Archive - 2013
Linda Jean Fisher Empey of Boise, Idaho passed away March 25, 2013 peacefully in her sleep. She grew up in Moreland, Idaho. Linda was born May 25th, 1963 to Jack and Jean (Evans) Fisher. Linda married Steven Holmes Empey on April 22, 1982 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho temple. Their son, Michael Steven Empey, was born on January 20th, 1984. Linda, Steve, and Mike lived in many places. When Steve was in the military, they were stationed in Germany. They also lived in Rexburg, Moreland, Driggs, Blackfoot, Pocatello, Kuna, and Boise, Idaho, in addition to Boardman, Oregon.
BLACKFOOT â€” Like most mothers of young women, Serrina Slay looks forward to seeing her daughter dressed in a beautiful gown and taken to her high school prom for a wonderful night that she will always remember. However, Slay's only child, Rachael Slay, a non-speaking autistic girl, is in need of a date to the Blackfoot High School Prom and Slay is hoping that a nice, young man will step up to take her special needs daughter to the dance.
Abbi and Belle Mecham, twins with autism, have a different perspective of life and share that perspective with others.
By JEN ANDRUS
BLACKFOOTâ€” Audrey Mecham had high expectations for her two beautiful twin girls born in August of 2001.
When the girls went into kindergarten they had notable struggles with their attention, transitions and language skills.
Mecham realized that there may be something different that they needed help with. After a long process of testing through first and second grades, Abbi and Belle Mecham were diagnosed with autism.
Malia Saupan was named the 2013-2014 Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Snake River Saturday night at the high school. Distinguished Young Women is a scholarship program.
For becoming Miss Distinguished Young Woman of Snake River, Saupanâ€™s scholarship earnings totaled $3,300. She received a $2,100 scholarship for becoming Miss DYW. She also won $300 scholarships for Be Your Best Self, interview (with the judges), fitness and self-expression.
Saupan said what she enjoyed best about DYW is â€śthe friendships Iâ€™ve made.â€ť
IDAHO FALLS â€” Under near perfect Spring baseball conditions the Firth Cougars closed out the Skyline J.V. tournament on Saturday with a morning game at Bonneville against the Bee's freshman squad and then in an afternoon contest at Hillcrest against the Knights junior varsity.
By days end, the Cougars had shaken off the previous two losses in the tournament as they evened their weekend record at 2-2 with a pair of Saturday victories, 12-1 in five innings at Bonneville and then 7-5 at Hillcrest.
"I think that we've had three games in which we felt that we were just as good or should have won and you learn from adversity and I think the kids are doing that," Firth head coach Scott Adams said.
Now is the time for any businesses, faith groups, school groups or community groups to form a team and jump on board to participate in Bingham County's 8th annual "Relay for Life" fundraiser.
Bingham County's "Relay for Life" Team Development Co-chair, Bobbie Steffensen describes the event as "an organized overnight community event (in conjunction with American Cancer Society) where team participants walk a track to celebrate and remember those who have been affected by cancer and fight back by fundraising for cancer research and patient resources."
Randy and Vauna Walker from Pingree do a lot of traveling, hauling their quarter horse, named DTF Way Ta Fire, to barrel racing competitions.
"Barrel racing is a hobby of ours," said Walker.
In the Diamond and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16, DTF Way Ta Fire "set a new arena record at the finals," Walker said.
Only those horses in their first year of competition can be entered into a Futurity.
The quarter horse posted the fastest time at the Diamonds and Dirt Futurity in Bryan, Texas, on March 16.
BLACKFOOT â€” Mayor Mike Virtue addressed County Commissioners Mark Bair and Whitney Manwaring Thursday morning to discuss the ambulance budget that was approved in 2010.
The numbers had to be adjusted to "break even," said Virtue. The first two years of the budget remained the same and a slip escalation was scheduled to begin in 2012.
Virtue said, "The levy may change plus or minus. There is a little bit of uncertainty but not much."
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Firth Cougars opened the Skline tournament on Thursday afternoon with a match up with the Bonneville J.V. squad. In a twist, the Cougars were the home team on the scoreboard despite playing on Bonneville's home field. In the end, Firth dropped a heart breaker as Bonneville came from behind to down the Cougars 7-5.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River baseball team took to the home diamond looking for a season sweep of 6th district South Fremont on Wednesday afternoon but the visiting Cougars had other ideas as they rebounded from an earlier season loss to the Panthers with a 6-5 victory.
"Really today, our pitching kind of labored. We walked too many and we hit five batters and early on, I think that every runner we let on scored and then we left nine runner in scoring position," Snake River skipper Rich Dunn said. "We just let too many opportunities early slip away and it got us late."