June 5th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” This year marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of State Hospital South in Blackfoot, but two hospital buildings built 79 years ago will be demolished this summer.
Buildings F and G, former patient wards located on the north side of the State Hospital campus, were constructed in 1932 and officially opened in 1933. The two-story buildings were occupied as separate men's and women's wards until 1988 when the treatment methods used there became obsolete, said Support Services Director Greg Horton. The wards were replaced by the Patient Treatment Facility used today.
THOMAS â€” The 100-plus basketball campers participating in the Lady Panther Basketball camp have been through three days of intensive and educational drills and competition, but their enthusiasm has never waned.
"These girls and this camp have been nothing short of spectacular," said Snake River girls basketball coach Rich Dunn. "They have done everything that we have asked and more, and to have the support of the great assistant coaches that we gathered this year has been just phenomenal."
POCATELLO â€” Fourteen students from area high schools were recognized Friday at a ceremony celebrating the 2011 class of NDN Scholars.
The NDN Scholars Program (Navigating and Developing Native Scholars) is part of Partners for Prosperity and provides Native American high school students with leadership development, mentoring and tutoring.
Tyrell Lyons, a junior at Blackfoot High School, said he chose to participate in NDN Scholars because he felt it would help him develop his leadership skills.
BLACKFOOT â€” Proud parents, families, faculty and friends celebrated with the 36 graduating seniors of the Class of 2011 from the Independence Alternative High School (IAHS). The graduation ceremony was Friday in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The student speakersâ€”Chelsea Barzee, Wendi Cameron, Cecilia Nieto and Eddy Payneâ€”each expressed appreciation to their teachers "who helped us get where we are."
"Some of us have been through some rough times," said Nieto. "We know how to get back up.
A burial service will be heldÂ at Fielding Memorial cemetery on Friday, June 10, 2011, at noon for Carl J. "Buzz" Broadhead.
Carl was born in Payson, Utah, on Nov. 27, 1940, to Perris and LaVerne Beck Broadhead. He moved to Idaho in 1958 and lived in Rose.
In 1964, he took his family on a trip to California and loved it there so much that he found a job there and lived in California the rest of his life.
He ran a food business in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show Grounds for many years. He then retired in Apple Valley, Calif.
POCATELLO â€” Ethel Roberts Hernandez, 89, a former longtime Fort Hall resident and wife of the late Manuel Hernandez, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Gables Assisted Living in Pocatello of causes incident to age.Â
Ethel was born Dec. 23, 1921, the daughter of Samuel Leo Roberts and Elva Fanny Call Roberts in Chesterfield.Â
Ethel was raised on the family farm in Toponce where she spent many memorable days helping her mother with the household chores and her father in the fields tilling the soil with horsedrawn farming equipment.
BLACKFOOT â€” Thousands of ping pong balls will drop from an airplane Saturdayâ€”many marked for prizesâ€”to raise money for Bingham County Relay for Life.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 3,500 balls will drop from an airplane flying over the Blackfoot High School football field. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is a minimum $2 donation per person. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.
The event is organized by the Idaho Central Credit Union Relay for Life team.
"We were trying to come up with a unique fundraiser," Team Captain Jessie Hopkins said. "I thought it sounded really fun."
ABERDEEN â€” Fifty-six Aberdeen graduates are on their way as they celebrated their graduation from high school Thursday evening.
Valedictorian Taetem Simms asked her classmates, "What do you want to be?
"We are graduating from high school and have earned the right to follow our dreams," she said. "You must have the courage to follow your dream and work for it.
"Trust in your abilities, your friends, your family and trust in God," Simms said. "Be proud of your decisions and your accomplishments."
Ida L. â€śKellyâ€ť Plevick, 73, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at
Bingham Memorial Extended Care in Blackfoot.Â
Kelly was born Oct. 3, 1937, in New Bedford, Mass., to John Kelly and Stella L. Souza.Â She moved to the Blackfoot area in 1990 and has lived here ever since.
Kelly is survived by her daughters, Laura (John) Boodry of Blackfoot, Tamra McHale of Pennsylvania and Debbie (Gabe) Young of California; son Jeffrey Lizee of Boise; brothers, Thomas and Johnny; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
BLACKFOOT â€” Preparations for possible flooding was the agenda item for representatives of four irrigation companies as they met with the Bingham County commissioners on Tuesday.
"Most of the canals are in better shape than we were in 1997," said C. Paul Robertson of the Parsons Ditch Company. "In '97, that was a nervous two weeks."
The last major flood came through this part of the state most recently in 1997.
The Parsons Ditch Company is the last irrigation canal in Bingham County, just before American Falls.