May 25th, 2012
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BLACKFOOTâ€”Fire investigators have determined that the cause of a house fire North of Groveland (416 W. 280 N) on Tuesday afternoon was from a cigarette left on the deck.
"This is very unfortunate," said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. "Due to the high winds that day (gusts up to 50 mph) and the lightweight construction of the house it was a difficult fire to put out."
Alex Diaz, 81, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Bingham
He was born Oct. 14, 1930, to Manuel and Magdalena Vargas Diaz, the fifth child of seven.
He attended Tyhee School until the eighth grade.Â At the young age of 15, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps.Â When he was 18, he was deployed to Korea, which after only two months he was wounded.Â For this he was awarded a Purple Heart.Â During his stay in the hospital recuperating from his wound, he met Barbara Ann Rodarme in 1951.Â
Nathan Brown, a Shoshone student at Idaho State University, challenged members of the Shoshone-Bannock High School Class of 2012 to be leaders on Thursday.
"Leadership is all about integrity," Brown said. "And ultimately it's about love, love for your people, for your Creator, for your spouse and for yourself," Brown said.
"Stand up for your values," he added as he told the graduates "you can have anything you want. It is in your reach. The future is in your hands; the future is in your minds."
The 37 graduates of the Firth High School class of 2012 received a rousing sendoff at their ceremony Thursday evening.
The graduation ceremony was dedicated to the memory ofÂ Kitty Bolinder, the Firth High School librarian who died in the Fall 2011. Each graduating senior, the administration, staff and board members wore leis in Kitty's memory.
Speaking to his classmates, valedictorian Kyle Stradling thanked all who helped him get this far.
Live every day as if it is your last,â€ť Stradling said.
â€śMake friends,â€ť he said. â€śFriends are who have made me what I am.
There was the usual 'pomp and circumstance' one expects from a graduation ceremony mixed in with the humor, talent and personality - unique to the Blackfoot High School Class (BHS) of 2012 as 221 students received their high school diplomas Thursday at Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Senior choir members sang a flawless rendition of the national anthem followed by opening remarks from student Brad Carter who said: "This is not the beginning of the end...the end is just the beginning. Make what you do count, because history doesn't grant second chances."
BLACKFOOT â€” Parents whose students attend Stalker Elementary rallied Wednesday to protest a newly hired teacher.
The parents' group questioned if the person who was hired as a teacher had the necessary educational qualifications to be hired in that position.
Under Blackfoot School Board Policy number 215, Functions of the Board, "The board shall ... determine the personnel policies of the school system."
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Commissioner Cleone Jolley confirmed the commissioners submitted a lettering to the hospital Board of Directors requesting a forensic audit be conducted at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Jolley said he gave the letter to Lee Kniffin, chairman of the hospital board, before the start of the two-hour executive session that took place last Tuesday.
"No action has been taken yet," said Jolley.
BLACKFOOT â€” If ever there was anyone worthy of a "community hero award, it is Christina Alvarez of Blackfoot. Alvarez is the recipient of this year's Community Hero Award, an annual award presented by the Blackfoot District of Boy Scouts of America. Alvarez was honored Monday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
Alavarez has served as the Migrant Home School Coordinator for the entire state of Idaho for over 20 years, making her the key player between migrant families and the education of their children.
The High Country Conference released their 2012 All-Conference softball squad and as expected, their are several Blackfoot Broncos throughout the list along with a quartet of Shelley Russets.
Those local athletes garnering first team honors were Mattison Chavez for her work behind the plate. Miraya Castaneda in the outfield and Tylie Polatis for her skills at second base.
Second team selections included Jessica Capson at pitcher, Brielle Brower at utility, Ally Smith in the outfield and Shelley's Tallie Schmitt at third base.
Rounding out the selections were the honorable mentions with Jessica Capson (ss), Brielle Brower (3b), Shateal Murphy (c), Makayla Rowsell (p), Jessalyn Hobbs (p) and Shelby Chapple (of).
Vernon Lloyd Bigelow, a 63-year-old Blackfoot resident, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at the Bingham Memorial Hospital from a sudden illness.Â
He was born March 19, 1949 in Blue Island, Chicago. Ill., the son of Lloyd Holden Bigelow and Bertha Mary Frances Zehm.
He attended grade school in Chicago and graduated from high school in Mesa, Ariz.
He married Patricia Ann Leafty and they were sealed in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple.Â They were later divorced.
Vernon has lived the past 20 years in Blackfoot.