January 26th, 2012
A family's mission to honor the memory of their 18-month-old son who died in 2010 has resulted in the donation of 2,400 books to area hospitals to provide comfort to other children during hospital stays.
David and Amy Saville, whose 18-month-old son Gabriel Grant Saville died July 12, 2010, started the book drive last year as a way to honor the memory of their son. Students at Stoddard, Stalker and Wapello Elementary schools donated 563 books to the project.
The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees plan to gather additional input from parents, teachers and students before making a decision on the 2012-2013 school year calendar.
At issue is when to start and end the school yearâ€”in August or September and before or after Memorial Day.
A survey conducted in November that was emailed to parents only received 127 responses. The same survey will be distributed at elementary parent teacher conferences in the coming weeks and to students at secondary schools in February.
Marian E. Packham, 83, a lifetime resident of Blackfoot, passed away on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Bingham Memorial Hospital, with her loving husband by her side. Marian was born Jan, 12, 1929 in Blackfoot to Delynn Hepworth and Gladys Chamberlain. She attended school in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School and then spent one year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
On Dec. 28, 1948 Marian married Charles â€śBudâ€ť Packham in Blackfoot. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Wendell Stander, 87, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at his home.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at the Thomas 4th Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Tracy Hawker conducting.Â Family will meet with friends and relatives from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and for one hour prior to services at the church.Â Interment will follow at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.Â
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
BLACKFOOT â€” Erik Matthew Nava, age 27, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in the Idaho State Penitentiary by Seventh District Judge Darren Simpson. Nava's sentence is for not less than five years and not more than 12 years in the state penitentiary. He can seek help in the penitentiary if he asks for it.
Nava was also fined $1,000. He was given credit for 81 days served in the Bingham County Jail.
The felony charge of attempted strangulation against Nava was because Nava choked/ strangled his girlfriend for an hour to an hour and a half, said Chief Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith.
Editor's Note: The BYU Ballroom Dance Company returns to Blackfoot at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC). This year they bring the world champion showcase, Capture the Magic!, to the BPAC stage. At 2 p.m., a free one-hour ballroom dance workshop, taught by the dancers, is open to all ages. No pre-registration is required.
SHELLEY â€”Â Nowadays, ballroom dancing is long past Viennese waltzes. Included in ballroom dancing are lifts, gymnastic moves, like splits and cartwheels, as well as waltz steps.
FORT HALL â€” Local law enforcement officers are investigating a reported altercation that took place on the side of Interstate 15 near Fort Hall.
A passerby called 911 and reported that she saw three peopleâ€”two men and one womanâ€”in an altercation on the side of the road, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes spokesperson Randy'L Teton said.
The Idaho State University Rugby Club, which compiled a 6-3 record last fall, has announced its spring 2012 match schedule, which begins Feb. 18.
â€śWeâ€™ve moved from the Utah Rugby Union to the Pacific Northwest League,â€ť said Ram Eddings, team coach and advisor. â€śThe new league is going to be much better for us.â€ť
Â The clubâ€™s tentative spring 2012 schedule is:
Feb. 18 â€“ Montana State University, home
Feb. 26 Â â€“ Southern Oregon University, away at Boise
March 3 â€“ Montana State University, away
March 4 â€“ University of Montana, away
FIRTH â€” Jacob Fielding scored 13 points and Austin Leslie added 11 to pace Firth to a 53-38 Nuclear League win over Ririe on Tuesday night.
The Cougars (14-2, 4-0 Nuclear League) led 31-20 at the half and maintained their advantage over the Bulldogs (5-11, 2-2 Nuclear League) the rest of the way.
"We played well enough to get a win," said Firth coach Scott Adams. "We did some good things to build on; what was not so good we can learn from."
Ririe 9 11 9 9 - 38
Firth 15 16 12 8 - 53
ABERDEEN â€” Jacoby Johnson and Brad Coombs helped get Snake River off to a fast start in the Panthers' 64-36 non-conference boys' basketball win over Aberdeen on Tuesday night.
Coombs had three steals in the early going, getting a layup off one theft and getting the ball to Johnson for layups on the others. Snake River opened with a 21-4 run with Johnson scoring 10.
But Aberdeen answered with a 15-3 run of its own to close within 26-23 at halftime. Austin Horrocks had five points in that spurt and Zeke Uribe added four.