September 6th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The variety of chickens that were exhibited in the showmanship class at the Eastern Idaho State Fair almost equaled the number of participants.
Chickens that were shown included two Rhode Island Reds, an Americana, an Easter Egger, Black Polish and Creole Old English.
The breeds of chickens were developed in different regions of the country, Judge Jim Adkins said. Thirteen different breeds have been developed in the U.S.
He then asked the two showing Rhode Island Reds for a little history.
BLACKFOOT â€” The second annual Southeast Idaho Buddy Walk will be at Jensen Grove Sept. 17 and organizers are seeking teams to register for the event.
The Buddy Walk is an event to raise funds and awareness for those with Down syndrome.
"Our goal is to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome," said Liz Larsen, who is helping to organize the Buddy Walk. "It's one of the highest occurring genetic disabilities."
There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States and one in every 750 babies born each year are diagnosed with Down syndrome.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Creamy Creations booth at the fair advertises ice cream, hamburgers and more. But, locals know the "more" is really the hidden secret. Delicious treats like hand dipped chocolate raspberries, fresh huckleberry shakes, homemade caramel suckers and chocolate dipped cheesecake have kept fairgoers returning since 1989.
Jan and Arden Smith, along with their four children, believe that families should work hard and play hard. The Eastern Idaho State Fair is a combination of both for the family of well seasoned concessionaires.
POCATELLO â€” It was a moment filled with joy and relief as 40 soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade of the Idaho National Guard arrived home Sunday afternoon.
For Benny and Chelsea Mirelesâ€”who were married just weeks before deploying to Iraq last yearâ€”coming home means reuniting with their families and spending time together outside a war zone.
"We had the privilege of being together on the same base," said Benny Mireles, who is from Shelley. "I got to see her every day."
Chelsea's mother, Peggy Marlor from Jerome, said she was comforted in knowing they were serving together.
BLACKFOOT-The Blackfoot Bronco football team opened up their season against the 5A Idaho Falls Tigers Friday night and looked in mid season form as they crushed the Tigers 38-8.
The Broncos started off the game receiving the kick-off. For the first play of the Bronco offense, senior Ryan Gallegos ran 11 yards for a first and ten. Then with 7:31 left on the clock in the first quarter, quarterback Trae Pilster threw a 36 yard pass to Gallegos down to the five yard line.
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Pennie Wolf from Malad won "Best of Show" in Fine Arts at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
BLACKFOOT â€”Artist Pennie Wolf from Malad won "Best of Show" in the Fine Arts competition during a reception at Eastern Idaho State Fair Friday.
Wolf said she had taken the photo of this girl right after she had placed second in a 4-H dog show among 144 kids. She used that photo to create her artwork.
"She was so happy, then her mom walked up behind her and said, 'You could have won first place,'" Wolf said. "That's when I took the photograph."
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Good Wok is a 35-year fair tradition and a Hong family affair. The family booth now has third generation members serving up the fair famous rice bowls.
"The fair has been very good to our family and we would like to give something back to our customers and the next generation of local kids," said Mindy Hong.
The Good Wok plans to give back several ways this year beginning the first day of the fair with a customer appreciation bargain of two bowls for $10.
BLACKFOOT â€” Paul Allen stood admiring his work, cell phone camera in hand.
Allen's self-portrait won Superintendent John Hoobler's challenge in the Eastern Idaho State Fair photography competition this year.
Hoobler, who has been photography superintendent for 17 years, instituted the challenge this year.
Allen's portrait features him sitting in a chair in the middle of a grain field near sunset.
Hoobler said that although he came up with the idea of the challenge, he asked several people to judge the entries. Allen's photo scored high among all the judges.
Archie LaMar Mecham, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at his home from the effects of a stroke.
Archie was born Nov.18, 1924, in Ogden, Utah, to Melvin and Rozella May Pritchett Mecham.Â He grew up in the Groveland-Rose area and graduated from Blackfoot High School and LDS Seminary on May of 1942.
During his senior year he met Marjorie Denney at MIA in the Groveland Ward.Â In November 1944 he was drafted into the Army. After basic training, he married his sweetheart, Marjorie, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on March 30, 1945.Â
Paul Joseph Happel, Jr., 71, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Pocatello at the Ridge Wind Assisted Living after a long illness.
Paul was born in New London, Conn., on March 20, 1940, to Paul Joseph Happel Sr. and Bessie Ann Doherty Happel.
The family lived in Mystic, Conn., and Paul attended school there until the family moved to Blackfoot for Paul Sr. who worked for Electric Boat. Paul attended schools in the Blackfoot area. The family returned to Connecticut and then back to Blackfoot where Paul Sr. worked for Westinghouse Electric NRF and the INEL.