May 12th, 2011
UPDATE 4:10 p.m: FORT HALL â€” Firefighters have located a body in the debris of the home that burned this morning on the Fort Hall Reservation. The Bannock County Coroner is on scene. The victim's name has not been released. Highway 91 should reopen in a few hours.
UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: FORT HALL â€” Highway 91 between Ballard and Reservation roads is expected to remain closed most of the day. A Pocatello Fire Department tower truck with bucket and Idaho Technical Rescue Team have been brought in to assess the situation from above due to the structure's instability.
Randall â€śRandyâ€ť Yancey, 45, of Pinole, Calif., passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2011, at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Richmond, California.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced.
PRESTON â€“ Nelda Bradley Francis, 87, passed away May 10, 2011, in Preston.Â
She was born March 10, 1924, in Preston to Orthello Carlyle and Maggie Bell Bradley.Â Nelda married William Joseph (Tony) Francis on March 31, 1944, in Ely, Nev.Â The marriage was then solemnized April 5, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She was the mother of eight children, 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Â She said many times, â€śmy husband and my family are the joy of my life.â€ťÂ
Nelda and Tony worked in five temples and served a mission to the Mexico City Temple.
Reta Maxine Andrus, 75, passed away on May 10, 2011 at her home in Blackfoot after an extended illness.Â
She was born Oct. 13, 1935, to James Hyrum and Stella Killian Garrett at the family home in Lewisville.
Reta spent her youth in Lewisville. She married James Andrus in 1952; they later divorced. Most of her adult life has been spent in the Blackfoot area.
Reta worked many years at State Hospital South in the geriatric unit.Â While president of the local chapter of Business & Professional Women in 1982, Reta was instrumental in starting the Bingham County Crisis Center.
RIVERSIDE - The Snake River Lady Panthers staved off elimination Wednesday afternoon as they downed the American Falls Beavers 4-0 behind the pitching and hitting of sophomore Alyssa DeLaney. The win set up the championship game against the Bear Lake Lady Bears who scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Lady Panthers to a play in game on Saturday by a score of 4-3.
DeLaney was hooked up in a pitchers duel, as Snake River and American Falls defenses kept putting up zeroes on the scoreboard through the first three innings of play.
BLACKFOOT â€” The 4A High Country Conference golf tournament was held on Wednesday afternoon at Blackfoot Municipal Golf Course and at the end of a gorgeous day weather wise, a trio of local golfers qualified for the state tournament.
Leading the way was Shelley's Will Higham who captured the top medalist position by shooting a 77. Also qualifying for the boys team was Higham's team mate Clarke Huntsman who finished third with a 79.
Also joining the state qualifiers was Shelley's Janie Huntsman who finished fourth in the girls standings with a 89.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The only thing that the Blackfoot baseball team wanted was a chance. A chance to compete for a state tournament bid that on Monday looked as if was going to be washed away with the soaking rain that pummeled Southeastern Idaho.
With the inclement weather, the sixth district considered canceling the post season tournament all together and send the regular season champion Bonneville squad to state to represent the district and the two seeded Hillcrest team to Saturday's play in game.
FIRTH â€“ The Firth City Council has a new member. He is Kent Burch. Tuesday was his second city council meeting.
â€śIâ€™m just happy to be here; this is all new to me,â€ť he said.
Burch was appointed in April to complete former city councilman Gary White's term. White resigned from this position.
This council position will be open for election in November.
The city's budget meeting has been set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The city is making a little more money (0.3 percent) at Potelco United Credit Union than at the state investment, city clerk Robert Dial said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored 26 area high school seniors on Wednesday.
"These are the best of the best," said Chamber president Derek Preece. "We look forward to what they are going to accomplish in the future."
Each of the students received a certificate and a keepsake in recognition of their high school success.
Representing Blackfoot were Camille Norton, Collin Rockwood, Hanna Miller, Isaac Hong, Dallin Evans, Daniel Burt, Elise Moser, Kevin Sommerorn, Logan Christiansen and Taylor Sandow.
The Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Chelsea Barzee of Independence Alternative High School thanks members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce for a top senior award on Wednesday, Barzee and classmate Wendi Cameron joined Chamber president Derek Preece at the podium. The Chamber honored 26 seniors from Independence, Sho-Ban, Snake River and Blackfoot high schools. Photos of the other groups can be found on our Website, www.am-news.com.
By BOB HUDSON