January 28th, 2014
Through the years, longtime Blackfoot resident Pauline Sweet has crocheted nearly 500 afghans for babies, veterans, senior citizens and others in need, and she's still going strong. She started making the blankets in the 1980s for babies in the small Mexican fishing village of Kino Bay, where she and her husband Dwain spent months away from the cold Idaho winters for many years.
These days, Pauline's focus is crocheting lap blankets for veterans and senior citizens in the area; however, she is running low on yarn and is hoping that anyone with yarn to spare will donate some to her.
THOMAS â€” Blackfoot and Snake River High School's renewed their city rivalry Tuesday night but this time it was on the wrestling mat, and this time the visitors from across the river came out victorious.
Blackfoot controlled the early part of the match building a big lead and ended taking down the Panthers 57-30 at Snake River High School.
Juanita Virginia Howard, 88, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.Â
She was born Aug. 25, 1925 in Roanoke, Virginia to Elijah S. and Sadie Florence Potter Hostetter.Â She was raised and received her education in Roanoke.
She met LeRoy Elson Howard while they were both serving missions in California.Â After completion of their missions they were married on July 25, 1948, in Roanoke, Virginia.Â Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug.4, 1948.
Mary O. Smith, 92, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Hiland Assisted Living Center in Burley.
Mary was born on Aug. 25, 1921 at Artiesan City, Twin Falls County, to Charles W. Zulkey and Fannie Towery Zulkey.
Mary was a former resident of Blackfoot where she was employed at State Hospital South and Nonpareil Potato Company. She resided in Blackfoot for over 36 years, making her home in the Parkside Manufactured Mobile Home Community.
Jovita R. Torres, 82, of Firth passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at her home. Â
Jovita was born Nov. 17, 1931 in Crystal City, Texas to Juan and Antonia Rodriguez.Â She grew up in Texas with her three sisters, Marcela, BerthaÂ and Olga.
In 1950 she met the love of her life, Moises Torres, and would bless him with nine children.Â Together they traveled around from state to state, working and raising their children, finally making Firth their family home in 1957.
BOISE â€” On Monday Bingham County legislators shared their thoughts on Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's decision not to run for reelection.
Representative Neil Anderson said, "Tom Luna has been a progressive yet controversial leader in our state's Department of Education.Â
"He has proposed actions that have sparked intensive debate during a time of transition regarding education in Idaho.Â Hopefully, that debate will yield improved solutions and the newÂ Idaho Superintendent of Schools can move us forward in a more united yet still progressive effort." Anderson said.Â
Helen May Briggs Evans, 95, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at the Willows Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.Â
She was born April 16, 1918 in Woods Cross, Utah, the oldest child to Amos Archie Briggs and Elnora May Grant Briggs. She attended school in Bountiful and graduated from Davis County High School. Following graduation, she attended the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.Â
Verrnieda Nagashoah Faulkner, 65, died Jan 23 at her home in Gibson.
She was born May 17, v1949 to Lucille Pocatello and Joe Nagashoah. She grew up in the Gibson area of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. She attended loco schools and also went to boarding school in Oklahoma. Vernieda graduated from the Culinary Arts School at Idaho State University. She enjoyed cooking and welcomed many people to her table over the years.
Vernieda married Perry LeRoy Faulkner on Feb 8, 1968 and to this union were born four children.
Joseph Eldon Grimmett 13, of Blackfoot passed away January 24, 2014 at his home.Â Â Â Â Â
He was born August 21, 2000 in Blackfoot, Idaho the son of Eldon M. Grimmett and Lucrecia A. Rossi.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Joseph attended Snake River School District and was currently attending Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
IVINS, Utah - Margaret W. Lapray, 83, passed away on Jan. 22, 2014, peacefully at her home in Ivins, Utah.Â
She was born Oct. 6, 1930 in Thomas, Idaho.Â
She was the seventh of 12 children born to Cornelious and Gertrude Williams.Â She attended Idaho State University and graduated from Utah State University.Â She was a school teacher.Â