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April 21st, 2011

Bobbie Lou Hansen, 82

April 21, 2011

Bobbie Lou Hansen, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.

April 20th

Snake River school board makes required changes to policies

April 20, 2011

THOMAS — Snake River trustees approved a resolution that stated the newly enacted and existing statues enacted by the Idaho legislature would supersede any school district policies.
The resolution was recommended by the Idaho School Board Association.
Many of the laws passed by the Idaho legislature are already in effect, said Superintendent Russell Hammond. Some statutes were backdated to Jan. 31.
New policies regarding employment received a first reading at Wednesday board meeting. The policies under consideration include the following:
° 2470 regarding a new member on the board

Bingham County Historical Society celebrates grand opening of gallery

April 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — As they moved past the shelves at the Bingham County Historical Society's gallery, Lane and Chris Wood stopped and checked out the photographs.
"This is pretty cool," Lane said as he examined a photograph. "I remember most of these buildings. A lot of them are gone now."
Kevin Rupe pored over an aerial photograph of downtown Blackfoot dating from the 1950s. He tried to pick out Alice Street and the lot on which Rupe's Burgers now stands. His family has owned the business for nearly 50 years.

April 19th

Rigby sweeps Shelley

April 19, 2011

SHELLEY — The Shelley Lady Russets initial foray into the 4A High Country Conference continued on Tuesday night as they welcomed Rigby to town for a double dip on the diamond.
At the end of the evening, the visiting Lady Trojans proved to be the better team, as they came from behind for a 14-10 win in the first game and then pounded Shelley 18-6 in the nightcap.
"I wish that I could explain what happened to us tonight," Shelley head coach Chris Fleming said. "We started making errors in the field and then we just took it into every part of our game and lost our heads."

Riverside man loves his antiques

April 19, 2011

RIVERSIDE — Like a lot of other people, Verdus Ostberg enjoys antiques.
Many of those he owns have special meaning.
Included in his collection are a couple of cross-cut saws his father used in a 1940s logging operation, a 1942 military truck used in that same operation.
"My dad bought three acres of sagebrush in Moreland," Ostberg recalled. "I was raised as a logger. I drove Cat and skidded logs when I was 10 years old."
Also included in Ostberg's collection are his mother's 1940s era "washing machine" and steam iron.

City considers texting while driving ban

April 19, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The City of Blackfoot plans to draft an ordinance to ban texting while driving.
Speaking at the Blackfoot City Council Meeting Tuesday, Blackfoot Police Chief Dave Moore said because the Idaho legislature failed to pass a texting while driving ban for the second year, local cities must take action to promote public safety in their communities. Twin Falls and Meridian have already banned texting while driving. Rexburg is considering a ban.
"The issue we have is one I feel should have been taken care of by the Idaho legislature," Moore said. "I am frustrated."

Making a new friend

April 19, 2011

Lorenzo John Hennefer, 80

April 19, 2011

Lorenzo John Hennefer, 80, of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello following an illness.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. Family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Carlyle Raymond Bassett, 84

April 19, 2011

CHUBBUCK — Carlyle Raymond Bassett, 84, of Chubbuck passed away peacefully at his home with family on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
He was born in Howell, Utah, on Dec. 4, 1927, to Ernest and Lily Bassett.
He served in the Army during World War II.
He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Betty Jo Bassett, and 11 children, David Blair, Alan Cates, Gary Cates, Randal Cates, Cheron Knight, Darla Cates, all of Fort Hall; Vicki Cervantes of Phoenix, Ariz.; Carol Sanchez of Pocatello; Paul Bassett, Joe Bassett and Kaylene Smith, all of Grand Junction, Colo.

Stewart L. Mettz, 69

April 19, 2011

Stewart Lionel Mettz, 69, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Arpil 16, 2011 at his home.
He was born Jan. 12, 1942 in Lake Charles, La. He was reared by two wonderful parents, Vernon and Ruth Mettz. He had one brother, Bill Mettz (Becky) and two sisters Sharon Minor (Durr) and Connie Jurischk (Ed).
He loved his grandparents, Jack and Allie Stewart. After graduation from Beaumont High School he went to live with his grandparents and helped his grandfather (Jack Stewart) on his rice farm in DeRidder, La.

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