May 18th, 2012
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.
CONCERT INCIDENT: May 11, 11:21 p.m.: A man said he was at a concert at the El Centenario and he was slammed into a window while being removed.
TRESPASS: May 12, 12:43 a.m.: A man said he caught a 16-year-old male on his property. He said he has had previous issues with him attempting to steal cigarettes.
DRIVE-THRU FIGHT: May 12, 5:30 a.m.: A caller at McDonald's said there are four men fighting in the drive-thru. An arrest was made.
James Henry Haroldsen, 73, of Pingree, Idaho passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to an aortic dissection.
He was born June 22, 1938 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Ancel Henry Haroldsen and Eliza Eldora Andersen Haroldsen. He grew up in Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School.
James continued his education at Brigham Young University and earned his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Animal Husbandry.
Merle Hillman Eskelsen, of Idaho Falls, formerly of BlackfootÂ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the age of 85.Â Merle was the wife of the late Milton Dwayne Eskelsen of Blackfoot, Idaho.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Merle was born on January 8, 1927, the daughter of Gheen Hillman and Eva Buxton in Driggs, Teton County, Idaho.Â
BLACKFOOT â€” Members of the Blackfoot School District board of trustees ratified next year's contract with the Blackfoot Education Association at Thursday's meeting.
According to BEA Co-President Bobbie Jo Steffensen, the district offer is for a 1.25 percent pay increase to the members' base salaries. In addition, she said, the district will pay for any increases in insurance premiums for the next year.
Board members heard a report on teacher evaluations from committee member Alicia Higginson and on Pay for Performance from Anthony Peterson.
BLACKFOOT â€” The rumor mill is swirling around Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH).
"We are concerned about it [BMH]; that everything is upright," said Bingham County Commissioner A. Ladd Carter. "There have been ongoing allegations of wrong doing.
"The hospital now employs 600 employees," he said. "It has a significant impact on the community.
"We want to see it be successful," said Carter.
An executive session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the BMH Board of Directors and the County Commissioners.