Monday, Sep 26, 2016
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.
“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

Lois Anne Stewart – Obituary

Lois Anne Stewart, 76, passed away September 17, 2016 at home and in the company of her loving family. She was born in Pocatello, May 15, 1940, the second of three children born to Lewis Walter Cox and Viella (Ella) Gribble Cox. Her siblings were an older brother, James (Jim) and a younger sister, Lorna.

Lois Anne grew up on a small acreage located at 2445 South 2nd Ave. where her parents raised their own beef, a milk cow, lambs, chickens, cats and dogs; they also maintained a large vegetable garden, a raspberry patch, and a flower garden. When she later married a farmer—rancher, she felt right at home in that environment.

Her earlier days centered around grade school at Lincoln Elementary, attending Primary for children at the LDS 12th Ward, and Franklin Jr. High School. She was active in 4-H and learned to cook and sew, winning ribbons at the fair. She also took ballet and tap dance lessons; she then switched to piano lessons at which she excelled. Lois Anne was called to play the piano and organ at Church. During her teen years she joined a singing group of nine girls called the Triple-Trio for which she accompanied on the piano. They performed at Church meetings, funerals, and at Primary General Conference in Salt Lake City. She also joined an all-girls dance group and went to Salt Lake City and danced with a multitude of girls from many different wards in the Church.

As a senior at Pocatello High School, Lois Anne earned money by working evenings as a nurses’ aide at the old Saint Anthony Hospital. While working there she met her future husband, Gene Alden Stewart, who was visiting his father at the hospital. Lois Anne and Gene continued dating and writing each other for the next two years as she attended ISU, majoring in elementary education, and he advanced his agricultural studies at the U of I. They were married on June 25, 1960 in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and settled down in Gene’s ranch home in Arbon Valley, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the LDS Idaho Falls Temple. Their union has been blessed with 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Another great-grandchild will be born soon which will make the count 14 great-grandchildren.

In 1964 Lois Anne started teaching the lower grades at Arbon Elementary School and continued for eight years. She also drove the Arbon School Bus for Gene when he was too busy with the farm work to drive the bus. In summer months, she assisted Gene with work on the farm, including driving a crawler tractor, hay stacker, and grain truck. As there was no phone service at the ranch home, her brother taught her to operate a ham amateur radio and she became a certified ham radio operator so she could stay in touch with her family. She also created the TOPS Club in Arbon for those wanting to lose weight.

In 1969 she was nominated and received an award as an “Outstanding Young Woman of America” by the Outstanding Americans Foundation. This national foundation recognizes one young woman from each state every year for her outstanding accomplishment in community service, in religious and political activities, and in professional endeavors.

Lois Anne also received a Certificate of Honor as “Farm Woman of the Year” from Farm Wife News in recognition of her dedication, talent, enthusiasm, and personal interest in rural living.

In 1973 they built a home in Pocatello where Lois Anne operated an in-home daycare and preschool for eight years. She enjoyed teaching and loved the children in her care. She spent later years enjoying gardening, growing flowers, toll painting, dutch oven cooking, knitting, crocheting, visiting with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved her two Shih Tzu dogs named Buffy and Pawco.

She loved having sleep-over parties with the grandchildren where they would play games, laugh and giggle. The next day she would take them to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal. She would order one also and give her toy to her grandchild so they could have two toys. She adored and cherished her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Lois Anne was active in the LDS Church from an early age and served in many callings on the branch, ward, stake and temple level, including Pianist and Organist, Primary Teacher, Activity Days Teacher for young girls, Stake Relief Society Counselor, Stake Primary President, and Initiatory Temple Worker. She and Gene also served a two-year LDS Service Mission in the 1st Ward Pocatello Stake. She was frequently requested to play the organ at various funeral services of friends and neighbors.

