March 10th, 2014
Eileen Marie Gaven Abend, 88, of Blackfoot, Idaho, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at Vi Silverstone Care Center, Scottsdale, Ariz..
Eileen was born on October 11, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio to Thomas and Freda Aydon Gavin. Her father was a salesman, so in her early years the family moved often, eventually settling in New Jersey where she graduated from Teaneck High School.
She and her husband Hal met at a USO dance in New York City in 1944. They were marred in Rockledge, Fla., July 29, 1945, where he was stationed as a US Navy pilot.
Sara Jo Hammond, 36, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sara was born in Blackfoot, Idaho on Sept. 8, 1977, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1995. She worked in hotel management in Salt Lake City since moving from Idaho.
Sara was loved and cherished by many because of her beautiful soul and fighting spirit which she displayed so eloquently when she was recovering from being badly injured by a driver while walking in downtown Salt Lake many years ago.
Cheri Lynn Conilogue, 62, died on March 1, 2014 from complications relating to a brain tumor.
Cheri was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Jan, 29, 1952, to Jean Conilogue of Jasper, Ala., and Earle Conilogue, of Niwot, Colo.
Ted B. Bingham, 51, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2014 at his home in Blackfoot, Idaho after a hard-fought war with cancer. He was happy to have his loved ones surrounding him before he passed away.Â
He was born February 6, 1963, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Don J. and Ida Pearl Bingham, the seventh of eight children.Â
He married his best friend and eternal sweetheart, Kindra, in July 1984 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple. Ted and Kindra are thrilled to be the parents of five fantastic sons, who are the great joys of their life.Â
J. Carl James, 89, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from natural causes.
Carl was born April 5, 1924 in Provo, Utah, to Ferris and Vera James. Carl grew up on and around Muddy Ranch near Park Valley, Utah.Â He attended high school in Brigham City, and received a Masterâ€™s Degree from Utah State University in Logan. While there, he met Joyce Hendrickson, and they were married in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on June 30, 1948.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dustin Powell started working at his father Jim's auto body shop "Powell's Body Shop" on Grant Street in Blackfoot back in the 1970's when he was just 10 years old. He has never left the family business, and has gone on to grow it into one of the largest facility's of its kind in the state.
Dustin, whose passion for the business is evident to this day, said, "I learned this business from the ground up. I was working as a full-time painter when I was a senior in high school. I remember missing school a lot."
BOISE â€” The Firth boys basketball team are a game away from bringing home a state trophy to match the one the girls team won two weeks ago.
After fending off a last-ditch effort from Grangeville, the defending champion, The Cougars earned the right to play for the Class 2A championship. Firth won a 44-41 contest, only the third time the Cougars have allowed a team to put up more than 40 points this season.
MERIDIAN â€” Free throw shooting in overtime decided Sugar-Salem's Class 3A state consolation title opponent: District 6 rival Shelley.
The Russets fought back from an 11-point deficit to claim a 55-51 overtime victory over Snake River on Friday. The elimination game sent Shelley to the consolation final and 2013 state champion Panthers home for the season.
MERIDIAN â€” The hope of a District 5 state champion was baked not long after halftime in the final game of the opening round of the Class 3A boys basketball tournament, as Shelley joined conference rival Sugar-Salem in the consolation bracket.
The Russets lost 53-38 to the Homedale Trojans Thursday, setting up a rematch with District 6 rival Snake River. Shelley was within a basket of the Trojans at the half, but a 13-6 third quarter put the Russets at a deficit they did not overcome. A primary problem: the Russets couldn't make shots fall, hitting just 24.6 percent from the field.
BOISE -- Firth sophomore Connor Burkhart exited the locker room Thursday night with a pair of headphones dangling around his neck. He wasn't listening to anything.
"My phone's dead so I've got these on so I look cool," Burkhart joked as he showed his headphones weren't connected.
Burkhart looked cool on the court as his 23 points and 11 rebounds powered the top-ranked Firth Cougars past the Melba Mustangs, 59-37, in the first round of the boys 2A state basketball tournament.
Firth (17-4) advances to the semifinals and will face Grangeville at 8 p.m. tonight.