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May 19th, 2014

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.

May 16th

Fire destroys house near Shelley

May 16, 2014

SHELLEY – A fire destroyed at house between Shelley and Firth Friday afternoon.
The house was located near 1060 N. 1000 E., Shelley.
"The fire started in a pan of oil on the stove," said Shelley fire chief Mike Carter. "The lady left it to go outside.
"When she returned, the kitchen was on fire and then the house was totally involved before we [the Shelley Fire Department] got there," he said. "I think the house was totally involved before we were called.
The Shelley Station was first to respond; the Firth Fire Department gave a hand, said Carter.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top SRHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Blackfoot Chamber recognizes top BHS seniors

May 16, 2014

Speaking to the top seniors from the community’s four high schools, State Rep. Julie VanOrden, R-Blackfoot, pointed out the importance of parents in student success.
On Wednesday, VanOrden used Amanda Ripley’s “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way” during a keynote address for the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce’s recognition luncheon for the students.
“Around the world parents have a dramatic influence on what happen’s in their children’s schools,” VanOrden quoted.
She added, “kids should be uncomfortable sometimes” while they’re learning.

Geraldine May Baker Doore, 76

May 16, 2014

Geraldine May Baker Doore, 76, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was two days shy of her 77th birthday.
She was born on May 16, 1937 in Pocatello, Idaho to Joe Baker and Mary Broncho. She was the eldest of their children.

Verlin Bert Bowman, 86

May 16, 2014

Verlin Bert Bowman, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehab.
Verlin was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Rockford, Idaho, to Bertram M. and Verna Barnes Bowman. He was the oldest child and had sisters: Lila (married to LaVar Murdock), and Cleo (married to Doyle Jones). 
His father passed away when Verlin was 12 years old and his mother passed away one day after his 14th birthday. After their deaths, he lived with his grandmother, Bertha Bowman and later with his uncle and aunt, Clarence “Fizz” and Ruby Parsons.

May 15th

Snake River downs Timberlake in state baseball opener

May 16, 2014

It may not have been the best season for the defending Class 3A state champion Snake River Panthers, but despite the injuries and getting tripped up in the District 5 tournament, the Panthers found their way back to state.
Thursday at Fruitland the Panthers began defense of their title with a healthy team for the first time since the opening weeks of the season.
With the full team at their disposal, coach Rich Dunn and the Panthers jumped on first round opponent Timberlake in the first inning and added a few more runs late on the way to a 7-1 win at Fruitland High School.

Inmate work crew helps clean up county

May 16, 2014

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County inmate work crew have spent the past three weeks working on county property, said Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland.
The inmates work four days each week–Monday through Thursday, said Rowland.
"This is what I ran on," said Rowland. "They get out of their cells and learn a trade skill.
"[Their work] saves the county money and beautifies the community," he said. "We are trying to make them better candidates to get jobs.
"I have a waiting list," said Rowland.
See Friday's Morning News for the full story.

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