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May 22nd, 2014

Betty M. Sailer, 82

May 22, 2014

Betty M. Sailer, 82, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, surrounded by her family. Betty was born April 26, 1932 to Iverson and Lula Crum in Bluffs, Ill. 
After graduation from high school she started work as a secretary. Later when she married, she became a homemaker and mother. As a wife in a military family, she moved around, living in various parts of the U.S. She spent her life raising her children and later worked part-time in various jobs. 

May 21st

Final county election results

May 22, 2014

BLACKFOOT – With 100 percent of the 28 precincts in Bingham County reporting, the voting totals for county races are:
State Senator Steve Bair faced no opposition. He received 5,071 votes.
State Representative District 31 Position A Neil Anderson received 5,117. He was unopposed.
State Representative District 31 Position B Julie VanOrden received 5,144 votes. She was also unopposed.
County Commissioner District 1
Mark Bair was unopposed. He received 5,050 votes.
County Commissioner District 2
Incumbent Whitney Manwaring was reelection. He received 3,831 votes or 68.82 percent.

Snake River’s Gibson heading to Valley City State

May 21, 2014

THOMAS — Snake River senior Billie Gibson is no stranger to success.
As a member of three 3A state championship volleyball teams in her four years in Thomas Gibson is used to competing at a high level. And with a handful of her teammates already signing to play sports in college it was only a matter of time before Gibson got her chance.
With the stroke of pen on paper Wednesday afternoon Gibson cemented her future.
The senior and soon to be graduate signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D.

John LaMar Call, 81

May 21, 2014

John LaMar Call, 81, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1932 in Chesterfield, Idaho the son of John Balfour and Una Bowman Call.
John grew up in Chesterfield, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, graduating from North Gem High School in 1952.
He served in the United States Army in Germany from 1954-1955.  He was honorably discharged in June 1962.
He married Barbara Jean Ellis on July 31, 1959 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  They were later divorced.  On Oct. 25, 1993 he married Clara Birchell in Blackfoot, Idaho.

LaRue Boyack, 79

May 21, 2014

LaRue Boyack passed away peacefully on May 18, 2014, of natural causes and in the comfort of her loving and caring family and members of the Bingham Memorial Hospital. 
LaRue was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Arco, Idaho, the daughter of Eva and Rufus Searle.   She united in marriage to Glen (Roy) Boyack on June 20, 1953. 
In 1997, LaRue retired from the State of Idaho from a long career as a cook.
LaRue thoroughly loved watching sports, especially when her children and grandchildren were playing.  She also loved camping with her family. 

May 20th

Shelley graduates reminded of class motto on unity

May 21, 2014

Quoting the class motto "where there is unity, there is always victory," valedictorian Kendra Johnson pointed out that Shelley High's 2014 graduates have been able to support one another since 2002.
That's when they began their public education journey, with some students joining them and others leaving along the way.
"As we move on, many of us will face many more challenges," Johnson reminded her classmates. "If we go forward united, we will always be strong."
Salutorian Brennan Taylor said, "one quality that has allowed us to get where we are today — determination.

Frank John Bartausky, 61

May 20, 2014

Frank John Bartausky, 61, lost his fight on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Murray, Utah due to complications associated with a heart and kidney transplant.
Frank was born on Jan. 3, 1953, at Eaton Maternity Center in Shelley, Idaho. He was the third of eight children born to Ed and Rita Bartausky. He was the biggest baby of all, tipping the scales at 9 lb. 14 oz., a Gentle Giant.

May 19th

Local man sentenced for injuring his daughter

May 20, 2014

A Blackfoot man was sentenced Monday on one felony count of aggravated battery and felony injury to a child with bodily injury. This felony involved his baby daughter.
Fernando Lee Naranjo, age 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and injury to a child on April 7. Tuesday he was sentenced.
The healthy baby girl was born Nov. 19, 2013, said Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson. On Jan. 18, 2014, her father beat her bad enough to cause seizures and traumatic brain injury.
The child had a brain injury, retinal hemorrhaging, bruising and broken bones. She now has seizures.

Dell R. Watts, 90

May 19, 2014

Dell R. Watts, 90, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born May 24, 1923 in Rexburg, Idaho, the son of Hyrum Franklin and Elizabeth Freeman Watts.
Dell graduated from Madison High School and attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan.
He served as lieutenant in the United States Naval Air Corps. He served for four years as a naval aviator flying the P51 Mustang during World War II. He trained and served in the Pacific Theatre.

May 18th

Tommy Vaughn's Marathon and More raises $3,500 for Community Dinner Table

May 18, 2014

John Taberna of Blackfoot won the Tommy Vaughn Marathon for the third straight year on Saturday.
Taberna finished the 26.2-mile course, changed slightly to put the finish at the shelter in Jensen Grove, in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 43 seconds. Nate Reese of Iona finished second in 3:14.33 with Tony Parsons of Blackfoot third in 3:17.18.
"I was under three (hours) easy, then I hit the wall at 22 miles," Taberna said of his race. "It was great weather with good runners. We all ran well, then the heat came and I lucked out," Taberna said.

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