January 20th, 2012
BOISE â€” Stronger than expected job growth in December drove the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent. December was the fifth straight month Idaho's unemployment rate has fallen, hitting its lowest level since September 2009.
December also saw a one percent year-over-year increase in jobs with 13,000 more people working than in the previous yearâ€”the largest total since March 2009 and the largest year-over-year growth in total employment since mid-2007 before the recession officially began.
Eva Luella Nelson, 95, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Extended Care in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Eva was born February 22, 1916 in Teton Idaho to Charles Noah Tuckett and Evelyn Bird.Â She attended school in Hibbard, Idaho and Madison High School in Rexburg, Idaho.Â She lived in Hibbard, Teton and Idaho Falls, Idaho, living in the Wapello area since 1953.
On September 29, 1937 Eva married Francis Nelson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.Â He preceded her in death in March of 2001.
BLACKFOOT â€” The U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive early Thursday morning at the Best Western Blackfoot Inn.
Nicodemos Adermann, 38, of Pocatello, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation by the U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force.
On Wednesday the U.S. Marshals received information that Adermann and a companion was staying at the Best Western in Blackfoot, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrin Lambert said. It is unknown how long Adermann was in the Blackfoot area.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Panthers got 14 points from Shane Parkinson and a thundering slam dunk from Cole Rushton as the Men from Moreland put a 73-42 beat down on the American Falls Beavers on Thursday evening at Snake River High School.
FORT HALL â€” An outside consulting firm is planning to study whether releases from the FMC plant can be tied to higher occurrences of cancer, childhood asthma and mortality on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Fort Hall Environmental Health Assessment Study is a provision of the 1998 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Decree between FMC and the Environmental Protection Agency that requires FMC to work with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to determine the potential health effects caused by releases from the FMC phosphorus plant.
Burton Jess Powers, 80, passed away Jan. 11, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Family Funeral Home, 2555 N. Highway 93, Arco.Â A viewing will be held prior to the serviceÂ from 11 to 12:45 p.m. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Arco.
LaMar Noble Barrus, 85, of Firth passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 in Firth.
He was born Dec. 10, 1926Â to Noble Hunter Barrus and Hazel Delilah Larson in his parentsâ€™ home in Rose.
LaMar attended grade school through the eighth grade. He had lived in Pingree, Burley, Basalt, Roberts and has lived in Wapello for the last 21 years.Â He also spent a lot of time at his cabin in Island Park. He also lived in Warden, Mont.
On June 11, 1952, he married Marilyn Fackrell in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2011.
THOMAS â€” Brent K. Young received his Snake River High School (SRHS) diploma Wednesday evening, only 43 years after he finished high school.
Last month, the Snake River school board members voted to award Young his diploma.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1968, Young was told he could graduate with his class. The Vietnam conflict changed that when he was called into active duty in October of that year.
"I'm truly excited to do this for you," said SRHS principal Dean Bonney. "My oldest brother graduated in 1969; he is nine years older than I. Things seemed very different then.
BLACKFOOT â€” With just over four seconds remaining, Blackfoot's Keith Moore got a dream look at the basket from the right baseline where the senior let fly with a three ball that was on line but unfortunately, the ball went just long as it caromed off of the back iron and into the hands of the Madison rebounder.
The three, would have tied the game at 55-55 but instead, the Broncos had to foul the Madison player where he knocked down both free throws and despite a basket at the buzzer by Colby Pearson, the Broncos fell to the fourth ranked team in the state by the final tally of 57-54.
BLACKFOOT â€” Each year the Prospectors' Club, a community support organization made up of former Chamber presidents and other Blackfoot business leaders, honors one individual.
"It's for those who've gone beyond the norm for the community," said president Leonard Martin, the publisher of the Morning News.
This year's recipient of the Best Foot Forward Award, presented at the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, is Susan Nalley.