February 14th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Hopefully there will be closure soon for the family of Blackfoot man Jack Doering, who has been missing for over a year, as San Bernandino County officials work to identify human remains found in the California desert that are believed to be his.
Doering, who would be 83 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's disease, has not been seen since Jan. 17, 2013 when he grabbed the keys his Chevy Suburban and drove away from a Yuma, Ariz. shopping center where he and his wife Leah were getting haircuts. The longtime Blackfoot residents wintered in the area.
Ruth Seville Parker Hatch, 92, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the Bingham Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 10, 1921 in Hibbard, Idaho.Â HerÂ parents are Lorenzo R. Parker and Alice Seville Long Parker.Â
She was aÂ devotedÂ member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many positions in the church, including Relief Society president, gospel doctrine teacher, Primary worker and Young Women's advisor. She was a shining example to her posterity.Â
Sister Tharsilla Bichler, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, died Feb. 9, 2014 at the Desert House in Pocatello.Â The Franciscan Sisters were with her at the time of her death.Â She lived in Pocatello since 2005 after spending 24 years in the Holy Land where she taught mathematics at the Anglican School in Jerusalem for 17 and then tutored at the Holy Child Program in Beit Sahur.
Sister Tharsilla was known to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist for her strength of character, indomitable spirit and simplicity of life.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” As this year's Bingham County "Relay for Life" event moves forward for its annual June 13 fundraiser, organizers are grateful for the sponsors and teams who are on board and eager to welcome more.
With this year's theme of "Be Someone's Hero" and a goal of $120,000, Relay for Life co-chair Dawn Larsen said, "We would like to once again thank our sponsors for their continuing support in our efforts to fight all types of cancer in our community. As we visit the businesses this year, we hope that you will take the opportunity to be a sponsor."
BLACKFOOT â€” The call him Superman, and for most of the season Blackfoot senior Bryant Sargent has been has been one of the top wrestlers in the state in the 170 pound weight class.
Before his match with Minico's Dallas Mort Wednesday night, Sargent came out to the scorers table wearing his Superman cape, but not long after the match began Mort experienced why Sargent is a legitimate contender for a state championship.
Sargent jumped out to a 16-3 lead before pinning Mort 39 seconds into the second period.
FORT HALL â€” Job hunters who attended the spring job fair at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center in Fort Hall on Wednesday were pleasantly surprised at the number of employers represented who are ready to hire now or in the near future. The two-day event , sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation and 477 Programs, offered job training workshops on Tuesday followed by the job fair featuring 20 employers with information on careers and job opportunities.
Erma Jorgensen Whiting, 82, of Blackfoot passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blackfoot.
Erma was born March 2, 1931, in Blackfoot, to John E. Jorgensen and Mary Ann McCracken.Â She was raised in the Groveland area and was a member of the 1949 Blackfoot High School graduating class. Â
On Nov. 9, 1949, Erma married Jesse J. Whiting in Idaho Falls.Â They had two children, Lucinda and LeeDel. Â
BLACKFOOT â€” Braden Mangum,14, an eighth grader at Snake River Junior High, has been named one of Idaho's top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual National Awards Program, sponsored by Prudential Financial.
He will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from May 3-6.
"Service projects help people and things that are in need," said Braden.
Braden and his brother, Tracen, started as volunteers at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter in June 2013.
The boys wanted a dog; their parents wanted them to learn responsibility.
POCATELLO â€” All season long Snake River Lady Panthers head coach Rich Dunn has said he wanted his team to fly under the radar after winning last season's 3A state title.
To return to this season's state tournament the Panthers would have to defeat an American Falls team that came into the game with nothing to lose.
The Beavers and their fans made Highland High School feel like it was a home game, but in the end Ivy Goff and Makena Shelley each hit a pit of big shots as Snake River defeated American Falls 45-42 in overtime to win the 3A District 5 championship and earn the automatic berth to state.
About 30 students from Ridge Crest, Moreland and Arco elementary schools were honored Tuesday evening for their award-winning artistic endeavors in this year's regional Reflections Program.
Sponsored by the school's PTA, Reflections gives students an opportunity to create works of art through dance choreography, film/video production, visual arts, music composition, literature and photography - based around a designated theme. This year's Reflections theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire." The entries are then judged by community volunteers requested by the PTA.