May 25th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â When their children were at home, Lamar and Barbara Robertson of Blackfoot planted a large garden on their two-plus acres of ground.
But when the children left and their tiller broke, they lost interest in gardening for a time.
Today the Robertsons are among a growing group of people who participate in what is known as four-square gardening. They have four raised beds in the area behind their house.
"I heard some ladies talking about it at the temple one day last year," Barbara recalled. "So I bought the book (Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew).
BLACKFOOT â Due to flooding conditions in eastern Idaho, Governor C.L. âButchâ Otter has declared a State Declaration of Emergency in support of Bingham and Jefferson Counties. The State Declaration, approved by the governor today, brings the availability of state support to the impacted areas.
Lori Hammond, 55, of Blackfoot passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello.Â
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2011, at the Thomas LDS Church.Â Family will meet with friends and relatives from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
BLACKFOOT â Driver Education will no longer be offered as a class at Blackfoot High School, but students will still have the opportunity to take the course before school or during the summer.
Dan Hale will no longer be teaching Driver Education as a class and incoming freshmen can take five classes in addition to Driver Education, which will be offered before school each block. Gerald Humpherys, who also taught Driver Ed, is retiring.
BLACKFOOT â The National Weather Service continues to issue flood warnings for the Snake River in Blackfoot and Shelley.
A spring-like weather pattern is expected to bring intervals of showers and fluctuating temperatures to the region throughout the week and is expected to melt snowpack in an manageable fashion, according to the National Weather Service.
The Snake River at Blackfoot is forecast to rise at least another six inches over the next four days, cresting at 11.54 feet by Saturday evening. On Tuesday night, the river was 10.9 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.
SHELLEY â One hundred fifty-six Shelley graduates received a rousing send-off Tuesday evening at their graduation ceremony.
The Class of 2011 earned scholarships and awards totaling more than $900,000.
Addressing her classmates, valedictorian Wendee Morgan said, âStop worrying about filling someone elseâs shoes, just fill your own.â
She continued, âAs Abraham Lincoln said, âWhatever you are, be a good one.ââ
As valedictorian Kemais Ehlers related the incident that when he was 4 years old, he had climbed onto the counter to get some toothpicks.
Marguerite Y. King, 95, of Firth passed away May 23, 2011, at her home under hospice care.
Arrangements are pending under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
SUN CITY, Ariz. â Charley Gyder of Sun City was born April 6, 1934, in Franklin, Penn., to Ruth and Charles Gyder and was the youngest of three children.
Charley attended Penn State University in 1952 with the ROTC Program and graduated in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
Lila Lemmon Baldwin, 96, of Rockford passed away May 22, 2011. at her home.
She was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Garfield, Idaho, the youngest daughter of Washington Lemmon and Ida Ethel Hamilton.
Her early childhood was spent in Marysville, near Ashton. In 1928, her father bought a large farm in Tyhee. She graduated from LDS Seminary and from Pocatello High School in 1933.
BLACKFOOT - With the final two rodeos of the Fourth District High School Rodeo Association cancelled, district officials have announced the athletes who have advanced on to the state finals in June.
The top six competitors in each event advance in hopes of qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals this summer.
In Barrel Racing, Kimberlyn Fehringer of American Falls is the champion, accumulating 95 points. Also qualifying are Kilee Lehman of Aberdeen, Lyndsie Ekstrom of Highland, Ciarra Driscoll of American Falls, Shelby Freed of Highland and Kyler Duffin of Highland.