January 12th, 2014
Leon Michael Waters, 69
Leon Michael Waters, 69, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the home he shared with long-time partner Carolyn Cook.
Â Leon was born October 23, 1944 in Rupert, to Dean Waters and June Boldt Waters.Â He was raised in Burley, and attended Idaho State University and Eastern Idaho Vocational College in Idaho Falls.Â He lived in Blackfoot most of his life.
Leon worked as a tax consultant.Â In his free time he enjoyed camping, fishing, being outdoors, helping people and making people laugh.
Ten days ago, Karen Drake of Wapello was notified she had received the 2013 High Point Amateur Award for her miniature horse, Dunner.
The trophy reads, â€śASPC/AMHR/ASPR Miniature Nationals Triple A 2013 High Point Amateur Award.â€ť
ASPC stands for American Shetland Pony Club. The ASPC was formed in 1888 for Shetland pony aficionados. It is the nationâ€™s oldest miniature horse association.Â
THOMAS â€” When the Snake River and Sugar-Salem boys basketball teams met over Christmas break in Sugar City it took two overtimes and missed free throw in the final seconds for the Panthers to escape with a one-point win.
The two teams met again Saturday night in front of a packed house in Thomas, and after one quarter it was clear the home team was out to make sure they result from the first meeting would not be the same this time.
Snake River dominated the opening eight minutes building a 16-2 lead and finishing the game going 7-for-8 from the foul line to earn a 55-45 victory.
THOMAS â€”Â Over the past few weeks the Snake River boys basketball team had been struggling offensively.
Tuesday night at Soda Springs the Panthers scored just 37 points in a two-point victory over the Cardinals.
After one quarter of Friday night's home game with Teton it appeared the offensive struggles would continue.
But one play in the second quarter ignited the panthers offense as the cruised to a 68-50 win over the Redskins.
SHELLEY â€“ Dust off your dancing shoes. It was Prom night at The Gables in Shelley on Friday.
For her senior project, Mikaela Jensen, a senior at Firth High School, decided to organize and sponsor a â€śSenior Promâ€ť for the residents of The Gables, a care center.
â€śI was looking through a list of service projects and thought this one would be fun,â€ť she said.
Mikaela chose The Gables because her grandmother, Zelda Moser, is a resident there.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham Academy marked a milestone on Thursday.
Board chairman Greg Sigerson for Bingham Academy signed a lease with Woodbury Corp. for space in the Riverside Plaza on Thursday.
Bingham Academy, a charter high school, will open for ninth and 10th graders in August 2014. The high school will be housed at 1350 Parkway Dr., Ste. 18 in the Riverside Plaza in Blackfoot. (The space was formerly leased by the movie theater.)
Registration for interested ninth and 10th graders is open now. (Grades 11 and 12 will be added in subsequent years.)
Connie E. Peterson Birch, 64, passed away peacefully at home in Blackfoot.
She was born in Hastings, Neb. on October 24, 1949.
SheÂ married Jon C. Birch and then later divorced.
She worked as an executive secretary at EG&G and ExxonÂ until she became disabled in 1989 and was forced to retire. She enjoyed crafts and reading. Connie was also aÂ very talented artist.
She was preceded in death by herÂ parents, Earl and Alretta Peterson;Â her sister, Sandra Meredith; and her daughter, Loretta Lynne.Â
BLACKFOOT â€”Â Trailing by one point with 21.2 seconds left the Blackfoot Broncos had plenty of time to get off a game-tying shot attempt.
The first attempt was a good look at the basket, but bounced off the back of the rim.
After a pair of free throws by Skyline extended the lead back to three, the Broncos had one last chance to send the game into overtime.
But Kaden Loveland's three point attempt hit the front of the rim and the Grizzlies escaped with a 65-62 win at Blackfoot High School Wednesday night.
While some kid that she will be the "rose among the thorns," newly elected city councilwoman Jan Simpson said she is wholeheartedly looking forward to working new mayor Paul Loomis and seasoned councilmen Bart Brown, Chris Jensen and Layne "Skip" Gardner.
Simpson, a 40-year resident of Blackfoot, ran unopposed for retiring councilman Rich Woodfin's seat in November's election. She is the first woman to serve on the council since city councilwoman Cherie Clawson's term ended in 2006.
Robert Howard Young Jr., 60, of McCammon passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at his home after a valiant battle with cancer.
Robert was born March 25, 1953 in Murray, Utah to Robert Howard Young Sr. and Agnes â€śYvonneâ€ť Kirby.Â He attended grade school and junior high in Ogden, Utah and then to Illinois, attending two high schools north of Chicago.
He lived in Southern California, met his first wife and had children there.Â He lived in Utah, Idaho and the last 20 years in McCammon.