April 19th, 2014
BLACKFOOT â€” Over the last week the Shelley Russets have put on quite the offensive show.
After winning the Buhl Tournament last weekend where they won all four games they played outscoring their opponents 47-12, the Russets defeated Teton and Sugar-Salem earlier this week to open district play.
Saturday the Russets traveled down Highway 91 to take on the Blackfoot Broncos and if you were a fan of offense Blackfoot High School was the place to be.
BLACKFOOT â€” Easter egg hunts are plentiful around Bingham County today. The egg hunts are for children up to age 12.
Listed by time and location, the egg hunts are:
- 10 a.m. Blackfoot Easter Egg Hunt at Jensen Grove
-Â 10:30 a.m. Firth Easter Egg Hunt at the Firth High School football field
- 11 a.m. Shelley Easter Egg Hunt at the Dawn Lloyd City Park
-Â 12 p.m. Aberdeen Easter Egg Hunt at the Aberdeen Elementary School
-Â 12 p.m. Springfield Easter Egg Hunt at Springfield Park
- 1 p.m. Indian Springs Resort in American Falls
There was indeed something "fishy" going on in Blackfoot Friday morning as Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) officials dropped 2,700 rainbow trout into Jensen Grove Lake for recreational fishing.
Paul Martin, IDFG fish culturist, said that the fish are a little disoriented when they're first dropped from the water tank into the lake but that they adapt after a few hours. He stressed that the fish are sterile so that they cannot cross breed with the native cutthroat.
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SHELLEY â€” For many sports fans in Bingham County when the name Kaden Schmitt comes up in conversation it is more often than not about his exploits on the football field.
Schmitt was named the 3A State player of the year after leading the Russets to their second consecutive 3A state championship. But while Schmitt was a stellar football player, baseball is first love and the sport he hoped to get an opportunity to play in college.
BLACKFOOT â€” All season long the buzz up and down the Snake River plain has been about how good the Rigby High School softball team has been.
The Trojans have been hitting the ball well and hitting it with power keeping them in close games and even beating some of East Idaho's top teams.
Rigby visited Blackfoot on Thursday for a 4A District 5/6 doubleheader with the Broncos.
And while the Trojans did hit the ball during the afternoon, it was one bad inning in game one that cost the Broncos the chance of a doubleheader sweep.
This is National Telecommunications Recognition Week. To honor the countyâ€™s dispatchers, the Bingham County Sheriffâ€™s office provided lunch on Wednesday for the 14 dispatchers, two of whom are part-time.
The dispatchers also have received flowers and small gifts throughout the week.
Lead dispatcher Katie Bisharat has been a Bingham County dispatcher for 19 years.
â€śIt is a very rewarding profession,â€ť she said. â€śThere is a high turnover rate everywhere.
The average length of a dispatcherâ€™s tenure is not past 10 years, said Bisharat.
ROCKFORD â€” Sixth grade math teachers and one second grade teacher enthusiastically reported on their test drive of the Star Enterprise Math Program to the Snake River Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
The Star Enterprise Math Program is an accelerated math program that is aligned to the common core, vertically and horizontally, said sixth grade math teacher Carol Adams. Adams headed up piloting this program for the last couple months.
"Star Enterprises bridges assessment and instruction," she said. "The testing helps the teacher personalize math to their students."
BLACKFOOT â€”Â The Blackfoot High School golf team took to the links of the Blackfoot Golf Course Wednesday afternoon to take on Idaho Falls and Hillcrest.
The teams played nine holes during the afternoon.On the boys side Hillcrest finished first with a score of 157, Blackfoot finished third with a score of 184.
Kaden Loveland and Aaron Carter led the Broncos by each shooting 43 on the afternoon. Mason Gillins shot a 46, Kyler Croxford finished at 52 and Shan Leavitt shot a 55.
Hillcrest's Andy Hess shot the low score of the day with a 37.
Some "out of the box" ideas were offered to Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis and the Blackfoot City Council on how to contend with the city's "train problem" at a town hall meeting held in Blackfoot on Tuesday night.
About 60 concerned citizens attended the meeting called by Loomis as the city prepares to apply for a Tiger Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation in hopes of getting $1 million to have a feasibility study done on what can be done to work around the trains that have been aggravating residents for years.
SHELLEY â€” Prior to Tuesday District 6 opener with Teton, Shelley head coach Trent Armstrong reminded his team of the goal they had set for the themselves for the next few weeks.
Go through district play 6-0.
The Russets knew that the visiting Redskins were going to be tough. They also had to deal with Mother Nature who threw 30-plus mph winds and even a little rain at both schools.
But Shelley got a a solid start from Tyler Bean and six RBI hits to earn a 6-3 win over Teton at Shelley High School.