Archive - Sep 2013
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.
Jesse J. Whiting, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Sept. 16, 2013, at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot with his family by his side.
Jesse was born June 20, 1923, in Leslie, Idaho, to Lucius Burr and Pearl Johnson Whiting.Â He was raised in the Groveland and Wapello areas and was a member of the first graduating class of Thomas High School.
Jesse was in the U. S. Navy from 1943 through 1946 serving on a PT boat in the Mediterranean including France, Italy and Northern Africa.
On Nov. 9, 1949, Jesse married Erma Jorgensen in Blackfoot.Â They had two children, Lucinda and LeeDel.
Ashlee Howell, director of the Blackfoot Community Center, discussed an AmeriCorps grant to the trustees on Wednesday. This grant is a collaboration between the Blackfoot Community Center and the Snake River School District.
This grant is a school turn-around grant worth $250,000 per year. The grant is for three years.
Snake River Junior High was chosen because it is the only priority school in this area.
Asked if there were milestones, Howell explained there are quarterly reports.
BLACKFOOT â€” Prior to Wednesday's 4A Fifth/Sixth District game with Rigby, Blackfoot boys soccer coach Liam Pope laid out three things he wanted his team to accomplish during the game.
Those three things were, to keep a clean sheet (allow no goals), put the game away early and control the tempo.
BLACKFOOT â€” For just the second time this season the Blackfoot High School volleyball team got to play a match on their home floor.
And for the second time on their home floor the Broncos got to face a state tournament team.
When there's a national tragedy such as Monday's shooting at the Washington Naval Ship Yard that killed 13 people, there are always ripple effects throughout the country as friends and family await news of loved ones who may have been in the line of fire. Paul and Judy Loomis of Blackfoot were among those waiting with bated breath for news of their son, Jared Loomis, who was working in the Navy Yard building at the time - just down the hall from the shootings.
Leland â€śLeeâ€ť Date passed away on Sept. 12, 2013 in Idaho Falls.Â
He was born Sept. 28, 1928 in Ucon to Tsunijiro â€śJoeâ€ť and Haruko (Harada) Date.
Â Lee attended grade school in Shelley and high school in Lewisville.Â He lived the majority of his life in Firth, where he farmed.Â He also worked in the construction industry and retired from the Monroc Concrete Company in 1990.Â
Lee attended Bethel Lutheran Church of Firth and was a member of the Japanese American Citizens League.Â He was a United States Army veteran, serving the majority of his time in Monterey, Calif.Â Â Â
Robert Lee Rizer II, 45, passed away at Portneuf Medical Center on September 11, 2013. Robert better known as Bobby to his family was born October 5, 1967 to Robert lee Riser and Margaret Rizer in Columbus Ohio. Bobby was the third of four children. He spent his early childhood in Ohio and then moved to Idaho. He has lived in Blackfoot, Aberdeen and had recently moved to Pocatello. Bobby was blessed with one child Robert Lee Rizer III on January 11, 1994.
Vera Ann Allison, 82, of Blackfoot, slipped away peacefully, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Vera was born May 6, 1931 in South Bend, Ind., the daughter of John and Ellen Bowman. She attended school at Douglas County High School where she graduated in 1949.
In May 1952 she married Bruff AllisonÂ in Denver, Colo. Together they had two children.
Vera was a hard worker and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
The City of Blackfoot confirmed on Monday that a seventh person - Kurt Williams Ricks- has declared intent to run for Blackfoot nayor. Since the deadline to file for candidacy has passed, Ricks will run as a write-in candidate.
While Ricks' name won't officially be on the ballot, he joins fellow candidates Dan Cravens, Rick Bigler, Carlos Mercardo, Carlos Martinez, Paul Loomis and John Hoobler in his quest for Blackfoot's top leadership position.
Ricks, who has lived in Blackfoot for 15 years, says he is a concerned citizen who sees some problems in the city.