Archive - May 2013
FORT HALL â€” It has been a whirlwind last two years for Sho-Ban High School boys' basketball head coach Lester Stewart and his Trinity Hoops basketball academy.
From the time Stewart and former Idaho State guard Akbar Abdul-Ahad decided to start Trinity Hoops in 2011, the organization has focused itself on teaching the youth on all aspects of playing basketball the goal to get as many kids from Eastern Idaho out as possible.
By LESLIE MIELKE
FORT HALL â€” The festivities to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy (CTEA) on Thursday included warriors, drums, speakers and a friendship dance.
Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy will be a language immersion public charter school for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Chief Tahgee is designated as its own school district, No. 483.
Ninety students have already registered for school that opens Wednesday, Sept. 4. The total number of students who will be accepted at this school is 114.
Patrons, parents, friends and students crowded the gymnasium in Snake River High School to celebrate the graduation of 121 seniors Wednesday evening.
Senior class president Logan Wheeler greeted the graduating class of 2013 and said, "We are at the juncture of a kaleidoscope. This is the collision of our life with our families, friends and a a feel good moment.
"We need to take our talents and beliefs and be adaptable," he said. "Be ready to update your knowledge and cope with change.
"This is the first phase of our adult life," Wheeler said. "Whatever you do; you will do it well."
THOMAS â€” On the afternoon of her final day as a high school student Snake River senior Madison Pilster finalized her pans for the future.
The two-year starter for the Panthers signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. Wednesday afternoon at Snake River High School
"Peninsula just felt right to me," Pilster said. "I really liked the coach, she was really nice. She told me her whole goal is to get me to play on to the next level and that is something that is very important to me. I also really liked the girls and felt comfortable around them."
It also helps that the Peninsula team Pilster will be joining runs a similar offense to what she ran at Snake River.
During her senior season Pilster helped lead the Panthers to a 23-2 record and the 3A state basketball championship, the first in the programs history.
The 5-foot-9 guard averaged nearly a triple-double during her final season, averaging 14 points points nine rebounds and seven assists while making opposing defenses game plan to find ways to stop her.
But even with the success on both the basketball court and the soccer pitch the road to choosing a college was not one that did not come without a lot of nerves.
"At first I was kind of stressed because I did not know where I was going and I had some colleges that were looking me. I did not know which one I should chose," Pilster said. "Then when I went on my first visit and I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. But after I had made a couple more visits I wasn't as nervous, instead I was comfortable with going in and playing with the girls and talking to coaches and trying to figure out where was the best fit for me."
While many athletes like to have a college picked out before the end of the school year, Pilster took a little more time to make sure she made the right choice.
"I am glad I waited to make a decision," Pilster said. "I wanted time to weigh the pros and cons of each school and make sure I made the right choice for me and my future,"
Pilster said she spent most of her time looking at junior colleges because she felt that was the best road for her if she wanted to continue playing in the future.
James â€śJimâ€ť Guymon, a 66-year-old Blackfoot resident, died at his home , Sunday, May 26, 2013Â following his second battle with lung cancer.
He was born March 11, 1947 in Pocatello, the son of James Maurice Guymon and Rhoda Jones Guymon.
He attended school in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High school . He joined the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War.Â He was always proud of his service time and was very patriotic.
Â Â Â Â Upon leaving the service, he married Peggy Byrd.Â They had one child, Alysha Lynn.Â Jim and Peggy were later divorced.
Dallas Hepworth Horrocks, 86, of Blackfoot passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2013 following an extended illness.
She was the first of six daughters born to Gladys and DeLynn Hepworth on Feb. 12, 1927 in Blackfoot.
During her schooling, she enjoyed learning and excelled in track.Â Dallas graduated from Blackfoot High School and later received a bachelorâ€™s degree in Education from Idaho State University.Â Following her college graduation she enjoyed teaching English at the Blackfoot Middle School until her retirement in 1985.Â
Dan L. Christensen died at his home in Blackfoot, May 26, 2013, from esophageal cancer.Â
He was born to Edith and Vestal Christensen at the Eaton Maternity Home in Shelley on Dec. 15, 1945.Â He attended Taylor Elementary School. The family moved to the 70 Bar Ranch in Chesterfield in 1959. He graduated from North Gem High School in Bancroft in 1963.
Rick was born March 22, 1951 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada; he died May 25, 2013 in Boise. He was the second child born to Carma and Leo â€śJackâ€ť Kirwan; his siblings, Brad Kirwan, Scott Kirwan, and Ann (Rhett) Petersen.
Rick grew up in the Blackfoot area and graduated from Snake River High School in 1969 and Idaho State University in 1973. Rick was a CPA and lived in Hayward, Calif.; Salem Ore.; Twin Falls; Pocatello; and Boise, where he resided for over 30 years.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Tuesday to recognize the placement of 120 new headstones in the State Hospital South's Cemetery.
The project was started in 2011 by hospital administrator Tracey Sessions. To date, 165 headstones have been placed in the cemetery.
"Our goal is to place 300 more headstones by next year," she said. "I hope each grave will have a headstone by the time I retire. I retire in five years."
Asked how she became interested in this project, Sessions said. "Everyone of us wants someone to remembers who we were and our life story.
BLACKFOOT â€” A new middle school will open in Blackfoot this coming fall.
Summit Middle School is for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
A parent presentation is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday to explain the objectives of this new school. The meeting will take place in the board room in the Blackfoot District office, 270 E. Bridge St., in Blackfoot.
"This will be a non-traditional middle school," said administrator Brandee Hewitt. "It will be project-based learning.
The school will be located upstairs in the district office.