September 21st, 2011
BLACKFOOT â A two-vehicle accident on Interstate 15 Tuesday afternoon left two local teenagers dead.
According to Idaho State Police, Micah Story, 17, of Chubbuck, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 at milepost 83 at 3:05 p.m. in a 2002 Ford Mustang. Jacob Colbo, 18, of Blackfoot, was a passenger in Story's vehicle.
Clint J. Mecham, 23, of Pingree passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Arbon Valley from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Pingree LDS Church.
Family will meet with friends and relatives from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herman âQuinâ Quintero Jr., 60 of Blackfoot, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born July 29, 1951 in Upland, Calif., to Herman Quintero Sr., and Carmel Garcia.
He attended Chaffey High School in 1969 and later graduated. He lived in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Victorville, Calif.; and then Blackfoot. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.
On April 14, 1990, Quin married Lisa Lynn Anders in Upland, Calif.
AMARILLO, Texas â Wendell W. Gardner, 86, of Amarillo died Sept. 16, 2011.
He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Blackfoot.
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County commissioners approved changes to precinct boundaries in the county last Thursday. The precinct lines have been adjusted to more closely match the county's school districts, said Election Director Marlene Jensen.
A total of 318 people will be affected by this change.
If an elector's voting precinct has been changed, he/she will be notified by mail prior to Nov. 1, Jensen said.
Commissioners also voted to make Atomic City Bingham County's first mail ballot precinct.
A mail ballot precinct is consistent with absentee voting, Jensen said.
BLACKFOOT â Once a month, volunteers with the Mobile Food Pantry distribute food to those in need in the communityâand more volunteers are needed.
The Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by the Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot Community Pantry and the Idaho Foodbank, takes place the fourth Thursday of each month. The Food Pantry is currently operating at 340 W. Sexton St.
In July and August, the pantry served 160 families. They distribute between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds of food each month.
BLACKFOOT â Service to community was the theme at several activities around Blackfoot on Saturday.
Members of various wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church prepared corn for the Community Dinner Table.
Over 100 people participated in the Second Annual Buddy Walk to support families and increase awareness of Down Syndrome. And firefighters invited passers-by to Fill the Boot for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
SHELLEY â Thousands attended the 83rd Idaho Annual Spud Day in Shelley on Saturday.
The oldest contest in this annual event is Spud Picking. Different age groups pick up different weights of potatoes.
Children as young as 4- to 5-years-old can compete for the prize money. At age 17, everyone competes in the adult category. Women pick up 400 pounds of potatoes; men pick up 500 pounds in this timed event.
This is the ninth year in a row that Chad Baker of Pocatello has claimed the title of male World Champion Spud Picker. This is also the 10th time Baker has earned the title.
BLACKFOOT â The return of the River Rivalry game is in the books as the Blackfoot Broncos posted a 49-21 victory over the visiting Snake River Panthers on Friday night.
The game was filled with big plays as the two teams combined for nearly 700 yards of offense and a pair of kick off returns for scores before a capacity crowd.
"We anticipated that there would be some big plays," Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck said. "We have some play makers and they have some play makers and it's exciting for the kids and exciting for the fans and it's fun to watch."
Shelley celebrates Spud Day today
SHELLEY âÂ The 83rd annual Idaho Spud Day in Shelley is today. This year's theme is "All Buttered Up."
Activities begin with a parade down State Street beginning at 9:45 a.m. Highlights of the day include the Spud Tug at 3 p.m., free potatoes served at noon, the World Champion Potato Picking Contests and performances on the free park stage, all at Shelley City Park/Dawn Lloyd Field.