July 26th, 2011
Ray D. DeRoche, 83, of Blackfoot passed away July 25, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Funeral services are pending under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center will feature five outstanding concerts for its 2011-2012 Concert Series. The first one will kick off Oct. 15 with country singing legend Gary Morris.
Tickets for the series can be purchased as a package or individually. BPAC Programming Director Susan Mann says tickets will be discounted to $15 each if purchased for the entire series. Individual ticket prices will be higher.
Last year's season ticket holders have until Aug. 30 to reserve their same seats. All seats will go on sale to the general public Sept. 1.
LaVerne N. Malcom died on July 23, 2011 at the home of her daughter in Shelley.Â She suffered with lung cancer and emphysema and fought a valiant fight.
LaVerne Hancock was born Oct 25, 1921 in Downey, Idaho to Louis Delbert Hancock and Ethelyn Francilda Norby Hancock.Â She was delivered by her Grandmother Anderson.Â LaVerne was the third child in a family that would grow to 8 children.
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.Â She attended Pocatello Schools, graduating from Pocatello High School in 1957.
She was married in August, 1958 to LaMar Hagar.Â The couple moved to Blackfoot that same year and have resided here since.Â The couple had three children: John, James and David.
Myrtle E. McNee, 94, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away July 22, 2011 at Bingham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Blackfoot.Â
Â 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.Â Four children were born to this union.Â They farmed in the Egin area and later moved to Firth where they also farmed.Â
By BOB HUDSON
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."
By LESLIE MIELKE
BLACKFOOT â€” Comments on the federal draft proposals for â€śWater of the United Statesâ€ť are being accepted through July 31.
This draft guidance proposal broadens the scope of jurisdictional waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” 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.
BLACKFOOT â€” 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 â€śChetâ€ť 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.Â He was the sixth child of seven children born to Fred and Alma Malmstrom Wahlen.Â He was welcomed into the family by two brothers, Clarence (Clix) and Ferris and one sister, Mabel Phillips Gull.