January 12th, 2012
Velma Jim, 62, of Pocatello passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at her home from an extended illness.
She was born July 7, 1949 in Pocatello, the daughter of Theresa Marsh and Dietz Pongah Sr.
She graduated from high school in Chilocco, Okla., in 1966.
On October 9, 2009 she married LaVerne L. Jim.
Velma worked for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes and the Indian Health Services as a billing clerk.Â She also served on the Tribal Enrollment Committee.
She enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, taking pictures and being with family and grandchildren.
BLACKFOOT â€” Forecasters have been predicting wet weather will return the second half of January, and it appears that the area may get to see some rain and snow next week.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that the upper ridge that has contributed to dry, cold weather in Eastern Idaho since late November is expected to move north, allowing a Pacific jet to move in and bring moisture to the Pacific Northwest as early as Sunday and continuing through next week.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho Doctors' Hospital has been recognized as one of the top health care facilities in the country for patient satisfaction.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named the Idaho Doctors' Hospital as a 2011 Summit Award winner for inpatient patient satisfaction. It is one of 98 organizations to receive the honor in 2011 and one of 87 to be recognized for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco wrestling team took advantage of 5 forfeits and then flexed their collective muscle to win 8 of the 10 remaining matches as they galloped through High Country Conference foe Hillcrest to the final tally of 69-9 on Wednesday evening.
On an annual average basis, the price Idahoans paid for gasoline in 2011 was higher than any prior year, even surpassing the watershed year of 2008 when the Gem State averaged $3.29 a gallon and set a record daily price of $4.16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Behind a 25-point outburst by Chad Leckington, the Shelley Russets picked up a huge road conference win as they overcame a seven point half time deficit to down the home standing Blackfoot Broncos 83-70 in a High Country Conference shootout on Tuesday evening. For complete game story and stats pick up Wednesday's edition of the Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Relay for Life will be hosting a kick-off event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center, 310 N. Meridian St. Suite D in Blackfoot.
The event also serves as the monthly Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. There will be refreshments, games and information about Relay for life teams and upcoming Relay events. The public is invited.
This year's Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 15. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back against the disease.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot attorney Justin Oleson will represent Bingham County on the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board.
"I am looking forward to doing what I can to represent Bingham County," Oleson said.
The Bingham County commissioners made the appointment this week.
"The commissioners asked if I was interested and I agreed to do it," he said. "I try to do what I can to help out the community.
BLACKFOOT â€” A cold front moving through Idaho today is only expected to bring colder temperatures and wind to the valleys while the mountains may see up to two inches of snow.
Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be about 10 degrees cooler than earlier this week with highs in the mid- to upper-20s and overnight lows dipping to single digits.
Winds will be slightly higher than earlier, with gusts of 10-15 miles per hour through Wednesday night.
Things return to normal Friday with temperatures in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the teens.
Ken Kenji Ugaki, 87, of Blackfoot died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Rexburg, the son of Gisaku George Ugaki and Hisano Akiyama Ugaki.
His early years were lived in the Sugar-Salem area where he attended schools.
He married Jane Miyuki Okamoto on Aug. 8, 1952, in Rexburg.Â They were later divorced.
He came to Blackfoot in 1954 and, other than a few years in California, has lived here since.Â He was a religious man and had attended various church denominations.