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Archive - Jan 2014

January 7th

No. 1 Century runs past Blackfoot 59-40

January 8, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Since before Christmas Blackfoot head girls basketball coach Merle Smith stressed how important Tuesday night's game with the top team in 4A the Century Diamondbacks.
For a quarter the Broncos kept the game close, but a hot shooting night from the Diamondbacks Sarah Holt and the low post play of Henny Hearn were too much for the Broncos too overcome as Century cruised to a 59-40 victory.
Blackfoot trailed 14-8 after one quarter and started the second quarter on a 6-0 thanks in part to a pair of steals and layups from Cassandra Clarke to tie the score 14-14.

Emotional evening as city leadership changes hands

January 8, 2014

It was an evening filled with laughter and tears as Blackfoot's new city leaders were sworn in and the community bid farewell to popular two-term mayor Mike Virtue and retiring councilman Rich Woodfin at Blackfoot City Hall Tuesday evening.
Newly elected mayor Paul Loomis took his oath of office followed by the city council members Bart Brown, Chris Jensen, Layne Gardner and newcomer Jan Simpson.

January 6th

City council meeting will be busy one

January 7, 2014

Tonight's city council will be a busy one as Blackfoot kicks off a new year and a new era.
Mayor-elect Paul Loomis. along with three city councilmen (Chris Jensen, Lane Gardner and Bart Brown) and one city councilwoman (Jan Simpson), will be sworn in for four-year terms as city leaders.
Prior to the swearing in of the newly elected officials, outgoing mayor Mike Virtue will conclude a bit of business on the Idaho Airport Aid Program Resolution and the city's personal leave usage extension request.

Patriarch of Kesler's Market dies at 91

January 6, 2014

BLACKFOOT — Local businessman Jack White Kesler of Kesler's Market in Blackfoot, died last Thursday at age 91.
Kesler started working in the family grocery business in 1934, when he was 12-years-old.
His sons, Bob and Kelly, said they got into the business "because we figured Dad would retire."
"When he was getting into his 70s, we thought he might consider retiring; and then when he turned 80, we thought he would surely consider retiring," said Kelly.
"He definitely was part of the Greatest Generation," he said. "He taught us how to work.

Have American parents got it all backwards?

January 6, 2014

The eager new mom offering her insouciant toddler an array of carefully-arranged healthy snacks from an ice cube tray?

That was me.

The always-on-top-of-her-child's-play parent intervening during play dates at the first sign of discord?

That was me too.

We hold some basic truths as self-evident when it comes to good parenting. Our job is to keep our children safe, enable them to fulfill their potential and make sure they're healthy and happy and thriving.

Elynn Matthews Kirkham, 88

January 6, 2014

Elynn Matthews Kirkham, 88, of Blackfoot passed away on Jan. 2, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. 
Elynn was born March 23, 1925, in Green Timber, Idaho, the daughter of Hazel and Byron Matthews.
Elynn grew up in Ashton and graduated from Ashton High School in 1943. She moved to Utah where she worked and attended Brigham Young University. 

Bryan William Jacobson, 41

January 6, 2014

Bryan William Jacobson, 41, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at his home.
Bryan was born November 20, 1972 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Claude William Jacobson Jr. and Violet Elayne Shaw.  He was raised in the Blackfoot area and attended school in Blackfoot and Snake River.
On November 1, 1991 Bryan married Marti Paterson in Blackfoot.  They had two children, Dakota James and Dusti Lynn.  They were later divorced.  He lived the last four years in Blackfoot with Sandy Davis.

Supreme Court puts gay marriages in Utah on hold

January 6, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday put same-sex marriages on hold in Utah until a federal appeals court can rule on whether the state law banning the practice violates the Constitution.
The unsigned, one-paragraph order did not spell out the court’s reasoning in the case -- orders that put lower-court decisions on hold frequently do not do so. The order did not indicate any dissents.

January 5th

SR grad becomes top lawyer

January 5, 2014

THOMAS – William Wray of Las Vegas is among the top attorneys in America dealing with construction law. He has advised clients regarding all aspects of many of that city’s casino properties.
Wray grew up  in rural Bingham County and is a proud graduate of Snake River High School.
“1981 was Year of the Cat,” he said of his graduation year. “We had an extraordinarily successful class both in athletics and in academics.”

January 3rd

Knights run past Lady Broncos 68-49

January 4, 2014

BLACKFOOT — It had been two weeks since the Blackfoot Lady Broncos last suited up for a game as the Christmas and New year's holidays gave the team some time to relax, recover and prepare for the second half of the season.
With a very large district game looming with the state's top ranked team Century on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos welcomed the Knights of Hillcrest High School to Blackfoot.
Despite 26 points from Morningrose Tobey, the Broncos were handed a defeat 68-49.

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