May 28th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Ask any softball coach in 4A District 5/6 who the best player in the league is and one name comes off of every single coaches tongue, Blackfoot senior Matti Chavez.
After hitting .615 with two home runs and 32 RBI during the season, Chavez was named 4A District 5/6 Player of the Year by the coaches in the district this week.
A group of about 12 community members appointed by Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis to advise on the future of the Blackfoot Municipal swimming pool held their first meeting on Tuesday evening.
The group, consisting of city and county representatives with a variety of backgrounds nominated businessman Charley Kotter to serve as chairman of the committee. Committee member Lori Kay, who is the vice-principal of Blackfoot High School, volunteered to serve as Kotter's back-up.
FIRTH â€” Firth senior Rachel Schiess is know for her talents on the floor of the volleyball and basketball courts and the track for the Cougars.
But it is not just those talents that make the recent high school graduate the person she has become.
Because of her athletic and academic talents and her community service and a nomination from Firth High School English teacher and track coach Paula Tucker Schiess was nominated to be one of 50 students athletes nominated for an IdahoSports.com athlete of the year award.
Alene Christiansen Loisate, 79, passed away on May 25, 2014 from a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on April 20, 1935 in Downey, Idaho to Elvin Chirstiansen and Ione Jensen.Â
Alene was raised in Downey, Idaho and graduated from Downey High School in 1953. She met and married John Pete Loisate on June 9, 1957 in Downey, Idaho. They have resided in Blackfoot since 1964.Â
Edmund LeRoy Pugmire, 76, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at his home.
Edmund was born April 25, 1938 in Pocatello, Idaho to Howard Edmund Pugmire and Matilda Mead.Â He lived in and received his education in Pocatello.
On March 19, 1961 Edmund marriedÂ Delores Gregan in Nevada.
He served his country in the United States Air Force, spending time in Japan during the Korean Conflict.
On May 20, 2014 God received yet another angel.Â
â€¨Dwyla â€śDeeâ€ť Fern Preslar, 87, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and loved ones.Â
Dee was born on November 5, 1926 in Richfield, Idaho to Frank Alvah Turner and Grace Beatrice Thompson. Â
In 1979 Dee married Sherman Preslar in Elko, Nevada.
Mark Novas Hopkins passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Mark was born July 18, 1936, in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Russell G. Hopkins and Mable A. Novas. He attended grade school in the Blackfoot area, and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1955. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force.
BLACKFOOT â€“ Servicemen and women who have served the country in life and death were honored on Monday at the Memorial Day service at Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
"This is a community that serves," said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis, "but when you say 'the service,' you are speaking about people who have served in the military and the great service they have accomplished.
"[People serve in the military] because you love your nation," the mayor said.
"There is no litmus test for the service but to be a red-blooded, true-blue American.
SHELLEY â€”Â For a large majority of the players on the field of Shelley High School Friday night the 2nd Annual Idaho National Guard East Idaho All-Star Game was the last time they would ever strap on pads and a helmet.
With one last chance to make a big catch or a big hit in front of family and friends the squads made up of some of the top players from District 5 and District 6 did not disappoint the large crowd on a perfect Friday night for football.
BLACKFOOT â€” In what turned out to be an upbeat and positive meeting over a controversial matter, Blackfoot School District officials unanimously moved to contract out the district's custodial services to "GCA Services Group" out of Cleveland, Ohio at Thursday's board meeting.
While the official contract with the company will start July 1, 2014, GCA officials, who were in Blackfoot for the meeting, say the transition will "start immediately."