August 26th, 2012
Two Bingham County natives were among 10 recipients (featuring veterans, businessmen, teachers and scientists) who received 2012 Idaho Hometown Hero Medals from U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, at a poignant and patriotic ceremony at Stephens Performing Arts Center in Pocatello on Friday.
The awards are in celebration of individuals who show commitment in both their personal and professional lives to improve communities throughout Idaho and a create a better world for the future.
THOMAS â€” Wyatt Wray hit Bret Parkinson for a pair of touchdown passes and the Snake River Panthers opened defense of their 3A state title with a resounding 57-18 home win over South Fremont on Friday night.
"I told the kids before the game that if they did three things; no turnovers, no penalties and if they tackled that they would win and they took care of all three of them," Snake River head coach Jeff Dalley said. "I was happy with both sides of the ball. I thought that the kids played a good game."
FIRTH â€” For those who thought that last years run to the championship game was a fluke think again. The Firth Cougars are for real, and they showed that in good old Firth Football fashion Friday night as they dismantled West Side 44-18 in the season opener.
The Cougars started the first drive of the game at their own 32 yard line and called on Mitch Ormeâ€™s number 5, over and over again. Firth was facing a 4th and 17 as they drew something up out of the Boise State playbook with a hook and ladder to Orme, to get them down to the goal line where Nick Andersen punched it in from 3 yards out Orme got the 2 point conversion.
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."