February 13th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€“ Blackfoot High School (BHS) Spanish teacher Paula Maldonado loves her job.
â€śI say itâ€™s the best job in the world,â€ť Maldonado said.
â€śNot one dayâ€™s the same,â€ť she said. â€śThere are a lot of eager students who want to learn Spanish and work hard.â€ť
Maldonado has been teaching 13 years. The first three years, she was taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Blackfoot Sixth Grade School and Mountain View Middle School. For the past decade, she has taught straight Spanish classes to Blackfoot High School students.
ABERDEEN â€” Members of the Bingham and Power County Search and Rescue dive teams spent their Saturday morning diving below the ice in the freezing American Falls Reservoir.
The divers were completing their winter training, preparing for a scenario in which someone falls through the ice and into the water, potentially becoming trapped under the ice.
On Saturday, the ice in the Big Hole area of the American Falls Reservoir near Sportsmen's Park was nearly two feet thick. The water temperature was less than 30 degrees.
ABERDEEN â€” A stay at home mom and a retired school teacher have partnered to write and illustrate children's books.
Author Julie Beck is a stay at home mom with six children. She has read countless children's books to her kids, and about 10 years ago she said she began writing her own stories. But it wasn't until a few years ago that she found someone to illustrate her stories, making her dream of writing children's books a reality.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot paid a fond farewell to 7 seniors at Blackfoot High School on Friday night as Beau Hoskins, Cody Cunningham, Logan Loveland, Collin Rockwood, Phil Woods, Will Woods and Sam Cannon laced them up for the final time on the home hardwood.
Unfortunately for those seniors and the large contingent of fans on hand to cheer them on, Century was able to turn in a solid performance in the roll of spoiler, sending the home team packing with a 69-50 victory.
FIRTH - The Firth Cougars celebrated senior night Friday evening with a total dismantling of the Ririe Bulldogs, sending the visitors home on the wrong end of a 59-23 score.
With seniors Kory Anderson, Logan Wynn and Morgan Giles leading the way, the Cougars sped to an early 16-9 lead in the first period and the contest was never in doubt from that point.
BLACKFOOT â€” Four students from Blackfoot High School (BHS) qualified to participate in the National Association of Music Education (MENC) All-Northwest Conference Feb. 16-20 in Bellevue, Wash.
About 1,000 outstanding high school musicians from the six Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming) will participate in the All-Northwest Band, Orchestra, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Jazz Band and/or Jazz Choir.
To be selected, each student was recorded online performing college level pieces. Screeners selected the students who will participate.
POCATELLO â€” The dream of a state tournament bid remained alive on Thursday evening as the Snake River Lady Panthers took care of business with a 45-35 win over Bear Lake at Highland High School.
Bear Lake held their only lead of the game at 2-0 before Snake River reeled off 10 straight points, 6 of those courtesy of Shayla Christensen, who drained a pair of three balls in the first quarter to put the Lady Panthers up for good on the evening.
Peter Clark Ward, 36, of Blackfoot was peacefully reunited with his mom and loved ones on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home following a brief and sudden illness.
Peter was born May 23, 1974, in Pocatello to Daroll R. Ward and Bonnie K. Dimos.Â He attended school in the Blackfoot School District, graduating from Blackfoot High School in 1992.Â Other than living in Salt Lake City for a short time, he spent his lifetime in Blackfoot.
Peter worked at various construction jobs.Â In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling and spending time with friends.
NAMPA â€” Cless LeRoy Olney, 87, of Nampa and formerly of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Karcher Estates in Nampa.
He was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Smithfield, Utah, the son of Hyrum LeRoy Olney and Annis Seamons.
He graduated from North Cache High School and attended Utah State University.
Cless served in the Army in Germany during World War II.
On March 19, 1948, he married Margaret Merrill.Â She preceded him in death.Â He then married Dorothy Carlson on Dec. 18, 1976, and she passed away July 21, 2003.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot wrestling team took to the mats against Bonneville on Wednesday night, celebrating 15 seniors for their contributions to the long and storied program.
At the end of the evening, Blackfoot was strutting their stuff as those seniors, and the rest of the Blackfoot grapplers stood triumphant with a commanding 66-2 team victory over those Bees.