August 24th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Idaho's Senator Mike Crapo, veterans, families and friends honored Congressional Gold Medal winners Kazuo Endow and Agie Harada at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center Friday afternoon.
The two WWII veterans were part of Army 442nd Regiment that was the most decorated and most decimated unit of its size and length of service during the war. The unit served in Italy the last 11 months of WWII.
Every member of the battalion received a Congressional Gold Medal.
Many veterans from the 442nd received their medals in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, 2011.
Items of note from Aug. 13-19.
STOLEN MEDICATION: Aug. 13, 3:32 p.m.: A woman said her Methedone has been stolen and there were about 40 pills that were taken from her closet.
STOLEN CAMERA: Aug. 13, 4:58 p.m.: A man said a digital camera was taken out from his vehicle on Friday night.
BROKEN WINDOW: Aug. 14, 7:54 a.m.: A man caller said someone has broken the back window in his vehicle.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Bronco boys soccer squad turned in another stellar defensive performance on Thursday afternoon as they stifled the visiting Hillcrest Knights with a solid 1-0 non-conference victory.
"You know that Hillcrest is a good team and even though it's no longer conference you can feel it from the kids that this game is a big game because of it," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "Hillcrest is a big challenge and so this game had some bite to it."
THOMAS â€” The two time defending 3A state volleyball champion Snake River Panthers took to the home court for the first time in the 2012 season as they welcomed sixth district rival Sugar-Salem to town for a good old fashioned tussle on the court.
Snake River shook off an uncharacteristically shaky night from the service line as they dispatched with the pesky Diggers in four games 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
BONE â€“ A 450-pound steer calf was killed and mutilated in the Bone, Homer Creek area. The calf belonged to Ted Thompson of Shelley.
Thompsonâ€™s son, Rick, found the calf Wednesday morning.
His brother, Matt, said he had been in that same area a day or two before â€śand there was no sign of a dead calf.â€ť
When they found it, Matt figures the calf had been dead about a day.
â€śIt didnâ€™t die of natural causes,â€ť he said. â€śThe hide was peeled back and it was mutilated by someone who knew what they were doing.â€ť
The meat was left on the calf.
Dr. Peter Rork landed in Blackfoot Thursday morning, picked up 11 rescue dogs and flew them to adoptive homes in Hamilton, Mont.
Rork is a retired Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon from Jackson, Wyo., where he practiced for 23 years.
â€śThe difference between people and dogs is people expect a certain outcome,â€ť Rork said. â€śDogs are just so appreciative.â€ť
Blackfoot School District board members honored and awarded two district employees with a check for $500 at the board of trustees meeting Thursday evening.
Marsha Peterson, a second grade teacher at Groveland Elementary School, was recognized as the 2012-13 'Teacher-of-the-year." Interim district superintendent Chad Struhs said she has been with the district for 24 years and described her as "an excellent representation of the quality of teachers found in Blackfoot."
"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is a slogan that should be familiar and it's a concept that the Fort Hall Police Department is taking seriously as they join with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crackdown hard on drunk drivers now through Sept. 7.
According to For Hall Police Captain Mark Massey, the crackdown will include high visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints and will be supported by a national paid advertising campaign to raise awareness of the effort.
Elvis Has Left The Building and the band arrived in Blackfoot Wednesday evening to perform before an appreciative audience of about 200 people.
The band was performing as part of Music in the Park series that performs at Courthouse Square throughout the summer.
Band members are Angier Wells from Pocatello, Matt Murdoch from Blackfoot and Greg Mladenka from Pocatello. Kim Tweedy from Tweedy's Music in Blackfoot was on percussion.
The band performed its own music. The band's style is upbeat and easy listening.
A summer of quiet residential streets has given way to hundreds of school-aged children heading to bus stops and school yards all over town as back to school is in full swing in Shelley and other area communities. With the 'increase' of bicyclists and pedestrians, Shelley police officer Robert Tincher warns drivers that there better be a 'decrease' in speed.