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January 23rd, 2012

Orris Ray Eyler, 83

January 23, 2012

Orris Ray Eyler, 83, of Blackfoot and a longtime resident of Pocatello, passed away at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Bingham Extended Care Facility in Blackfoot.
Orris was born to Orris Ray Eyler Sr and Bernita Middleton Eyler. He lived most of his life in Pocatello and was active in aviation; being a pilot and owning his own plane. He also enjoyed collecting antique guns and built many boats.
He graduated from Idaho State University in auto body repair and aircraft mechanics. He served the US Army during the Korean Conflict for two years in Germany.

Eugene Henry Gabert, 83

January 23, 2012

Eugene Henry Gabert, 83, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and following a long and extended battle with severe complications from diabetes.
Gene was born the last of nine children Dec. 22, 1928 at the family homestead in Aberdeen to David and Emily [Emilie or Amelia] Gabert, formerly of Consta/Svastopol, Romania; David was the son of Andrew [Andreus] Gabert and Emily the daughter of Jacob Schweigert, born 1846, Borodino, Russia; David and Emily settled around 1911 at Flat Top, then Aberdeen.

Michael Lawrence Lambert, 58

January 23, 2012

Michael Lawrence Lambert, 58, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home of Blackfoot and will be announced.

LeRoy Del Brooks, 73

January 23, 2012

LeRoy Del Brooks, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Hawker Funeral Home. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 and again for one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.

January 22nd

Cooking is in Fort Hall man's DNA

January 22, 2012

FORT HALL — As a boy Michael Mendez often helped his mother and grandmother with the cooking.
"I remember stirring a pot or rolling out pie dough for Grandma or my Mom," said Mendez, now the Food and Beverage Manager at Fort Hall Casino. "Grandma was famous for her cooking when the family ran the Oregon Trail (restaurant at Fort Hall).
"I enjoy cooking," Mendez continued, noting that he was the head cook at the casino from 2005-2008, took a break to work as a cook for ON Semiconductor's staff operation, then returned.

January 20th

Snake River runs away from Bear Lake

January 21, 2012

THOMAS — Shayla Christensen scored 17 points, 10 during a 20-3 run, to lift Snake River to a 52-32 win over Bear Lake in Fifth District girls' basketball on Friday.
Snake River led just 12-11 after one period. Christensen had six points in the second period as the Panthers built a 24-14 advantage. She added four more points as they opened the third period with an 8-0 burst.
After Bear Lake closed within 35-25 on Chaylie Hulme's two free throws early in the fourth quarter, Christensen started Snake River on a 13-5 run to put the Panthers ahead 48-30.

Shelley outguns Bonneville 61-47

January 21, 2012

SHELLEY — For a game that Shelley coach Dave Hadley called a "polar opposite" of the first meeting with Bonneville, the Russets got the similar result they were looking for.
Shelley beat Bonneville 61-47 Friday after taking down the Bees by eight in December.
"In the first meeting, we got off to a great start offensively," Hadley said. "And Jared Stutzman had what? 29, 30 points against us."
It was a different story this time around.

COP program needs more help

January 21, 2012

BLACKFOOT – The Citizen's on Patrol (COP) program needs more volunteers. The core group consists of about 16 volunteers and Sgt. Jeff Mosbrucker with the Blackfoot Police Department says "it just isn't enough."
"COP's are the eyes and ears for the police," said Mosbrucker. "They're already trained and they help ease the load so officers can focus on other things."
For the month of December COP's donated 51.5, hours of their time. Mosbrucker says the police department would like to see a big increase in that number –– but it will require more volunteers.

Police Log

January 20, 2012

Items of note from Jan. 13-16.

Blackfoot Police

NARCOTIC THEFT: Jan. 13, 12:52 p.m.: A caller said a hospice worker is stealing narcotic medication.

SHOPLIFTING: Jan. 13, 1:03 p.m.: A caller at Ridley's said they have a female detained for shoplifting.

PROPERTY DAMAGE: Jan. 13, 3 p.m.: A caller at Taco Bell said some gang members were at the business and damaged some property.

CAT EMERGENCY: Jan. 13, 9:40 p.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial said that there is a cat that keeps entering the emergency room through the patient doors.

Jobless rate drops for fifth straight month

January 20, 2012

BOISE — Stronger than expected job growth in December drove the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent. December was the fifth straight month Idaho's unemployment rate has fallen, hitting its lowest level since September 2009.
December also saw a one percent year-over-year increase in jobs with 13,000 more people working than in the previous year—the largest total since March 2009 and the largest year-over-year growth in total employment since mid-2007 before the recession officially began.

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