September 16th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot Lions Club is working in conjunction with Blackfoot School District to administer free vision and hearing screenings to every elementary child in second and fourth grade within the district.
The Mobile Screening Unit was at Stoddard and Ridge Crest elementaries Thursday as they make their way through the school district. Principal Ryan Wilson said that by mid-morning they had already identified five second graders with potential vision problems.
BLACKFOOT â€” Voters will be asked to approve a permanent ambulance override rather than a supplemental one on the November ballot. Bingham County Commissioners unanimously approved this resolution on Thursday.
"This is not a tax increase," explained Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "It would have the same restrictions as all other county, city and district levies. Levy limits are set by state statute and have a 3 percent cap.
"Taxes should not increase," Staub said, "If approved, a new election would not be scheduled every two years for the ambulance override.
BLACKFOOT â€” The River Rivalry is back! Yes folks, the ages old rivalry game between the Blackfoot Broncos and the Snake River Panthers will resume on Friday night and despite being in kept in limbo for over a decade, the game should no doubt stir memories of times gone by as the entire community will sit up and take notice.
When last we visited the Battle for Bingham County, the Panthers were in the midst of the Tom Harrison era a golden time that saw the Panthers reel off 54 straight wins, including seven state championships in an eight year span.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Memorial Hospital has recently added a number of new doctors to its staff. On Wednesday, during the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon, BMH representative Scott Reese introduced two of them.
"We've had an incredibly busy year," Reese said. "Our growth is because of you."
Dr. Tushar Shah, a hospitalist, and Dr. Rebecca Gill, a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and melanomas, explained their passions.
Dr. Shah noted that the hospitalist program is new at Bingham.
"I work in the hospital 24/7 when I'm on," he said. "I don't have an outside clinic."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Community Center has received two grants to allow children of the most financially challenged families to attend its early childhood education program.
The first is a grant for $2,500 from the Kissler Family Foundation Philanthropic Gift Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The second is a grant for $1,000 from the Jane Sandy Fund and the Idaho Community Foundation Youth Trust Fund.
Laura Jensen Neff, 59, of Blackfoot passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at her home from a brief illness. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Dr., Blackfoot, under the direction of Bishop Randy Hickman.
The family will meet with friends on Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACKFOOT â€” Presidential hopeful John Davis visited Blackfoot Tuesday. He was touring county seats in Southeastern Idaho from Soda Springs to Rexburg on his red, white and blue "John Davis for President" bus.
This is his first run for elected office. He is running as a conservative Republican.
"I am pro-life, pro-gun and pro-America," Davis said. "I am running for president because of the condition of the country."
For examples of "condition of the country," Davis cited the nation's morals.
POCATELLO â€” More National Guardsmen of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team were greeted home by family and friends as they arrived at the Pocatello Airport Tuesday after a year-long deployment.
For Staff. Sgt. Donald "D.J." Robertson of Blackfoot, returning home from his second deployment means being able to spend time with his family and finally getting to know his nine-month-old daughter.
Robertson's mother, Donna McBride, said he was able to see his daughter born via video chat on Skype and said when he came home for two weeks in April he could barely put her down.
Damien Joseph Young 22, of Blackfoot, passed away Sept. 9, 2011 peacefully at his home. Damien was born June 18, 1989, the youngest of four children born to Stan and Jody Anderson Young.
Throughout his life Damien attended schools in both Blackfoot and Snake River and had many friends.Â Damien was a unique individual. He had the biggest heart of gold and loved everyone in his life with all that he had.Â He was the most loving, loyal, honest person that you will ever meet.Â He found the good in everyone and didnâ€™t judge anyone; instead he helped them as much as he possiblyÂ could.Â