April 24th, 2014
THOMAS â€” Jake Ballentine, a professional singer and songwriter from Los Angeles, spoke to students at Snake River Junior High and High School about believing in themselves and being kind to others.
During the high school assembly, Ballentine played a couple original songs on his guitar about "being O.K. with the things that make you different, and celebrating what makes everyone else different."
FIRTH â€” With a stroke of a pen Thursday afternoon Firth senior Kayla Jensen did something no other Firth girls basketball player in seven years had done; sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball.
The senior wing signed to play for Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Wash. on Thursday at Firth High School.
"It just felt right," Jensen said of why she chose Big Bend. "It was the perfect fit for me. Everyone was so nice and I really liked the campus, this was the best decision for me."
Having some familiar faces on the team also played a factor in Jensen's decision.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot's Scott Cannon spent most of this season playing mixed doubles with Baylee Gorder.
But with Gorder out sick, Cannon had to move to singles Wednesday against district foe Rigby.
Long after all the other matches had finished Cannon and Rigby's Jared Neville were battling in a third set tiebreaker. After losing the first set 7-5, Cannon battled back and won the next two sets 6-2 and 6-1 to lead the Blackfoot boys to a 6-0 victory over the Trojans. The Bronco girls also defeated the Trojans 4-2 on a blustery senior day at Blackfoot High School.
The preliminary hearing for Jack York, the former Information Technology (IT) director at Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) on the felony charge of grand theft was dismissed by Bingham County Magistrate Judge Scott Hansen on Wednesday.
"I am not going to find probable cause to bind him over [to district court]," said Judge Hansen. "My gut feeling is that Mr. York probably did this, but this court does not operate on gut feelings.
"It operates on substantial evidence on every material element," he said.
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David Alan Neff, 33, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014 from injuries due to a 4-wheeler accident.
David was born to Karen Evelyn Neff on Feb. 26, 1981 in Blackfoot, Idaho. He was raised in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
He worked for Boise Cascade.Â In his free time he enjoyed camping, floating the river, riding his 4-wheeler, snow-machining, and spending time with his family and friends.Â He loved working on the farm with his Grandpa Neff, until his grandpa retired from farming.
David was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church.
The fourth graders at Groveland Elementary each received a spruce tree start from the Central Bingham Conservation District on Tuesday.
Arbor Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday of April.
In the southern part of the country, it's celebrated earlier in the year; in the north (like Alaska) it's celebrated later in the year, said Kerry Christiansen, administrative assistant of the Central Bingham Conservation District.
THOMAS â€” On Tuesday Snake River's Brylie Bair signed a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Dixie State.
"Actually I chose Dixie because I love the girls," Bair said of her new teammates. "I love the warmth and I have family down there.
"I love the coach, too," Bair said, noting that Robyn Felder made her feel comfortable.
Bair will be leaving teammates with whom she has played since fourth grade. They won the Class 3A state championship, defeating Parma in the title game.
"I have had some great coaches (at Snake River)," she said. "They have taught me a lot."
Robert â€śBobâ€ť L. Thomas passed away in his sleep, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing center from complications due to Parkinsonâ€™s disease.
He was born October 6, 1949, the second of 11 children, born to Eugene and Bertha Thomas in Blackfoot, Idaho. All of his schooling was done in the Blackfoot School District.
In his youth he liked to go camping. Once in Wolverine canyon, he and his brother were lighting off cherry bombs, when Bob stepped on one and just about blew his foot off.
Harriet M. Steffens Anthony, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2014 at the age of 91. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho on Sept. 22, 1922 to Peter H. Steffens and Harriet M. (Esler) Steffens. She was the older sister to four brothers.
She attended school in Blackfoot, Pocatello and California and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
She was married almost 65 years to Verlon N. Anthony of Kimball, Idaho before his passing in 2005.
She enjoyed music, singing, nature, handwork, reading, camping, playing games and dancing. She loved her family and her grandchildren brought her great joy.
Tina Louise Kinghorn, 30, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.
Tina was born March 17, 1984 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Micheal Scott Kinghorn and Linda Ramos Kinghorn. She graduated from Marsh Valley High School in 2005 and was attending Southeastern Idaho Developmental Center.