June 8th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Jayson Meline, executive director of the Latino Economic and Development Center (LEAD), shared a statewide award presentation with members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Irene Gonzalez, a representative of the Small Business Administration, presented Meline with the organization's Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award.
Owen Lavell Durfee, 81, of Pingree passed away Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the home of his daughter, Ann Sutton, in Twin Falls.
Owen was born April 13, 1930 in Tremonton, Utah, to Melvin Henry Durfee and Erma Sophia Johnson.Â He was raised until the age of six in Almo, then moved to Pocatello and remained there until 1973 when he moved to Pingree.Â He attended school in Pocatello.Â Owen served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict.
On Aug. 28, 1953, Owen married Patty Lois Rhoades in Pocatello. Their marriage was later solemnized the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1959.
Whitney Owen Johnson, 91, of Groveland, passed away June 6, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital of old age.
He was born Nov. 6, 1919, in the farming community of Groveland.Â His parents, Michael Johnson Jr. and Elsie Mae Paskett Johnson, purchased an 80-acre dairy farm in Groveland where he would live and work for half his life.Â They also raised apples on the dairy farm.Â The Johnsons raised potatoes, beets, hay and snakes on a second farm at the end of Bond Road near the lavas.
Lucy Honena Diaz, 87, of Fort Hall passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, at her home.
Lucy was born on Sept. 7, 1923, in Fort Hall, the eldest daughter of Laura Tendoy and Samuel Honena, descended through her great-grandfather Chief Tendoy and her grandfather Toopompey of the Agaiâ€™dika or Lemhi band of the Shoshone tribe.Â Orphaned at the age of nine, she was raised by her grandmother, Nena Tendoy Tissidiment.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Ladies Golf Association is sponsoring a Relay for Life Golf Tournament June 15 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot City Golf Course. The cost is $100 per four-person team, which includes green fees and dinner. Cart rental is a separate cost.
Teams are encouraged to register in advance and space is limited to the first eight teams. To register call the Blackfoot CIty Golf Course at 785-9960.
All proceeds will go towards Relay for Life.
POCATELLO â€” Last fall, students in the graduating classes from elementary schools in American Falls, Blackfoot, Chubbuck and Pocatello were challenged by Jason Meador, general manager of Phil Meador Toyota, to have perfect attendanceâ€”bell to bell, all day every dayâ€”throughout the school year. Each student could have no absences, no tardies and no early outs.
The program was called PASSâ€”Perfect Attendance Spells Success.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council has banned texting and driving within the city limits. The council unanimously approved the ordinance and waived all readings at their meeting Tuesday. The ordinance goes into effect immediately.
The ordinance clearly defines texting as using an electronic wireless communications device to communicate using a text-based communication including test messages, instant messages or electronic mail.
A texting violation is classified as an infraction and is punishable by a fine of $50.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County sandbag-making operations have been temporarily suspended because there are plenty of sandbags on hand if needed.
Bingham County Emergency Management Director Craig Rowland said since sandbagging operations began last month, more than 225,000 sandbags have been made. Approximately 40,000 sandbags remain on hand and sandbagging operations may resume again if the need arises, Rowland said.
"We've got plenty of sandbags filled," Rowland said.
BLACKFOOT â€“ A person with a green thumb is said to be one who excels at growing beauty and food. Dennis and Peggy Mecham have appropriately named their retail business, the Green Thumb Nursery.
The retail outlet is one mile north of the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
â€śIt can be found just before the road construction,â€ť Peggy Mecham said.
The Mechams begin their gardening in February each year. The flowers and vegetables are planted in eight greenhouses on their property near Blackfoot. The greenhouses cover about 10,000 square feet of space.
Darlene S. Evening, 51, of Fort Hall passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at her home following an extended illness.
Darlene was born Nov. 10, 1959, in Blackfoot, the daughter of Daniel Bill, Sr. and Inez Mink Evening. She was raised in the Fort Hall area and attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School. Following high school she attended Idaho State University.
Darlene enjoyed bead work, quiltwork and going to the casino. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.