March 3rd, 2012
NAMPA â€” The Snake River Panthers came up just short in their bid for a 3A boys state basketball championship on Saturday afternoon as the defending champion Fruitland Grizzlies were able to hold off the Panthers by a 57-51 tally.
"Fruitland needs to be congratulated," Snake River head coach Robert Coombs said. "They are a good team, made plays and did a good job of controlling the tempo on us."
Violet Fern Sullivan, 84, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at Bonaventure in Idaho Falls.
Violet was born Sept. 4, 1927 in Fort Hall to Henry Hansen and Erma Brown. She lived in Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Nampa and Yuma, Ariz. She graduated from Pocatello High School and continued her education at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Iva Lee Osborne, 83, of Fort Hall passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.
Iva Lee was born Feb. 6, 1929 in Fort Hall to James Osborne Sr. and Jesse Sequints. She was a lifelong resident of the Fort Hall Reservation. She attended school at the Fort Hall Indian Mission and the Stewart Indian Boarding School in Carson City, Nev.
ARCO â€” Randall Todd Hale, 49, passed away Friday, March 2, 2012 at Lost River Medical Center in Arco after finally succumbing to lung cancer surrounded by his family.
Randall was born June 18, 1962 in Blackfoot.
Randall is survived by his wife Lorie Taylor Hale of Mackay; parents, father Delvin and Roxanne Hale of Arco; mother Barbara Hancook of Phoenix; children Anton Randell Hale of Coeur dâ€™Alene, Mystiesta Shade Hale of Idaho Falls; and granddaughter Camerin Christine of Coeur dâ€™Alene.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his daughter Tara Sierra, and his niece Andral Parrish.
R. David Moore, Blackfoot's chief of police, has filed as a candidate for District Seat A in the Idaho House of Representatives.
"There seems to be a loss of contact with the constituents, Moore said. "I see a lot of personal agendas in the Idaho legislature right now. I want to represent the constituents of Bingham County."
Craig Rowland, the Bingham County Director of Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation and Abatement District, is running for sheriff.
"I have spent the biggist part of the past eight years on the outside, looking in at the sheriff's office," Rowland said. "I see changes that would benefit not just the sheriff's office but also the county and its cities.
"My campaign is 'Communications and Cooperation,'" Rowland said. "I see the need for communications and cooperation with agencies in the county and with more people who live in the county.
BLACKFOOT â€” Amy Sorensen wanted to find a creative way to catch people's attention and promote presidential candidate Mitt Romney. That is why she brought her "Mitt is bringing sexy back" sign to the Romney rally on Thursday. Little did Sorensen know that her sign would receive national attention. Now, Sorensen's picture has been displayed in the Washington Post, the LA Times, Reuters and numerous blogs.
Items of note from Feb. 24-29.
DUMPSTER FIRE: Feb. 24, 5:36 p.m.: A woman said she is driving on Camas Street and there is a metal dumpster on fire.
MISSING WALLET: Feb. 24, 6:18 p.m.: A caller reported a missing wallet. They said it is zebra-striped and there is $400 inside.
PATIENT LEAVING: Feb. 25, 7:22 a.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial Hospital said a man is attempting to leave. They said he is getting dressed and determined to leave when he is dressed.
MERIDIAN â€“ The Snake River Panthers rode the broad shoulders of Jacoby Johnson and his 25 point performance to a 56-49 semi final victory over the Weiser Wolverines on Friday night.
â€śI thought that I had a bad game on Thursday night and I just wanted to come out and play like I know that I can,â€ť Johnson said. â€śI took the advice of my coaches and just took the ball to the hole. My teammates did a great job of giving me great passes and with teammates like I have its pretty easy.â€ť
Snake River Panthers vs Weiser Wolverines
(Winner faces Fruitland at 3:50 p.m. Saturday for state championship)
Snake River advances to the 3A state championship game with a 56-49 win over Weiser.
The Panthers re-take the lead over Weiser, 40-35 after the third quarter.
Snake River only scores one basket in the second quarter and Weiser takes a 25-22 lead at halftime.
Snake River leads 18-15 after the first quarter.
Firth Cougars vs Cole Valley Chargers
(Winner faces Kamiah at 1:40 p.m. Saturday for state championship)
Cole Valley sends Firth to the third place game 66-54.