July 28th, 2012
AMMON â€” The Blackfoot Broncos American Legion season came to a disappointing end on Saturday morning as the Eastern Division leading Madison Cats came from behind for a 4-2 win over the Broncos at Hillcrest High School relegating the Broncos to a tie for fifth in the district tournament.
"We played good ball, I thought that we played good enough to get a win today," Blackfoot skipper Jeff Katseanes said. "Madison are the number one team in their district and we had a great battle with them. We have nothing to hang our heads about."
The customer service was impeccable and the pride was evident among all the employees, from the bellman at the front door to the women serving coffee in the deli, at Friday's soft opening of the sparkling new $47 million Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
Members of the tribe broke ground on the 83-acre plot of land in April of 2011, and what was approximately a 14-month construction project, is now a crown jewel in East Idaho, ready and open for business.
Idaho State Patrolman Horacio Caldera made camp on the top of Tommy Vaughn's Thursday evening to raise money for Special Olympics. He will come down from his rooftop perch at 9 p.m. this evening.
It's all part of Blackfoot's first "Cop on Top" event, a fundraiser created to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics are a sports training and athletic competition of "Olympic-like" sports for children and young adults with intellectual difficulties.
"We're very happy to help with the Special Olympics," said Camille Rupe.
Local man to be released to house arrest with restrictions
Appearing before Seventh District Judge David Nye Friday, Jesse William Whipkey learned he will be released, awaiting his sentencing, under certain restrictions.
Whipkey has been incarcerated in the Bingham County Jail since February.
Whipkey pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Initially charged with attempted murder, Whipkey had a three-day trial before he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
AMMON â€” Cole Mansanarez crushed a two run homer in the top of the third inning and Shane Parkinson launched a lead off home run in the bottom of the fifth as the boys of Bingham County collided on the diamond in a loser out affair at the American Legion District Tournament on Friday afternoon.
In the end Blackfoot were able to prevail in the thrilling game as Tyler Lindsay came through with a clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to lift Blackfoot to a 8-6 victory over Snake River.
"What a game. Good pitching and some big hits," Blackfoot head coach Jeff Katseanes said. "It was a fun game to watch for a fan but not so much as a coach because it was a little stressful."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District 55 'Board of Trustees' met Thursday evening at the district office for their monthly meeting where interim superintendent Chad Struhs lined out some of the district's goals for the upcoming school year.
IONA â€” The Blackfoot Bronco American Legion squad took to the Bonneville High School baseball field for day one of the American Legion District Tournament on Thursday morning and at the end of a very long day on the diamond, Blackfoot came away with an unwanted split of the day as they knocked off the Skyline Grizzlies 7-3 in game one and then fell to the top seeded Burley Green Sox 3-0 in the afternoon match up.
AMMON â€” The Snake River Panthers took to the Hillcrest ball diamond on Thursday for a high noon showdown with the fourth seeded Canyon Ridge out of the western division. At the end of a rapidly paced affair, the Panthers came out on the short end of a 3-0 contest.
"We just had a couple of instances where we lost our focus a bit," Snake River head coach Tom Strickland said.
Marvin Wayne Vail, 83, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Wayne was born March 28, 1929, in Pocatello,to Marvin James Vail and Elva Florence Neilson.Â He was raised in Star Valley, Wyo.Â At age 16, his family moved to Brigham City, Utah.Â He graduated from Box Elder High School where he played fullback on the state championship, undefeated football team two years in a row.
Since 1976, Rorrie Toren from Great Falls, Mont., has been paralyzed from his waist down. He was 16 years old.
His paralysis hasn't stopped him from competing in rodeo events. He is Blackfoot competing in pattern horse racing, known as O-Mok-See.
"Before I was paralyzed, I did it all," Toren said. "I rode bulls and saddle broncs and roped.
"I was breaking a horse when I broke my back," he said. "I was on bareback in a bucking chute. I knew I had broken my back before I hit the ground.
"Then, in 1993, I broke my hip when a horse slipped on mud and fell on me," Toren said.