September 9th, 2014
Richard Marlin Keele, 70, passed away on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his home in Hazelton, Idaho.Â
He was born Nov. 21, 1943 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Elwood and Oathea Whiting Keele. He attended Blackfoot schools growing up.
Richard worked as a ranch manager in Bruneau, Idaho; a truck driver for Western Alfalfa and later retired from J&W Trucking.
He enjoyed many activities. Some of those activities were visits with family and friends, and his occasional trips to the casino. Richard was a big enthusiast of the outdoors, and a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.
May I. Mitchell, 86, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Willows Assisted Living in Blackfoot.
May was born on October 11, 1927 in Wellington, Colorado to LeeRoy Wells and Bonnie Iris Oâ€™Brien.Â She lived in Colorado until all three of her boyâ€™s were born, then they lived a few different places, settling back in Colorado in 1961.Â She moved to Blackfoot about 23 years ago to be close to her family. Â
On July 4, 1948 May married Alfred Ewing Mitchell in Loveland, Colorado.Â He preceded her in death onDecember 8, 2009. Â
Aaron Michael Hunt, 42, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home.
Aaron was born January 2, 1972 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Richard Michael Marshall and Cathleen Gay (Cushman) Hunt.Â He was raised in Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, but finished high school in Reno, Nevada.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Aaron worked as a welder and cook.Â In his free time he enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking with his mother, spending time with friends and loved animals.Â He was a devoted son.
BLACKFOOT â€” A Stoddard first grade teacher is one of the 15 nationals finalists in Farmers Insurance "Dream Big Challenge."
First grade teacher Melissa Hunt was notified Tuesday morning that she was one of the national finalists by officials from Farmer's Insurance who attended an assembly at Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot.
Hunt is one of over 3,000 teachers who were invited to submit a proposal to "Dream Big," said Randy Rice, National Manager of Education Programs for Farmers Insurance.
Bingham County commissioners approved the county budget recently. The county's budget is lower than the final 2014 budget.Â
The county's fiscal year is from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year.Â
"This is the commissioners' budget," said Bingham County Clerk Sara Staub. "They make the decisions about where the money will be allocated.Â
"The commissioners have always been conservative about the budget," she said.Â
"We anticipate a 3 percent increase from sales tax that is distributed from the state which is a good indication that the economy is improving," said Staub.Â
Tears of joy and pride rolled down the cheeks of Angelina Quilimaco of Blackfoot as her son Alec Carlson, 11, was presented with his Idaho's Hometown Hero medal at a poignant and patriotic ceremony on Saturday at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
With this year's 4th Annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal theme, being youth involvement, Alec, a student at Blackfoot Sixth Grade School, is the youngest recipient to date to receive one of the coveted medals.
SHELLEY â€”Â Like their Lady Russets teammates the Shelley Russets boys soccer team entered Saturday'a match-up with Aberdeen undefeated.
While not quite the scoring machine that the Lady Russets are the boys are scoring thanks to their fast play and solid defense.
Thanks in part to a pair of first half goals from Edwardo Gonzolas the Russets were able to withstand a second half Aberdeen rally and a pair of goals from Juan Juarez to earn a 4-2 win.
SHELLEY â€”Â So far this season the Shelley Lady Russets have been a goal scoring machine.
Through the seasons first there games the team has outscored their opponents 24-2 and none of the three victories were by a margin smaller than four goals.
Saturday the Lady Russets welcomed county foe Aberdeen to town and unfortunately for the Lady Tigers the result of the game would be the same as the Russets previous opponents.
Kira Marlow scored four goals and freshman Brittney Baron added two more as Shelley crushed the Tigers 7-0.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos are on a roll.
Dating back to last season the Broncos had won four of their last five games.
Friday night the Skyline Grizzlies came to Blackfoot, and while it wasn't the prettiest of games the Broncos kept on wining earning a 24-21 win.
Leading 24-14 after a Pacen Hayes 10-yard touchdown run,the Broncos were looking for a defensive stop.
But Skyline marched down the field and quarterback Benton Mitchell found a wide open Brannon Whyte in the end zone for a touchdown cutting the Broncos lead to 24-21.
FIRTH â€” A recent Firth High School graduate earned a gold medal at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference.
Celeste Esplin, a 2014 graduate of FHS, earned a gold medal in the Illustrated Talk category with her presentation entitled "Mirror, Mirror." This was her fourth year competing at Nationals, and her fourth year receiving a gold medal.