Lois Anne is survived by her sister, Lorna (Michael) Bartlett (McCammon); her husband, Gene Stewart (Pocatello); their children, Gregory (Hanna) Stewart, (Spokane); Jeffrey (Sheri) Stewart, (Arbon); Vickie (Joe) Christensen, (Pocatello), Amy K. Stewart, (Salt Lake City); Jeremy (Amy Lynne) Stewart, (Tooele), 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James (Jim) Walter Cox; and one grandson, Michael Greg Stewart.

She will be greatly missed until we can all once again gather as an eternal family in paradise.

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 11 am at the Pocatello Stake Building, 655 S. Grant Ave. Pocatello, ID, with a viewing from 10-10:45 am prior.

Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, ID.

CPR Class

CPR Class
Sat. Oct 1st
9:00am – 2:00pm

Anyone interested in certifying please contact Debbie Curry at 335-2373 or 335-2197. You can also just send an e-mail to

School Board Agenda and Expenses

Arbon Valley Fun Run (This Saturday!)

Please join us for a


We are continuing to raise money for new playground equipment at Arbon Elementary, as it is so expensive!

Come take in the exhilarating view of the valley and help us reach our new goal!


Date: Saturday, September 24 (this Saturday!)

Distance: 2.5k, 5k, and 10k (Run/Walk)

Pre-register: 8:30am

Race begins: 9:00am

Donation: $5 Kids, $10 Adults (Additional donations welcome!)

Questions: Contact Jamie Evans 208-269-0370

Moving Sale

Moving Sale this Saturday

Sat. Aug. 27  8-4 pm

3837 Wright Rd.  Arbon, ID

Antiques, furniture, old grain scale, dog house, pressure cooker, metal posts, snow fencing, winch puller, ladders, tire chains, fishing, camping, canvas tent, metal shelving, framed art, filing cabinets, oak desk, Christmas tree, lots of misc.

Thanks,  Linda Lewis

Erratic winds fan Power Line fire near Arbon Valley

**This news is by Debbie Bryce for the Journal**

The massive wildfire reported on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation on Wednesday afternoon is now listed as 10 percent contained.

Fort Hall Fire Chief Brian Briggs said the blaze, which is located in the Starlight Creek area of Arbon Valley, has burned more than 4,000 acres.

However, as of 6 p.m. on Thursday, Briggs said no evacuations were issued.

Firefighting resources from the Idaho Falls District Bureau of Land Management, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Power County and Chubbuck fire departments assisted tribal resources.

Briggs said the short turnaround time for refill at the tanker base at the Pocatello Regional Airport made air support an effective tool in limiting the spread of the blaze.

The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center reported that officials underestimated the size of that fire on Thursday morning, which was mapped at 3,106 acres.

However, officials expected the fire to be fully contained by Thursday evening.

Fire activity was minimal throughout Thursday and was mainly confined to interior areas, where heavy fuel pockets continued to smolder.

The cause of the fire in Arbon Valley is still under investigation, but officials said on Thursday that the fire most likely resulted from lightning that passed through the area several days ago. The wildfire is burning primarily in grass and sage intermixed with pinyon and juniper trees.

Minimal personnel will continue to monitor the blaze and patrol the perimeter until the fire is completely out.

As of Thursday, there are 14 fire engines, one helicopter, four dozers and one fire crew on the scene.

The Lone Pine Fire, which was caused by lightning and burning about seven miles northeast of Fort Hall in the Ross Fork Creek area, is listed as contained but not controlled.

Between 1980 and 2015, the region has averaged about 40 wildfires each year with an average of almost 54,000 acres burned each year, according to the Eastern Idaho Regional Fire Center.

However, acres scorched this year have already exceed the 2015 numbers.

Last year, 1,380 acres were burned by wildfires in East Idaho, compared to 5,147 this year. So far this year, human-caused fires have scorched 782 acres in the region.

In 2016, more than 600,660 gallons of flame retardant has been shipped out of the air tanker base in Pocatello.


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