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May 16th, 2014

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.

May 15th

Snake River downs Timberlake in state baseball opener

May 16, 2014

It may not have been the best season for the defending Class 3A state champion Snake River Panthers, but despite the injuries and getting tripped up in the District 5 tournament, the Panthers found their way back to state.
Thursday at Fruitland the Panthers began defense of their title with a healthy team for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.
With the full team at their disposal, coach Rich Dunn and the Panthers jumped on first round opponent Timberlake in the first inning and added a few more runs late on the way to a 7-1 win at Fruitland High School.

Inmate work crew helps clean up county

May 16, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County inmate work crew have spent the past three weeks working on county property, said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The inmates work four days each week–Monday through Thursday, said Rowland.
"This is what I ran on," said Rowland. "They get out of their cells and learn a trade skill.
"[Their work] saves the county money and beautifies the community," he said. "We are trying to make them better candidates to get jobs.
"I have a waiting list," said Rowland.
See Friday's Morning News for the full story.

May 14th

County fifth graders enjoy Dare Day

May 14, 2014

Fun, sun, water, music and friends.
"It's Dare Day; what more can I say?" said Bingham County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Luker. He is the Dare officer in Bingham County.
"There are 800-900 fifth graders from every school in Bingham County celebrating their decisions to be drug free," he said. "They get to meet friends from across the county. High school role models from all five high schools are here to help."
Activities were set up in four areas on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. All the games were duplicated in each of these four areas.

May 13th

Robinson reflects on over 30 years with school lunch program

May 14, 2014

Tami Robinson has held the title of Blackfoot School District's child nutrition supervisor for over 20 years but she is the first one to say, "I am not an 'official' nutritionist. People keep calling me a nutritionist, but my education only goes as far as high school."
Robinson claims that it was through hard word and dedication that she excelled in her job, earning her the title of nutrition supervisor. As Robinson prepares to retire in just a few weeks, she reflects on a rewarding career with the district's lunch program that began when she started as a substitute cook back in 1983.

Blackfoot’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ ready to bring home tennis titles

May 13, 2014

BLACKFOOT — A mere hours after the Blackfoot High School tennis team qualified 12 players for this weeks state tennis tournament head coach Brint Jefferis had a nickname for his state bound group.
"The Dirty Dozen."
A year after finishing a half a point short of a boys team title, the Broncos are poised to make sure the hardware comes back to Blackfoot.
The doubles pair of Jacob Harris and Tanner Norton are a big reason for the Broncos success.

Elma 'Fuzz' Jensen, 79

May 13, 2014

Elma 'Fuzz' Jensen, 79
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend Elma “Fuzz” Jensen, 79, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 15, 1934 in Arco, Idaho, the daughter of Joseph and Ethel Mathie Winmill.
Elma attended grade school at Riverside and Pingree and high school at Snake River High.
On June 17, 1953, she married her best friend, Weldon Jensen in Blackfoot.  Next month they would have celebrated their 61st anniversary.  

May 12th

City celebrates BMH

May 12, 2014

National Hospital Week will be celebrated this week at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis proclaimed May 11-17 as Hospital Week.
As stated in the proclamation, "Whereas the hard-working people that compose our hospitals deserve universal regard and appreciation for keeping our community healthy; … [Loomis urges] all residents to express their appreciation for the people, facilities and technologies that make trustworthy, reliable healthcare possible in Blackfoot.

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