April 27th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The Boy Scouts Spring Camporee will be Friday and Saturday at the North Bingham County Park west of Shelley. It is open to all members of the Grand Teton Council.
Retired Blackhawk helicopter pilot Nic Transtrum will speak Friday evening.
Transtrum was born and raised in Blackfoot. He enjoyed Scouting growing up and is an Eagle Scout. He earned his Eagle in 1991 by helping to improve the ball fields by State Hospital South.
FORT HALL â€” Leaders of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking on their new hotel and events center Wednesday by touting the economical benefits of the project.
The $47 million, 164,000 square foot project will consist of a five-story hotel with 156 rooms and an 1,400-seat events center with meeting, conference, banquet and entertainment venues. The project is being funded by a loan through the Bank of Albuquerque. The hotel will be located just off Interstate 15 at the current location of the Trading Post Grocery Store and Clothes Horse.
Wanna Mae Williams, 87 of Blackfoot, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at her home.
She was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Shelley, the daughter of Lawrence Spencer â€śDickâ€ť and RDella Mae Johnson Plant.
Wanna was raised and educated in the Blackfoot area.
She married Paul Maurice Williams, Sr. on Nov. 23, 1940, in Reno, Nev.
Wanna was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a visiting teacher.
She enjoyed making quilts and visiting with people, especially her family.
Joe Trent Caldwell, 30, of Pingree, died Monday, April 25, 2011, as a result of complications due to asthma.
He was born Dec. 17, 1980, in Idaho Falls, the son of Brent and RaNae Caldwell. He attended Snake River schools and graduated from Snake River High School in 1999, where he was a member of the FFA. He attended college at Idaho State University and studied mechanical engineering. Joe was employed by S.M. Stoller where he was a teamster for the Idaho CERCLA Disposal Facility.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot tennis team welcomed conference rival Hillcrest to town on Tuesday for a blustery day on the courts that witnessed a split between the two teams. In the girls match up, Blackfoot got a huge 4-2 win over the Knights while in the boys side of the ledger, Hillcrest returned the favor for a 4-2 defeat of the Broncos.
BLACKFOOT â€” Jake Berry wants nothing more than to be able to go to the movies or to spend time with friends and family. But for the past five years, Jakeâ€”who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchairâ€”has only been able to go to school and doctor's appointments.
That's why his family is organizing a fundraiser to help Jake's mom purchase a van large enough to transport Jake in his wheelchair. They will be having a "Wheels for Jake" yard sale May 13-14 at 37 S. Thompson Ln. and are currently accepting donations of items for the sale.
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Blackfoot resident Beverly Beach is passionate about helping people rebuild Haiti.
She needs some financial help to participate in the contest, "Building Back a Better Community" (BBBC). This contest started in 2010 and is sponsored by the government of Haiti.
Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Beach is leaving for Haiti Monday where she will present her project to the Haitian government. She plans to be gone one month.
BLACKFOOT â€” For six innings the Blackfoot Broncos out hit, out fielded and out pitched the visiting Highland Rams on Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, the one inning in which the Rams clearly won was more than enough as they struck for 9 runs in the first inning and then coasted home, handing the Broncos a 11-5 defeat.
"I was happy with the way that the kids battled back and never quit," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "We out hit them and played pretty even with a team that swept Hillcrest and soundly at that."
CENTERVILLE, Utah â€” Lee W. Buttars, 91, passed away, Sunday, April 24, 2011.He was born Dec. 5, 1919 at Clarkston, Utah, the son of David Alexander and Rosetta Loosle Buttars. He grew up on the family farm and from an early age assisted his father and brothers with farming chores.
He graduated from North Cache High School in 1938. He earned his B.S. degree in Agriculture with a minor in chemistry from Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1948.
Lee served an LDS mission to the Western United States from 1941 to 1943, serving mostly in Wyoming and South Dakota.
Salvador S. â€śSaviorâ€ť Hernandez, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello surrounded by family.
He was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Blackfoot, the son of Nicholas and Rosario Hernandez.
He grew up in Blackfoot and attended school at St. Margaretâ€™s Catholic School in Blackfoot. In 1944 he joined the US Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II, where he was wounded in action. He received the Purple Heart Award and was honorably discharged in 1946.