April 27th, 2012
No one was complaining about the blustery weather at Stalker Elementary Friday afternoon as students and staff enjoyed a Hawaiian luau complete with palm trees, ice cream and Polynesian hula dancers.
According to Sheila Evans, Idaho Reads - VISTA representative, the luau was sponsored by Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) and was a reward for students who completed the "Literacy Luau Challenge" by reading at least 40 books throughout the school year.
The reading challenge is an annual event , this year's theme being: " Put A Book In The Palm Of Your Hand."
Memories of a wonderful grandmother and too many lives lost to cancer have prompted Blackfoot man Leo Wallace, to donate a handmade quilt made by his grandmother to this year's Relay for Life event.
Wallace, the day manager at Rupe's Burgers, said his grandmother, Goldie McCulloch of Blackfoot was a breast cancer survivor, beating the disease for 29 years and living to the ripe old age of 98.
"She was diagnosed in 1973 and passed away in 2002," he said. "My mother, Afton, also lost her life to breast cancer and I have a sister who is currently an eight- year cancer survivor."
SHELLEY â€” Colby Pearson threw a no hitter on Friday afternoon and the Blackfoot Broncos erupted for 14 runs in support of the pitching gem as the broncos downed the Shelley Russets 14-0 in six innings.
"In Thursday nights game Colby wanted the ball and today he came out focused and ready to go which I knew he would," Blackfoot head coach Kenny Dahle said. "He is such a competitor and to be one pitch away from a perfect game and to throw a no hitter is hard to do on any level so hats off to him."
BLACKFOOT â€” Ladd Carter, county commission incumbent representing District Three, understands that opposition keeps elected officials on their toes.
"Our ability to challenge our leaders makes it the best system of government on earth," Carter said. "It's good to have a test. I would be honored to serve the citizens of Bingham County if reelected.
All nine county commissioner candidates participated in the forum sponsored by the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening. About 100 people attended.
BLACKFOOT-Coleen Gregory and Sonja Wright use their own time every Thursday to work at the Salon doing hair for residents of the nursing home at BMH. Wright said, "I enjoy the people. A woman always feels better when they look nice. It doesn't matter how old you are." Wright has been a volunteer since 1990. Gregory said, "the ladies are so gracious about getting their hair done. It makes them feel better." Gregory has been volunteering since 1989 and would like to hang up her hair dryer but is concerned that no one will be there to take her place.
FORT HALL â€” The Blackfoot School District No. 55 board of trustees hired Chad Struhs as interim superintendent during its meeting on Thursday.
Struhs is currently assistant superintendent. His hiring will allow the board to conduct a search for a replacement for Scott Crane. Crane announced his retirement effective at the end of the school year.
"When he leaves, I'll step in," Struhs said.
Struhs has been assistant superintendent in the Blackfoot School District for the past five years. He spent seven years as superintendent in Aberdeen and in Cordova, Alaska.
BLACKFOOT â€” In a game that featured 8 different pitchers, 20 hits and a combined 25 runs, the Blackfoot Broncos came out on top as they came from behind to down Shelley 14-11 at Blackfoot High School on Thursday evening.
BLACKFOOT â€” Derek Preece, owner of On The Spot Cleaning, offered his services free of charge to the police force to "give back to the men and women who give so much to us daily. It is our way of giving back."
The cleaning the police vehicles has occurred for the last 6 years.
MONTPELIER â€” EZRA SAMUEL PAYNE, 94, beloved father and grandfather returned home to his Heavenly Father April 24, 2012.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1917 to Lot Leo and Hattie Hayes Payne in Stringtown, Idaho.
His childhood was spent in Georgetown where he helped his dad farm. He
graduated from Georgetown High School where he enjoyed playing basketball.
Ezra married the love of his life, LaWanda Koford, on Dec. 4, 1944 in
Pocatello. They were later sealed in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple on June
24, 1966. They were married 66 years before she passed away, and Ezra lost his best friend.
Anne Mary Novosad Moses, 92
Anne was born April 16, 1920, to Susie and Paul Novosad. Her younger years were all spent in the Blackfoot area and she attended and graduated from the St. Margaret's Catholic School.
Anne married Gordon Eugene Moses on June 16, 1937 and they spent their first few years herding sheep in Idaho. In 1944 they moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo., where they raised their seven children â€” Bonnie (Jim) Wright, Beverly Ann Porta, Ruby Gott (Steve Stone), Russel (Judy) Moses, Judy (Agustin) Ugalde, Deanna Mason and Linda (Gary) Hedges.