September 9th, 2014
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.
SHELLEY â€”Â The Shelley Lady Russets have looked like a state title contender during the first two games of the soccer season.
Outscoring their opponents 12-1 in the first two game head coach Jim Gregory has had plenty to be happy about.
Thursday afternoon the Lady Russets had their home opener against district rival South Fremont and by the time the 80 minutes was over the Russets had surpassed their goal total for the season in one game.
Freshman Brittney Baron had a hat trick as eight different players scored in Shelley's 13-1 win at Shelley High School.
BLACKFOOTâ€”It was a somber sight to see the bikes rolling down Shilling Street , escorting the body of Bo Taylor to the cemetery following his funeral on Thursday.
Taylor, 19, and his uncle Trent Sorensen (45) died last week while repairing a sewer line in Georgetown. The two apparently succumbed to toxic fumes.
For Alec Carlson of Blackfoot, helping his mother comes naturally and it's just what he does; but to his mother, "he is a hero." Now, Alec, just 11 years old, will be recognized as the youngest recipientt of "Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal."
Alec will receive his medal at the fourth annual Idaho's Hometown Hero Medal ceremony on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello.