February 3rd, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€”Â A complaint against Blackfoot School District No. 55, Blackfoot High School, former Superintendent Scott Crane and former high school principal Blaine McInelly has been dismissed in a hazing case which originated in 2012.
Plaintiffs in the case are Logan Chidester, Tyson Katseanes and Nathan Walker. The case was filed in Bingham County.
Plaintiff John Doe filed a civil rights case in U.S. District Court. At the time of the charges in the hazing case, Doe was a minor under the age of 18.
Darin Alan Park, 49, of Kimberly and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the University of Utah Hospital, following a valiant battle with Antiphospholipid Syndrome.
Kenneth Jay Gray, 50, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at the Life Care Center in Idaho Falls.
He was born Nov. 13, 1963Â in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jay R. and Karol KnightÂ Gray.Â Kenneth attended Oakley Elementary School in Heyburn and then attended Green River High School in Green River, Wyo.
He enjoyed movies, hard rock music, especially KISS.
Kenneth is survived by his parents Jay and Karol Gray of Blackfoot; one sister, Lisa (Richard) Marsing of Green River, Wyo.; niece, Brooke (Alek) Anderson and nephews, Ashton and Alek, of Rock Springs, Wyo.
Since he was sworn in as Blackfoot's mayor one month ago, Paul Loomis has been out and about in the community while learning the ropes of his new job.
Loomis has engaged himself in a variety of events including City Legislature Day in Boise, speaking to students at local elementary schools, and giving his first State of the City address.
Loomis said that City Legislature Day was a "great experience" and he is looking forward to sharing what he learned with the city.
FIRTH â€”Â Coming into Saturday night's game with Nuclear Conference leader Firth the Ririe Bulldogs had just three wins and two of those came against Aberdeen.
So it was easy to see how the Firth faithful were expecting a blowout of the Cougars.
They did eventually leave the school after watching a blowout victory, but it did not go the way many had thought.
It took the Cougars almost five minutes of the opening quarter to score a basket and they scored just four first quarter points.
But after that opening quarter Firth head coach Scott Adams got his team going as the Cougars scored 64 points in the final three quarters to earn a 68-19 victory.
THOMAS â€” After the overtime loss to Shelley last week Snake River head coach Bob Coombs said that Bear Lake was going to be the Panthers biggest challenge for the district championship.
He was right.
A nine point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter was cut to five with 1:42 left before the Panthers closed out the game at the foul line hitting all six free throws down the stretch to earn a 48-40 win over Bear Lake.
BLACKFOOT â€” Although it required over a year's work of time and plenty of elbow grease, painting and restoring the interior of Blackfoot's classic Nuart Theatre was truly a labor of love for Blackfoot native Rhonda Wixom. The finishing touches on project were done just in time for the new year.
The Nuart Theatre was built in Blackfoot at 195 N. Broadway in the late 1920's and was one of the first places in Idaho to show silent films. These days, the Nuart is known for live local theatre productions.
The story of an exorcism and strange incidents at a house in Gary, Ind. is getting attention from around the world. Some are even calling the home the "portal to hell."
FOX's Bill O'Reilly interviewed the Rev. Michael Maginot, who talked about performing exorcisms on Latoya Ammons. The woman claimed she and her three children were possessed by demons in their home.
After the family fled the house, a police officer took a photo of it from the outside. It was empty, but the photo appeared to show someone standing in the window.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Young business partners Chase Bloom, 23, and Mandi Jensen, 22, aren't much older than the legal drinking age, but as of this month, they are the new owners of one of Blackfoot oldest bars - the Tumbleweed. The Tumbleweed building was built in 1890 at 40 W. Pacific Street.
"What a way to kick off the new year! This is my new year resolution," Bloom exclaimed.
Opal Justus, 94, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at The Gardens in Rigby.
She was born Sept. 12, 1919 in Sutton, Neb., to Lloid and Ida Pauline Trieber Corey. She moved to Blackfoot when she was just 2 months old, and lived her entire life in the area.Â
Opal attended school in Blackfoot and graduated in 1937, the first class of Blackfoot High School, which was then located on Shilling Street and currently serves as the Sixth Grade Center.Â