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February 21st, 2012

'Brigadoon' opens Friday at Nuart Theater

February 22, 2012

The Blackfoot Community Players are pleased to announce the production of the iconic stage musical "Brigadoon." The musical opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway.
This highly celebrated classic has been given an up-to-date feel under the direction of Bryce and Amy Moser and follows the original screenplay of a young man who falls in love with a beautiful Scottish girl from a town that appears once every 100 hundred years. Several talented local artists are part of the production.

Idaho economy improving

February 22, 2012

POCATELLO – Things are looking up for the Idaho economy, according to Idaho State University economics Professor Scott Benson who contributed to an economic forecast report on personal income.
Benson predicts a 3.4 percent increase in personal income and a 4.5 percent rise in state general fund revenues in fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1.
“Personal income is growing, although that growth is modest in the short run and improves only slowly,” Benson said. “But there is an upward trend and the future looks brighter than it has the last couple of years.”

Margie Whipkey, 71

February 21, 2012

Margie Whipkey, 71, of Aberdeen passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.   
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.

Jim Knudsen, 66

February 21, 2012

Jim Knudsen, 66, of Coeur d’Alene passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.

Ruth Ormond, 98

February 21, 2012

Ruth Ormond, 98, passed away at the Portneuf Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Blackfoot West Stake Center, 101 N. 900 W, with Bishop Randy Lee officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will follow services at the Rigby Pioneer Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Raeola Jensen Rhead, 84

February 21, 2012

POCATELLO – Raeola Jensen Rhead, 84, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Pocatello after a long fulfilling life and has now joyfully joined her loved ones who have long awaited her return. 
She was born on Oct. 23, 1927, in Shelley to Marple Beaumont Jensen and Gertrude Vivian Gardner Jensen.
She attended Shelley schools, graduating in 1945. She completed a cosmetology course and began working as a beautician with her mother and sister Wyonna. Raeola also worked as a beautician for Nalders Funeral Home in Shelley. 

Helen N. Hansen, 86

February 21, 2012

Helen N. Hansen, 86, of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family members and the help of Creekside Hospice.
She was born Jan. 9, 1926 in Blackfoot to Paul Novasad and Suzie Kralik.
Helen lived in Idaho Falls, Moreland, Salt Lake City, Utah; and most of her life in Blackfoot. She graduated from the eighth grade at St. Margaret’s Catholic School.
She married Frank Lusher Hansen and he passed on Feb. 8, 1964. She later found her companion, Howard Yanski, who brought her great joy and happiness. He also preceded her in death in November of 1974.

Terry Child, 65

February 21, 2012

Harold Terry Child, 65, of Firth passed away Feb. 15, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug.22, 1946 at Shelley to Harold T. and Amy Pearl Madsen Child. He attended schools in Firth, graduating from Firth High School in 1964. He then attended Weber State University.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Terry married Jennifer Sethmann and they had two children, Shawn and Kristan.  They were later divorced. He worked for the Oregon Liquor Commission, retiring after 30 years.

Ruth Elvona Ormond, 98

February 21, 2012

POCATELLO - Ruth Elvona Ormond, 98, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the Portneuf Medical Center.
Ruth lived all 98 years in beautiful Idaho. Born in La Belle to Orian and Elva Smout, Ruth graduated from Rigby High School in 1933. She married Enos Vernal Ormond June 21, 1933 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple.

Donald Byron Jackman, 87

February 21, 2012

Donald Byron Jackman, 87, of Blackfoot passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Portneuf Medical Center.
He was born June 14, 1924 in Blackfoot to Byron Jackman and Mildred Matilda Samuelson, among the original settlers of the Rose area, where he lived his entire life. He married the love of his life, Merle East on Oct. 28, 1951. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, primarily in Okinawa, Japan. He loved his family most, then horses, rodeo, cutter racing, and baseball, and running a close second to his family, golf.

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