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Archive - Mar 4, 2014

Michael James Birch, 68

March 4, 2014

Michael James Birch, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 while fishing on the Snake River.
He was born Nov, 11, 1945 in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Lowell Edgar and Rayola Rudd Birch.  He was raised in St. Anthony and attended school there, graduating from South Fremont High School.  He excelled baseball while in high school.   He attended Ricks College for two years, then moved to Pocatello to attend I.S.U., where he earned a BS in Political Science.  He moved to Blackfoot in 1976 and has resided here since.

JoAnn Jackson Polatis, 77

March 4, 2014

Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be. 
She was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Thomas, Idaho to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school. She then attended Ricks College.

WAYNE A. WHITTEN, 91

March 4, 2014

Wayne A. Whitten, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello.
Wayne was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Blackfoot to Albert William and Florence Leona Cones Whitten.  He was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot.  He attended school in the Blackfoot School District and graduated from Blackfoot High School.  In 1943, Wayne joined the Army.  He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Japan following World War II.
Wayne married Thelma Coles in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1964.

Jazz festival comes to the BPAC

March 4, 2014

BLACKOOT—Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.

Nilsson, Schild help lift Snake River to second in Class 3A wrestling tournament

March 4, 2014

While the paths they took were quite different, by the end of Saturday's Class 3A wrestling finals in Nampa, Snake River's Treyton Nilsson and Dayton Schild shared an honor they had earned.
Both were state champions.
Nilsson's was his third straight. He entered this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed and dominated throughout. He defeated Fruitland's Kendall Fletcher 16-1 in the finals.
He went into the tournaments in 2012 and 2013 ranked No. 2 in the state and won both times.

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