August 4th, 2011
Worth B. McNeel, 90, a longtime resident of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 in Pocatello.
He was born in Afton, Wyo., on Feb. 19, 1921, to Wallace Granville McNeel and Mary Barber McNeel. He was the oldest of four children. He had two sisters, Clara (Blaine) Linford and Madeline (Frank) Hoopes and a brother, George (Vernice) McNeel.
At the age of six he started school at the Etna, Wyo., Grade School. He went on to the Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyo. He graduated in June 1940.
High schools in Aberdeen, Firth and Shelley met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school year 2010-2011 in the report released by the Idaho Department of Education.
In the Snake River School District, no school made AYP for school year 2010-2011.
In the Blackfoot School District, the schools that made AYP included Fort Hall, Stoddard and Wapello Elementary and Blackfoot High School.
BLACKFOOT â€” Four of 10 schools in the Blackfoot School District met adequate yearly progress during the 2010-2011 school year, but three schools failed to meet AYP due to low participation levels among minority students and three failed to meet proficiency levels.
AYP is an academic benchmark states are required to set and report each year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is calculated based on results of the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT). The ISAT measures reading, mathematics and language usage in grades 3-8 and science in grades 5, 7 and 10.
BLACKFOOT â€” The number of animals that were auctioned at the 19th annual 4-H Market Sale totaled 211.
The endowment hog that is raised each year by the Stoddard family brought in $850.
The first 10 animals auctioned off were the champion and reserve champion market animals in each speciesâ€”sheep, beef, goat, rabbit and swine.
The top market animals sold for the following prices:
The Grand Champion Market Lamb was raised by Ashley Carpenter and sold for $600.
The Reserve Champion Market Lamb was raised by Tehya Jensen and sold for $600.
Jason A. Wood, 42, a lifetime Blackfoot resident, passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at his home.
He was born in Blackfoot on Sept. 15, 1968, to Dale and Edith Mae Wood. He attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School.
On Sept. 15, 1990, he married Charee L Cowden, in Blackfoot. They had two sons, Justin and John.
Jason had worked for Nonpariel, raised cattle and driven truck. He currently owned and operated Wood Recycling.
He enjoyed riding street bikes, fishing, camping and being outdoors.
Lana Nicole Rosalez, formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2011, as the result of a fall in Caribou County. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
Eva June Vogt Bell, 82, a retired secretary and 49-year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Thursday May, 5, 2011.
She was born June 9, 1928, in Groveland to Fredrick H. And Mary Farnces Bingham Vogt. She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1945 and attended the University of Idaho and Idaho State College.
Juneâ€™s hobby was playing Bridge.
She is survived by her daughter, Pauline Bell, Las Vegas, Nev.; and nieces Kathy (Greg) Mercille, Federal Way, Wash.; and Claire (Rufus) Clark, Wauna, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ruth Jeanne Vogt Mercille.
BLACKFOOT â€” Cattle Kids took the show ring Tuesday at the Bingham County 4-H Fair.
The kids in the program were divided into two flightsâ€”one for kids who have been part of the program in previous years and the second for first year Cattle Kids.
Emma Harris won champion showman honors in the veteran Cattle Kid division. Hannah Adams took reserve champion honors.
In the first year category of Cattle Kids, Marlee Kofoed was champion showman; McKenzie Later earned reserve champion.
"I like having animals I can take care of and I like the opportunity," said Harris.
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot intends to join an independent medical insurance cooperative among Idaho cities in an effort to control costs and rate increases.
The City Council voted Tuesday night to sign a three-year joint powers agreement with the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority, a cooperative of numerous Idaho cities to create a self-funded medical insurance program. The council members will take the next week to review additional information about the program, and if there are no objections from the councilmen the agreement will be signed Aug. 10 by Mayor Mike Virtue.