April 24th, 2012
Sharon Wellman, 72
Â Our precious mother, grandmother and sister, Sharon May Gordon Wellman, 72, of Idaho Falls passed away April 21, 2012, at her home of natural causes.
Sharon was born Oct. 6, 1939, in Wapello to D. A. Gordon and Laura May Van Orden Gordon.Â She attended Groveland Elementary School and graduated from Blackfoot High School.Â She also earned her associate's degree in bookkeeping from Idaho State University.
Blackfoot Police Department did not reveal a lot of information about the home invasion/robbery that took place about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
"We are being very careful what information we are releasing," said Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus. "There is certain information that only the victims, police and suspect would know."
The burglary was on Fullmer Lane.
The suspect made contact with the family as they returned home, the police report stated. The couple and their pre-school children were ordered into a room at gunpoint and the suspect demanded money.
At the Bingham Crisis Center there is a wall filled with photos, coined "The wall of shame" by the Center staff. It features grim faces of those found guilty of sexual and domestic abuse stare unkindly from unblinking eyes. There are far too many faces than necessary for Bingham County and a stark reminder that Idaho is not exempt from the chilling statistics.
Paul Moore didn't quite understand why area Boy Scouts of America leaders wanted him to attend Saturday's awards presentation at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
"I had seen the program and I wasn't on it," Moore recalled on Monday.
While he may not have been on the program, Moore received a prestigious award â€” one which no one in the Grand Teton Council had received previously.
Lauren Sargent was named Aberdeenâ€™s 2013 Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) on Saturday. She had some stiff competition.
The Aberdeen Middle School auditorium was comfortably full as friends and family cheered on the young ladies.
The theme this year was Journey to Fearless.
The selection process for DYW is based on five categories:
Interview (25 percent). Fitness (15 percent), Talent (25 percent), Self-expression (15 percent) and Scholastics (20 percent).
Each participant stated what she has discovered on her lifeâ€™s journey for the self-expression part of the contest.
POCATELLO â€” The fourth district high school rodeo wrapped up their Pocatello swing through the 2012 season on Saturday morning as the district took to the Bannock County Fairgrounds indoor arena for the final time.
Beginning with a rousing tribute to the districts seniors and with a clear sunny day, even if it was outside the arena doors, the districts best turned in fine rides and fast times all day long.
The gymnasium at the Idaho Science and Technology Center Charter School was filled with information, science projects and trinkets from other countries. Children sat amongst their projects anxiously waiting for the judges to come and ask them questions.
Blackfoot High School automotive students placed one-two in the State Skills USA competition last week in Boise.
James Montgomery earned gold; Josh Spiegel took silver. Both are seniors at BHS.
Because of his gold medal finish, Montgomery qualified to compete in the National Skills USA competition June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
Out of 100 competitors, Montgomery was one of seven who succeeded in starting the engine of the car on which he was working.
Spiegel was about five seconds away from turning over his car's engine.
Blake L. Bales, 64, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Boise.
Blake was born Nov. 14, 1947 to Gayle and Lynn Bales of Blackfoot.
Blake was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bradley.
He is survived by four sisters and four brothers. Blair Bales (Chehalis, Wash.); Kelly Bales (Albion); Jocelyn (Vic) Adams (Pocatello); Julie (Carl) Wright (Swan Valley); Kathleen (Laurie) Williams (Swan Valley); Cherie Packham (Blackfoot); Kevin (Julie) Bales (Richmond, Utah); and Steven (Anita) Bales (Blackfoot).
REXBURG â€” Russell Osborne struck out five and scattered six hits to pace Blackfoot to a 5-0 High Country Conference win over Madison in baseball action on Thursday.
Cole Manzanares led the Broncos (8-7, 2-3) with three runs batted in. Zach Later was 3-for-4 to lead the Broncos offensively. Osborne had two solid hits as Blackfoot recorded nine hits.
"This was Russell's second complete game in a row," said coach Jeff Dahle. "He's really getting strong and stronger as season goes on.