June 13th, 2014
POCATELLO â€”Securing a spot in today's short go.
That was the goal for the cowboys and cowgirls from Bingham County on Friday at the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello.
Having an average good enough to be one of the top 20 in today's finals meant that Friday's third go was everybody's last chance.
After a week with very few serious injuries the rodeo has gone of without a hitch, but District 1's R.J. Cotant went on a wild ride that left him motionless on the arena floor.
Billy Gene Willingham, 61, passed away in his home on June 2, 2014, from a brain tumor.
Bill was born on April 13, 1953 to Bertha Lee Willingham in Columbia County, Ga. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, Welbur and Rose Willingham.
Bill loved to run track and play handball and chess. His favorite football team was the Oakland Raiders. Bill attended elementary and junior high school in Columbia County. After his grandparents died, he moved to Queens, New York with his mother and father, Charles Powell. He attended and graduated from Bayside High in Bayside, New York in 1971.
The purple window paintings, purple ribbons and even purple t-shirts are evident throughout town this week, as the community show its support for this year's Bingham County "Relay For Life." The all-night event kicks off this evening on Blackfoot High School's football field with entertainment by Les Merle starting at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 6.
Organizers have worked hard all year to pull of this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
POCATELLO â€” Time is running out for the cowboys and cowgirls competing at the Idaho High School Rodeo Finals in Pocatello as Thursday mornings session was the final of the second go.
With the opportunity to record a qualified ride quickly running out, each and every competitor knew one mistake could be the difference between making Saturday's finals or not.
A handful of cowboys and cowgirls from Bingham County took the arenas of the Bannock County Fairgrounds looking to improve on their average for the week and quite possibly cement their spot in the finals.
Betty Woodland, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, passed away June 10, 2014 in her home at the age of 58.
Betty was born to Thomas Fredrick and Emma Elizabeth Woodland in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 19, 1955.Â She graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â
She married Thomas LaFave Aug. 19, 1977, moved to Wisconsin where they lived for 25 years, retired to Oregon, and later divorced in 2010 at which time she moved to Utah.Â
Larry Dee Sanders, 59, passed away on June 8, 2014, at home with his family by his side, from metastatic melanoma. He will be remembered by many as a very caring, generous soul. He was always the first one to offer to help anyone in need.
The greatest love story ever felt by one family ended April 22, 2014 when Harold Van Sickle was reunited with his beautiful wife Florien.
Harold was born on June 21, 1930 in Jefferson, Iowa, to Ira Van Sickle and Myrtle Schilmann Van Sickle.
Harold joined the Navy at the age of 20.Â He served both foreign and domestic.Â This honorable sailor stole the heart of Florien Misch and made her his bride June 14, 1952.Â
Dog loversâ€”heads up. Starting today and concluding on Sunday, dog enthusiasts can enjoy two kennel club "clusters" at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds in Blackfoot.
The kennel club dog show opens at 8 a.m. today. Admission is free.
The Pocatello Kennel Club opens today and concludes Friday. The Eagle Rock Kennel Club opens on Saturday and closes Sunday. The gate opens at 8 a.m. for all four days.
Each day, the semifinals begin at 2 p.m. followed by "Best of Show" competition that begins about 4-4:30 p.m.
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POCATELLO â€” She goes by the nickname of 'Full Throttle' because of the way she rides her horse.
But after exploding onto the scene during last year's Idaho High School Rodeo Finals Huthcings had not exactly started this years event the way she would have liked.
That all changed in the Tuesday night session where Hutchings was the last competitor to take the arena floor of the Bannock County Fairgrounds in barrel racing.
Hutchings blazed through the barrels to a time of 17. 779 to win the session and end the first go on a high note.
Tom R. Hansen, 74, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014. He was born in Blackfoot, Idaho June 12, 1939 to William and Rose Hansen.
He grew up in the Southeast Idaho area and graduated from Blackfoot High in 1957. He was drafted into the Army in December 1961, and was stationed in Fort Collins, Colo. He was discharged, with honors, in March 1963.
He met the love of his life, Marilyn Wallin (Gelles), and married her on Aug. 2, 1973; they were later sealed for time and eternity in the LDS Temple on Aug. 2, 1980.