August 1st, 2012
The blockbuster movies on the big screen and the smell of buttery popcorn will soon be fading away at the Plaza Twin Theater as management prepares to close Blackfoot's only movie theater on Aug. 9.
The Plaza Twin Theater (currently a $2 discount theater) has been owned and operated by the May family for the past four years. Manager Bradley May said that while the community did support the theater, they [the family] have collectively made the decision to close the theater for a variety of reasons.
Sparks from cutting metal with a skill saw ignited a fire at 713 W. 10 N. in Riverside Wednesday afternoon, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. A shed, pump house and a couple of salvaged cars were burned at Dwain Sjostrom's property.
Blackfoot firemen and volunteers protected the double wide mobile home on the property. No one was injured.
The neighbor whose home was northwest of the fire was evacuated as the black smoke drifted in that direction.
Neighbor Charlene Cherry had called 911.
The 4-H market animal sale took place on Wednesday in the Goddard Livestock Pavilion on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. This is the grand finale of the 4-H year.
Recognized for their showmanship in the round robin competition were Grand Champion Cassidy Quinn and Reserve Champion Katie Van Stone.
"I love showmanship," Cassidy said.
"I remember what I learned in the past," she said. "I study each animal; watch each species in competition and ask questions of the exhibitors who win."
Shoshone-Bannock tribal officials recognized 10 individuals at a reservation-wide graduation ceremony for their contributions to Indian education recently. The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center was the gathering place for nearly 400 people.
Tribal youth education coordinator Claudia Washakie said the ceremony is something new that tribal leaders are planning to do yearly in an effort to honor and recognize those who have given so much to education, while they are still here.
Dairymen and women, of both goats and cows, traditionally show in all white clothing.
Goats are judged in two showsâ€”the meat goat show that took place on Monday and the dairy goat show on Tuesday.
"I love the teaching that goes with judging," said judge Judy Novak.
"Primarily what I'm looking for in a goat is feet and legs," Novak said. "They're not going to last as a milk and baby producer if they don't have straight feet and legs.
"Eventually, they can't walk," she said.
"If you want to buy a goat, everything needs to blend smoothly into the next featureâ€”from muzzle to tail.
Items of note from July 18-27.
CHUCKY?: July 18, 9:10 p.m.: A man said he found a doll holding a knife on a bathroom sink. He thinks it happened while he was out of town.
BURGLARY: July 20, 4:17 p.m.: A man said he had some wheels and tires stolen from a truck parked on W. Bridge St.
INCOMING EGG: July 21, 12:10 a.m.: A man said someone has thrown an egg at the back of his vehicle.
PROWLER: July 21, 12:09 a.m.: A man said there is a prowler outside his house.
Both lanes are now open to traffic.
â€”The Idaho State Police is on scene of a one-vehicle crash southbound I15 at milepost 83. Two unknown females have are involved. FT. Hall EMS has responded. Injuries are reported of a concussion and possible difficulty breathing from the victims. Life-flight is en-route to the scene. Â Both southbound lanes are currently blocked from milepost 84. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Â
James S. Spalding, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at his home.
James was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Oceanside, Calif., to David Ross and Marjorie Simon Spalding.Â He attended elementary and high school in Circleville, Ohio.Â He attended Ohio University and earned his masterâ€™s degree from the University of Utah.Â He made his home in Blackfoot in 2001.
James served in the United States Army, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.
Marian DeLene Mortensen, 61, a former Blackfoot resident, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012, at her home in Edmond, Okla.
She was born in Ogden, Utah, on March 25, 1951.Â She was the oldest of five children adopted by Edwin Neher Mortensen and Georgia Moline Westover.Â She lived in Utah, Idaho, Connecticut, New York, and Oklahoma.Â
DeLene graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1969.Â She continued her education at Ricks College, later becoming a licensed practical nurse.Â Her specialty was special needs children and adults.
Lola Herres, 81, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, July 27, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Lola was born Feb. 5, 1931, to Justin Ira and Susan Bailey Wixom in Groveland.Â She attended school at Groveland and Blackfoot, she was vice president of her junior high school class.