July 18th, 2011
Becky Darla Freeman, 47, of Blackfoot passed away July 15, 2011, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
She was born Nov. 6, 1963, in Pocatello the daughter of Raymond Thorpe and Gloria Hencley Reed.
Becky attended school in Blackfoot.
She lived in Wapello during her childhood years. She then moved to Blackfoot,Goshen and Riverside and moved back to Blackfoot for the remainder of her life.
Becky worked at Basic American foods as an operator and supervisor for 23 years.
PINGREE â€“ As a run-up to the 4-H Fair Aug. 1-3, 4-H club members practiced showing their steers in Bingham County Steer Jackpot. The event was Saturday at Val and Heather Carterâ€™s show ring south of Pingree.
In the jackpot, the entry fee comes back to the participants. It was open to all Bingham County 4-H members raising cattle.
Twenty steers were put through their paces. The 4-H members were judged on their showmanship and the quality of the animal.
Showmanship is how the 4-H member grooms his/her steer and how he/she handles the animal in the ring.
BLACKFOOT â€” No hard numbers are available but Blackfoot Pride Days appears to have been a rousing success.
People packed Jensen Grove from the first activity on Friday to the final one on Saturday. Close-in parking was at a premium all day on Saturday.
"I think we had a real good turnout," said Shirley Robinson, the vendor coordinator and event co-chair with Mayor Mike Virtue. "Friday we had more people than we've ever had."
BLACKFOOT â€” Buddy Bowman sat on a couch in the small office at the Blackfoot municipal airport, talking with his hands as he explained how he had flown the F-104 jet airplane as a test pilot.
"How did you ...?" asked Kerry Requa several different times. The airport manager and Bowman talked for a long time about things only pilots understand.
Bowman, a retired lieutenant colonel, is a native of Riverside. He attended Snake River schools through his junior year, then transferred to Blackfoot High School.
FIRTH â€” A new trustee was appointed in Firth, the board was reorganized and meeting dates were set during the July school board meeting Thursday.
April Christensen was the only person to submit an application for the open trustee position. She was appointed trustee for Zone 5 (the Firth town site) in the Firth School District and will be sworn into office during the board's August meeting.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee for Eastern Idaho honored numerous area businesses on Thursday.
Two of the top honors went to Premier Technology and to the City of Pocatello Police Department. Both received recognition for advancing to the semifinals for the Department of Defense's Freedom Award.
BLACKFOOT â€” All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.
SUMMERVILLE, Ore. â€” Marion Orland 'Pat' Fielding, 87, of Summerville, passed away at his residence, Saturday, July 9, 2011. His funeral service was Wednesday, July 13, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 South McAlister Road, Island City. Graveside services were at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 1401 South Union Street, Kennewick, Wash.
BLACKFOOT â€” Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners started their discussion on wind turbines in the Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.
The conversation split into two campsâ€”one supporting the business aspect of wind, the other questioning the proximity to townships.
"This is a business," said commissioner Lee Hammett. "Let the free enterprise system take care of it. If the cost of electricity goes up because of [wind turbines], profitability would be eliminated.
"We cannot legislate view," Hammett said. "We can legislate safety but we cannot pick a side on view."
The Morning Newsâ€”Melanie Moore