Archive - 2012
John Michael Reading, 62, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at his home.
\He was born April 20, 1950 in Chadron, Neb., to John William and Betty Jean Feldhousen Reading.Â John was raised and attended school in Chadron. Â Â Â Â Â Â
On July 7, 1973 he married Kay Marie Larsen in Rexburg.Â After their marriage they lived in Nebraska for two years, then moved to Pocatello for a year and a half.Â They moved to Blackfoot in 1977.Â Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on March 17, 1979.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” Kenneth Finis Brown looks you in the eye and speaks of the sacrifices made by veterans to keep this country free.
"Patriotism is not dead," he said.
Brown has been working for veterans for the past 50 years.
Born in Peoria, Ill., in 1922, Brown is a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate from 1943-1945. He served on convoy duty.
Brown sailed the world, serving in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters as well as in the Mediterranean.
Attorneys for Dr. Scott Crane, the former superintendent of Blackfoot School District #55, have released a press release to clarify certain statements that were made in court and to the press by District 55 agents.
Oral hearings in the case of Joyce Bingham v. Blackfoot School District took place Friday, Nov. 30. One of the points of discussion regarded an affidavit filed by Blackfoot School District Interim Superintendent Chad Struhs.
The affidavit stated, "I contacted Dr. Crane and urged him to allow the District to release the requested agreement [but] Dr. Crane declined to do so."
Students at the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) brought in enough material in two and one-half months to save a tree. The celebration to recognize this achievement took place Thursday afternoon.
It's estimated it takes 1,000 pounds of recycled material to save one tree, said teacher Katrina Elliott. In 10 weeks, students at Blackfoot Charter School contributed over 1,000 pounds of material to recycle.
"We wanted to do a service project when we were studying about community," she said. Teachers Elliott and Amy Ogden headed up this project.
FIRTH â€” Fresh off of a disappointing loss to their neighbor Shelley the night previous, the Firth Lady Cougars returned home for a date with cross county rival Aberdeen on Wednesday evening. Firth showed no ill signs from the Shelley loss though as they sprinted to a 22-2 first quarter advantage and then kept the Lady Tigers at arms length for the remainder of the evening for the 58-39 non-conference victory.
"We really stressed being mentally tough and to not have a let down after last nights tough loss," Firth head coach Sharla Cook said. "I was proud of the way that the kids came out and started the game tonight."
Firth opened with 20 straight points before Aberdeen finally broke the seal on the rim as Taylor Wallace got the Lady Tigers on the board with :23 remaining in the quarter.
Bingham Academy, the new charter high school in Blackfoot, needs a list of interested students who would consider attending that school in the fall 2013.
The Idaho Charter School Commission recently approved the new charter school in Blackfoot with some caveats.
One of the requirements is an increase in the number of interested students, said Fred Ball, project director for Bingham Academy and administrator of the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center. Other issues deal mainly with the actual petition that enables the school to be chartered.
Santa's helpers look a lot like students from Blackfoot High School (BHS).
Student council members went shopping with money raised from the BHS student body and the community and delivered the toys to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Wednesday evening.
"Our limit was $3,000," said student body treasurer Megan Moore.
"This is so fun," said student body president Markie Lawrence. "We look forward to this the whole year.
"This is our biggest project and our favorite project," she said. "We were reliving our childhoods as we were shopping in the toy aisles."
Â Almy Jay Robinson, 76, of Blackfoot went peacefully to his heavenly home, surrounded by family on Sunday, Dec.2, 2012 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
He was born Dec.28, 1935 in Idaho Falls to Wallace Ezra and LaVinda Cramer Robinson.Â He was the youngest of five children.Â He had one brother and three sisters.Â He was raised on a farm and always loved being in the country.
He joined the Air Force on Jan. 31, 1956.Â He served in California, Texas, Okinawa andÂ Newfoundland.Â He was an airplane mechanic.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Lady Russets and the Firth Lady Cougars closed out their regular season schedule with each other on Tuesday evening and in the end, a 20-2 run over the third and fourth quarters of play proved to be the difference as the home standing Shelley squad prevailed with the 50-41 victory.
FIRTH â€” The 2012-13 wrestling season got under way on Tuesday night for a pair of Bingham County teams as the Firth Cougars hosted the Shelley Russets, Sugar-Salem Diggers and Marsh Valley Eagles for a double duel on the mats.
Firth wound up winning both ends of their two matches on the evening first with a 51-30 win over Sugar-Salem and then with a 54-30 win over the Russets in the nightcap.
Conversely, Shelley found themselves on the wrong end of both matches first with a 42-30 loss to Marsh Valley and then the loss to Firth in the finale.