Archive - Sep 2013
Saturday was a glorious day to celebrate the 85th edition of Shelleyâ€™s Spud Day. Thousands attended.
This yearâ€™s theme was â€śUnder the Big Top" and the Spud Day committee certainly delivered.
The parade featured Miss Russet--Carly Nelson--and her court, cheerleaders, dancers, politicians, floats and farm equipment.
Seven thousand baked potatoes were prepared for all comers. At noon, people lined up across the city park to receive a potato loaded with butter, sour cream and cheese. Milk was also served.
BLACKFOOT â€” What the Mangum brothers wanted was a dog. What they gained was a summer of experience and a Summer of Service Award from ABC.
Starting in June, Braden Mangum, 13, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, and Tracen Mangum, 11, a sixth grader at Snake River Middle School, worked at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter. Since school has started, they continue to work each Friday at the shelter.
The shelter is open from 12 noon to 1 p.m., each weekday, Monday through Friday.
FIRTH â€” Coltyr Brewington had a great night on Friday. First he was named Firth's Homecoming King and then he led his Cougars to a 39-20 rout of South Fremont.
SHELLEY â€” Kaden Schmitt passed for 191 yards and five touchdowns as Shelley pounded Pocatello 41-14 in non-conference play on Friday.
"I've got to give it up to our offensive line," said Schmitt. "They gave me time and gave my receivers time to get open."
BLACKFOOT â€” After a week off the Blackfoot Broncos took to the field Friday night for homecoming, it was also the 4A District 5/6 opener as the Century Diamondbacks came to town.
There were a lot of fireworks in Blackfoot Friday night, unfortunately for Bronco fans Century made more than the hometown team.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Academy, a new public charter high school, will open in August 2014 in Blackfoot. It will be located in the corner of Riverside Plaza that had formerly been the home of the Plaza Twin Theater, Bradbury College and Blackfoot Bookstore.
Doug Owen has been hired as the principal.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to open a new school; to put it all together," said Owen. "This is a really good bonus.
"I've always wanted the opportunity to hire a new faculty; to hire a complete staff," he said.
Jerald J â€śBoâ€ť Bowman, 75, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his home after a year long battle with cancer.
Jerald was born March 10, 1938, in Blackfoot to Jack M Bowman and Mable P. Leavitt.Â He lived his lifetime in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1956. He attending Idaho State University for two years where he studied accounting and business.
Jerald married his high school sweetheart Eva Mae Grimmett on June 20, 1958. They have two children, Pam and Kip.Â
THOMAS â€”Â After an 0-0 draw at Teton on Wednesday in less than desirable playing conditions the Snake River Lady Panthers returned home Thursday for a duel with county rival Aberdeen.
Write-in candidate Kurt Ricks, who declared his intent to run for Blackfoot mayor on Monday, decided to drop out of the race on Wednesday.
Ricks said that after consulting with his financial advisor, it was decided that he didn't have the means to back up a campaign with the needed advertising to make the campaign a success.
He also said he was disappointed that the Blackfoot Rotary Club did not invite him to a candidates luncheon on Tuesday - the day that an article ran in the Morning News announcing his candidacy.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Five years ago when the U.S. economy was crumbling, the Claude Nielsen family of Thomas took a chance by opening a small music shop in downtown Blackfoot. That store, "Music & Families," despite the odds it was up against, has grown into a successful family business with no signs of stopping.
Claude said it all started back in the 90s when his daughter [Larene] who was about eight years old at the time - wanted to learn to play the violin.