September 22nd, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” It has been over 70 years since Bill Twitchell made the winning basket to lead Blackfoot High School to an Idaho state basketball championship.
Since then Twitchell has been a collegiate athlete, a soldier, a coach and a horseman. He has also worked on a movie set and he and his wife, the former Dorothy Jane Wray, have travelled extensively.
"The one thing I learned from my dad was, 'son, give it 110 percent and you'll always have a job," Twitchell said.
THOMAS â€” The Snake River School Board of Trustees approved all one-year contracts for teachers and extracurricular and special assignment contracts for the 2011-2012 school year at their meeting Wednesday night.
All certified employees within the district not eligible for a continuing contract were placed on a one-year contract, set to expire in June 2012. Superintendent Russell Hammond said they chose not to offer two-year contracts in hopes that salaries may be increased next year with a new contract.
Threat made to Blackfoot schools a hoax
BLACKFOOT â€” A threat made against schools in Blackfoot Monday night was found to be a hoax, police said Wednesday.
Law enforcement was notified of the threat Monday night from a citizen who had heard an individual speaking into a cell phone, Lt. Paul Newbold with the Blackfoot Police Department said. The threat was related to a school shooting and was targeted toward students in the sixth through twelfth grades, Newbold said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Organizers of the Blackfoot Community Garden are asking the public to help prevent thefts from the garden.
People who are seeking to help themselvesâ€”whether it is through lowering grocery bills or providing their families with nutritional fruits and vegetables have tended to the garden, which consists of approximately 15 private plots.
This week, approximately $1,000 worth of produce grown in the garden was taken, said Lee Hammett, Community Dinner Table board member. The Community Garden is an extension of the Community Dinner Table.
Paul Raymond Berggren, 77, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.Â
Paul was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Blackfoot to Robert Berggren and Myrtle Sunquist Berggren.Â He attended Lavaside Grade School and graduated from Firth High School in 1951.
On Sept. 17, 1957 Paul married Patricia McNutt.Â Together they had two children, Robert and Carol.Â Patricia preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 1997.Â On Aug. 14, 1999, he married Francisca Barbosa in Twin Falls.Â
Paul was a member of the Firth Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Firth.Â
On Sept. 18, 2011, Cathy Ellen (Nii) Warren, of Boise, began her journey to Heaven after a brief but furious battle with gall bladder cancer.
Cathy was born on May 16, 1953 in Idaho Falls to Tsuneo and Amy Nii, the first of six children. She was raised on her familyâ€™s farm near Pingree and graduated from Snake River High School in 1971. She completed her formal education by earning an Associate Degree from Ricks College in Rexburg.
Clint J. Mecham, 23, of Pingree passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, in Arbon Valley from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Clint was born Aug.8,1988 in Blackfoot to Dayle N. and Kathleen Amy Hanson Mecham.Â He spent his lifetime in Pingree, other than a couple years when he attended college at Idaho State University in Pocatello.Â He attended grade school in Pingree and Rockford and graduated from Snake River High School in 2006.Â He had been studying Geology at ISU.
Randy Rodriguez Jr., 3-day-old infant son of Randy Rodriguez and Analicia Contrearas, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.
POCATELLO â€“ An Eastern Idaho man who pleaded guilty to running a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Tuesday.
Daren Palmer, 42, formerly of Idaho Falls, was sentenced for his role in a Ponzi investment scheme in which investors lost over $29 million, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson said.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot City Council eliminated a section of its personnel policy that requires all department heads to live within the city limits. The decision was made at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
The policy, which required all new appointed department heads to live within the city limits or move within the city limits within six months of hire, was eliminated. The section of the policy requiring all on-call city employees to live within five miles of the city limits remains. This applies to police, fire and certain water, sewer and street personnel.