August 13th, 2012
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse won the state competition last Saturday. The 13-member posse placed first in drill, third in parade, first in the most first places and first in the most overall points won.
The Blackfoot Saddlemens Posse competed against eight other posses.
"This win was way cool," said posse drill mistress Sheri Nickerson. "I am so proud of everyone.
"It's a lot of work, a lot of talent and a lot of effort," she said.
"I don't remember the last time we won the state competition," Nickerson said.
John was born to Harrison and Eva England McKnight, Dec. 21, 1931 in Moreland. He was number 11 of 14 children. He grew up in Moreland, where he attended school and helped on the family farm.
During his high school years he met his lifelong sweetheart, Lois DeLone Taylor. After graduating from Snake River High School, John attended BYU for a semester, however, his time at college was quite brief as he could not be apart from his beautiful DeLone. They were joined in marriage on Jan. 18, 1951, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
The day was picture perfect and organizers could not have been more pleased with the first annual "Grand Slam Skate Jam" held at the new skate park in Fort Hall Saturday as part of the Shoshone-Bannock Festival activities.
"It started off with a lovely ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. and then we had the 'skate jam,' " said Mildren Manulito, organizer for the event. "Everything was ready...the competitors were excellent...the emcee Brad Beech did a great job...what a success!"
Organizers commented that "there were no dark clouds over the 49th annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival"- literally or figuratively speaking - as the week's festivities wrapped up Sunday with rodeo finals and a closing Grand Entry and Pow-wow.
"We've had quite a crowd; the weather was great and I've heard no complaints from the vendors," said festival coordinator Delbert Farmer.
Blackfoot firemen and volunteers had an extra night of training Thursday as they practiced extracting potential patients from wrecks.
"We're practicing taking the car away from the patient," said Blackfoot fire chief Kevin Gray. "We do not want to compromise the patient at all."
Salesman Scott Slader from the Oregon company, Santiam, was explaining the use of the new extraction tools offered by his company. For example, using the simul-pump, firemen can run two tools at once.
Natasha Watson won the 2012-2013 Miss Sho-Ban Queen crown at the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival Friday.
"As Miss Sho-Ban, I will talk to the youth in my community and travel across the country representing my tribe," Watson said. "I will also be able to compete in the Miss Indian World contest."
Five contestants competed for this honor. Competitors each performed a traditional dance, made a traditional dish, took part in the Children's Parade and answered an impromptu question.
Watson performed a traditional woman's dance and made mint tea and fry bread for her traditional dish.
BLACKFOOT â€” Joe Cannon withdrew his request for a special use permit request to allow a gravel pit/crusher at 80 W. 450 N. near the Rose overpass. He had also requested a zone change from heavy commercial to light manufacturing at the same site.
It brought some people to tears when Cannon withdrew his request.
This zone change request and special use permit was the fourth and last item on the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) agenda Wednesday evening.
Items of note from July 27-
PEEPER: July 27, 10:22 a.m.: A caller said a man is standing in front of their door and looking into the windows of the residence.
BAD NEIGHBOR: July 27, 1:12 p.m.: A woman said her neighbor is throwing garbage, leaves, plastic pipe and other materials into her yard and this has been an ongoing problem.
TRAFFIC COMPLAINT: July 27, 9:40 p.m.: A caller reported speeding motorists on Seefried and Cromwell. They said it was every shape and size of vehicle.
Blackfoot Performing Art Center's 2012-2013 concert series will feature a variety of acts, spokesman Susan Mann told members of the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
The first concert in the series will feature "Cherish the Ladies," a musical troupe from Ireland, on Oct. 20. Dick Hardwick & Mrs. Hughes will perform a comedy show on Nov. 10. Hardwick was well received at the Eastern Idaho State Fair a couple of years ago.
Because BPAC is booked solid in December and January, there will be no concert those months.
Blackfoot city employees gathered at Jensen Grove Park for their annual summer picnic Wednesday evening but not without stopping to remember friend and colleague, longtime city councilman Farrell Cammack, who lost his battle with cancer in May.
Mayor Mike Virtue, along with friends and family members, were visibly moved and wiped away tears as the mayor talked about the loss of Cammack this spring.
"We miss him," Virtue said, speaking directly to Cammack's widow, Jylene. "We miss him...and he will not be forgotten."