January 10th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Relay for Life will be hosting a kick-off event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center, 310 N. Meridian St. Suite D in Blackfoot.
The event also serves as the monthly Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. There will be refreshments, games and information about Relay for life teams and upcoming Relay events. The public is invited.
This year's Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 15. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back against the disease.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot attorney Justin Oleson will represent Bingham County on the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board.
"I am looking forward to doing what I can to represent Bingham County," Oleson said.
The Bingham County commissioners made the appointment this week.
"The commissioners asked if I was interested and I agreed to do it," he said. "I try to do what I can to help out the community.
BLACKFOOT â€” A cold front moving through Idaho today is only expected to bring colder temperatures and wind to the valleys while the mountains may see up to two inches of snow.
Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be about 10 degrees cooler than earlier this week with highs in the mid- to upper-20s and overnight lows dipping to single digits.
Winds will be slightly higher than earlier, with gusts of 10-15 miles per hour through Wednesday night.
Things return to normal Friday with temperatures in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the teens.
Ken Kenji Ugaki, 87, of Blackfoot died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Rexburg, the son of Gisaku George Ugaki and Hisano Akiyama Ugaki.
His early years were lived in the Sugar-Salem area where he attended schools.
He married Jane Miyuki Okamoto on Aug. 8, 1952, in Rexburg.Â They were later divorced.
He came to Blackfoot in 1954 and, other than a few years in California, has lived here since.Â He was a religious man and had attended various church denominations.
Deloris â€śSallyâ€ť Jensen passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born April 27, 1932, in Idaho Falls, the second of seven children born to John Amos Rhoades and Sarah Edna Goodson Rhoades.Â She grew up with an older sister, Josephine; two younger sisters, Ruby and Betty Ann; and three younger brothers, Jay, John, and Dennis.Â While growing up she attended schools in Idaho Falls, Ammon, and Swan Valley and Butte and Melrose, Mont.Â She graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1950.
The Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Capt. Robert Sobieski and Sheriff Dave Johnson help Blackfoot Community Learning Charter School fifth graders Benson Isom and Jacob Christiansen load more than 950 food items into the Sheriff's vehicle. Students at the school collected the items for the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in December. The Sheriff's Office volunteered to transport the donations to SEICAA. Student Trey Underwood, not pictured, also helped load the items.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners unanimously denied a request by the Four Seasons Ranch Subdivision at 35 S. 250 East, Blackfoot to re-plat two lots into three. The subdivision is four miles east of Blackfoot off Rich Lane.
The recommendation from the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) commissioners was to deny this request because of concerns about the water system and whether it would be able to handle additional septic systems.
At an earlier P&Z hearing, residents in the subdivision presented evidence of high nitrate levels of private wells.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” State spending on public schools would increase more than $30 million next year under the governor's proposed budget, which also includes a $21 million boost in general funding for Idaho's colleges and universities.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Monday also proposed replenishing the rainy day account for public schools and kicking in the first state payment to a similar account for higher education.
Public schools chief Tom Luna wanted at least $60 million of a projected state surplus to go toward the public education budget in the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Virgilena LeClair, 65, of Fort Hall passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at the Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center in Pocatello, Idaho.
Virgilena was born May 25, 1946 in Pocatello to Leonard and Lydia G. Stone.Â She graduated from Blackfoot High School and attended Idaho State University in Pocatello.
In the early 1970â€™s, Virgilena married Lonny LeClair in Fort Hall.
Kim Dallin Watt, 59, of Pingree passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Kim was born Sept. 14, 1952 in Blackfoot, Idaho to David D. and Mignon Michaelson Watt. He was raised on the farm in Pingree and received his education in Blackfoot.
Kim was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He worked at Dawn Enterprises in Blackfoot.
Kim enjoyed throwing basketballs. He especially loved helping his Dad in the hay fields, camping with his Mom and Dad and going to the State Fair on Disabled Day with Kelly Koontz.