Archive - 2013
POCATELLO â€” The states finest wrestlers descend upon Idaho State University's Holt Arena on Friday with each of them dreaming of glory and an individual state championship as they began the two day tournament.
Amid them were Bingham Counties best as Blackfoot, Snake River, Shelley, Firth and Aberdeen each sent a contingent into the fray. At days end, Bingham County had represented themselves quite well thank you as the five schools combined to send fifteen wrestlers into today's semifinals and in so doing, assuring themselves no worse than sixth place medals for their efforts.
Items of note from Feb. 6-16.
GUM THEFT: Feb. 6, 12:41 p.m.: A caller at the Short Stop reported the theft of five packs of gum. A citation was given.
THEFT: Feb. 6, 1:16 p.m.: A caller reported $50 stolen.
WELFARE CHECK: Feb. 6, 5:32 p.m.: A caller at Taco Bell said a female is beating a child in a vehicle.
CAR VS GARAGE: Feb. 8, 10:28 a.m.: A caller said a woman just crashed into the garage and appears to be stuck in her vehicle.
Snake River School Board trustees approved a declaration of candidacy for three school board positions during their meeting at Rockford Elementary on Wednesday.
The positions open are in Zones 1, 4 and 5.
Zone 1 is in the Pingree-Rockford area. Annis Williams was appointed to complete Julie VanOrdenâ€™s term. Williams has the option to run for this seat in the May election.
Korden Wray represents Zone 4 in the Riverside area. Wray stated he would not run for reelection.
Steve Reader represents Zone 5 in the Moreland area.
Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk presented the need of passage of the supplemental levy in the Snake River School District to board trustees on Wednesday.
"In the past few years, the Snake River School District has received $1.1 million less from the legislature," he said.
Snake River is not the only school district that has suffered financially.
"Eighty-five out of the 115 school districts in Idaho have supplemental levies," Gabrylczyk said.
The requested $900,000 supplemental levy, if passed, will be used for current infrastructure in the school district, he said.
All nine members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) team from Firth who competed in the Sixth District STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) earned first place.
Competing in the Senior Division were:
Â° Celeste Esplin placed first with her project, American Idols.
Â° Mikaela Jensen won first with her project, Courageous.
Â° Kasidy Belnap was first with her project, Hunger Games.
Â° Warren Munger placed first with his project, What's Your Color?
Competing in the Occupational Division were:
ST. ANTHONY â€” For the eighth time in nine seasons and the seventh time in a row, the Firth Cougars cut down the nets on a 2A Nuclear Conference Tournament Championship as they demolished runner up Salmon 70-41 on Wednesday night to claim the blue trophy and the automatic state tournament bid.
"I think that the biggest pressure that you face is in the district tournament," Coach Adams said. "Then you go to state and it's like you know what whatever happens happens. It's anybody's game and what you did at districts doesn't matter. It's who's playing the best and who wants it more. We are going to go over there and do the best that we can and try to bring home another trophy."
POCATELLO â€” A 3A fifth district championship was on the line on Tuesday evening as the top seeded Snake River Panthers looked to close out the Bear Lake Bears for the tournament title and the bid into the big dance in Boise next weekend.
By nights end Snake River had accomplished that goal as they built a double-digit lead and then cruised home with a 51-37 victory thereby avoiding the dreaded play in game.
The group "Concerned Citizens of District 55" hosted a meeting at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center Tuesday night to answer questions and share facts about the district's supplemental levy election on March 12. The group is strongly in favor of the levy and want to make sure that, in light of recent events within the district, that "the levy is not made into a political statement."
Hundreds of students from every high school in Bingham County attended the Career Fair that took place at Snake River High School Tuesday. Representatives of universities and colleges and about 40 businesses answered students' questions.
"We want to get all kids engaged in thinking past high school," said Nathan Satterthwaite, one of the organizers of this event.
"The students are asking good questions this year," said Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus.
Students thought the Career Fair was "pretty cool."
"It was very informative," said David Iniguez.
Evelyn â€śAunt Evieâ€ť Whitaker, 89, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Bingham Memorial Hospital from a brief illness.
She was born Feb. 7, 1924, in Jamestown, Idaho, the daughter of Terrance C. Anderson and Cora Harker Anderson.
She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1942 and has lived in the Blackfoot area for most of her life.