent months away from the cold Idaho winters for many years.
These days, Pauline's focus is crocheting lap blankets for veterans and senior citizens in the area; however, she is running low on yarn and is hoping that anyone with yarn to spare will donate some to her.

Broncos tame Panthers on the mats

January 29, 2014

THOMAS — Blackfoot and Snake River High School's renewed their city rivalry Tuesday night but this time it was on the wrestling mat, and this time the visitors from across the river came out victorious.
Blackfoot controlled the early part of the match building a big lead and ended taking down the Panthers 57-30 at Snake River High School.

Juanita Virginia Howard, 88

January 28, 2014

Juanita Virginia Howard, 88, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital. 
She was born Aug. 25, 1925 in Roanoke, Virginia to Elijah S. and Sadie Florence Potter Hostetter.  She was raised and received her education in Roanoke.
She met LeRoy Elson Howard while they were both serving missions in California.  After completion of their missions they were married on July 25, 1948, in Roanoke, Virginia.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug.4, 1948.

Mary O. Smith, 92

January 28, 2014

Mary O. Smith, 92, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Hiland Assisted Living Center in Burley.
Mary was born on Aug. 25, 1921 at Artiesan City, Twin Falls County, to Charles W. Zulkey and Fannie Towery Zulkey.
Mary was a former resident of Blackfoot where she was employed at State Hospital South and Nonpareil Potato Company. She resided in Blackfoot for over 36 years, making her home in the Parkside Manufactured Mobile Home Community.

Jovita R. Torres, 82

January 28, 2014

Jovita R. Torres, 82, of Firth passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at her home.  
Jovita was born Nov. 17, 1931 in Crystal City, Texas to Juan and Antonia Rodriguez.  She grew up in Texas with her three sisters, Marcela, Bertha  and Olga.
In 1950 she met the love of her life, Moises Torres, and would bless him with nine children.  Together they traveled around from state to state, working and raising their children, finally making Firth their family home in 1957.

January 27th

Legislators comment on Luna announcement

January 28, 2014

BOISE — On Monday Bingham County legislators shared their thoughts on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's decision not to run for reelection.
Representative Neil Anderson said, "Tom Luna has been a progressive yet controversial leader in our state's Department of Education. 
"He has proposed actions that have sparked intensive debate during a time of transition regarding education in Idaho. Hopefully, that debate will yield improved solutions and the new Idaho Superintendent of Schools can move us forward in a more united yet still progressive effort." Anderson said. 

Helen May Briggs Evans, 95

January 27, 2014

Helen May Briggs Evans, 95, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot. 
She was born April 16, 1918 in Woods Cross, Utah, the oldest child to Amos Archie Briggs and Elnora May Grant Briggs. She attended school in Bountiful and graduated from Davis County High School. Following graduation, she attended the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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