September 13th, 2011
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.Â --Â At the 920th Rescue Wing, the main mission is right there in the title. While the wing's primary focus is combat search and rescue, not every rescue involves combat, searching, or even pararescuemen. In fact, one of the most recent rescues was simply three noble airmen bravely doing the right thing.
Master Sergeant Kenneth Swainston, a reservist with the 920th RQW at Patrick, the Air Force Reserve Command's only rescue wing, was driving home after working an annual training day on base Sept. 6.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot Police arrested two people early Sunday morning on drug and weapons offenses after someone saw them with a gun near the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Police located Cass Tendore, 27, of Pocatello, and Saresa Coffee, 22, of Blackfoot, near the carnival entrance of the Eastern Idaho State Fair on East Airport Road at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Tendore was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon without a license and criminal trespass from the fairgrounds.
Susan Rae Bencomo, 63, of Blackfoot passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her home.
Susan was born June 1, 1948, in Blackfoot to George A. Greaves and Virginia R. Hanselman. She lived her entire life in Blackfoot, graduating from Blackfoot High School.
She married Gailen Gifford; they were later divorced. In April of 1974 she married Ismael Bencomo in Blackfoot; they were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
BLACKFOOT â€” It was a night of smashing and crashing in front of a packed house during the Demolition Derby Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Frank Dickman claimed the top prize after his car was the last one standing after the main event. Martin Cheney finished second, with Jesse Sandoval finishing third.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The demolition derby is always a big deal for the Young/Adakai/Chavez family, but preparations for the 2011 derby have been 16 years in the making. This year cousins Cade Adakai and Dakota Chavez have their drivers licenses and will make their wrecking debut.
Cade found his derby car Christmas morning as a gift from Santa. The others say finding the car can be the hardest part.
The boys will be wrecking against their more experienced family members, Robb Young and Tom Chavez, and a field of at least 40 additional drivers. But they say they're ready.
BLACKFOOT â€” When Jason Slagowski received notice that he had won the Blackfoot Elks Herby Derby raffle, he was just leaving work at Basic American.
"I saw that I had missed a call and my voicemail just kicked in," he said.
Slagowski returned the call and learned he had earned a ride in tonight's Demolition Derby at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Action begins at 7:30 p.m. to wrap up the eight-day run of the 109th annual event.
Keith Gardener drew Slagowski's ticket from among 200 others in front of a small crowd at the Elks Lodge.
Slagowski said he bought four tickets on Thursday.
BLACKFOOT â€” With her husband in law enforcement, Laura Mansanarez understands what many families went through on Sept. 11, 2001.
She also knows that first responders aren't often appreciated as much as they will be on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of those horrific attacks on the World Trade Towers in New York City.
So she has written a poem and surrounded it with artwork she will present to local first responders in the near future.
Allstar Weekend lead singer Zach Porter, right, sings along with Eric Nicolau on guitar during the Allstar Weekend concert Thursday night at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Ronnie Dunn will take the stage tonight at 8 p.m.
BLACKFOOT â€” Two men were rescued from the Snake River Thursday morning after their boat capsized north of the Porterville Bridge.
The men, Jeff Childers and Frank Eversol, were fishing on the Snake River when they say their boat struck a tree limb and flipped over. Neither of the men were wearing life jackets, but were able to climb onto the top of their capsized boat and call for help on a cell phone.
The Bingham County Marine Patrol located the men and their boat approximately three miles upstream from Porterville Bridge. Their boat was stuck on rocks in the river.
BLACKFOOT â€” The top two teams in the High Country Conference squared off on the pitch at Blackfoot High School on Thursday afternoon as the undefeated Broncos took on the undefeated Bees in a classic soccer showdown.
In a back and forth affair, the Bees showed why they are the defending 4A state champions as they tallied a pair of second half goals to escape with a 3-2 victory.