September 9th, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The vote was 249-163, with 22 Democrats â€” many locked in tough re-election races â€” breaking ranks and backing the nonbinding resolution.
"By setting free five top Taliban commanders from U.S. custody, the Obama administration made Americans less safe," Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement.
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Dewi David Washakie, 42, passed away at home surrounded by his family, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
He was born June 23, 1972 in Pocatello, Idaho to Romer Dewi Washakie and Mary Dixey Washakie. Â Dewi attended I.T. Stoddard Elementary, Blackfoot Junior High, Fort Washakie Middle School and Blackfoot High School.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, helping family with the family farm, and watching movies; his favorite movie was the Lord of the Ring series.
He participated in the traditional sun dance ceremony in Wyoming and Idaho.
Richard Marlin Keele, 70, passed away on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his home in Hazelton, Idaho.Â
He was born Nov. 21, 1943 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Elwood and Oathea Whiting Keele. He attended Blackfoot schools growing up.
Richard worked as a ranch manager in Bruneau, Idaho; a truck driver for Western Alfalfa and later retired from J&W Trucking.
He enjoyed many activities. Some of those activities were visits with family and friends, and his occasional trips to the casino. Richard was a big enthusiast of the outdoors, and a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.
May I. Mitchell, 86, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Willows Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
May was born on October 11, 1927 in Wellington, Colorado to LeeRoy Wells and Bonnie Iris Oâ€™Brien.Â She lived in Colorado until all three of her boyâ€™s were born, then they lived a few different places, settling back in Colorado in 1961.Â She moved to Blackfoot about 23 years ago to be close to her family. Â
On July 4, 1948 May married Alfred Ewing Mitchell in Loveland, Colorado.Â He preceded her in death onDecember 8, 2009. Â
Aaron Michael Hunt, 42, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home.
Aaron was born January 2, 1972 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Richard Michael Marshall and Cathleen Gay (Cushman) Hunt.Â He was raised in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, but finished high school in Reno, Nevada.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Aaron worked as a welder and cook.Â In his free time he enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking with his mother, spending time with friends and loved animals.Â He was a devoted son.
BLACKFOOT â€” A Stoddard first grade teacher is one of the 15 nationals finalists in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Challenge."
First grade teacher Melissa Hunt was notified Tuesday morning that she was one of the national finalists by officials from Farmer's Insurance who attended an assembly at Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot.
Hunt is one of over 3,000 teachers who were invited to submit a proposal to "Dream Big," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.
Bingham County commissioners approved the county budget recently. The county's budget is lower than the final 2014 budget.Â
The county's fiscal year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year.Â
"This is the commissioners' budget," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "They make the decisions about where the money will be allocated.Â
"The commissioners have always been conservative about the budget," she said.Â
"We anticipate a 3 percent increase from sales tax that is distributed from the state which is a good indication that the economy is improving," said Staub.Â
Tears of joy and pride rolled down the cheeks of Angelina Quilimaco of Blackfoot as her son Alec Carlson, 11, was presented with his Idaho's Hometown Hero medal at a poignant and patriotic ceremony on Saturday at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
With this year's 4th Annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal theme, being youth involvement, Alec, a student at Blackfoot Sixth Grade School, is the youngest recipient to date to receive one of the coveted medals.
SHELLEY â€”Â Like their Lady Russets teammates the Shelley Russets boys soccer team entered Saturday'a match-up with Aberdeen undefeated.
While not quite the scoring machine that the Lady Russets are the boys are scoring thanks to their fast play and solid defense.
Thanks in part to a pair of first half goals from Edwardo Gonzolas the Russets were able to withstand a second half Aberdeen rally and a pair of goals from Juan Juarez to earn a 4-2 win.