May 22nd, 2012
One hundred forty-five seniors graduated from Shelley High School on Tuesday.
Jessica Johnson and Willson Higham were the co-valedictorians.
Kayla Butler was named Miss Shelley High; Will Higham was named Mr. Shelley High.
To date, the class of 2012 has garnered $706,436 in scholarships.
In her valedictorian address, Johnson gave a brief overview of the students' years together.
âIn sixth grade, we learned to say âpoo-pooâ instead of crap,â she said.
Kindergarten students from Blackfoot Community Charter Learning Center (BCCLC) gave a smashing rendition of the age-old tale "Goldielocks and the Three Bears".
Students sang their little hearts out to catchy tunes that told of cold porridge, broken chairs, and the important message of not "snooping".
The warning signs of abuse in a teen dating relationship aren't hard to spot in this high tech age that we live in but they are important for everyone to know.
A free presentation on abuse in teen dating relationships was held at Bingham Memorial Hospital Monday with attorney Fred Zundel of Idaho Legal Aid Services in Pocatello and Dixie Chapman, executive director of Bingham Crisis Center the hosts/
"The key is to catch the dynamic of domestic abuse early and rectify it," Zundel said. "We need to stop the abuse in early ages before a guy has spent 10 to 15 years pounding on a woman."
Douglass James Reid, 85, of Firth, passed away peacefully at the home of his brother, Fred, on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Doug was born to Robert E. and Agnes Just Reid on Sep. 11, 1926, the fourth child in a loving family of five boys. He was raised along the Blackfoot River in Lower Presto. He loved learning, and after walking two miles each way to catch the bus to Firth High School, was named class valedictorian.
Robert (Bob) James Hauck, 68, died May 19, 2012, at the Lost Rivers Medical Center in Arco.
He was born on May 8,1944 in Longmont, Colo. His father, Robert Joseph Hauck, died in World War II on Nov. 14, 1944. His mother, Betty Hauck Schell died on April 10, 2011. His parents were married in June 1942 and had him in 1944. His father was a PFC in the US Army and died shortly after his birth.
Bob was raised in Longmont until he enlisted in the Navy in November of 1963. He served in the Vietnam War and several other smaller conflicts.
In the light of allegations of impropriety surrounding Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH), questions have arisen about who owns the facility.
Bingham County commissioner Cleone Jolley said, âIf I were a farmer who owned my land and decided to lease it, I would still own the farm. The person to whom I leased it could use the land as he/she saw fit as long as the person stayed within the contract.â
Bingham County owns the hospital like that farmer.
BMH, Inc., is an Idaho non-profit corporation recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue System.
Russell Hammond, who has been the Snake River School District superintendent for the past seven years, will retire July 31.
Hammond started his education career in 1971 in the Blackfoot School District after graduating from Idaho State University.
"I taught social studies and was a counselor at the Blackfoot Junior High," said Hammond. "I left education for 16 years to own and manage a construction business with my father.
"I returned to the Blackfoot School District in 1989 as a teacher and was one of the original staff of Second Chance alternative high school.
The 'retro' marquee in front of Blackfoot High School (BHS) will soon be retired to a new location and replaced by a new state-of-the art digital marquee
thanks to a $7,000 donation from Basic American Foods.
BHS is one of a handful of local schools to receive much-needed grant money for various projects from Basic American.
Basic American Plant Manager Brent Higginson said, "Basic American believes strongly in education and gives thousands of dollars every year to schools in the area through their 'corporate giving program.' "
The official results are in! John Taberna of Blackfoot and Annette Bohnsack 0f Chubbuck are the champions of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon. Taberna won his race in three hours and two minutes. Bohnsack won her title with a time of 4:17.
Other overall winners included Brittney Hill and Ray Bessett, both of Malad, in the 5-kilometer race; Joe Stroh of Idaho Falls and Joy Anderson of Blackfoot in the 10K; and Mandy Chestnut of Firth and Jeff Shadley of Idaho Falls in the half-marathon.
Photo courtesy of Blackfoot tennis team
Blackfoot's Boys Tennis team led the state in academics for 2012 with a cumulative GPA of 3.93. The boys team also earned a fourth place finish at the state tournament last weekend. Pictured from left are Bobby Cannon, Tyler Cannon, Jacob Harris, Paul Cannon, Tanner Norton and Coach Brint Jefferis. Other members of the Academic State Championship team were Mark Hudson, Anthony Smith, Jared Evans and Daylan Bird.
Excuse Blackfoot tennis coach Brint Jefferis if he's popping his buttons with pride these days.