July 19th, 2011
Gwen Fisher, 59, of Fort Hall passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011, at the Southwest
Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Boise.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
Sindy Higley, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away July 16, 2011, at her home in Kuna after a five-year battle with cancer. Sindy was the wife of Scott Higley, also formerly of Blackfoot.
Funeral services will be held July 19 at 11 a.m. in the Kuna 3rd Ward building on Deer Flat Road in Kuna. The family will meet with friends at 10 a.m. before the services. A burial service will be on Wednesday, July 20, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello at 11:30 a.m.
Chester Wahlen, 90, of Aberdeen passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at his home.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011, at the Lakeview LDS Chapel in Springfield.Â Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, and from 9-10:30 a.m. on Monday prior to services at the church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.Â Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Crystal Gregan, a driver and gunner assigned to Golf Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, 77th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and a native of Blackfoot does not mince words regarding why she is stationed at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
â€śThis deployment is my patriotic duty. Iâ€™ve always been proud of my country,â€ť Gregan said.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Kim Tweedy loves his job. He is the owner of Tweedyâ€™s Music, 335 W. Judicial St. in Blackfoot. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.
â€śIâ€™ve got the best job in town and you can put that in the newspaper,â€ť he said.
Tweedyâ€™s Music has been open 12 years this August. Itâ€™s a full-line music store with instruments, sheet music, a full repair bench and band rentals, Tweedy said.
â€śI really cherish my customers,â€ť he said. â€śI canâ€™t say enough good about my customers.â€ť
Becky Darla Freeman, 47, of Blackfoot passed away July 15, 2011, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
She was born Nov. 6, 1963, in Pocatello the daughter of Raymond Thorpe and Gloria Hencley Reed.
Becky attended school in Blackfoot.
She lived in Wapello during her childhood years. She then moved to Blackfoot,Goshen and Riverside and moved back to Blackfoot for the remainder of her life.
Becky worked at Basic American foods as an operator and supervisor for 23 years.
PINGREE â€“ As a run-up to the 4-H Fair Aug. 1-3, 4-H club members practiced showing their steers in Bingham County Steer Jackpot. The event was Saturday at Val and Heather Carterâ€™s show ring south of Pingree.
In the jackpot, the entry fee comes back to the participants. It was open to all Bingham County 4-H members raising cattle.
Twenty steers were put through their paces. The 4-H members were judged on their showmanship and the quality of the animal.
Showmanship is how the 4-H member grooms his/her steer and how he/she handles the animal in the ring.
BLACKFOOT â€” No hard numbers are available but Blackfoot Pride Days appears to have been a rousing success.
People packed Jensen Grove from the first activity on Friday to the final one on Saturday. Close-in parking was at a premium all day on Saturday.
"I think we had a real good turnout," said Shirley Robinson, the vendor coordinator and event co-chair with Mayor Mike Virtue. "Friday we had more people than we've ever had."
BLACKFOOT â€” Buddy Bowman sat on a couch in the small office at the Blackfoot municipal airport, talking with his hands as he explained how he had flown the F-104 jet airplane as a test pilot.
"How did you ...?" asked Kerry Requa several different times. The airport manager and Bowman talked for a long time about things only pilots understand.
Bowman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is a native of Riverside. He attended Snake River schools through his junior year, then transferred to Blackfoot High School.
FIRTH â€” A new trustee was appointed in Firth, the board was reorganized and meeting dates were set during the July school board meeting Thursday.
April Christensen was the only person to submit an application for the open trustee position. She was appointed trustee for Zone 5 (the Firth town site) in the Firth School District and will be sworn into office during the board's August meeting.