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May 30th, 2012

Death warrant stands in Leavitt case

May 30, 2012

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Death warrant still stands in Leavitt case

Seventh District Judge Jon J. Shindurling heard arguments for quashing the death warrant issued against former Blackfoot resident Richard A. Leavitt Wednesday.
Leavitt was convicted of first-degree murder in 1985 for the mutilation and stabbing of Danette Elg. He is set to be executed on June 12.
After hearing all the arguments, Shindurling left the death warrant in place.

Howard 'Shorty' Warren Davis, 88

May 30, 2012

Warren Davis, 88, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, May 28, 2012. 
Warren was born Nov.22, 1923, in Cottage Grove, Ore., to Howard Milton Davis and Minnie Sarah Barry Davis.  He was raised in Fort Hall and attended school in Blackfoot.  After high school, Warren attended college one year before joining the Navy.  In the Navy he helped build the airport in Okinawa during World War II.
On June 24, 1950 Warren married Theona Jones in Elko, Nev. 

Norma Jean Hawkes, 83

May 30, 2012

Norma Jean Mooney Hawkes, 83, of Shelley passed away May 27, 2012, at her home of natural causes.
 Norma Jean was born May 17, 1929, in Idaho Falls to James Mooney and Grace Wilson Mooney.  She grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School.
 On Nov.24, 1949, she married Donald Thomas Hawkes in Goshen.  They made their home in Goshen where they raised their two sons, James and Kim.  Norma Jean was a wife, mother, and homemaker.  She also worked as a lab technician at French’s and Pillsbury in Shelley for many years.  Don passed away Jan.10, 1993.

Lisha Hope Zeim, 34

May 30, 2012

Lisha Hope Zeim (34) was granted her angel wings on May 16, 2012. (Born 7/3/77) Lisha lived in West Valley City, UT. Lisha’s children were her greatest joy; Azia Rain, River Corbin and Wesley Paydon. Lisha was married to Brandon Archabald (1995-96) and Corbin Mckinlay (1996-98). She is survived by mother, Marge (Dennis) Thornton of WVC, and father, Jim (Florence) Zeim of Nyack NY.

May 29th

Relay for Life schedules more fundraisers

May 30, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Relay for Life is scheduled at the Blackfoot High School track June 15 and 16. There are still a couple of fundraising events leading up to the finale. All funds raised will go to the American Cancer Society.

Team Faith and Team Faith 2
These teams will be sponsoring a fundraising event at Chick-Fil-A in Idaho Falls on Thursday from 5-7 p.m.  Anyone who eats there and mentions Relay for Life will get 20 percent of the cost of their meal donated to the local Relay for Life Event.

City councilman dies

May 30, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot city councilman Farrell Cammack died Tuesday night. Despite a lingering illness Cammack continued to serve until his death.
Cammack was in his 17th year of service to the city. He was reelected to another four-year term in 2011.
Mayor Mike Virtue emailed the following statement on Cammack's death:
"Farrell was substance, not form. He was not pretentious; he was a "boots on the ground" type of guy, a participant, not a spectator...

Prosecutor: 'Dialogue exists between hospital, county'

May 30, 2012

Bingham County Commissioner Chairman Cleone Jolley explained the role of the county and Bingham Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
Jolley suggested questions or concerns be directed to the hospital's board or staff or to the other agencies dealing with issues related to the hospital.
"If you have further questions after this meeting, we ask that these be directed to the prosecuting attorney's office."
Questioned, Bingham County prosecuting attorney Scott Andrew said, "This is going to be a dialogue with the hospital."

Commissioner reaffirms relationship with BMH

May 30, 2012

Bingham County Commissioner Chairman Cleone Jolley read a statement regarding the present-day relationship between Bingham County and BMH, Inc., Tuesday afternoon in the commissioners' chamber.
"In June of 2007, Bingham County transferred operations of what had been the county hospital to BMH, Inc.," said Jolley. "BMH, Inc., is a non-profit organization that works autonomously to provide services consistent with those that were previously provded by the county hospital.

Crane wraps up Blackfoot career

May 30, 2012

After five years as superintendent for Blackfoot School District School District 55 and a total of 26 years with the district, Scott Crane will sit behind his desk at the district office for the last time Thursday, tying up loose ends and saying goodbye to dear friends and colleagues that he has met along the way.

Veterans remembered

May 29, 2012

BLACKFOOT — A nice crowd gathered at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot to remember veterans who served to our nation at the Memorial Day service Monday morning.
First Sgt. Mike Merlette, retired, was the guest speaker.
Merlette served in active duty and in the reserves for 35 years.
First known as Decoration Day, the tradition of honoring war dead started in May 1868 to honor Civil War veterans, Merlette said. This observance now honors all soldiers and loved ones and is known as Memorial Day.
"A highlight of my career was training and mentoring young soldiers," Merlette said.

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