January 20th, 2011
Roy Spencer Smith, 65, a Blackfoot resident, passed away Saturday Jan. 15, 2011, at his home following a short illness.
He was born Sept. 7, 1945, in Gallup, New Mexico, the son of Lucius Spencer Smith and Frankie Marie Carpenter. He lived his youth in New Mexico where he was educated and graduated from the Quemado High School.
He married Elizabeth Ann Brownlee on Sept. 29, 1967, in Gallup, New Mexico. He lived in New Mexico most of his life until coming to Blackfoot seven years ago.
He was a rancher and carpenter all of his life, among numerous other talents.
Donald âDonâ Wayne Henman, 74, of Blackfoot passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg following a lingering illness.
He was born Feb. 6, 1936, in Mason City, Neb., the son of Elzie W. Henman and Anna Vera Mortensen.
Don graduated from Clark County High School in Dubois in 1955.
On Sept. 2, 1956, he married Doris Putnam and to this union three children â Deborah, Dan, and Dale â were born. They later divorced.
Don married Sherrie Baxter on April 13, 1985, in Blackfoot at the First Baptist Church.
Paul S. Hartman, 40, a lifetime resident of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at his home.
Paul was born Aug. 15, 1970, in Rexburg to Fritz Phillip Hartman and Joyce Nadeen Young. He attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School in 1989. He went on to attend Eastern Idaho Technical College, studying Nuclear Security Services.
On Aug. 2, 1992, Paul married Marguerite Hayne in Triumph. They were later divorced.
POCATELLO â Potato growers from throughout Idaho learned about the re-emergence of the Potato Virus Y and what research is being done to prevent the spread of the disease during a special symposium at the 2011 Potato Conference Wednesday.
AMMON â The Blackfoot wrestling team continued their significant roll through the 2010-11 season, taking down High Country Conference rival Hillcrest, in the dungeon, 60-7 on Wednesday evening.
"I thought that we had good spunk, good fire and we knew that we would be in for a hard fought battle and that is what Hillcrest gave us," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "We don't like any of the young men too face defeat and thankfully we are winning more than we are losing."
ABERDEEN â The Firth Cougar basketball squad entered the Aberdeen Tiger den on Tuesday night, looking for a season sweep of their Bingham County brethren. At the end of a rapidly played contest, that is exactly what they got, as they won the cat fight with a decisive 58-37 victory.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â The Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility now has a library of more than 800 books thanks to a local Boy Scout.
Macalister Loos, 15, is a sophomore at Blackfoot High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 239. His father, Mark Loos, is a corrections officer at the Shoshone-Bannock Corrections facility and suggested Macalister conduct a book drive to supplement the book selection at the jail, where inmates had fewer than 100 books to choose from.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â A local teacher has been named the Idaho VFW Teacher of the Year.
Elaine Asmus, who teaches science at Snake River High School, was presented the award Saturday at the Idaho VFW Mid-Winter Conference in Boise. Asmus was recognized because she encourages her students to participate in a number of activities throughout the year serving veterans and those less fortunate.
She said that even though she teaches science, she still feels a responsibility to encourage her students to be contributing members of their community.
FIRTH â High School history teacher Darvel Jolley started teaching in Firth in 1987.
âI feel like Iâve spent my life doing something that matters,â Jolley said.
Relationships and helping people discover their own self-worth are some of the perks of teaching social studies, Jolley said.
âIn social studies, we get to talk about people; we study groups, nations and/or individuals,â he said.
âFor example, we study Jim Crow laws; under these laws, people were treated in certain ways because they were black,â Jolley said. Â
LOGAN, Utah â Growing up in Bingham County provided Neil Abercrombie with much of the understanding of his new job at Utah State University.
In December USU President Stan Albrecht named Abercrombie as director of government relations.
As such he will help USU garner state and federal funding for key academic programs and research projects.
"A lot of our programs and research have direct relevance to Bingham County," Abercrombie noted in a telephone interview last week. "One of our primary focuses this legislative session is to get funding to start a doctoral veterinary program."