January 11th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â Today is the first anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Blackfoot resident Beverly Beach is passionate about helping people in Haiti.
Last September, Beach and her co-director, Katie Tirion, spent two weeks in Haiti checking out land the Haitian government has designated for a quality housing expo. The goal is to build housing that will protect the families.
"I saw people living between two streets; if they stepped into the road, they could get hit," she said. "People live in horrific conditions; the water conditions are horrible.
Marlene Hale Yancey,Â a resident of Firth, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 9, 2011, at the age of 76.
Marlene was born on Dec. 20, 1934, in Provo, Utah, to Nathan Hale and Phyllis Watson Hale. She moved to Groveland as a young child with her family.
BLACKFOOT âÂ Blackfoot High School senior Lacie Parmenter won the Blackfoot area American Legion Oratory Contest Monday evening.
In this contest, Parmenter presented a prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution. She needed to speak from eight to 10 minutes. She spoke 8.6 minutes on voting rights and civic participation.
"I went into the history of voting and its importance in America," Parmenter said. "I touched on discrimination in voting and the soldiers who have fought to preserve our right to vote.
"My generation is looked down upon," Parmenter said, "so I kind of defended us."
BLACKFOOT â The Blackfoot High School varsity basketball coach placed on leave last month was reinstated Monday. The coach was placed on leave in December pending a criminal investigation involving former student athletes.
According to a press release issued by the Blackfoot School District Monday, "the administrative leave from coaching duties of Blackfoot High School Boysâ Basketball Head Varsity Coach Jonathan Packer has been rescinded effective immediately." The action was taken following investigations by the district and the Bingham County Prosecutor's Office.
POCATELLO âÂ Ethel Chilton Henderson, 90, eternal companion of Boyd F. Henderson,Â passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the LDS Central Stake Center (40 Oakwood Drive) with Bishop Rod Johnson of the Cedar 2nd Ward officiating.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manning-Wheatley Funeral Chapel, 510 N. 12th Ave. and on Friday from 12 to 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to services.
Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens.
Norman Davis Harris, 86, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, January 7, 2011 at the Monticello in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He was born September 21, 1924 in Pocatello, Idaho to Orville W. and HazelDavis Harris. He attended schools in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School. After serving in the Army in France and Germany during World War II he settled in Moreland.
BLACKFOOT â The Sea Dog and his bride are back home from Mexico. Again. But this time they intend to stay.
Dwain and Pauline Sweet of Blackfoot have been spending part of each year in the tiny fishing village of Kino Bay, Mexico, since 1989.
Because of advancing age and the fact their children want them home, the Sweets sold their park model trailer and their boat and are determined to stay close to the hometown they have claimed since 1964.
âWhen we went down last year, we had an idea this was going to be our last trip,â Dwain said as he and Pauline sat in their dining room last week.
BLACKFOOT â The Snake River Lady Panthers built a double-digit first half lead and then held off a late charge by the Blackfoot Lady Broncos too complete the season sweep of the cross river rivals with a 47-43 victory on Saturday evening.
"I think that this win means a lot to the girls and certainly to the fans," Snake River head coach Steven Morton said. "For us, this was an important game but not nearly as important as our five remaining league games. It was a fun game that helps us be competitive in our league."
FIRTH - The Firth Lady Cougars welcomed Snake River to town on Friday night and nearly upset the taller, more experienced Lady Panthers. Trailing by only three points entering the final quarter, the Lady Cougars finally ran out of gas and Snake River was able to pull away to a 35-23 win in a contest much closer than the final score would indicate.
"I am so proud of the way the girls played tonight," said Coach Sharla Cook. "We had a tough road trip last night and I know the girls were exhausted, but they dug down deep tonight and played their hearts out."
POCATELLO â Blackfoot got down by as many as 9-points during Friday evenings road contest at Century High School but in the end found a way to fight through a physical affair for a 39-37 victory.
"This is a different district and it's a more physical district than we are used too," Blackfoot coach Mike Anderson said. "We came into it thinking in our heads that it is going to be a physical game but until your actually in it, you can't understand it."