Thomas Russell Bowers, 71, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at his home hand-in-hand with the love of his life and eternal companion, Pat.
Tom was born April 21, 1940 in Wilmington, Delaware, to Edward Thomas Bowers and Mildred Rebecca Russell. His youth was spent in Delaware where he graduated from Brownville Technical High School in Wilmington. He spent eight years in the Delaware National Guard. He had also lived in Virginia and Texas as well as in Richfield and Salina Utah, and Pocatello.
THOMAS â Snake River bands need your vote. The band is competing for a private grant of $25,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Project.
"In five days of voting, the Snake River Band has placed 17 out of 224 entries," band director Randy Brady said.
To receive the $25,000 grant, Snake River needs to finish in the top 15 by the end of the month.
"[The grant money] would do a lot for our program," said Brady.
Brady's idea is to replace old, broken instruments and fill in instrumentation. Filling out instrumentation will make the band sound better and boost interest.
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot Police Department have identified four male juveniles who they believe are responsible for causing an estimated $3,000 in damage to approximately 19 vehicles and one home.
The damage occurred Dec. 2 and 3. The Blackfoot Police Department investigated approximately 19 malicious injury to property complaints after windows of numerous vehicles and one home were damaged by a BB gun.
BLACKFOOT â Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for only Blackfoot residents. Electors are voting on Blackfoot city council seat number four. The candidates are Butch Hulse and Clair Broadhead.
Electors living in the following precincts will vote in these locations:
Â° Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will vote in the Mountain View Middle School.
Â° Precinct 4 will vote at Stalker Elementary.
Â° Precinct 5 will vote at Ridge Crest Elementary.
Â° Precinct 6 will vote at BPAC.
To be able to vote, each elector must present photo identification.
BLACKFOOT â Two candidates for Blackfoot City Council will face off in a runoff election Tuesday after no candidate received a majority of the vote in the November election.
Butch Hulse, who received 49.7 percent of the vote in the November election, and Clair L. Broadhead, who received 37.4 percent of the vote, are running for Seat 4 on the city council. A third candidate received 13 percent of the vote.
The seat is currently held by Robert Layton, who did not seek re-election.
BLACKFOOT âÂ There are some things a mother should never see. Three years ago Diana Empey received a panicked phone call from Patricia Widerburg, the woman caring for her two children. Empey rushed to the daycare to find a street lined with fire trucks, ambulance and police.
âThe cops grabbed me and said this is mom. Trish [Widerburg]looked like a zombie and just kept saying âIâm sorry...Iâm so sorry..â and then a paramedic grabbed me and said âcan you keep it together? This is going to be horrifying.â I was so confused â I had no idea what was going on,â said Empey.
Snake River downed Aberdeen 48-37 on Thursday. For stats and the game story, pick up Friday's edition of the Morning News.
POCATELLO â The United States Postal Service is looking into closing the mail processing operation at Pocatello and moving it to Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pocatello and all of Southeastern Idaho is part of the Salt Lake Postal District.
Another proposal is to extend the delivery of first class mail from overnight to two-to-three day delivery.
"There would be no changes in retail and other services," said Salt Lake postal district manager Ken McArthur. "There would be no changes in acceptance time."
BLACKFOOT â The 33rd annual Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy auction Thursday night raised nearly $19,000 for local organizations. The Fantasy continues today from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Needlecraft Building at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
The tree titled "Nutcracker Sweet" decorated by Bingham Memorial Hospital's Radiology Department received the highest bid of the night, bringing in $1,750. The decadently decorated tree is a child's dream filed with lollipops, gingerbread houses, candy canes and giant snowflakes wrapped with pink and green.