August 30th, 2011
FORT LEWIS, Wash. â€” After nine months in Iraq, the first wave of Idaho soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team arrived back in the U.S. Sunday. About 300 soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon flew on chartered aircraft from Kuwait to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Wash.
A second group of guardsmen were expected to arrive Monday night, Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard said.
Deployed Army National Guardsmen of the 116th CBCT include about 2,700 citizen soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, with about 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Montana and 600 from Oregon.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County commissioners approved the ambulance budget Monday. Commissioner Whitney Manwaring was excused because he was out of town.
Revenue from the previous year's budget has increased by $52,809. Expenses have increased by the same amount, $52,809.
Revenue for the ambulance district comes from four sources:
Ag Replacement Moniesâ€”$23,886
Sales Tax/Other Revenueâ€”$75,000
Revenue totals $772,205 from fiscal year 2012. For fiscal year 2011, revenue totaled $719,396.
BLACKFOOT â€“ The Bingham County Commissioners approved the county budget on Monday. Commissioner Whitney Manwaring was excused from the hearing because he was out of town.
The countyâ€™s budget for fiscal year 2012 totals $27,250,412 as compared to the 2011 budget that totaled $26,416,692. The increase is $833,720.
This amount includes an increase of $199,857 for a 2 percent salary increase for full-time county employees. Elected officials did not receive a salary increase this year.
The cost of medical insurance provided to employees increased by $256,785. This is a 5 percent increase.
BLACKFOOT â€” There are several new administrators and teachers in the Blackfoot School District this year.
At Blackfoot High School, John Pearce has taken the reigns as principal and Lori Kay has been hired as an assistant principal alongside Wes Jensen. Counselor Vicki Johnson will also serve as dean of students.
Pearce comes to Blackfoot from Arkansas where he was most recently principal at Maumelle Middle School. Kay recently served as the director of the Flexible Learning Center alternate high school program in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa.
BLACKFOOT â€” The largest soccer crowd of the year welcomed the Blackfoot Broncos and the Snake River Panthers to the pitch on Saturday afternoon and not one of them left disappointed with the play on the field as the two teams put on a marvelously played game, with the home standing Broncos earning the 1-0 victory.
Ross Cameron Sydenham, son of Charles and Leona Paulina (Dimmit) Sydenham, was born in Broken Bow, Neb., on March 19, 1929, and died in Lehi, Utah, on Aug. 26, 2011.
The span of his life was 82 years, 5 months, and 7 days, and it ended peacefully in the midst of his loving family. In the days preceding his death, Cameron had expressed the desire to be relieved of his suffering and reunited with his eternal companion, Sadie Beth (Gardner).
Kim Vance Nakamura, 27, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. in Blackfoot.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced.
Lloyd Blair Brower, 86, of Moreland, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at the Moreland LDS Church. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot, and again for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be in the Moreland Cemetery where final military rites will be presented by American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23.
Our beloved son, brother and father, Wyc John Beasley, departed our world to join his mother on August 25, 2011.
Wyc was born on Christmas Day, 1977 to William â€śBillâ€ť and Sharon Sheepskin Beasley.Â Wyc grew up and spent the majority of his life in Fort Hall with a brief time away in Colorado during his elementary years.
William Verl Larsen, 88, of Ammon, Idaho, died August 24, 2011, at his home. He had been under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.
He was born January 1, 1923, the fourth child of five to LaVera Fullmer Larsen and James Peter Larsen Jr. in Groveland, Idaho.Â He was educated in Groveland and Blackfoot, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Crops from 1943-1946.
Verl attended Idaho State University where he learned the trade of welding and in 1972 earned a degree in education.