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May 21st

LaRue Boyack, 79

May 21, 2014

LaRue Boyack passed away peacefully on May 18, 2014, of natural causes and in the comfort of her loving and caring family and members of the Bingham Memorial Hospital. 
LaRue was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Arco, Idaho, the daughter of Eva and Rufus Searle.   She united in marriage to Glen (Roy) Boyack on June 20, 1953. 
In 1997, LaRue retired from the State of Idaho from a long career as a cook.
LaRue thoroughly loved watching sports, especially when her children and grandchildren were playing.  She also loved camping with her family. 

May 20th

Shelley graduates reminded of class motto on unity

May 21, 2014

Quoting the class motto "where there is unity, there is always victory," valedictorian Kendra Johnson pointed out that Shelley High's 2014 graduates have been able to support one another since 2002.
That's when they began their public education journey, with some students joining them and others leaving along the way.
"As we move on, many of us will face many more challenges," Johnson reminded her classmates. "If we go forward united, we will always be strong."
Salutorian Brennan Taylor said, "one quality that has allowed us to get where we are today — determination.

Frank John Bartausky, 61

May 20, 2014

Frank John Bartausky, 61, lost his fight on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Murray, Utah due to complications associated with a heart and kidney transplant.
Frank was born on Jan. 3, 1953, at Eaton Maternity Center in Shelley, Idaho. He was the third of eight children born to Ed and Rita Bartausky. He was the biggest baby of all, tipping the scales at 9 lb. 14 oz., a Gentle Giant.

May 19th

Dell R. Watts, 90

May 19, 2014

Dell R. Watts, 90, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born May 24, 1923 in Rexburg, Idaho, the son of Hyrum Franklin and Elizabeth Freeman Watts.
Dell graduated from Madison High School and attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan.
He served as lieutenant in the United States Naval Air Corps. He served for four years as a naval aviator flying the P51 Mustang during World War II. He trained and served in the Pacific Theatre.

May 18th

Tommy Vaughn's Marathon and More raises $3,500 for Community Dinner Table

May 18, 2014

John Taberna of Blackfoot won the Tommy Vaughn Marathon for the third straight year on Saturday.
Taberna finished the 26.2-mile course, changed slightly to put the finish at the shelter in Jensen Grove, in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds. Nate Reese of Iona finished second in 3:14.33 with Tony Parsons of Blackfoot third in 3:17.18.
"I was under three (hours) easy, then I hit the wall at 22 miles," Taberna said of his race. "It was great weather with good runners. We all ran well, then the heat came and I lucked out," Taberna said.

May 16th

Fire destroys house near Shelley

May 16, 2014

SHELLEY – A fire destroyed at house between Shelley and Firth Friday afternoon.
The house was located near 1060 N. 1000 E., Shelley.
"The fire started in a pan of oil on the stove," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "The lady left it to go outside.
"When she returned, the kitchen was on fire and then the house was totally involved before we [the Shelley Fire Department] got there," he said. "I think the house was totally involved before we were called.
The Shelley Station was first to respond; the Firth Fire Department gave a hand, said Carter.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top SRHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top BHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Geraldine May Baker Doore, 76

May 16, 2014

Geraldine May Baker Doore, 76, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was two days shy of her 77th birthday.
She was born on May 16, 1937 in Pocatello, Idaho to Joe Baker and Mary Broncho. She was the eldest of their children.

Verlin Bert Bowman, 86

May 16, 2014

Verlin Bert Bowman, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab.
Verlin was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Rockford, Idaho, to Bertram M. and Verna Barnes Bowman. He was the oldest child and had sisters: Lila (married to LaVar Murdock), and Cleo (married to Doyle Jones). 
His father passed away when Verlin was 12 years old and his mother passed away one day after his 14th birthday. After their deaths, he lived with his grandmother, Bertha Bowman and later with his uncle and aunt, Clarence “Fizz” and Ruby Parsons.

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