March 12th, 2012
Two Bingham County families recently President's Volunteer Service Awards for their part in hosting exchange students this year.
Glenn and Shannon Thomson and Tom and Donna Bevan and their families welcomed three high school students into their homes for the 2011-2012 school year.
Pernille Andersen of Denmark and Fanny Winqvist of Sweden and Stephanie Moyaert of Belguim are all seniors at Snake River High School. Andersen and Winqvist live with the Thomsons while Moyaert lives with the Bevans.
Moyaert said she learned of the Pax Academic Exchange program through her English teacher.
Last weekend, Blackfoot High School debate students were elated after they claimed the first place title at the 2012 State Debate tournament.
Now, however, Blackfoot must give the first place banner and trophy to another team because of a computer glitch.
Bernard Eschief, a Shoshone and Bannock tribal member and Pima Indian, 72, of Fort Hall passed away March 9, 2012 at his home with his family around him.
He was born July 1, 1939 in Blackfoot, the son of Barny and Cecelia Cosgrove Eschief.
Bernard attended the St. Margaretâ€™s Parochial School and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1957. He also attended Notre Dame and Idaho State University.
Bernard married Elberta Truchot on Jan. 9, 1962 in Elko, Nev.
Elva Aldina Berggren, 92, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 at her home.
She was born Nov. 29, 1919 in Cheraw, Colo., to Harold Brewster Wadleigh and Olive Joyce Basinger Wadleigh.
Elva attended schools in various towns in Colorado. She moved to Idaho in the late 1930's, working in the fruit orchards. Her family followed the fruit harvest to several locations in Idaho, but also lived in several locations in Oregon, including Vale, Gresham, and Portland. She had lived in the Lavaside, Idaho area since 1999.
Everett Lilya has led an exciting life. The Blackfoot High School graduate has flown planes, traveled around the world, and tested weapons. Currently, Lilya is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and serves as chief of operations and strategy for the U.S. European Command Liaison Office in the Pentagon.
The Aberdeen school district is asking voters to approve a $600,000 supplemental levy, the same amount that was requested last year. The election is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the American Legion in Aberdeen and Road and Bridge in Springfield.
"In light of the current economic climate and the challenges families in our communities and across the state are facing, we are doing everything we can to curb costs," said Superintendent Jane Ward. "We will strive to maintain your trust and use resources wisely to continually provide outstanding educational opportunities for all students."
Fort Hall Police detained a fugitive from Bonneville County about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, eventually turning him over to Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s deputies.
Sheriff Dave Johnson said that his deputies took 30-year-old Christopher Weston Hudson into custody after tribal police detained him at the Fort Hall Casino.
â€śA worker recognized him and called the Fort Hall Police,â€ť Johnson said. â€śSince he was a non-tribal member they detained him until our deputy arrived. He still wouldnâ€™t tell us his name but we identified him from his tattoos.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos and the Snake River Panthers opened their 2012 softball season on Friday afternoon under a bright sunny sky and balmy temperatures for spring softball in Southeastern Idaho.
At the end of the day it was the visiting Panthers who emerged victorious as they held off a seventh inning rally by the Broncos for the 7-6 non-conference win.
The possibility of a recall election against Blackfoot School District No. 55 trustee Pete Lipovac increased on Friday.
Marlene Jensen, the Bingham County election director, verified the 133 signatures on the recall petition which has been circulating for the past few weeks.
"We have sent certified letters to Mr. Lipovac and to the school board," Jensen said. "Upon receipt of the letter Mr. Lipovac has five days to resign."
If Lipovac doesn't resign, Jensen said, the recall election will go forward and could be on the ballot at the same time as the primary election on May 15.
Shelley native Merrill Blake, a businessman and entrepreneur, is running for Bingham County Commission Seat 1 as a Republican. That seat is currently held by Cleone Jolley, who is retiring.
"I am running for county commissioner because my 40-plus years as a successful businessman and as a volunteer in my community have given me the experience and knowledge needed to step into the position of county commissioner and be effective on Day One," Blake said.