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July 25th, 2011

Charlotte Hagar, 71

July 25, 2011

BLACKFOOT - Our wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Charlotte Wilson Hagar, 71, passed away quietly on Friday, July 22, 2011 at Bingham Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family.
Born on September 16, 1939 in Pocatello, the daughter of Thomas and Kathryn Wilson. She attended Pocatello Schools, graduating from Pocatello High School in 1957.
She was married in August, 1958 to LaMar Hagar. The couple moved to Blackfoot that same year and have resided here since. The couple had three children: John, James and David.

Myrtle E. McNee, 94

July 25, 2011

Myrtle E. McNee, 94, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away July 22, 2011 at Bingham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Blackfoot. 
 She was born December 18, 1916 at St. Anthony, Idaho to Richard LeRoy Broadhurst and Edna Mae Godfrey Broadhurst, the second child and only daughter of four children.
On April 7, 1934 she married Dean C. McNee.  Four children were born to this union.  They farmed in the Egin area and later moved to Firth where they also farmed. 

July 24th

Man returns wallet from 1945

July 25, 2011

By BOB HUDSON
bobhudson@cableone.net
A former Moreland man has become a national celebrity in Okinawa because of the simple gesture of returning an enemy soldier's wallet.
Durl Gibbs came into possession of the wallet during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He returned it to the soldier's daughter earlier this year.
"I got the wallet just before we dug in for the night," Gibbs recalled. He had become his unit's radioman two or three days earlier. "Because I had the radio, I had to be right beside the platoon sergeant."

July 23rd

'Water of U.S.' draft proposal open for comment

July 23, 2011

By LESLIE MIELKE
lmielke@cableone.net
BLACKFOOT — Comments on the federal draft proposals for “Water of the United States” are being accepted through July 31.
This draft guidance proposal broadens the scope of jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Bingham County athletes compete in games

July 23, 2011

By MELANIE MOORE
mmoore@cableone.net
BLACKFOOT — Two teams represented Bingham County at the Idaho Special Olympics Summer Games in Boise last weekend.
Ten athletes from the Blackfoot Bandits team and nine members of the Snake River Special Olympics team travelled to Boise to compete in the games, which took place July 16. The athletes competed in various swimming and track and field events and brought home plenty of medals for the efforts.

July 21st

Blackfoot Council begins work on 2012 budget

July 22, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot City Council met Thursday night to conduct a work session for the 2012 budget.
Department budgets for 2012 will likely stay the same as 2011, Mayor Mike Virtue said. Most changes are the result of higher fuel costs or increases or reductions due to capital purchases made in 2011 or planned for 2012.
The preliminary administration budget for 2012 is higher than the current budget because of credit card fees and upgrades to accounting software.

Floyd Chester “Chet” Wahlen, 90

July 21, 2011

Floyd Chester “Chet” Wahlen, 90, of Aberdeen passed away Monday, July 18,
2011, at his home.
Chet was born Jan. 15, 1921, on the farm where he still lives. He was the sixth child of seven children born to Fred and Alma Malmstrom Wahlen. He was welcomed into the family by two brothers, Clarence (Clix) and Ferris and one sister, Mabel Phillips Gull.

William ‘Bill’ D. McKinster 1934-2011

July 21, 2011

LEWISTON — Bill McKinster of Lewiston passed away on July 6, 2011, at the age of 76 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, Wash.
Bill was an investigator in animal health for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1989; then returning to animal health for the Idaho Department of Agriculture, retiring in 2004.

July 20th

EchoHawk visits injured Marine

July 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – A Fort Hall Marine injured in Afghanistan last month received a special visit from Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk Tuesday at the Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington, D.C.
Cpl. Phillip Baldwin of Fort Hall lost both legs in an Improvised Explosive Device incident (IED) June 18. The incident occurred while Baldwin was on foot patrol near the Hemland Province in Afghanistan.

Farmers seek power line rules in P& Z draft

July 21, 2011

ABERDEEN — Landowner rights and possible transmission lines crossing farmland are subjects that need to be included in Bingham County's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Proposed Code Revisions according to five Aberdeen farmers who met with P&Z Acting Zoning Administrator Allen Jensen on Wednesday.
Private property rights and right-of-way for transmission lines are, as yet, not included in the P&Z Proposed Code Revisions Final Draft.

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