May 20th, 2012
Winners for the 2012 Eastern Idaho Awards Ceremony were announced Saturday as part of the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest.
Blackfoot's Hallie Miles earned second place in the kindergarten division. She won a certificate and a bag of goodies.
Hallie story, with original artwork, was entitled, â€śRainbow Fairies.â€ť
In Hallieâ€™s story, there are seven rainbow fairiesâ€”red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet.
â€śThese fairies sing all the time, everywhere they go,â€ť her story concludes.
The PBS writers contest is for kindergartners through third graders.
A lot of effort went on behind the scenes during Saturday's Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More for 200-plus volunteers. Hundreds of gallons of water, chocolate milk and Gatorade distributed, traffic directed, signs put in place, roadways painted and pancakes flipped by the do-good citizens of Bingham County in an effort to make the marathon run smoothly did not go unnoticed.
Competitors came from Idaho, Montana and Utah, but a man from Blackfoot won the overall championship of the Tommy Vaughn's Blackfoot Marathon and More on Saturday.
John Taberna ran the 26.2-mile course around the community in three hours and two minutes.
Taberna said the marathon was his first in seven years. He and his wife run the Pocatello series of 5- and 10-kilometer races and he regularly competes in half-marathons.
"They claim you have to do marathon training to get better at the half," Taberna said. "Since this was local, I said, 'why not?'
ONTARIO, OR â€” Coming off of their disappointing semi final loss on Friday it was interesting to see how the Snake River Panthers would respond in their third place game with St. Maries on Saturday afternoon.
Snake River wasted little time showing their intentions on the day as they jumped on St. Maries with a 4 run first inning en route to a convincing 10-2 rout to bring home the third place trophy.
"A third place trophy, I really don't know if we have brought home a trophy in baseball before," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "It wasn't what we were aiming for but the kids should be proud of this accomplishment. This was good for the kids and a great experience for all of them to talk about for the rest of their lives."
An impressive amount of scholarships and awards were presented to Blackfoot High School (BHS) 'Class of 2012' students at the 'Honors and Awards' Assembly sponsored by the National Honor Society at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center last week.
Vicki Johnson, counselor and Dean of Students at BHS, said , "This is a great class, it's very impressive the amount of students who have earned scholarship for themselves...and there are l more to come..."
Fort Hall skateboard Talon Teton and his friends will soon have a skate park to call their own.
Teton participated in the groundbreaking for the Shoshone-Bannock Skate Park on Friday.
"Right now I'm at Jensen Grove in Blackfoot skating every day," Teton said. "I've been skating six years. It's a good way to stay in shape."
The Snake River High School senior and his friends will have another venue by August.
That's when the 4,800-square foot in-ground facility will open. It's also when a Grand Slam Skate Jam is scheduled as part of the Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival.
FORT HALL â€” In her role as an Adult Probation Worker for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Courts, Marcia Hall regularly is asked a variety of questions related to elderly citizens' issues.
So, with the support of court administrator Carina Poitra, she put together an Elder Abuse Awareness Fair to bring together a variety of vendors able to answer those questions in a one-stop fashion.
Tribal leaders also helped Hall honor four individuals over 90 years old, presenting them with Pendleton blankets embroidered with their names.
ONTARIO, OR â€“ Make no doubt about it, the Snake River Panthers had more than their fare share of opportunities to be playing in todayâ€™s 3A state baseball championship game but unfortunately, 12 stranded base runners and way too many free passes enabled the Kimberly Bulldogs to steal a semi-final victory from the Panthers by the final tally of 9-7.
â€śWalks, just killed us today,â€ť Snake River head coach James Carter said. â€śDonâ€™t take anything away from Kimberly, they are a great team and we knew that we would be in for a dog fight today but in the end, we just gave them way too many walks.â€ť
BOISE, ID â€“ The state tennis tournament got under way on Friday morning as a 10 person contingent of Blackfoot Broncos took to the Boise area courts against the finest 4A field in the state.
Playing at the Boise Racquet and Swim club, Capital High and Borah High School the team got off to one of the better starts on the day as they picked up wins in girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles in each of their respective first round matches as the girls squad sits in sixth place as a team with 7.5 points and the boys are in seventh place with 5.5 points.
CINCINNATI, Ohio â€“ Guy C Van Orden, 59, died Friday, May 11, 2012 at his home in Cincinnati where he lost his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Guy was born Oct. 6, 1952 in Blackfoot, the son of Cyril E and Nola Rae Wheeler Van Orden. He was the oldest of six children.
Guy grew up in Riverside and attended Moreland and Riverside Elementary, Snake River Junior High and Snake River High School.
His family moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1968, where Guy attended and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1970.