March 1st, 2011
Warren Israel âIsâ Merrill, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Renaissance Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, March 5, 2011. at Blackfoot 4th Ward, 520 N. Shilling Avenue.
Family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church.
Â Interment will follow at the Moreland Cemetery.
Eric was born in Columbus, Ohio, where his father was stationed in the military. He lived his first four years in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In 1965, the family moved from Ohio to California; in 1970, from California to Blackfoot. He died of an apparent heart attack in Kent, Wash.
BLACKFOOT â A long-time school bus driver suffered a fatal medical condition Monday afternoon, causing her to lose control of the bus she was driving and strike a power pole.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Jewel and Camas streets approximately 2:04 p.m. Joann Jensen, 64, of Blackfoot, was driving the Teton Stage Lines bus with 34 students from Stalker Elementary School. She was traveling westbound on Jewel Street when police say she likely suffered a medical condition, causing her to lose control of the bus.
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Search and Rescue Commander John Kluvers has stepped down from his position and handed responsibility to his son, Jim Kluvers, who will now assume the position as commander.
John Kluvers served a three-year term as commander and has been involved in Search and Rescue for seven years. Each commander serves a three-year team, at which point the vice-commander will assume the position. Casey Monson is now the vice-commander and Bill Brown will serve as the second vice-commander.
NAMPA â For the next year, the Snake River Panther wrestling team will be announced as the 3A state champions. This hard earned and well deserved title was awarded to the Panthers on Saturday evening as the Panthers came together as a team, at just the right moment, to capture their first state title in over a decade, outdistancing second place Bonners Ferry 165 to 151.5.
NAMPA â There was some fabulous wrestling on display over the three day Idaho State Championship wrestling tournament held at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
At the end of the tournament, Bingham County came home with a bucket full of medals, 28 to be exact, two of those the gold variety as Skylerr Valentine of Snake River and Chase Call of Shelley each stood atop the podium for their respective weight classes and classifications.
Joyce Driscoll from Pingree (on left) and Connie Dial from Shelley will appear on The Price is Right at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, on Channel 3. Watch to see who was the big winner for the day.
BLACKFOOT â Two local ladies will appear on The Price is Right at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, on Channel 3. One of these two ladies was the big winner for the day. Viewers will need to watch Tuesday to find out who won.
The two ladies are Joyce Driscoll from Pingree and Connie Dial from Shelley. They are sisters-in-law.
BLACKFOOT â Volunteers on Saturday helped clean, move and organize items at the Blackfoot Community Center.
The Community Center is turning a recently acquired building into a teen center and gym space, freeing up space at the existing space for early childhood programs. The trailer, which used to house the teen program, will now be used as the art center. The second location is at 257 W. Broadway.
POCATELLO - Recent history pointed to a tough game for the Snake River Panthers as they prepared to take on the Bear Lake Bears Thursday night in an elimination game of the District 5 3A tournament. After all, Bear Lake had dominated the Panthers and the other teams in the fifth district all season, but that is why they play the games this time of year.
RIGBY â The Shelley Russets inaugural season in the 4A High Country Conference came to an end on Thursday night as the Rigby Trojans raced past the Russets for a 78-58 victory.
"We started the game well but even then you just didn't sense that spirit which is understandable because of the heartbreaker that we suffered on Tuesday," Shelley head coach Dave Hadley said. "We just didn't realize the urgency and once Rigby got a little lead they were able to get real aggressive and then you could just sense us tensing up."