November 29th, 2011
William Leon Ransom, 69, a former resident of Blackfoot,, passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.
Born Dec. 18, 1941 in Blackfoot to William Austin Ransom and Emma Laura Hill Ransom, Leon grew up in Southern Idaho, and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1960. Music was important to Leon throughout his life and he was a member of both the concert and the marching bands through his junior and senior high school years.
BLACKFOOT â€” Erik Matthew Nava, age 27, pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation Monday. He appeared before District Judge Darren Simpson.
"This is an Alford plea because he has no recollection of these events," said public defender Cindy Campbell.
In an Alford plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act but admits the prosecution could likely prove the charge.
BLACKFOOT â€” A local boy who has been in a wheelchair his entire life will finally have the chance to learn to walk thanks to the help of his friends and several community members.
Brandyn Gee has spastic cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair his entire life. He is a third grader and his friends describe him as a smart kid who is funny, loves to laugh and enjoys playing football.
Brandyn's dream of walking may soon come true. He was recently fitted with a specially designed walker to aid him in learning to walk, but because of space limitations he cannot use it inside his home.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â A two-vehicle accident at West Collins Siding Road and Highway 39 west of Blackfoot resulted in a vehicle rollover but no serious injuries.
The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection and involved two black passenger cars. A newer model Chevrolet car rolled, resting on its top near the middle of the highway.
Traffic heading toward Snake River was blocked for approximately 20 minutes while emergency crews cleared the scene.
For more information, read Tuesday's Morning News.
Frances Joy Sibley, 76, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at her home.
Frances was born July 18, 1935 in Sunset, Texas to William Wesley Corsby and Katy Sophronia Tison. She spent her childhood in Santa Maria, California, graduating from Santa Maria High School.
On June 6, 1953 Frances married Herschel â€śRedâ€ť Ray Sibley in Santa Monica, California. Together they had six children, Douglas, Darrel, John, Randy, Karen and Noreen.
LaVerda Bingham, 95, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
LaVerda was born August 11, 1916 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Albert Henry Walton and Edith May Petersen.Â She was a long time resident of Moreland, graduating from Moreland High School.Â
On September 23, 1941 LaVerda married Dwight L. Bingham in the Logan LDS Temple.
FORT HALL- Harold Daniel Schmidt, 84, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Harold spent his early childhood in Nebraska, where he lived on his familyâ€™s farm. He later moved to Shelley where he attended high school. Harold eventually settled in Fort Hall where he and his wife raised their family together. Harold resided in Fort Hall until his passing.
Harold married Donna Parkin on Aug. 20, 1948 and their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in September of 1977.
Clendon Webster Merrill, 75, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 at his home.
He was born June 17, 1936 in Rockford, the son of Kenneth and Uarda Merrill.
He attended Snake River Schools where he enjoyed attending agricultural classes and was active in FFA; he was awarded the District Star Farmer his senior year. He graduated from Snake River High School before attending Ricks College.
Clendon served an LDS mission to the Samoan Islands. After his mission he attended Utah State University where he studied agriculture and business.
Jennifer Michelle Lake, 17, of Pocatello, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Nov. 21, 2011.
Jenni was born on Dec. 18, 1993 in Pocatello to Diana Frederick and Michael Lake. She was the third of Michael and Dianaâ€™s eight children and also has an older brother, a younger sister, two stepbrothers and one stepsister.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dr. RenĂ©e Volny has a passion for service and helping those in underdeveloped or underserved communities, and her decision to work as a locum tenensâ€”or traveling physicianâ€”provides her the flexibility to do so.
For most physicians in the U.S. who open their own practice or take a permanent position at hospitals or clinics, the opportunity to go on medical missions is rare. But Volny, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology and is currently on a nine-month assignment at Bingham Memorial Hospital, is able to schedule her assignments around her medical missions.