August 25th, 2014
A new flashing sign now sits in the crosswalk where a Blackfoot High School student was hit crossing the street in the early morning hours last winter. City and school officials are hoping that the new sign will prevent such an accident from ever happening again.
Last February, BHS senior Cheyanne Pendlebury was walking in the crosswalk from the LDS seminary building to the high school around 7 a.m. It was still dark outside when she was hit by a car. She sustained a broken arm among other injuries.
BLACKFOOT â€” Henry Miles and his wife Carol didn't know what to expect when Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963 arrived.
The couple had grown up in Blackfoot, Idaho, and didn't know a lot of black people although they were now living in Washington, D.C. There Henry had met Glen Roane, like him a contract negotiator who purchased underwater ordinance for the Polaris submarine. Roane was black and had grown up in Viriginia.
Alvina Cecilia Fred Mendez,88, passed away Saturday morning on August 23, 2014 to be with our father and her loved ones that have gone before her.Â
Alvina was born to Johnnie Fred and Amelia Osborne Fred on October 8, 1925 at the old Fort Hall Hospital in Fort Hall, ID. As a young girl she was raised by her grandfather Tom Madzaweyu and considered his daughter and Marie Madzeweyu Hardy her mother. Alvinaâ€™s Indian name was â€śCedar Topâ€ť.Â She was raised with Charlene Hardy Browning and loved her as her little sister to her last day.Â
Betty Lorraine Fife Tanner, 79, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at her home in Blackfoot with her family around her.
Betty was born August 17, 1935 in Menan, Idaho, the daughter of John Guy Fife and Eleanor Melrie DallingÂ Fife.Â She lived in several Idaho towns as a child, including:Â Menan, Salmon, Sandpoint, Rigby, Idaho Falls and Blackfoot.Â After marriage she happily settled in Blackfoot.
Betty graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1954.Â She then went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Dyle Clark prepared to step onto a landing craft in the Philippines during World War II, a sailor said, "that's enough."
"I turned to my buddy and said, 'there's room for two more and we climbed in," Clark recalled recently.
"When we were climbing the nets onto the boat after that, the general asked, 'did we get them all?' He was told we had left about 350."
Those guys were later involved in a big battle and many were killed, Clark recalled.
IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Heading into Saturday's season opener Blackfoot boys head soccer coach Liam Pope knew his young squad was going to suffer some early season going pains.
After losing 13 of the 16 players on the 2013 varsity roster Pope and the young Broncos took to the field of the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex to take on a veteran Idaho Falls team on a cold and rainy morning.
Things did not start well for the Broncos as most of the opening 20 minutes was pent in the Broncos end as the aggressive and upperclassmen laden Tigers squad put the pressure on.
Teachers in the Blackfoot School District can earn leadership premium dollars (from $850 to $5,780) by taking on leadership tasks in the upcoming school year "above and beyond" their contracted work.
The leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee.
Nevada Evelyn Wright Robards, 93, one of Heavenly Fatherâ€™s most precious gems in the human mosaic, returned home to Him, her eternal husband Robert (Bob) Robards, her other beloved family members and friends, who have preceded her, in the early morning of July 9, 2014.
Nevada was born March 5, 1921 to Wallace Bruce Wright and Emma Moser in Blackfoot, Idaho. She was the seventh of 11 children. She deeply loved her family and the the good life she shared on their farm in Riverton.
Jeffery Michels, 60, of Meridian and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Meridian, Idaho on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
Jeff was born in Newport, Rhode Island on Oct. 20, 1953, to Marine Staff Sergeant Lester "Red" Michels and Wanda Michels. He attended grade school with his older brother Steven on Marine Corps bases in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Red moved the family to Blackfoot in 1965 when he was deployed to Vietnam.
Blackfoot School District Superintendent Chad Struhs said that the Aug. 6 flash flood that hit town could have easily ruined Blackfoot High School's entire new gym floor had it not been for the quick work of the custodial staff in the building when the water started rushing in.
Struhs addressed the flood damage that the district incurred at the school board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that "several buildings were flooded" from the storm.