April 30th, 2014
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.
POCATELLO â€”Â There has never been any doubt as to who the Idaho State quarterback will be when the Bengals take the field Aug. 28 in Salt Lake City, senior to be Justin Arias has that job all wrapped up.
But all spring long the Bengals have been trying to figure out who will be catching the passes from Arias in the Bengals pass-happy offense.
Saturday ISU concluded spring practice with their annual spring game and after over two hours on field and two weeks of practice the questions at receiver are still left unanswered.
Boy Scout Matthew Blight of Troop 207 has worked the past two or three months in preparation for Arbor Day. Planting a dozen trees on the south end of the soccer field completed the project requirement for his Eagle Scout award.
Blight, his family, fellow scouts, 35 students from the Blackfoot Community Center, the Blackfoot Parks and Recreation crew and Mayor Paul Loomis helped to plant trees on Friday.
"It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day," said Blight. "His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever.
FIRTH â€”Â One thing can be said about the Firth High School softball team; they don't ever give up.
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning Friday against North Fremont the Cougars found themselves trailing 9-3 after leading earlier in the game.
But with the ever looming threat of rain the Cougars were playing with a purpose, to win the game.
Firth scored eight runs over the next two innings to take an 11-9 lead.
The lead was short lived as North Fremont tied the game in the top of the sixth.
But Firth starting pitcher Ashley Sanders sent the Cougar faithful home happy with a walk-off double to right center field in the bottom of the eighth as Firth earned a 12-11 win Friday afternoon at Firth High School.
Barry J. Winterbottom, 64, of Blackfoot, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at his home.
He was born Nov. 30, 1949Â in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Elmo and Ida Walters Winterbottom.Â He lived his entire life in Blackfoot, where he attended school at Blackfoot High School.
At the young age of 20, Barry enlisted in the United States Army from 1969-1970 and served in Vietnam War. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action.Â
On Sept. 3, 1972 he married Winona Galloway Edmo in Elko, Nev.Â They later divorced.