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Archive - Dec 2012

December 16th

Author got start in grade school

December 17, 2012

BLACKFOOT — When he was in sixth grade, Kirby Jonas fell in love with writing.
Jonas, a Pocatello firefighter, was at Stinkin' Cute signing his latest novel, "The Secret of Two Hawks" on Saturday. It is his 11th book.
Kirby said a teacher in Shelley, whose name he doesn't remember, assigned his students to write a short story. He wrote four words, including "stream," as a possible theme.
"I thought "stream," I can write a Western story about that," Jonas said. He did, the teacher liked it and Jonas' career as an author began. "From then on, I had the urge.

December 15th

Bronco grapplers finish second at Bonneville Duels

December 16, 2012

IONA — The Blackfoot Bronco wrestling team capped a very busy eight day stretch of wrestling with a perfect 9-0 record at the Bonneville Duels over the weekend, good enough for second place in the massive tournament just five points behind the Bees of Bonneville.
"The team showed a lot of heart," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "I was impressed with how the team stepped up. It was a good ending to a hard week of wrestling."

Lady Panthers prevail over Teton

December 16, 2012

THOMAS — For the second time in as many nights the Snake River Lady Panthers took to the hard wood looking to knock off a Mountain Rivers Conference foe. It wasn't the prettiest of affairs but in the end, Snake River were able to accomplish just that as they defended their home court with a 42-36 win over Teton.
"Everything about this game that was ugly was about us," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "It wasn't anything that Teton did which got us out of our game and maybe it was because for the first time this year we played on back-to-back nights. I was happy to see us come out after half time and play a little bit more like ourselves though."

December 14th

Bees sting Broncos

December 15, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The top ranked and undefeated Bonneville Bees came to Blackfoot on Friday night in a conference tilt at Chris Gardner Gymnasium and when the game was over, the Bees remained undefeated as they turned in a hot night on the offensive end in an 87-63 victory over the Broncos.

Blackfoot fire captain laid to rest

December 15, 2012

Blackfoot fire captain Kurt Aikele was honored by family, friends and firemen from around the state as he was buried Friday at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.
Fire trucks and paramedic ambulances from Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Ammon, Burley, Boise, Nampa and Meridian took part in the procession from the Blackfoot West LDS Stake Center.
Hundreds of people attended the service to honor Aikele and his family.
During the graveside service, dispatch called for Captain Kurt Aikele three times by name. After no response, dispatch announced Captain Kurt Aikele was 10-8.

Local women celebrates 100th birthday

December 15, 2012

Annie Prouse reaches the century mark today.
She has seen plenty of changes in her 100 years.
“I never thought I would ever live this long,” Prouse said.
Her advice for longevity is “behave yourself.”
Born in 1912 in Salt Lake City, she was the youngest of her 14 siblings.
“I didn’t know my older siblings so well,” she said. “They were out of the house mostly when I was growing up.”
Her parents were Albert and Lottie Sharp.
The family moved up to the Blackfoot area when she was little. They lived near Grave Creek.
“We would move to the hills during the summer,” Prouse said.

December 13th

Sheriff asks for public help

December 13, 2012

BLACKFOOT — On December 10, 2012, at approx. 9:12 p.m., Bingham County Deputies and Fort Hall Police responded to a resident at Agency Rd. and Eagle Rd., in Fort Hall. They found a male subject had been shot in the leg. The name of the male subject is not available at this time. The victim was transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello by Fort Hall Ambulance. 
The individuals in the attached photos are persons of interest in the shooting. The male appears to wear glasses and has a tattoo on his neck.

Firefighter/author to sign latest novel

December 13, 2012

BLACKFOOT — Local author and firefighter Kirby Jonas is a man who has lived his dream of becoming a writer.
Now an award winning author, who has written eleven Western novels, Jonas will sign copies of his latest book “The Secret of Two Hawks” Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Stinkin’ Cute Scrapbook Shop (formerly M & H Office Supply) at 126 W. Bridge St. in Blackfoot.
Jonas, who is a native of Shelley and currently a firefighter in Pocatello, published his first book in 1994. Since then he has published eleven novels.

Gary Lloyd Estergard, 70

December 13, 2012

Gary Lloyd Estergard, 70, of Nixa, Mo., died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Mercy Villa in Springfield, Mo. He had been undergoing treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since August.
Gary was born to Lloyd and Jackqulyn ‘Dottie’ Estergard on April 13, 1942, and grew up in Cambridge, Neb. He completed his bachelor of arts degree in art and art education at Doane College and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study art history in Belgium and Holland. Gary met Barbara Schmidt when they were both attending Doane College and married on Dec. 20, 1964.

Robert Isaac

December 13, 2012

Robert Alan Isaac, 55, of Blackfoot passed away Dec. 10, 2012 at his home.  He was under the care of Hearts for Hospice.
 Robert was born Dec. 31, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph Isaac and Gertrude Van Itter Isaac. 
 He married Cindi L. Menta on Nov.6, 2003 in Fort Hal.  He worked for Valley Ready Mix as a cement truck driver.
 Robert enjoyed being outdoors. He especially like riding his motorcycle, horseback riding, fishing and cow trailing.
 He is survived by his wife, Cindi of Blackfoot;
Son, Aron Isaac;
Brother, Norman (Lori) Isaac of Richfield, Utah;

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