September 28th, 2011
By MELANIE MOORE
FORT HALL â€” The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are mounting a campaign to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan for the former FMC site of the Eastern Michaud Flats Superfund site, which lies largely within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The campaign, launched Monday, is aimed at informing the public of EPA's proposed changes to the final cleanup decision and encourages the public to get involved in the process.
SHELLEY â€“Â OK Trailers in Shelley is a total loss after an early morning fire destroyed the building and 14 trailers stored inside. However, they have set up a mobile trailer and are open for business amid the ashes.
Crews from Blackfoot, Shelley and Firth fire departments responded to the fire at around 12:30 a.m. Officials expect the fire marshal from Boise to arrive this afternoon to confirm the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the shop area.
Arlene Labrum, 74, of Shelley passed away Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born Sept. 21, 1937 in Ririe to Gordon Lee Miller and Zelpha Esther Scott Miller. She grew up and attended schools in Ririe. She graduated from Ririe High School.
She married Robert Lee Anderson on May 17, 1956, in Idaho Falls. They later divorced. On Nov. 7, 1971, she married Ronald William Labrum in Elko, Nev. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on March 24, 2000. Ronald died July 11, 2004.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy will be back this year â€” just in a new location.
This year the event, hosted every year the week after Thanksgiving, will be in the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The Shilling House Reception Center, where the event has been held for several years, closed last year. It will be the 33rd year for the event.
"We thought (the Needlecraft Building) would be a good place to start," 2011 Christmas Tree Fantasy Chairperson Jana Rupe said.
BLACKFOOT â€” When the speed limits signs get posted, the segment of Pioneer Road from Highway 26 to N. 400 W. will be designated as a 35 miles per hour (mph) zone.
Bingham County commissioners approved that change from 45 to 35 mph on Monday.
"People really do change their driving habits after they receive a speeding ticket," one person testified as he appeared before the county commissioners in support of the speed limit change.
LeRoy Arnold Christensen II, 55, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at his home following a long illness.
He was raised in the Rose area and attended Blackfoot schools.
He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1974.
He served an LDS mission to the Arizona Holbrook Mission from 1976-1978.
He attended Ricks College and graduated with a degree in Farm Crops Management in 1980.
He married Diane Marie Esplin on Jan. 31, 1979, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Fermin Avitia-Garcia, 79, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sept. 22, 2011, at his home. He was under the care of Aspen Home Health & Hospice.
Fermin was born April 15, 1932, in Agua Blanca, Mexico, to Remidios Garcia and Isabel Avitia Garcia. He was raised and attended schools there.
On May 6, 1952, he married Gracie Allen Bush in Carson City, Nev. Together they raised five children.
Fermin lived in Truckee, Calif., before moving to Blackfoot and then to Idaho Falls. For 20 years he worked as a railroad foreman for Southern Pacific. He was a restaurant owner for 30 years.
BLACKFOOT â€” When it came time to leave his job in Kansas City for a move back west, Dennis Hansen turned his attention to Blackfoot, Idaho.
"My brother (Larry) had moved here two or three years earlier and liked it," said Hansen, who grew up in Nebraska and Wyoming. "I wanted to go somewhere in the West and back to the mountains."
That was 37 years ago. Hansen and his wife Gloria built a home and a life in Blackfoot.
YUMA, Ariz. â€” Albert and Sharon Gardner, former Blackfoot residents who now live in Arizona, returned to Yuma this week after flying nearly 12,000 miles -- equal to traveling halfway around the world. The trip was the culmination of a longtime desire that Albert had to land his airplane in every contiguous state of the Union. The plane is a home-built craft that he constructed in his garage. Prior to this summer he had landed the plane in every state west of the Mississippi.