November 13th, 2011
POCATELLO â€” Veterans from Twin Falls to Soda Springs and Rexburg to Preston received praise for their service at a Red, White and Blue gala on Saturday.
"I think it's great," said Max Rowberry of Blackfoot. "I'm honored to be a part of it.
"We did what we had to do at that time," added Rowberry, a Vietnam vet.
"It warms your heart, I'll tell you that," said Roland Wright, a World War II veteran who graduated from Blackfoot High School. "It stirs my memory of a lot of warm experiences. It causes me to think of some of the heroes of my time."
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Science and Technology Charter School hosted the FIRST LEGO League regional qualifying tournament Saturday. Seventeen teams from Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Ammon gathered in the gym to complete for five spots at the state tournament in December. The competition is open to students ages 9-14.
Two teams from Mountain View Middle School â€” Crazy Bananaz and Sanitation Enforcers â€” received second place trophies in their respective categories.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 90 runners participated in the first Blackfoot Tater Trot race on Saturday, braving wet, windy and cold conditions to run in the inaugural race.
The race set the scene for a big announcement â€” the Tommy Vaughn's Marathon will take place in Blackfoot next year on May 19.
POCATELLO â€” Four was a prevalent number for the Firth Cougars on Saturday evening. After starting the season 0-4, the Firth Cougars got 4 touchdown passes from Jacob Orme, all of which went to cousin Mitch Orme and the defense got a huge goal line stop on fourth down as the Cougars dumped New Plymouth 26-7 for a trip to the 2A state championship game next Friday in Moscow.
POCATELLO â€“ For the fourth time in five years, the Blackfoot Broncos will be playing for the 4A state football championship. The Broncos earned that right with a thrilling, heart-stopping 34-31 victory over conference rival Hillcrest in Holt Arena on Friday.
â€śIâ€™m glad that they are out of our league next year, Iâ€™ll tell you that,â€ť Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. â€śWe knew that they were a tough team and it always seems like these games come down to an end like this.â€ť
The end was certainly in doubt as Hillcrest came roaring back from an early 21-point deficit.
POCATELLO â€“ The Snake River Panthers got their revenge against an old foe on Friday night. It couldnâ€™t have come at a better time as they advanced to the 3A state championship game with a huge 35-8 blowout over longtime rival Marsh Valley. The Eagles won 14-0 earlier this season in a game played in a rainstorm.
â€śI felt that the last time we played them at their place that circumstances just didnâ€™t make for an even game,â€ť Snake River coach Jeff Dalley said. â€śThe kids had talked about wanting a little revenge and they worked real hard all week preparing for tonightâ€™s game.â€ť
BLACKFOOT â€” Wanting to help those at need this Thanksgiving, Blackfoot Auto & Tire and Kirkham Auto Parts are offering free oil changes for those who bring in a turkey of at least 10 pounds. Â
Kirkham Auto Parts is supplying oil and oil filters for any vehicle that uses five quarts of oil.
"No diesels," said John Reyes, Kirkham Auto Parts store manager. "Diesels take gallons of oil."
Blackfoot Auto & Tire personnel are providing the labor at no cost to the customer.
"We'll top the fluids, too," said general manager Don Hawkes,
BLACKFOOT â€” Over 200 people participated in the Blackfoot Elks Lodge's Veterans Day fundraiser on Friday.
"Fundraising for such things as the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello are always subject to cuts," noted Brian Cornett, who serves on the Idaho Veterans Assistance League. "So we pick up the slack. But we're not the only ones. So do the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW."
Everyone should thank veterans, Corbett said. "It's because of that veteran that they have what they have."
Lt. Col. Dwight Richins is one of thousands of brave men who served his country and recently returned home after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan with his unit in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Dwight Richins, like many of our brave soldiers, volunteered to serve his country, a noble and very brave decision for one of the finest high school football coaches in all of Idaho.
Update 4:00 p.m.:
Employees are now allowed to leave their buildings and will be boarding buses home at the usual time.
Everyone examined for potential injury has been cleared to return to work.
Emergency response personnel responded to Fridayâ€™s event at the INLâ€™s Materials and Fuels Complex. It is believed that a sodium reaction resulted in a sudden pressure increase which compromised the system integrity. The compromise in the system set off fire alarms in the vicinity. An investigation is continuing.