Items of note from July 18-27.
CHUCKY?: July 18, 9:10 p.m.: A man said he found a doll holding a knife on a bathroom sink. He thinks it happened while he was out of town.
BURGLARY: July 20, 4:17 p.m.: A man said he had some wheels and tires stolen from a truck parked on W. Bridge St.
INCOMING EGG: July 21, 12:10 a.m.: A man said someone has thrown an egg at the back of his vehicle.
PROWLER: July 21, 12:09 a.m.: A man said there is a prowler outside his house.
Both lanes are now open to traffic.
â€”The Idaho State Police is on scene of a one-vehicle crash southbound I15 at milepost 83. Two unknown females have are involved. FT. Hall EMS has responded. Injuries are reported of a concussion and possible difficulty breathing from the victims. Life-flight is en-route to the scene. Â Both southbound lanes are currently blocked from milepost 84. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Â
James S. Spalding, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at his home.
James was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Oceanside, Calif., to David Ross and Marjorie Simon Spalding.Â He attended elementary and high school in Circleville, Ohio.Â He attended Ohio University and earned his masterâ€™s degree from the University of Utah.Â He made his home in Blackfoot in 2001.
James served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.
Marian DeLene Mortensen, 61, a former Blackfoot resident, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012, at her home in Edmond, Okla.
She was born in Ogden, Utah, on March 25, 1951.Â She was the oldest of five children adopted by Edwin Neher Mortensen and Georgia Moline Westover.Â She lived in Utah, Idaho, Connecticut, New York, and Oklahoma.Â
DeLene graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1969.Â She continued her education at Ricks College, later becoming a licensed practical nurse.Â Her specialty was special needs children and adults.
Lola Herres, 81, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Lola was born Feb. 5, 1931, to Justin Ira and Susan Bailey Wixom in Groveland.Â She attended school at Groveland and Blackfoot, she was vice president of her junior high school class.
With his senior season rapidly approaching, Idaho State's Josh Hill feels a sense of urgency.
Hill, who was a member of Blackfoot's state championship team in 2007, will be one of the Bengals' key players on offense as they seek to build on last season's 2-9 record.
Last season Hill started at tight end and caught 48 balls for 407 yards and one touchdown. In his career he has caught 73 passes for 640 yards and four touchdowns.
Rabbits were the first animals to be judged at the Bingham County 4-H Fair Monday morning.
Rabbit judging is a quiet as, well, a rabbit.
"It's a quiet contest," said judge Matt Rosenberg. "In showmanship, I have a list of questions I ask the exhibitors."
The questions can range from common diseases in rabbits to specifics about the 49 breeds of rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).
The judge also watches how the exhibitor handles his/her rabbit in the competition. Is the rabbit calm? Does the rabbit sit quietly? Is the exhibitor watching the judge?
Snake River Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk wants to continue the winning ways of the Snake River School District in all aspects of school lifeâ€”academic, athletic, fine arts and agricultural programs.
"This school is important to the community," Gabrylczyk said. "People work hard to facilitate a variety of programs.
"People care about kids," the superintendent said. "It's exciting to be part of it."
Among the changes he is proposing is a strategic plan in the district.
Those in and around Bingham County should be able to breathe a bit easier as fires burning east of Blackfoot on the Fort Hall Reservation are close to full containment.
Jason Fallon, information specialist for Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District, said the Steven Peak fire, which scorched 850 acres is 100 percent contained. The larger Ridge Top fire (combined with the East Fire) has blackened 16,630 acres and is at 55 percent containment.
Richard Johnson understands that all students are not classroom learners.
"Some of us don't function in a classroom," said Johnson, who is conducting the Angry Pumpkin Chuckin' Contest on Oct. 5 and 6.
Registration for the contest, which requires teams of students, members of clubs, etc., to build a catapult to launch a six-pound pumpkin for distance is now open. The cost is $15 for egg launchers, $25 for amateurs and $50 for professionals.