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September 10th, 2014

Delbert Farmer,

September 10, 2014

Delbert Farmer, Shoshone-Bannock tribal leader and lifetime resident of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, passed away Sept. 7, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.
Delbert was born in Fort Hall, Idaho on May 24, 1942 to Davis and Irene Farmer.

September 9th

Canada finds 1 of 2 explorer ships lost in Arctic 


September 9, 2014

TORONTO (AP) — One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride.
Last seen in the 1840s while under the command of Rear Adm. Sir John Franklin, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror have long been among the most sought-after prizes in marine archaeology and the subject of songs, poems and novels.

House condemns Obama for prisoner swap 


September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The vote was 249-163, with 22 Democrats — many locked in tough re-election races — breaking ranks and backing the nonbinding resolution.
"By setting free five top Taliban commanders from U.S. custody, the Obama administration made Americans less safe," Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.

VIDEO: Apple Announces iPhone 6

September 9, 2014

VIDEO: Apple Announces iPhone 6
In the highly anticipated announcement, Apple unveils a bigger, better, thinner, and expensive iPhone. Jen Markham has all the details.

Dewi David Washakie, 42

September 9, 2014

Dewi David Washakie, 42, passed away at home surrounded by his family, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
He was born June 23, 1972 in Pocatello, Idaho to Romer Dewi Washakie and Mary Dixey Washakie.  Dewi attended I.T. Stoddard Elementary, Blackfoot Junior High, Fort Washakie Middle School and Blackfoot High School.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, helping family with the family farm, and watching movies; his favorite movie was the Lord of the Ring series.
He participated in the traditional sun dance ceremony in Wyoming and Idaho.

Richard Marlin Keele, 70

September 9, 2014

Richard Marlin Keele, 70, passed away on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his home in Hazelton, Idaho. 
He was born Nov. 21, 1943 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Elwood and Oathea Whiting Keele. He attended Blackfoot schools growing up.
Richard worked as a ranch manager in Bruneau, Idaho; a truck driver for Western Alfalfa and later retired from J&W Trucking.
He enjoyed many activities. Some of those activities were visits with family and friends, and his occasional trips to the casino. Richard was a big enthusiast of the outdoors, and a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.

May I. Mitchell, 86

September 9, 2014

May I. Mitchell, 86, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Willows Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
May was born on October 11, 1927 in Wellington, Colorado to LeeRoy Wells and Bonnie Iris O’Brien.  She lived in Colorado until all three of her boy’s were born, then they lived a few different places, settling back in Colorado in 1961.  She moved to Blackfoot about 23 years ago to be close to her family.  
On July 4, 1948 May married Alfred Ewing Mitchell in Loveland, Colorado.  He preceded her in death onDecember 8, 2009.  

Aaron Michael Hunt, 42

September 9, 2014

Aaron Michael Hunt, 42, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home.
Aaron was born January 2, 1972 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Richard Michael Marshall and Cathleen Gay (Cushman) Hunt.  He was raised in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, but finished high school in Reno, Nevada.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Aaron worked as a welder and cook.  In his free time he enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking with his mother, spending time with friends and loved animals.  He was a devoted son.

Stoddard teacher needs help to win $100,000 for school

September 9, 2014

BLACKFOOT — A Stoddard first grade teacher is one of the 15 nationals finalists in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Challenge."
First grade teacher Melissa Hunt was notified Tuesday morning that she was one of the national finalists by officials from Farmer's Insurance who attended an assembly at Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot.
Hunt is one of over 3,000 teachers who were invited to submit a proposal to "Dream Big," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.

September 8th

Commissioners approve county budget

September 8, 2014

Bingham County commissioners approved the county budget recently. The county's budget is lower than the final 2014 budget. 
The county's fiscal year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year. 
"This is the commissioners' budget," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "They make the decisions about where the money will be allocated. 
"The commissioners have always been conservative about the budget," she said. 
"We anticipate a 3 percent increase from sales tax that is distributed from the state which is a good indication that the economy is improving," said Staub. 

 

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