February 20th, 2012
Yes, the Blackfoot Senior Center still serves lunch.
No, senior citizens don't live there. (There is senior housing across the street.)
Pam Beus, director of the center for about six months, would like to educate members of the community about its function. And, she would like to get ideas about how it can better serve the community.
Seniors, those over 59-and-one-half years old, can buy a nourishing lunch five days a week (excepting holidays) for a donation of $3.50. Other members of the community are welcome to eat for $5.50 per meal.
In some respects Layne Elison's life has come full circle.
Elison was born in Blackfoot and lived here until age nine. He and his family then moved to California.
After graduating for high school in California, Elison got his education at BYU, then began teaching in Lyman, Wyo. Following two years there he and his wife Rosalinda returned to California where he taught for over 25 years.
Two years ago they returned to his Idaho roots.
Wake Up Call has moved and is open for business at its new location just west of Blackfoot at 320 W. Hwy. 26. Business hours are from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On the menu is a good variety of coffee and non-coffee drink choices, fruit smoothies, Frappuccino, expresso, flavored steamers and hot chocolate as well as muffins, cookies and biscotti.
Drinks come in small, medium and large sizes. Prices range from $1.25 for drip coffee to $5 for specialty drinks and â€śeverything in between,â€ť said owner Christie Oleson.
Following a short chase on Saturday, Blackfoot Police arrested a 19-year-old man on a variety of charges.
Aldeshon S. Nappo was charged with Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, Felony Eluding of a Peace Officer, two counts of Injury to a Child, Failure to Purchase a Driver's License and on a warrant out of Bannock County.
According to a news release, the pursuit lasted approximately one minute. When an officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop, the suspect pulled into a parking lot, then tried to maneuver out of the lot in an effort to avoid the officer.
The Blackfoot High School auto service team of Josh Spiegel and James Montgomery took fourth out of 22 teams at the Weber State auto service competition last Thursday.
Spiegel and Montgomery each won $100 worth of Matco tools, $1,500 scholarships to attend Weber State and a brand new Toyota engine for the school.
The Weber competition is a team event, said Spiegel. Students must be high school seniors to participate.
Teams came from high schools in Idaho, Oregon and Utah. A Vail, Ore., team won the competition.
MIDDLETON â€” Fresh off of their heartbreaking semi-final, double-overtime loss the night previous,the Snake River Lady Panthers took to the court at Middleton High School in the third place game at the 3A State Basketball Championship Tournament on Saturday morning.
Right from the opening tip, Snake River showed that they were no worse for wear after playing six quarters of basketball a little more than 12 hours previous as they jumped on the Priest River Spartans for 17 first quarter points en route to a convincing 50-28 victory.
SHELLEY â€” Joy. Sadness. Elation. Agony. Take your pick as to which adjective best describes the loser out contest at Shelley High School between the Blackfoot Broncos and the Shelley Russets on Saturday night because depending upon where you were sitting in the raucous gym, any one of those could describe what was going on by the end of Shelley's 63-59 High Country Conference tournament win over Blackfoot.
RIGBY â€” So what can be sweeter than thirteen straight conference wrestling titles? How about fourteen straight blue trophies? That is exactly what the Blackfoot Broncos accomplished on Friday as they outdistanced second place Bonneville 409.5 to 351 in the 4A High Country Conference tournament which was held at Rigby High School.
"The team title is something that we have been looking forward to since our loss to Bonneville at the Bonneville duels at the start of the season," senior captain Jon Horak said. "I just love everyone of my brothers. All of them have worked so hard all year and today they showed a ton of heart and showed everyone what B.A.B. means."
All told Blackfoot qualified 14 wrestlers into next weekends state wrestling tournament while capturing four individual district titles.
With seven wrestlers heading into the finals the Blackfoot faithful were in full throat as they brought the men in black down the stretch.
Chace Wasia was the first of the Broncos to take to the mats in the finals and after six grueling minutes on the mat with Hillcrest's Cade Christensen, Wasia stood victorious with a 3-2 decision.
Next up was Jeremy Robbins at 126 and he too fought it out with a tough Hillcrest wrestler. Robbins was ahead by two points late in the third period when he finished off Zack Packer with a third period pin.
Tate Hansen then battled Shelley's Chase Call in the 132 final in what turned out to be one of the finest three period battles that one could hope to see.
Call eventually got the district title with a late takedown which propelled the defending state champion to a 6-5 decision over Hansen.
"Both of those matches, Jeremy and Tate were just wars," Blackfoot head coach Thain Cashmore said. "Tate's match was epic. He came out and took it to Call and you have to tip your hat to Call, he is a fine wrestler but I think that Tate has made incredible improvement through the season and he really held his own out there today."
"Jeremy had a great technical match," Coach Cashmore continued. "He looked like a surgeon out there. He came in with a plan and he executed it to perfection."
Blackfoot got back on top of the medal stand with Ruben Pulido's first period pin at 138 and at 152, Jon Horak turned in a masterful performance with a 5-2 win over Bonneville's Jeremy Hansen.
"I honestly came into the match with some nerves," Horak said. "I just had to tell myself to do what Jon-Jon does best and it all worked out for me."
Austin Mathis and Chance Jensen each had shots at district titles at 182 and 220 but each fell to their opponent. Jensen's loss was to Bingham County foe Vince Landon from Shelley. Landon's win was his 100th as a prep wrestler.
Rounding out the state qualifiers for the Broncos were 6 third place finishers with Jared Evans, Kohl Bingham, Layton Wasia, Ryan Climer, Connor Henderson, Bryant Sargent and Jonathan Littlejohn.
The third place finishes were especially important to the team total as most of those third place matches were head-to-head with Bonneville wrestlers.
"It was in the consolation matches where we won the tournament," Coach Cashmore said. "Everyone of those kids met the challenge and rose to the occasion when we needed them."
Blackfoot will hit the mats at the state tournament beginning next Friday at Idaho State's Holt Arena where they will look to place several wrestlers into Saturday's thrilling finals.
"State is the final match and we are heading into it with high hopes," Coach Cashmore said. "Hopefully we can garner some points, wrestle well and let everything work itself out in the wash."
The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Blackfoot High School teacher Merri Ann Drake and her ESL class learn about Braille machines presented by Kevin Hughes (right) from HumanWare. "My students wanted to see what kind of technology was available," Drake said. 'They were amazed technology could help the blind learn to read and write and that [the bilnd] can learn to do so much."
Hughes and HumanWare is headquartered in Golden, Colo. Hughes was at Blackfoot High School Friday to demonstrate this technology.
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