May 1st, 2014
The outside doors of three Blackfoot schools and the district office were locked to prevent any intruder from entering on Thursday.
At 12:41 p.m. the Blackfoot Police Department asked students, faculty and staff at the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center, Independence Alternative High School, and Mountain View Middle School to â€œshelter in place."
That tactic is a form of lockdown where the exterior doors are locked, but instruction continues inside the school, said Blackfoot Police Lt. Shawn Hunter. The exterior doors were locked so no intruders could come inside.
BLACKFOOT â€” On what was by far the best weather day of the season the Blackfoot tennis team closed out the regular season with a sweep of Pocatello.
The Bronco boys won 6-0 and the girls earned a 4-2 win. The Broncos boys head into Monday's district tournament with an undefeated record.
Sierra Whitehead graduated from juvenile drug court on Wednesday.
"I was impressed when Sierra said, 'I have earned this,'" said juvenile drug court Judge Dane Watkins.
"We have obstacles, challenges that we need to overcome; they make us stronger," he said.
Watkins said he likes riding bicycles up mountains. There is a sense of accomplishment when he pushes to the top.
Like riding a bike up mountains or graduating from drug court, "There are some struggles along the way, some obstacles, some issues to be worked through," said Judge Watkins. "And here you areâ€”graduating.
RIVERSIDE â€” Going into to Wednesday's regular season finale with Marsh Valley the Snake River Lady Panthers already knew they had clinched the top seed in Friday's 3A District 5 tournament, but they were looking for more; to finish the season with an unblemished district record.
Thanks in part to a 3-for-4 day from Sara Goodwin the Panthers were able to do just that.
Snake River blanked the Eagles 10-0 in six innings to close out the season and claim the top spot in the district tournament.
Daren Drew Nelson, 81, of Post Falls, Idaho, passed away quietly at home on Nov. 3, 2013, in his favorite chair, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 18, 1932, to Oscar and Lena (Ard) Nelson and worked his familyâ€™s potato farm in Firth, Idaho, until serving his country in the Army.
Daren Nelson was a man of many talents and interests. He was a hardworking man, a good husband and father, and a true patriot. He was a man of few words and strong opinion.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the district tournament less than a week away, every single time the Blackfoot Broncos take the field the game is important as entering Tuesday the Broncos were still fighting for the top seed.
Throw in the fact that the defending state champion Bonneville Bees were in town and the importance of the game increased ten fold.
In the dugout prior to the game the theme from the team was "Be big" as each player echoed that sentiment to each other.
And for the first time in four years the Broncos were big enough to hand the Bees a loss.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning, Blackfoot had to fend off a bases loaded, one out rally from the Bees to earn a 7-6 win to hand Bonneville their first district loss in two seasons.
Longtime Blackfoot school teacher Melissa Hunt was among four Idaho teachers to receive a grant for $2,500 and to be honored by Idaho Governor "Butch" Otter on Tuesday. The event at Tyhee Elementary School in Chubbuck was through the Farmers Insurance "Thank A Million Teachers" program. Hunt teaches first grade at I.T. Stoddard Elementary School. The other three teachers were Sandy Andrus, Linda Empey and Shelley Hardenbrook, all teachers at Tyhee Elementary School.
Renae Sims Humburger, 77, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Willows Care Center in Blackfoot, Idaho.
She was born June 27, 1936 in Arco, Idaho to Stanley and Vivian Combe Blattner. Renae was raised and attended schools in Arco where she graduated from Butte County High School in 1955.
It was all about farming and the importance of agriculture at A.W. Johnson Elementary School on Monday as students experienced various
farm and agricultural related activities at the "Farmer For A Day" event sponsored by the Farm Bureau Federation and Firth High School FFA.
Outside the students had hands on fun with a variety of farm animals such as goats, cows, chickens and rabbits. The hens even laid a few eggs in their pen while they were at the school - helping to make the point "that eggs come from poultry," not from a carton at the grocery store.
FORT HALL-The good news spread like wildfire via social media Saturday night following the announcement that Shoshone-Bannock Queen Taylor Thomas of Fort Hall was crowned Miss Indian World at the "Gathering of Nations" Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thomas, 21, who is currently studying political science at Idaho State University, was chosen from 23 young Native American woman. She will serve as a cultural "goodwill ambassador" for the "Gathering of Nations" to educate and demonstrate Native American Culture around the world. She plans to eventually specialize in Indian law.