June 7th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council has banned texting and driving within the city limits. The council unanimously approved the ordinance and waived all readings at their meeting Tuesday. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.
The ordinance clearly defines texting as using an electronic wireless communications device to communicate using a text-based communication including test messages, instant messages or electronic mail.
A texting violation is classified as an infraction and is punishable by a fine of $50.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County sandbag-making operations have been temporarily suspended because there are plenty of sandbags on hand if needed.
Bingham County Emergency Management Director Craig Rowland said since sandbagging operations began last month, more than 225,000 sandbags have been made. Approximately 40,000 sandbags remain on hand and sandbagging operations may resume again if the need arises, Rowland said.
"We've got plenty of sandbags filled," Rowland said.
BLACKFOOT â€“ A person with a green thumb is said to be one who excels at growing beauty and food. Dennis and Peggy Mecham have appropriately named their retail business, the Green Thumb Nursery.
The retail outlet is one mile north of the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
â€śIt can be found just before the road construction,â€ť Peggy Mecham said.
The Mechams begin their gardening in February each year. The flowers and vegetables are planted in eight greenhouses on their property near Blackfoot. The greenhouses cover about 10,000 square feet of space.
Darlene S. Evening, 51, of Fort Hall passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
Darlene was born Nov. 10, 1959, in Blackfoot, the daughter of Daniel Bill, Sr. and Inez Mink Evening. She was raised in the Fort Hall area and attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School. Following high school she attended Idaho State University.
Darlene enjoyed bead work, quiltwork and going to the casino. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Owen Durfee, 81, of Pingree, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011, at his daughterâ€™s home in Twin Falls.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced.
Diane Evans, 66, of Blackfoot, passed away at her home, Sunday, June 5, 2011. from cancer.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
Eleanor Rivers, 78, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011. at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling, Blackfoot. A viewing will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
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THOMAS â€” The Book of Isaiah in the Bible says, "And a child shall lead them." So it should be no surprise that when coach Jeff Katseanes turned to 14-year-old Dillon Manzanares as a relief pitcher in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Snake River, he would come up aces for the Blackfoot Bronco Legion team.
"We expect big things out of Dillon and he will probably set some records in his time as a legion ballplayer," said Katseanes. "He is young, the youngest ball player that we have, but he is tough as nails and pitches very smart."
BLACKFOOT â€” This year marks the 125th anniversary of the opening of State Hospital South in Blackfoot, but two hospital buildings built 79 years ago will be demolished this summer.
Buildings F and G, former patient wards located on the north side of the State Hospital campus, were constructed in 1932 and officially opened in 1933. The two-story buildings were occupied as separate men's and women's wards until 1988 when the treatment methods used there became obsolete, said Support Services Director Greg Horton. The wards were replaced by the Patient Treatment Facility used today.
THOMAS â€” The 100-plus basketball campers participating in the Lady Panther Basketball camp have been through three days of intensive and educational drills and competition, but their enthusiasm has never waned.
"These girls and this camp have been nothing short of spectacular," said Snake River girls basketball coach Rich Dunn. "They have done everything that we have asked and more, and to have the support of the great assistant coaches that we gathered this year has been just phenomenal."