July 20th, 2014
Under the instruction of longtime music teacher Rebecca Battle of Pingree, Pocatello teen Austin Keller holds a first place title from the International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition at Incline Village, Nevada, last week.
Keller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the American Legion district tournament set to begin Thursday in Twin Falls, the Blackfoot Broncos took to the field Saturday afternoon for the final time in front of their home fans.
The Idaho Falls Knights came to Blackfoot as both teams looked to head into the tournament on a good note.
Both teams had good games but the highlight of the day was the return of the Broncos Dallin Fairchild to the mound after missing the last few weeks with a broken hand.
BLACKFOOT â€” Prior to Friday's American Legion doubleheader with the Idaho Falls Bees the Broncos coaching staff was going to limit starting pitcher Kyle Scott to 50 pitches.
But after three innings Scott had allowed two hits and a walk and was looking dominant on the mound.
Scott's 50 pitch limit morphed into a 90-plus pitch three hit shutout of the Bees as the Broncos earned a 4-0 on the way to a doubleheader sweep after taking game two 7-3.
Bingham County commissioners Whitney Manwaring and Mark Bair and Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland each planted a flowering pear tree on the boulevard on Friday morning at the southwest side of the Bingham County Courthouse.
"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building.
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BLACKFOOT â€“ The pickleball doubles team of Bill Hunt and Frank Tomazin took first place in their age category in the Senior Olympics last Saturday in Pocatello.
â€śIt was a good time,â€ť said Hunt. â€śI also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).
Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.
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Blackfoot city leaders are just in the early stages of putting together a budget for the upcoming fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 thru Sept. 30, 2015); however, they are already bracing for a projected shortfall of about $1 million.
Blackfoot City Treasurer Heather Schild said that the shortfall boils down to "expenses being more than the revenue."
"So many of our costs have gone up. Our medical insurance took a huge jump this year," Schild said. "The council is going to have to take a detailed look at everything and see where we can cut back."
Jean Marie Giest, 67, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family.
Jean was born April 27, 1947 in Yakima, Washington to Clyde Russell Kingrey and Ruby Jean Schonewill.Â She lived her entire lifetime since her youth in Blackfoot, attending grade school in Idaho Falls and graduating from Blackfoot High School.
On April 16 1971, Jean married Bruce Giest in Blackfoot, Idaho. Â
Jean was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, and was actively involved in the faith unit, church council and helping with the fair booth and blood drives.