February 20th, 2014
On Sunday, Feb. 16 Georgie Margene Parsons Phillips passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Blackfoot following a short battle with cancer.Â
FIRTH â€” When Firth junior Jackson Thompson won his opening match of the 2A District Six wrestling tournament Wednesday afternoon he had no idea how long his day would end up being.
A two-point takedown with five seconds left in the third period sent the match into overtime. A reversal in the overtime gave Thompson the win over West Jefferson's Blade Albertson.
But the fatigue and stalling to catch his breath Thompson felt in the opening match would get even more intense in his second match as a berth in the 170 pound championship match hung in the balance.
After jumping out to an early lead against Salmon's Garrett Jarnigan, Thompson went in for a takedown in the final seconds of the match to steal the win, instead Jarnigan reversed Thompson and earned a tough 6-4 win.
Undeterred, Thompson wrestled his way all the way through the consolation bracket to earn a third place finish and a berth in next week's state wrestling tournament.
Thompson was the first of nine Cougars who punchers their tickets to the state tournament.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained to listen to the students read.
The program is called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
The R.E.A.D. program helps children improve their reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.
Studies show that students are very responsive to the calming effect that trained dogs can have in the classroom.
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) is training up its own dog helpers, said BCCLC teacher Kelly Jo Fisk.
If needed, help is on the way. The Blackfoot fire station has upgraded its equipment to be able to identify if a patient is having a heart attack. [A heart attack is called a myocardial infarction (MI).]
The physio-control machine is a 12-lead program, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. It gives paramedics 12 different views of the heart.
"This is state of art equipment," he said.
Each of the four physio-control machines owned by the fire department received upgrades. The cost was $8,000 per upgrade.
"We budgeted for the upgrades," said Gray.
THOMAS â€”Â It is never to go into a season as the defending state champion and the favorite to repeat regardless of sport or classification.
The Snake River Lady Panthers found that out right from the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
But despite the trials and tribulations of the season the Panthers again won the 3A District 5 championship last week and will be returning to this week's 3A state basketball tournament to defend their title.
Maria D. Lindsay, 57, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 after a courageous battle with breast cancer, with her husband by her side. Â
Maria was born July 14, 1956 in New York, New York to Mark Anthony Dondero and Ann Mangini Dondero.Â She was raised on Long Island and had a wonderful childhood.Â She attended mostly Catholic schools and excelled in whatever she did.Â She received an MBA from St. Johnâ€™s University.
Barbra Grace Garrett, 53, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at her home.
Barbra was born March 12, 1960 in Boise.Â Her parents are Bob S. Garrett and the late Catherine Ferrin Garrett.Â She grew up in Pocatello and Fort Hall, and spent her adult life in Blackfoot.Â She graduated from Highland High School in 1977.Â She then graduated from the Police Academy in 1981 and continued her education, getting her associate's degree from Eastern Idaho Technical College in computers. Â
In 1997 Barbra married Martin Bustamante in Elko, Nev. Â
Samuel W. Cornwall, 79, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at his home.
Samuel was born Jan. 2, 1935 in Inkom to Lavern Cornwall and Vera Geneva Siler.Â He was raised in Idaho, but lived in California, Texas, Michigan, Massachusetts and in Germany over the years.
He married Catherine Blenkle on May 14, 1954 in Pocatello and later had their marriage solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Samuel was in the United States Air Force for over 20 years, serving in Vietnam and Greenland.
Catherine passed away in 2005.
Carolyn Campbell was 56 when she passed away in her home in Blackfoot, Idaho on Saturday February 15th 2014. She was born November 13, 1957 in Pocatello, Idaho to David (Imera) and Larene (Tom). In a style that blossomed into a love for travel, Carolyn moved a lot in her youth, the majority of which was spent in Blackfoot, Idaho and Spokane, Washington. She was married in 1991 to Steven Reimers and had two children, Nicole and Tanner, who were most important in her life.
Darrell Dale Buttars, 76, of Idaho Falls, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 15, 1937 in Idaho Falls, the son of James LeRoy Buttars and Myrtle Velma Carter.
He graduated from Bonneville High School.
On Feb. 7, 1958, he married BonnieÂ Kummer and together they had two daughters.Â They parted but remained good friends throughout their lives.Â On Sept. 3, 1976, he married Melba Norwood Harris at Island Park and added six more children to the family.