January 12th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” The Idaho Doctors' Hospital has been recognized as one of the top health care facilities in the country for patient satisfaction.
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. has named the Idaho Doctors' Hospital as a 2011 Summit Award winner for inpatient patient satisfaction. It is one of 98 organizations to receive the honor in 2011 and one of 87 to be recognized for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco wrestling team took advantage of 5 forfeits and then flexed their collective muscle to win 8 of the 10 remaining matches as they galloped through High Country Conference foe Hillcrest to the final tally of 69-9 on Wednesday evening.
On an annual average basis, the price Idahoans paid for gasoline in 2011 was higher than any prior year, even surpassing the watershed year of 2008 when the Gem State averaged $3.29 a gallon and set a record daily price of $4.16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Behind a 25-point outburst by Chad Leckington, the Shelley Russets picked up a huge road conference win as they overcame a seven point half time deficit to down the home standing Blackfoot Broncos 83-70 in a High Country Conference shootout on Tuesday evening. For complete game story and stats pick up Wednesday's edition of the Morning News.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Relay for Life will be hosting a kick-off event tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Center, 310 N. Meridian St. Suite D in Blackfoot.
The event also serves as the monthly Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. There will be refreshments, games and information about Relay for life teams and upcoming Relay events. The public is invited.
This year's Bingham County Relay for Life will be June 15. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and to fight back against the disease.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot attorney Justin Oleson will represent Bingham County on the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board.
"I am looking forward to doing what I can to represent Bingham County," Oleson said.
The Bingham County commissioners made the appointment this week.
"The commissioners asked if I was interested and I agreed to do it," he said. "I try to do what I can to help out the community.
BLACKFOOT â€” A cold front moving through Idaho today is only expected to bring colder temperatures and wind to the valleys while the mountains may see up to two inches of snow.
Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be about 10 degrees cooler than earlier this week with highs in the mid- to upper-20s and overnight lows dipping to single digits.
Winds will be slightly higher than earlier, with gusts of 10-15 miles per hour through Wednesday night.
Things return to normal Friday with temperatures in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the teens.
Ken Kenji Ugaki, 87, of Blackfoot died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Rexburg, the son of Gisaku George Ugaki and Hisano Akiyama Ugaki.
His early years were lived in the Sugar-Salem area where he attended schools.
He married Jane Miyuki Okamoto on Aug. 8, 1952, in Rexburg.Â They were later divorced.
He came to Blackfoot in 1954 and, other than a few years in California, has lived here since.Â He was a religious man and had attended various church denominations.
Deloris â€śSallyâ€ť Jensen passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born April 27, 1932, in Idaho Falls, the second of seven children born to John Amos Rhoades and Sarah Edna Goodson Rhoades.Â She grew up with an older sister, Josephine; two younger sisters, Ruby and Betty Ann; and three younger brothers, Jay, John, and Dennis.Â While growing up she attended schools in Idaho Falls, Ammon, and Swan Valley and Butte and Melrose, Mont.Â She graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1950.
The Morning News â€” Melanie Moore
Bingham County Sheriff's Capt. Robert Sobieski and Sheriff Dave Johnson help Blackfoot Community Learning Charter School fifth graders Benson Isom and Jacob Christiansen load more than 950 food items into the Sheriff's vehicle. Students at the school collected the items for the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency in December. The Sheriff's Office volunteered to transport the donations to SEICAA. Student Trey Underwood, not pictured, also helped load the items.