May 23rd, 2011
BLACKFOOT - With the final two rodeos of the Fourth District High School Rodeo Association cancelled, district officials have announced the athletes who have advanced on to the state finals in June.
The top six competitors in each event advance in hopes of qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals this summer.
In Barrel Racing, Kimberlyn Fehringer of American Falls is the champion, accumulating 95 points. Also qualifying are Kilee Lehman of Aberdeen, Lyndsie Ekstrom of Highland, Ciarra Driscoll of American Falls, Shelby Freed of Highland and Kyler Duffin of Highland.
BLACKFOOT â€” Nearly 200 animals were weighed-in Monday evening in the 4-H barn at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF). This qualifies the animal and his/her handler to participate in Bingham County 4-H fair.
Sheep, meat goats and four pigs were carried, pushed and prodded onto the scale.
At the weigh-in, sheep need to weigh under 100 pounds. Goats weighed under 70 pounds and pigs needed to be under 90 pounds.
After the weigh-in, 4-H members took part in a sheep showmanship class.
Elna E. Hunter, 89, of Blackfoot, passed away May 20, 2011, at her home with her family around her.
She was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Blackfoot, the daughter of Fredrich and Ida Linkiet Wieland.
Elna was raised in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
She married Benjamin Hunter on April 5, 1945, in Seattle, Wash.
They moved to Blackfoot and have resided here since.
Elna worked as a clerk and Danâ€™s Mighty Market for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, growing her flowers, embroidery and needlepoint.
Vonda Clarice Longmore Fisher, 79, of Blackfoot, passed away May 19, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Blackfoot on Jan. 31, 1932, to Lester G. and Estella May Anderson Longmore. She was the second of eight children. When Vonda was seven years old, she moved with her family to Salt Lake City, Utah. After living there for three years, they returned to Blackfoot where she attended school and graduated from Blackfoot High School.
ONTARIO, OR. â€“ The Snake River Panthers wrapped up their 2011 season on Saturday morning, falling 7-5 to the Buhl Indians in the consolation championship played at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Oregon.
â€śNot the way that we wanted to end the season for sure but the kids came out and played their guts out,â€ť Snake River head coach James Carter said. â€śWe hit the ball hard and our defense turned in some big plays today. It just wasnâ€™t quite enough though.â€ť
BOISE â€” The 2011 Idaho State Track and Field Championships came to a conclusion on Saturday afternoon and after the dust had settled on Boise State University's campus, several area athletes had turned in marvelous performances.
Unlike Friday, where a pair of individual state titles were won by a pair of Firth Cougars, on Saturday just one Bingham County athlete found themselves atop the medal podium.
Snake River senior Eden VanOrden shook off a tumble in the 100 meter hurdles by rebounding in the 300 meter hurdles to capture the state title with a time of 47.02.
BOISE â€“ The girls doubles team of Meg Matsuura and Ayla Lau faced a very familiar opponent in Saturdayâ€™s 4A state tennis championship match at Boise State University as they tangled with Madison for the fourth time this season.
During the regular season the teams split with one another and Madison was able to topple Blackfoot in the district championship match just prior to the state tournament so a tight match was to be expected.
In the end, Madison was able to hold off Blackfoot for the title, winning a hard fought match in straight sets 5-7, 4-6.
THOMAS â€”Â Snake River High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor Justin Patten is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Patten will be working with the Idaho Farm Bureau in the future.
"My favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow, said Patten.
"Students learn leadership through Future Farmers of America and start to understand their potential.
"In the shop, you can see the light click on about how things work, he said. "They begin to understand the skills they are gaining."
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County Deputy Drew Lusk and a few of his friends got together at Jensen Grove Lake on Saturday. Their purpose was to raise awareness of water safety through the Ready-Set-Inflate program. Safe Boating Week runs through Friday, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. It is one of the first opportunities many Americans take to get on the water.
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.