Archive - 2013
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.
Items of note from Jan. 21-Feb. 6.
SEX OFFENSE: Jan. 21, 3:16 p.m.: A woman said a man is abusing her puppy. She said she left the dog overnight and when she came back the dog was terrified of men and will not play. She also said he did not feed or water the animal.
BREAKING IN: Jan. 22, 10:19 a.m.: A caller said it looks like a man and woman are breaking into an apartment on Cone St.
GUN FOUND: Jan. 22, 4:06 p.m.: A caller said they found a handgun in the ice in the parking lot of Rolberto's Mexican Restaurant.
ARIMO â€” The Snake River Panthers dominated the 3A district five championships at Marsh Valley on Thursday, defending their district title from a season previous with 259 team points to outdistance second place American Falls for the team title.
"This was probably the best showing that any of my teams have ever had at the district tournament since I've been coaching," Snake River head coach Jeff Gardner said.
Jared Martin applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow livestock, particularly rabbits and poultry, in a Heavy Commercial Zone of .3 acres at 141 N. 740 W.
Martin explained his business of breeding rabbits and selling them to a company in California for slaughter.
Martin keeps roughly 1,500 rabbits on his property currently in a bus that he has pens stacked onto. Martin also has poultry that feed on the waste of the rabbits, thereby cutting down on the waste found on the site.
Taxes and a health insurance exchange were the main topics of discussion at Thursday's legislative breakfast.
Each Thursday members of the Bingham County legislative delegation speak with members of the community via Skype hookup. The Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce sponsors the meeting at Stan's Restaurant.
Representatives Julie VanOrden and Neil Anderson are among 16 freshman members of the House who are encouraging Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter to include members of the Legislature on a proposed exchange oversight committee.
IONA â€” The Blackfoot Broncos took to the Bonneville mats on Wednesday looking to run their district championship streak to fifteen. Unfortunately the men in black came up short of that team goal as Bonneville captured the team title with 519.5 points while Blackfoot came home with the second place hardware with 409.5 points. Pocatello rounded out the top three with 293 points.
â€śIt was a big day for our kids,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. â€śThey had to go out, put their toes on the line and prove themselves one more time.â€ť