October 13th, 2011
Lucille Wright Benson passed away due to complications from heart surgery on Oct. 11, 2011, in St. George, Utah.
She was born Feb. 7, 1934, in Blackfoot to Cecil F. and Anna Polatis Wright. She married J. Boyd Benson on Oct. 24, 1952, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Lucille is survived by her children: Debra (Edgar) Wells, Diane Mitchell, Susan (Allen) Tripp, John (Gloria) Benson, Scott (Kathleen) Benson and Lisa (David) Payne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Boyd Benson, and son, Steven Boyd Benson. She had 28 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Eldon Leroy Gardner, 67, of Blackfoot passed away Oct 10, 2011 following a short illness.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1943 in Blackfoot, the sixth of 11 children of Raymond and Nina May Crow Gardner.
His upbringing on his parentsâ€™ small, rocky farm was hard but happy.Â He was the epitome of a â€śpeople person,â€ť a good husband, father, and grandfather, ranch foreman and hunting guide.Â
His interests included horses, livestock, gardening, reading, and telling stories and jokes.Â Among his many endearing qualities was his encyclopedic memory for jokes, which he told at every appropriate opportunity.
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce honored six lawmen and three fire fighters on Wednesday.
President Derek Preece, well known for his stories, said he and his wife went to bed on Tuesday night and immediately fell asleep, comfortable in the knowledge that their family and their belongings were protected.
â€śWe have an awesome group of people â€” men and women â€” who do what it takes to keep our community and our county safe,â€ť said Preece.
BLACKFOOT â€” After winning the Bingham County Stone Soup competition for the fourth time in eight years, Kevin Rupe is already making plans for next year.
The clam chowder from Rupe's Burgers was the favorite among those who attended the fundraiser for the South East Idaho Community Action Agency on Tuesday.
"I think SEICAA is a tremendous organization," Rupe said after claiming another title in the friendly competition among various businesses and organizations.
Rupe, owner of the restaurant on Alice Street in Blackfoot, said he wants to give back to the community in whatever way he can.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two schools in the Blackfoot School District received recognition from the Idaho State Board of Education for their academic achievement during the 2010-2011 school year.
Blackfoot High School received a Distinguished School award and Fort Hall Elementary received two Additional Yearly Growth Awards. The schools were among 20 total in Idaho recognized for their achievement and growth on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider the case of Idaho death-row inmate Paul Ezra Rhoades, effectively ending the appeals of his death sentence.
Rhoades was convicted of three murders in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in 1988 and sentenced to death for two of them. In his petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, Rhoades said a lower court judge was wrong to refuse to have an evidentiary hearing on claims that his attorneys were ineffective when it came time to present evidence of mental illness during his sentencing.
BLACKFOOT â€” Tickets for David Archuleta's "My Kind of Christmas" concert sold quickly Saturdayâ€”but there are still a few hundred tickets available to those still wishing to attend.
Susan Mann, programming director for the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center, said tickets for the Dec. 9 show sold quickly Saturday morning, but that approximately 200 of the 1,200 tickets available for the show were still available Monday afternoon. Tickets are $31.
BLACKFOOT â€” During the winter, the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF) has over 100,000 square feet of indoor storage for vehicles or recreational vehicles.
Included in this list are performance cars, trailers, boats, vans, motor homes, fifth- wheelers, Skidoos and/or "any recreational vehicle you can bring in on a trailer," said Stan Osburn who is part of the EISF maintenance crew.
Storage space is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Storage will be taken from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday.
By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT â€” October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and two local events are planned in Blackfoot and Fort Hall for Thursday.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Health and Human Services Victims Assistance Program is conducting a mile walk, breakfast and program to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Registration for the walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Timbee Hall, with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the walk, breakfast will be served followed by a presentation from Domestic Abuse Judges David Hooste and Brandelle Whitworth.
Keith Jensen, 64, of Blackfoot died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at his home.
Services are pending and will be announced by the Hawker Funeral Home.