Archive - 2013
Gaylynn Gurney Mortensen. 1967-2013
Our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend, Gaylynn Gurney Mortensen (45) passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2013, at her family home in Herriman, Utah.
CloeRene Pannel. 87. resided with her youngest daughter, Ann and her husband Earl Neumann in Wilder. since 2003. Prior to that she lived in Blackfoot for many years. CloeRene passed away on Monday. Feb. 11, 2013, at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Shelley Russets were in the drivers seat as they entered Monday nights 3A Mountain Rivers championship game against Sugar-Salem. As it was, Shelley enjoyed the fact that they were unblemished in the double-elimination tournament so a loss on Monday would not eliminate their conference title dreams as the dreaded if needed game loomed on Wednesday evening.
Shelley decided to avoid that route however as they broke open a 32-32 third quarter tie with a dazzling 17 point fourth quarter to capture the district title with a 49-41 victory.
On one of the coldest nights of the year, with temps dipping well into the negatives, Binelli, a two-year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, gave birth, for the first time, to 16 puppies. That is a rarity, according to Blackfoot veterinarian Dr. Marcia Matsuura of Matsuura Veterinary Housecall. The dog belongs to Conner Funk and Val and Valerie Ellis of Riverside.
Funk had her bred to Max, a Golden Retriever in the neighborhood, thinking that she would have a normal litter of 6-8 puppies that he could sell. The mixed breed dogs make great pets and hunting dogs.
Set for adventure, Patti Kerscher Allen from Blackfoot is heading to Alaska to work in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She leaves on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and will work for three weeks assisting Vet Tech Cassandra Winslow, a former search and rescue canine handler, with whatever she needs done.
"I'll be whatever she tells me to do," Allen said. "It's going to be exciting.â€ť
The race lasts at average of 12 days, but it takes a long time to get everything back to Anchorage after the race. Allen will be working the four â€śhubs,â€ť flying with the dogs, and working with "drop dogs."
POCATELLO â€” The excitement of family and friends of Idaho Army National Guard Sgt. Glen Morgan of Blackfoot was palpable as they waited for the private military C-12 cargo plane to touch down at the Pocatello Av Center Sunday morning, bringing him home after a 9 month deployment to Afghanistan with 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom."
NAMPA â€” For the past several seasons the Snake River Lady Panthers have been knocking on the door. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers kicked that door in and then sprinted their way to the first girls state basketball championship in program history as they downed the Filer Wildcats 51-34 at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
"It's the first time that a Snake River Panther girls basketball team has been in a state championship game and the kids responded real well," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "The funny thing about it is that our first two games over here this weekend were probably the worst that we've played in the four years that we've been here. It just so happens that this year we were able to get ourselves into the championship game and I thought that tonight was the first night that we played good basketball. It's good to get over that hump. You have to get there to be that program and we want to be that program."
ST. ANTHONY â€” The was a huge sigh of relief coming from the Firth side of the court on Friday evening as they held off a valiant effort from the North Fremont Huskies, advancing to the 2A Nuclear Conference championship game with a breath taking 47-46 victory.
The Smith family from American Falls has been keeping their eye out for a new place to expand their NAPA Auto Parts stores in Southeast Idaho and found the perfect opportunity in Blackfoot. They opened the doors to a new store on Monday at 1250 W. Bridge, in the old Spudnik building next to Gold's Gym. The family opened their first NAPA store in American Falls in 1998 and a second store in Aberdeen in 2008.
"Concerned Citizens of District 55," a group formed in January to monitor the actions and decisions of Blackfoot School District 55 and share information with the public, is sponsoring a public meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center to discuss the district's supplemental levy election on March 12.
Most recently, the group spearheaded recall efforts against former school board members Scott Reese and Jenny Hong for their decisions regarding the $220,000 payout to former superintendent Scott Crane. The two have since resigned.