August 25th, 2014
Betty Lorraine Fife Tanner, 79, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at her home in Blackfoot with her family around her.
Betty was born August 17, 1935 in Menan, Idaho, the daughter of John Guy Fife and Eleanor Melrie DallingÂ Fife.Â She lived in several Idaho towns as a child, including:Â Menan, Salmon, Sandpoint, Rigby, Idaho Falls and Blackfoot.Â After marriage she happily settled in Blackfoot.
Betty graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1954.Â She then went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
BLACKFOOT â€” As Dyle Clark prepared to step onto a landing craft in the Philippines during World War II, a sailor said, "that's enough."
"I turned to my buddy and said, 'there's room for two more and we climbed in," Clark recalled recently.
"When we were climbing the nets onto the boat after that, the general asked, 'did we get them all?' He was told we had left about 350."
Those guys were later involved in a big battle and many were killed, Clark recalled.
IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Heading into Saturday's season opener Blackfoot boys head soccer coach Liam Pope knew his young squad was going to suffer some early season going pains.
After losing 13 of the 16 players on the 2013 varsity roster Pope and the young Broncos took to the field of the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex to take on a veteran Idaho Falls team on a cold and rainy morning.
Things did not start well for the Broncos as most of the opening 20 minutes was pent in the Broncos end as the aggressive and upperclassmen laden Tigers squad put the pressure on.
Teachers in the Blackfoot School District can earn leadership premium dollars (from $850 to $5,780) by taking on leadership tasks in the upcoming school year "above and beyond" their contracted work.
The leadership award plan is part of the Idaho State Department of Education's effort to revamp the I teacher's salary system while encouraging educators to take on extra endeavors for the benefit of students such as writing new curriculum, working with at risk students or chairing a professional development committee.
Nevada Evelyn Wright Robards, 93, one of Heavenly Fatherâ€™s most precious gems in the human mosaic, returned home to Him, her eternal husband Robert (Bob) Robards, her other beloved family members and friends, who have preceded her, in the early morning of July 9, 2014.
Nevada was born March 5, 1921 to Wallace Bruce Wright and Emma Moser in Blackfoot, Idaho. She was the seventh of 11 children. She deeply loved her family and the the good life she shared on their farm in Riverton.
Jeffery Michels, 60, of Meridian and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Meridian, Idaho on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.
Jeff was born in Newport, Rhode Island on Oct. 20, 1953, to Marine Staff Sergeant Lester "Red" Michels and Wanda Michels. He attended grade school with his older brother Steven on Marine Corps bases in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Red moved the family to Blackfoot in 1965 when he was deployed to Vietnam.
Blackfoot School District Superintendent Chad Struhs said that the Aug. 6 flash flood that hit town could have easily ruined Blackfoot High School's entire new gym floor had it not been for the quick work of the custodial staff in the building when the water started rushing in.
Struhs addressed the flood damage that the district incurred at the school board meeting on Tuesday night, saying that "several buildings were flooded" from the storm.
BLACKFOOT â€” As the growing season reaches its peak and folks begin to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from fields gardens and orchards, organizers of the Community Food Pantry are hoping that growers will donate their excess produce to help feed those in need.
"There's always an ongoing need for food; and recipients at the food pantry really appreciate the fresh produce, because many of them don't have gardens," Ronda Cheatham said.
Kathy â€śShortyâ€ť Palmer, 64, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the Bingham Memorial Hospital from causes due to cancer.
Shorty was born May 6, 1950, in Boise, Idaho to Volna Colyd Olsen and Viola Ruth Terry Olsen, the third oldest of five children. She grew up in the Leslie and Mackay area. Shorty attended Mackay High School and graduated in 1967. After graduation she moved to Salt Lake City to attend the LDS Business College.
Armstead Joseph Evans Jr., 92
Armstead Joseph Evans Jr., formerly of Blackfoot, Idaho and recently of Rogue Valley Manor, Medford, Oregon, passed away at 92 of natural causes Aug. 7, 2014.
AJ was born March 12, 1922 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, to Armstead Joseph Evans Sr. and Thelma Alma Mitchell. He was the first of four children.Â As a young boy, he moved to a farm near Valley Falls, Kansas where the Evans clan was well established.Â While in college at Kansas State Jack enlisted in the US Army Air Force and served as a B24 pilot and squadron leader in the South Pacific during World War II.