July 21st, 2014
Verl Robinson Hatch, 87 of Rigby died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at his home in Rigby.Â Â
He was born Oct. 22, 1926 in Perry, Utah to Mark Holbrook Hatch and Hattie Leone Robinson Hatch.
Verl was raised in Teton Valley, Idaho.Â In the spring of 1945, he joined the US Army and received basic training at Fort Ord, California. He was about to be sent to Germany when World War II ended; he served in Alaska and was honorably discharged in 1946.Â
Raymond â€śDukeâ€ť Hammett, honored father, grandfather and friend to so many, passed peacefully in his own bed on 18 June 2014, just a few hours shy of his 93rd birthday.
He was surrounded by love from all. His youngest son, Douglas, was by his side while his eldest son, Lee and wife Debbie, as well as grandson, Tyler, were all electronically connected with him in the room.Â
Walker Samuel Gardner was silently born to his parents Samuel Joseph Gardner and Heidi Christine Jensen Gardner on July 19, 2014 at 1:46 a.m. Walker was returned to his Father in Heaven.
Walker is loved by his parents, Sam and Heidi, his sister, Kiera, and brother, Conrad, of Blackfoot. His grandparents are Samuel Dwight and Debra Ann Wray Gardner, Kenneth Bud and Evelyn Denise Jensen; his great-grandparents are Boyd Paulson and Patricia Gardner, Florence Valate Gardner, Richard Dee and Rosemary Sandau, Elden Bud and Janice Jensen and many uncles, aunts and numerous cousins.
Under the instruction of longtime music teacher Rebecca Battle of Pingree, Pocatello teen Austin Keller holds a first place title from the International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition at Incline Village, Nevada, last week.
Keller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year.
Bingham County commissioners Whitney Manwaring and Mark Bair and Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland each planted a flowering pear tree on the boulevard on Friday morning at the southwest side of the Bingham County Courthouse.
"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building.
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BLACKFOOT â€“ The pickleball doubles team of Bill Hunt and Frank Tomazin took first place in their age category in the Senior Olympics last Saturday in Pocatello.
â€śIt was a good time,â€ť said Hunt. â€śI also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).
Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.
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Blackfoot city leaders are just in the early stages of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 thru Sept. 30, 2015); however, they are already bracing for a projected shortfall of about $1 million.
Blackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue."
"So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."