March 7th, 2014
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.
MERIDIAN â€” For the first time in three years, the Class 3A championship game won't feature Snake River.
The defending champion Panthers fell behind a wily Filer team early in their opening-round game Thursday at Meridian High School, losing 55-43. The Wildcats out-rebounded and out-shot the District 5 champion and forced Snake River into the consolation side of the state boys basketball tournament.
Filer began a 10-point tear late in the first quarter and into the second to pull ahead of Snake River, which didn't come closer than eight points throughout the second half.
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho Governor Butch Otter has appointed former Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore to serve on the Idaho Pardons and Parole Commission for the next three years. He was sworn in at the Capital Building in Boise on Thursday. He had to testify in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee upon his confirmation.
Moore's daughter Megan, who attends Boise State University, was there for the swearing-in ceremony.
She said, "I am so proud of my dad to be asked to be on the parole commission.' It is a huge honor and I am glad I was there to support him."
Margaret Jean Gardner, 89, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
She was born Feb. 5, 1925 in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Harvey Franklin Aiman and Mattie Kearney Aiman.
She attended school in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She played on the softball team and was valedictorian.
Jean lived most of her life in Idaho Falls, but spent time in San Diego, Calif. and Jackson Hole, Wyo.Â
Jack Le Roy Seiber, 22, of Idaho Falls, passed away Feb. 27, 2014, from injuries sustained in a tragic car accident near Price, Utah.
Jack was born Nov. 16, 1991, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Everett Franklin Seiber and Shawn Kimbrough Seiber. He grew up and attended schools in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School. He was on the debate team and with the math group. He also attended Cameron University in Oklahoma.
Jack was a soldier in the United States Army, with the rank of specialist. He served in the United Arab Emirates and at Fort Sill, Okla.
Stella Louise Butler Webb, 94, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Blackfoot, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at her home at Mt. Vernon Assisted Living Center.
Stella was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Basalt, Idaho, to George Franklin Butler and Lydia Ethel Martin Butler. She grew up in Goshen and attended school through the eighth grade.
BLACKFOOTâ€”The Bingham County Historical Society (BCHS) observed March as "Women's Month" by honoring three women who have played various key roles in the history of the area on Wednesday night at the Senior Center.
Lois Bates, Jean Esplin and Billie Cullimore were each given a peach rose and a plaque for their contributions to Bingham County.