April 22nd, 2011
Vear R. Ellis, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Veteranâ€™s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, following surgery.
He was born Sept. 4, 1920, in Blackfoot, the son of Wilson Ellis and Sophronia Wolfley Ellis and the youngest of nine children.
He attended school in Riverside. He lived most of his life in the Riverside area with time served in World War II and a short time in California.
On April 2, 1941, he married Loraine Stander in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Eight children were born to this union. They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Sandra â€śSandyâ€ť Rossi of Pingree left our world on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from causes related to age and chronic illness.Â She was 66.Â
Sandra Sue Rodgers was born in Blackfoot April 23, 1944, the second daughter and child of Lawrence â€śLarryâ€ť Rodgers and Louise (Clarke) Rodgers.Â With her older sister Sharon, Sandy spent several years under the loving care of their maternal grandmother, Lydia (RaDue) LaFever, and step-grandfather, Bill LaFever, and in the company of many aunts, uncles, and cousins on the family farm at the edge of Blackfoot.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth school board has asked voters in the its district to pass a $300,000 per year supplemental levy for two years. The vote will be Tuesday, May 17, in the electorâ€™s regular polling place.
Thursday night, trustees presented a PowerPoint presentation before 110 people.
â€śThis supplemental levy is not meant to increase or enhance our programs but to maintain it,â€ť Board Chairman Barlow Cook said.
â€śIt comes down to a matter of trust,â€ť committee member Ron Carlson said. â€śOur elected board members said we need a supplemental levy.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Joint School District board of trustees met in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday night to discuss policy changes and programs within the district.
The board passed a resolution to void all sections of their policy that is in conflict with the new education reform laws, primarily pertaining to personnel. There have been 15 policies identified so far that are in conflict.
The board also granted the district permission to subscribe to the Idaho School Boards Association policy manual service at a cost of $300.
BLACKFOOT â€” Playing into a gale force wind for the entirety of their double header with Hillcrest, the Blackfoot Lady Broncos led for 13 of the 14 innings, earning a split for their efforts on the day by dropping game one 11-8 and then rebounding for a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
Bobbie Lou Hansen, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
THOMAS â€” Snake River trustees approved a resolution that stated the newly enacted and existing statues enacted by the Idaho legislature would supersede any school district policies.
The resolution was recommended by the Idaho School Board Association.
Many of the laws passed by the Idaho legislature are already in effect, said Superintendent Russell Hammond. Some statutes were backdated to Jan. 31.
New policies regarding employment received a first reading at Wednesday board meeting. The policies under consideration include the following:
Â° 2470 regarding a new member on the board
BLACKFOOT â€” As they moved past the shelves at the Bingham County Historical Society's gallery, Lane and Chris Wood stopped and checked out the photographs.
"This is pretty cool," Lane said as he examined a photograph. "I remember most of these buildings. A lot of them are gone now."
Kevin Rupe pored over an aerial photograph of downtown Blackfoot dating from the 1950s. He tried to pick out Alice Street and the lot on which Rupe's Burgers now stands. His family has owned the business for nearly 50 years.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Lady Russets initial foray into the 4A High Country Conference continued on Tuesday night as they welcomed Rigby to town for a double dip on the diamond.
At the end of the evening, the visiting Lady Trojans proved to be the better team, as they came from behind for a 14-10 win in the first game and then pounded Shelley 18-6 in the nightcap.
"I wish that I could explain what happened to us tonight," Shelley head coach Chris Fleming said. "We started making errors in the field and then we just took it into every part of our game and lost our heads."
RIVERSIDE â€” Like a lot of other people, Verdus Ostberg enjoys antiques.
Many of those he owns have special meaning.
Included in his collection are a couple of cross-cut saws his father used in a 1940s logging operation, a 1942 military truck used in that same operation.
"My dad bought three acres of sagebrush in Moreland," Ostberg recalled. "I was raised as a logger. I drove Cat and skidded logs when I was 10 years old."
Also included in Ostberg's collection are his mother's 1940s era "washing machine" and steam iron.