July 5th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” The City of Blackfoot will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $92,000 in the 2012 fiscal year for unpaid invoices from 2003. The City Council approved the amount during their meeting Tuesday.
The outstanding invoices are from the upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, which was completed in 2003. The City of Blackfoot worked with various agencies including the EPA to fund the project.
An audit by the EPA in 2008 found the city owed more than $1 million to the agency for the project. After further review, that figure was reduced to $92,658.
Lisa Christensen Warwick, 45, of Goshen passed away on June 30, 2011.
Lisa was born on Sept. 15, 1965, in Blackfoot to Barry L. and Elaine Steffler Christensen. She was one of seven children born to the family. She attended school in the Firth School District and Career Beauty College in Rexburg, obtaining her beauty license.
On Nov. 2, 1984, she married her sweetheart and best friend, Randy Richard Warwick in Basalt.
Kent George Gentry, 56, of Blackfoot passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Kent was born on April 8, 1955, in Blackfoot and was raised by his mother Bonnie and stepfather Frank Gentry.
BOISE â€” Marco Bates, 35, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Boise.
Marco was born on Aug. 1, 1975, in Fuerth, Germany, to Ilse Roedl. When Marco was two, his mother married Danny Bates who was stationed in Germany with the United States Army.
Danny adopted Marco and he became an official Bates family member. Shortly after, Marco and his mother immigrated to the United States, living in Blackfoot and Danny later joined them. Marco then became the proud brother of his sister Daniela Bates.
Julia Roper Gulbransen, 96, formerly of Shelley, passed away June 29, 2011, at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living in Idaho Falls.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the Shelley First Ward Chapel (184 North Park Ave.). The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Tuesday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. before the services at the church.Â Interment will be at 3 p.m. in the Thatcher Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.
BLACKFOOT â€” On a far corner of the State Hospital South grounds, well away from the public face of the facility, a dozen large trees stand sentinel.
Their branches stretch toward the sky, their leaves providing a tiny bit of shade.
A small sign declares "State Hospital South Cemetery, established 1886." A larger sign at the entrance awaits words. Two metals benches and a couple of small trees are new.
Few people know who is buried here. Fewer still know their stories.
Tracey Sessions, the administrator for State Hospital South, and members of her staff hope to change that.
FIRTH â€“ Ford and Carol Call have been flying a flag at their home for 12 to 13 years.
â€śIâ€™ve always liked a flag,â€ť Call said. â€śI served in the Philippines and as part of the occupation forces in Japan during and after World War II.â€ť
Call served in the U. S. Army.
â€śIn later years, I decided to put up a flag and a flag pole,â€ť he said.
The pole is surplus from Utah Power and Light. To make it taller, Call welded some scrap pipe on the top. The pole stands 47-feet tall.
JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq â€“ Spc. Jeremiah Baird already knows what the Fourth of July will be like in his hometown of Dayton, Idaho.
â€śWe always have a parade in our little town,â€ť he said.
Baird, a member of Golf Company, 145th Brigade Support Battalion, headquartered out of Idaho Falls, wonâ€™t be there to see the parade first-hand this year, but he might get to view the event anyway thanks to technology.
â€śOur house is right on the main road where they push the parade past. My parents will try to Skype me during the parade,â€ť he said.
We all have different ways to take breaks from the rigors of our everyday lives.
Ike Evans, for example, likes to draw. He recently submitted an editorial cartoon which ran in the Morning News on June 28.
In the cartoon two soldiers were sitting together and talking about the somber mood in America regarding Iraq.
Evans, a 1998 graduate of Shelley High School, is in Iraq on his second deployment with the Idaho Army National Guard.
BLACKFOOT â€” Students attending National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Summer of Innovation have built and conducted a variety of experiments throughout this week. The students attended this camp at the Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot.
"Attendance has been steadily growing but the average attendance has been 44 students each day," said Aaron Thomas, organizer of this science camp. Thomas is a professor in chemical engineering at the University of Idaho.
This is the second year for this program that is sponsored by NASA through the Idaho Space Grant Consortium.