July 26th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District 55 'Board of Trustees' met Thursday evening at the district office for their monthly meeting where interim superintendent Chad Struhs lined out some of the district's goals for the upcoming school year.
IONA â€” The Blackfoot Bronco American Legion squad took to the Bonneville High School baseball field for day one of the American Legion District Tournament on Thursday morning and at the end of a very long day on the diamond, Blackfoot came away with an unwanted split of the day as they knocked off the Skyline Grizzlies 7-3 in game one and then fell to the top seeded Burley Green Sox 3-0 in the afternoon match up.
AMMON â€” The Snake River Panthers took to the Hillcrest ball diamond on Thursday for a high noon showdown with the fourth seeded Canyon Ridge out of the western division. At the end of a rapidly paced affair, the Panthers came out on the short end of a 3-0 contest.
"We just had a couple of instances where we lost our focus a bit," Snake River head coach Tom Strickland said.
Marvin Wayne Vail, 83, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
Wayne was born March 28, 1929, in Pocatello,to Marvin James Vail and Elva Florence Neilson.Â He was raised in Star Valley, Wyo.Â At age 16, his family moved to Brigham City, Utah.Â He graduated from Box Elder High School where he played fullback on the state championship, undefeated football team two years in a row.
Since 1976, Rorrie Toren from Great Falls, Mont., has been paralyzed from his waist down. He was 16 years old.
His paralysis hasn't stopped him from competing in rodeo events. He is Blackfoot competing in pattern horse racing, known as O-Mok-See.
"Before I was paralyzed, I did it all," Toren said. "I rode bulls and saddle broncs and roped.
"I was breaking a horse when I broke my back," he said. "I was on bareback in a bucking chute. I knew I had broken my back before I hit the ground.
"Then, in 1993, I broke my hip when a horse slipped on mud and fell on me," Toren said.
The Eastern Idaho State Fairâ€™s board of directors has named Gary and Muriel Judge of Pingree as grand marshals of the 2012 Eastern Idaho State Fair. They will lead the annual Fair Parade down Shilling Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
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BLACKFOOT â€“ The Eastern Idaho State Fairâ€™s board of directors has named Gary and Muriel Judge of Pingree as grand marshals of the 2012 Eastern Idaho State Fair. They will lead the annual Fair Parade down Shilling Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.
LaRue Norman Bird, 91, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at her home in Groveland.Â Â
She was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Blackfoot to Zenas William and Daisy Strong Norman.Â LaRue was raised on the family farm in the Rose area where she learned to work hard in the fields, raising potatoes, sugar beets and doing chores around the home.Â She enjoyed school, teaching church classes and was a graduate of Blackfoot High School and seminary in 1938.
O-Mok-See is the sport of pattern horse racing. This is the first time the O-Mok-See National Championship has been in Idaho although this is the 47th annual championship.
The O-Mok-See will be at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF) through Friday.
Competitors race in age categories that range from 7 & under to senior men and women. Senior events are for anyone who is 39 or older.
There are three lanes of racers. Each lane is timed.
Competitors are racing for record-breaking times set in previous O-Mok-Sees.
Blackfoot is now home to one of only a handful of ATV safety training tracks in the state. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation provided funding to the city earlier this spring to renovate an abandoned and run- down BMX track on the north end of town off Teeples Drive near the golf course.
The state of Idaho requires ATV riders under the age of 16 to take an ATV hands-on drivers safety course and many ATV clubs and organizations provide such safety training courses for their members as well.