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January 4th, 2012

Idaho Power gives back to community

January 5, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Local Idaho Power employees give back each year to various local non-profit organizations, including the Bingham Crisis Center.
Regional Idaho Power employees donate to an employee community service fund throughout the year. Those funds are then matched by Idaho Power and distributed to various non-profit agencies throughout the region from Pocatello to Salmon. The fund is employee-governed and gives to various organizations providing health and human services to individuals.

Venice ‘Vince’ Pratt, 76

January 4, 2012

Venice “Vince” Pratt, 76, of Blackfoot passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Vince was born Jan. 21, 1936 in Blackfoot to Joseph Adelaar Pratt and Alta Adel Hagen. He attended school in Blackfoot, Shelley and Salmon. He spent some time in California, moving back to Blackfoot in 1968.
Vince served his country in the United States Marines stationed most of the time in Japan.
On June 3, 1976 Vince married Karen Scott in Blackfoot.

Ronald W. Marlow, 88

January 4, 2012

Ronald Wilburn Marlow, 88, of Payette, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at The Cottages, Weiser.
A viewing for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2012 at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1712 W. Idaho Ave., Ontario, Ore.
Burial with military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Condolences may be made to Ron’s family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com.

Kim Dallin Watt, 59

January 4, 2012

Kim Dallin Watt, 59, of Blackfoot passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.

Donna Belle Reed Benson, 90

January 4, 2012

Donna Belle Reed Benson, 90, died Jan. 2, 2012, with her family by her side at her granddaughter’s home in Stansbury Park, Utah.
Donna was born on Oct. 30, 1921 in Iona to Albert C. and Ivy Bernice Scoresby Reed. Her father was the only person in his family to join the LDS Church, and after moving west from Pennsylvania, he met Ivy.

Former assessor Lowell Anderson Dance, 85

January 4, 2012

Lowell A. Dance, former Bingham County Assessor and former judge for the State of Idaho Ad Valorem Tax Court of Appeals, died in his sleep Jan. 1, 2012.
He was born on Feb. 18, 1926 at Thomas, the son of William Dance and Mary Anderson Dance. He attended Wilson Grade School, Moreland High School and Ricks College. His education at Ricks College was interrupted by World War II. He entered the United States Army in 1944. After heavy artillery and radio repair training, he served in the 985th Signal Service Company in Italy during the closing months of the war.

Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa, Bachmann quits race

January 4, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.

Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.

January 3rd

Panthers vs Redskins photo gallery

January 4, 2012

The Snake River Panthers avenged an earlier season loss with a 63-54 home win over Teton on Tuesday evening. For stats and complete game story pick up Wednesday's edition of the Morning News.

Burglary defendant gets probation

January 4, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Shaden Leland Ross Walters was sentenced to probation and
fined $1,355.50 Monday by Bingham County Seventh Judicial Judge Darren
Simpson.
On May 23, 2011, Walters, age 19, and co-defendant Chris Nelson were
charged with burglary. The pair were charged with stealing from Todd
Joseph Jensen.
On Oct. 3, Walters pleaded not guilty to the burglary charge and then
changed his plea to guilty on Nov. 14.
In Walters' plea deal, the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney
and the pre-sentence investigator agreed that Walters was a good

City Council amends election ordinance

January 4, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council unanimously voted to amend the ordinance requiring a majority vote for the election of city council members. Now, only a plurality vote is required.
A majority is still required in mayoral elections and a runoff election will follow if no candidate receives a majority of the vote.
In discussing the proposed changes, newly elected Council President Chris Jensen and Councilman Farrell Cammack both said they favored requiring a plurality vote for election of council members but said the mayor should still be elected by a majority vote.

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