August 27th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Fires continued to burn throughout the region Friday, with the fire burning on the Idaho National Laboratory growing to 36,000 acres in size within 24 hours.
The T-17 wildland fire was reported at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The fire was burning on the desert site of the INL between Highway 33 and the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). The fire forced personnel at INTEC to take shelter indoors and non-essential personnel were evacuated from the Materials and Fuels Complex Thursday night. Normal work resumed at all facilities Friday morning.
Wyc Beasley, 34, of Fort Hall, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home and will be announced.
Deanna Marie Boyer Whitehead made her journey back to the creator Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
She was born October 24, 1964 to Dennis Boyer and Sherry Daniels in Pocatello, Idaho.Â She grew up in Fort Hall and Blackfoot Idaho. And for a short time at a young age in California.Â She attended school at Snake River High School and graduated in Pullman Washington.
BLACKFOOT â€” The conference season couldn't have began any better for the Blackfoot Bronco soccer squad as they annihilated the team from Rigby 8-0 on Thursday afternoon.
"In last nights practice during the scrimmage it was some of the best passing that we've ever done and we are a good passing team when we put the ball on the deck and work together as a unit," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "The practice carried over today and we were sharp and it was a conference game, which is as good as it gets for me."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees passed a local pay for performance plan that will reward teachers based on student growth, but not without ensuring parental involvement will be taken into consideration in student achievement.
The plan, which was developed by a committee of administrators and teachers, will use two assessment toolsâ€”the Idaho Reading Indicator for kindergarten through second grade and PLATO grade level standards benchmark assessments, both of which are already in place.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.
At about 1:45 PM today Byron D. Crofts turned himself in at the Bingham County Courthouse. Crofts was questioned by detectives from the Bingham County-Blackfoot Joint Investigations Division then booked into the Bingham County Jail for the charges of Rape, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Battery With Intent To Commit A Serious Felony.
See below for original press release.
SHELLEY â€” It was unknown which was tougher on the Shelley Russet boys soccer team. The strong opening first half by the visiting Preston Indians or the constant cloud of grain dust from the farmer in the adjacent field which certainly didn't help the overall health of anyone in the vicinity.
After the dust had settled on the Shelley pitch, the visiting Indians did just enough to hold off a strong rally by the Russets in a 2-1 win.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Elks Lodge is raffling a Herby Derby demolition car to raise money for area youth organizations. The winner of the raffle will drive the bright red car at the demolition derby at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Sept. 10 for a chance to win up to $1,000.
Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Blackfoot Motorsports, Bowers Collision, Rupe's Burgers and at the Blackfoot Elks Lodge. The winner will be drawn Sept. 9. All safety equipment will be provided to the driver.
BLACKFOOT â€” General Mills officials presented Stoddard Elementary in Blackfoot a $2,500 grant for an after-school physical education program.
The grant money has been used to purchase mats and a stereo, said Brint Jefferis, Stoddard Elementary physical education teacher. Still on the "to be purchased" list are sports equipment for movement and fitness.
Students attending Stoddard Elementary can apply for this after-school program from 3â€”4 p.m. this Thursday and Friday in the Stoddard cafeteria. The students need to be in the third, fourth and/or fifth grades.
Mom and dad brought Kent home in May of 1963. â€¨Kent was a smiling and funny little kid who grew into a very funny and always smiling man. â€¨Kent loved people; he loved being around them and he loved being the center of attention...no matter what it took. Kent loved to laugh. Everything was a joke with Kent whether you thought it was funny or not just didn't matter to Kent, as long as he'd get a laugh out of it. â€¨Another of Kent's favorite activities was switching jobs. Kent worked for more companies and people than anyone else I've ever met.