January 25th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” A program providing tribal youth with academic support services and leadership development opportunities has doubled in size this year.
The NDN Scholars Programâ€”short for Navigating and Developing Native Scholarsâ€”began last year as a pilot program aimed toward helping tribal youth reach their academic goals. This year, the programâ€”which operates as part of Partners for Prosperityâ€”received a Learn & Serve grant that allowed for the expansion of the program to focus on service learning. The grant also allows for a leadership conference to be held for all tribal youth in the area.
Nicholas Ira Van Sickle, 57, a Wapello resident, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Pocatello from causes due to cancer.
The family will meet for an open house and viewing from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave.
Stacia Pandoah, a 70-year-old Blackfoot area resident, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, following an illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Hawker Funeral Home.
Shirley Ann Billie Hicks, 59, formerly of the Blackfoot area, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif., from natural causes.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home.
Hattie Fay Dye Landon was born on March 13, 1930, to Arthur Clair and Althea Teeples Dye in Goshen. She was the oldest of five children, Betty Anderson (deceased); Dennis (Lanae) Dye, Chubbuck; Shanna (Claylon) Perkins, Arbon; and Beverly (Gary) Hirschi, Chubbuck.
BLACKFOOT â€” A woman with local ties was awarded the Bronze Star last year for her service as a logistical planner with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division.
U.S. Army Maj. Karrie Pattersonâ€”who was raised in Idaho and whose grandparents are Margene and Charles Belnap of Blackfootâ€”was deployed to Basra, Iraq, last year for a one-year deployment where she earned the Bronze Star.
FIRTH - In a game that at times seemed more like a rugby scrum than a basketball contest, the Firth Cougars scratched and clawed their way to a 70-48 non conference victory over the visiting Teton Redskins Friday night.
"Teton is a very physical team and they showed their physicality tonight, especially inside," said Coach Scott Adams. "I am sure that a lot of our players will have bumps and bruises tomorrow."
George â€śTootieâ€ť Raymond Bercier, 68, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at his home.
Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Grant Gerald Mecham, passed away suddenly on January 19, 2011.
Grant was born June 17, 1947, to Carl and Lucille Mecham in Moab, UT where he spent the first few years of his life. The family then moved to a ranch in Montana then later moved to Missoula and later to Seeley Lake where he graduated from Seeley Swan High School. He served an LDS mission in the Southwest Indian mission.
Merna Joy Furniss Wooden was born February 7, 1935 the third child of Clara Violet Cross Furniss and Alfred Parson Furniss.
Merna Joy was named after her motherâ€™s favorite actress Myrna Loy, but everyone knew her as Joy; Joy was born and grew up in the basalt area.Â She married Billy Dean Byington, in Blackfoot, Idaho (later divorced), out of this loving union she was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Linda Lee Byington (Neil) Carter of California, and Merna Lynn Byington (Marvin) Willis of Texas.Â Joy met and married Arland Wooden in California, they later divorced.