June 16th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Summer has come to Bingham County, and as temperatures have risen, those annoying and potentially dangerous mosquitoes have arrived earlier than usual.
Every year, responsible government agencies, public health professionals, and mosquito abatement experts do their best to educate the public about mosquitoes and the numerous ways that people can protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.
Quinton Gerard Blackburn, 92, of Springfield, Idaho passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Quinton was born July 22, 1921 in Springfield, Idaho to Dewey Earl Blackburn and Valine Ellen Gutting.Â He spent his lifetime in Springfield, other than the time he spent in the military.Â
Mabel Irene Stroh, 98, of Pingree, Idaho passed away Friday, June 13, 2014 at Fairwinds Sandcreek Retirement Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Mabel was born Jan. 14, 1916 in Richfield, Idaho to Lester Carl Walker and Mabel Laura Skinner.Â She attended elementary school in Aberdeen and graduated from Twin Falls High School.Â She then attended Albion State Normal School and later graduated from Idaho State University.
On June 4, 1937 Mabel married Clarence Stroh in Boise, Idaho.Â They had three children, Robert Walker, Richard Clarence, and Patricia Irene.
Delta Pettingill, 76, of Idaho Falls, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, June 12, 2014. She was under the care of One Source Hospice.
Delta was born on Oct. 11, 1937, in Burton, Idaho, to Glen and Murel Simmons. She grew up in the Lorenzo area and attended Rigby High School, graduating in 1955.
James â€śJimâ€ť Gust Morris, 77, of Rexburg, died June 12, 2014, at Madison Memorial Hospital of natural causes.Â
He was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 11, 1936 to the union of Gust K. Morris and Constance Lagos Morris.
Jim was a fun-loving child known for his pranks and great love of the outdoors. Jim graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1955. It was there that he met his wife of 57 years, Lela Gardner Morris. Jim and Lela were married on Feb. 10, 1956. They were blessed with three beautiful children.
BLACKFOOT â€” A flag ceremony to honor the American Flag, its traditions and service took place on Flag Day, June 14, at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge.
"The flag is a history, a declaration and a promise of all that makes up our country," said one Lodge member. "What it is today and what it will be in future is up to us."
In July 1908, the national Elks organization voted that all lodges affiliated with the nationwide organization must recognize Flag Day with a formal ceremony.
Valerie Pascoe had at least two reasons to participate in Bingham County's Relay For Life on Friday.
"My mother died at 45 and I have the gene," said Pascoe, the director of nursing at Access Home Health. "Now the clock is ticking."
"This is our third year participating," she continued. "We do this in honor of our hospice patients that we have lost."
As he walked into the stadium for his first year at Relay For Life, Drew Hansen said, "I had a grandpa die of cancer."
Hansen said he was participating in honor of that family member.
POCATELLO â€”Securing a spot in today's short go.
That was the goal for the cowboys and cowgirls from Bingham County on Friday at the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello.
Having an average good enough to be one of the top 20 in today's finals meant that Friday's third go was everybody's last chance.
After a week with very few serious injuries the rodeo has gone of without a hitch, but District 1's R.J. Cotant went on a wild ride that left him motionless on the arena floor.
Billy Gene Willingham, 61, passed away in his home on June 2, 2014, from a brain tumor.
Bill was born on April 13, 1953 to Bertha Lee Willingham in Columbia County, Ga. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, Welbur and Rose Willingham.
Bill loved to run track and play handball and chess. His favorite football team was the Oakland Raiders. Bill attended elementary and junior high school in Columbia County. After his grandparents died, he moved to Queens, New York with his mother and father, Charles Powell. He attended and graduated from Bayside High in Bayside, New York in 1971.
The purple window paintings, purple ribbons and even purple t-shirts are evident throughout town this week, as the community show its support for this year's Bingham County "Relay For Life." The all-night event kicks off this evening on Blackfoot High School's football field with entertainment by Les Merle starting at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 6.
Organizers have worked hard all year to pull of this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.