March 5th, 2014
THOMAS â€” It is never easy to spend an entire season playing with a target on your back.
But as the defending 3A state champion and a perennial power in the 3A ranks the Snake River Panthers are used to playing with the added pressure.
And when the team tops off the 3A state tournament against Filer today they will be just 96 minutes away from hoisting the championship trophy again.
Getting through the bracket to the championship game will be one of the toughest in recent memory as the Panthers face a tough road in their 10th consecutive state tournament appearance.
BLACKFOOT â€” Stoddard Elementary students gave Blackfoot native Josh Hill an enthusiastic welcome to their school on Tuesday.
Hill is No. 89 with the New Orleans Saints. He attended Stoddard Elementary, Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center and Mountain View Middle School before graduating from Blackfoot High School.
Asked what they liked about Hill, Stoddard fifth graders said:
"He's a professional!" exclaimed Kyler Mills.
"He proves anyone from anywhere can succeed," said Demry Wixom.
â€śGrammieâ€ť, 89, lifetime Blackfoot resident, passed away Friday, Feb, 28, 2014 at the Gables.
She was born June 13, 1924 in Idaho Falls, to John Thomas and Edna Estella Bradley Jones.Â She attended school in Blackfoot.
On June 7, 1944 she married Phillip Sinclair Harward, in Annapolis, Maryland.Â As Phillip was in the Navy, they had the opportunity to travel and live in different places.
Melody Andersen, 60, of Brigham City, Utah passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Willow Glen Health and Rehabilitation of natural causes.
Melody was born May 2, 1953 in Riverton, Wyo. to Theo D. Andersen and Elaine Mae John.Â She was raised in Rockford, Idaho.Â She graduated from Snake River High School in 1971 and went on to attend the LDS Business College, moved to Utah and then to Chicago before moving back to Idaho in 2010.Â She was living in Brigham City at the time of her death.
After nearly one year of trying, members of Blackfoot's Independence High School student health council, along with Tracy Lambson from Southeastern Idaho Public Health, were successful in influencing the Blackfoot City Council to start enforcing a ,smoke free, park ordinance that is already on the books.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the council unanimously agreed to to begin enforcing the no smoking areas in the city's parks.
The council seemed to be in agreement that there "should be some areas in the park where people can smoke."
FIRTH â€” The Firth Cougars are no stranger to success at the state tournament and don't expect this year to be any different.
Head coach Scott Adams and the Cougars have been one of the best teams in the 2A ranks all season long and are looking to rerun a boys basketball championship to Firth after a three year hiatus.
Michael James Birch, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 while fishing on the Snake River.
He was born Nov, 11, 1945 in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Lowell Edgar and Rayola Rudd Birch.Â He was raised in St. Anthony and attended school there, graduating from South Fremont High School.Â He excelled baseball while in high school. Â He attended Ricks College for two years, then moved to Pocatello to attend I.S.U., where he earned a BS in Political Science.Â He moved to Blackfoot in 1976 and has resided here since.
Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend, JoAnn Jackson Polatis, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014 at her home in Thomas, Idaho, her favorite place to be.Â
She was born on Oct. 8, 1936 in Thomas, Idaho to Clarence Mark and Wilma Martin Jackson at the home of her grandparents. She attended school in the Snake River District, graduating in 1955, the first class in the new high school. She then attended Ricks College.
Wayne A. Whitten, 91, of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello.
Wayne was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Blackfoot to Albert William and Florence Leona Cones Whitten.Â He was a lifelong resident of Blackfoot.Â He attended school in the Blackfoot School District and graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â In 1943, Wayne joined the Army.Â He was trained as a radar technician and was stationed in Japan following World War II.
Wayne married Thelma Coles in Las Vegas, Nev. in 1964.
BLACKOOTâ€”Anyone suffering from the late winter doldrums in Southeastern Idaho is bound to perk up by attending the Intermountain Jazz Festival, Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The award-winning jazz ensemble- BYU Synthesis- will headline the event with an evening performance at 7:30 p.m., Nine area high school (and middle school) jazz bands will perform throughout the day. Approximately 200 students and their families come for the annual event, equating to over 400 additional people, giving the town an economic boost on Saturday.