Archive - 2013
Family and friends will come from near and far to help Annzi Rossi celebrate her 100th birthday on next Sunday, March 24.
Anzzi, whose full name is Annunziata, was born March 25, 1913, in Segunde, Colo., to Italian immigrants Giovanni and Giovanna Rossi.
Among those who will celebrate with her at St. John's Catholic Church from 1-4 p.m. are two family members from Italy and five from eastern Canada. Friends from a lifetime of work in and around her Pingree home are also welceome.
In a narrative that begins in Blackfoot with references to Riverton Road, Bingham Memorial Hospital, the Idaho Potato Museum and other local landmarks, Jesse Elison offers a "a fun but brutal new and unique insight into the Mormon faith" in his compelling first book: "My Best Mormon Life."
THOMAS â€” The Snake River Panthers picked up their fourth win in four days on Saturday afternoon as they pounded out 18 hits for 13 runs in a 13-9 non-conference victory over the visiting Cougars of South Fremont.
"The thing that was probably the most impressive about today is our gutsiness," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We got up on them early with good pitching and good hitting and then credit South Fremont because they didn't go away. They have a big inning and cut the lead to three and our next at bat we said no, it isn't going to happen and answer those three which is always nice."
Retired teacher Harriet Clark and her son Jack were among those who gathered for Friday's Snake River FFA Scholarship Auction.
Harriet planned to bid on gravel for her driveway and a sack of flour. One of her tablemates at the dinner which preceded the live auction had his eye on a food basket and on a jacket, hats, backpack and water bottle which were part of the silent auction.
"It's a good program," Harriet said of the FFA. "My grandkids have all been very active in the program, both the boys and the girls."
Eighteen-year-old Marcus Ian Medina has been sentenced on three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
On Wednesday, Medina appeared before Seventh Judicial Court District Judge Darren Simpson. Two of the original five counts of lewd conduct were dismissed on motion of the prosecutor.
The victim's father, LeRoy DeVar Saline II, gave a victim's impact statement.
Saline stated Marcus had dropped out of school and got into fights at school.
"He [Marcus] has a lot of anger and disrespect," he said. "He blew off any regard for others or responsibility of family.
The Blackfoot Chamber is seeking donations and ideas to help keep the annual 4th of July fireworks show at Jensen Grove going.
"For many years, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce has has graciously sponsored the free 4th of July fireworks at Jensen Grove," said Tish Dahmen, the chamber's executive director. "The community has come to love and expect it; however, funding it is becoming increasingly difficult each year."
Dahmen said that through the years, the $10,000 firework show has been paid for by the Chamber and the generous donations of local businesses.
THOMAS â€” It was a good day to play two and that is just what the Snake River Panther baseball squad did, although they ended both games early with the visiting Sugar-Salem Diggers, as they swept the twin bill 11-0 in game one and 15-5 in the nightcap on Friday.
"Honestly it was the same thing as our first game on Wednesday," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We had small ball set the table for the guys coming up behind looking for the buffet. We hit the heck out of the ball today."
Thursday, elementary students swarmed the courthouse to be transported into the 19th century as they explored Bingham County's history.
Each student was given a book to fill out. There were questions to answer, stickers to obtain, people to meet and lots of displays to see.
Rockford Elementary fourth grader Stephanie Miranda said the displays were "good."
After leaving the re-creation of an 1887 trial, Rockford student Mary Anderson said, "The jury listened to the evidence."
Rockford student Alexa Rodriguez said she learned that "Sara Woods was murdered."
Blackfoot School District trustee Taylor Johansen announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election for his Zone 4 seat in May. Johansen was appointed to the board in October 2011 to fill the remainder of trustee Bryce Lloyd's term. Lloyd resigned from the board for personal reasons.
Johansen said that he will support businessman Derek Preece to fill his seat in the upcoming election.
In a statement released on Thursday, Johansen wrote, "After a great deal of thought, I have decided that I will not seek election for trustee of Blackfoot School District.
Mother Nature offered mild springlike temperatures for the opening day of the Blackfoot Golf Course and driving range Thursday. This year, for the first time, the City of Blackfoot will manage the "Smooth Swing Driving Range," privately owned by Bill and Rita Pope of Blackfoot.
Blackfoot Golf Pro Mike Dayley said this is a good move for the city and golfers.
"The city is leasing the driving range from the Popes'," Dayley said. "This is something the city has been working on for awhile and the timing was right for the Popes."