March 30th, 2012
As he prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of what started as Vaughn's A&W, Kevin Rupe pondered on the key to success.
"Dad set a high standard that I still try to uphold," said Rupe, who has operated Rupe's Burgers since 1987.
"You have to like people and be friendly," said Kevin's mother, Carol, as she watched him visit with the customers. "They were both like that."
Vaughn Rupe worked for Challenge Dairy back in 1962 when the previous owner suggested that he buy the business.
"I didn't see how we could afford to do it," Carol recalled. "He was making good money where he was.
SHELLEY â€” Journey's End Golf Course in Shelley will open for the season Tuesday under a new owner â€” Neil Williams of Idaho Falls.
"When I tell people I've bought a golf course, they look at me funny," Williams said.
"You mean a miniature golf course?" they ask.
"No, I mean a real golf course," Williams replies. "I think this is an asset for the community and a great opportunity for my family."
Ione Hill, 42, of Gibson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.
She was born Sept. 28, 1969 in Blackfoot to Stanford Hill and the late Ardith S. Hill.Â She attended school in Blackfoot, getting her GED and going on to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, with her sister by her side.Â She was a lifetime area resident.
THOMAS â€”Paige Williams out-spelled Alex VanOrden on the word "anti-pollution" and spelled "prejudice" for the win at Snake River Middle School's Spelling Bee on Thursday.
The students had the spelling words for about three weeks. Contests were held in each classroom until teachers had narrowed the field down to six students per classroom. The students then competed in a school-wide spell-off of 30 students.
Alysson Porter, who was unavailable for the photo, took third in the sixth grade bracket.
BLACKFOOT â€” A large contingent of James' Pendlebury's extended family gathered at the Idaho Potato Museum to see him honored on Wednesday.
Members of the museum board inducted Pendlebury into the Hall of Fame. Pendlebury was instrumental in bringing the Idaho Potato and Fruit Growers Association into being in 1913. That association was the first in Eastern Idaho to ship potatoes by rail to farflung markets in the West.
THOMAS â€” Behind a game winning single by Cole Rushton and a complete game pitching gem by Cash Cardona the Snake River Panthers completed the season sweep of the defending 2A state champion Malad Dragons on Thursday evening with a 2-1 victory.
"Great pitching match up," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "This is the second game the Cash has pitched for us and the second great effort from him. He threw the crap out of it today and threw a lot of strikes. He did a great job of pitching ahead of the hitters which makes them hit the pitch he wants them to hit."
THOMAS â€” Snake River's Distinguished Young Women program will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The theme for the evening will be Jungle Fever and the emcee will be Amanda Burt, who was Snake River's Junior Miss in 2010.
Hannah Hansen will also share her talents and enthusiastic personality one last time as the reigning 2012 Distinguished Young Woman. She has done a great job representing Snake River this past year.
Snake River 20, Soda Springs 1 (5 innings)
SODA SPRINGS â€” In as lopsided a win as one will find the Snake River Panthers crushed host Soda Springs 20-1 on the baseball diamond Wednesday evening.
"We actually were holding runners," Snake River head coach James Carter said. "We probably could have scored thirty or more runs. We swung the bats pretty good and they struggled defensively."
Thomas "Tom" Lee Moss, 67, of Ronan, Mont., passed away peacefully March 25, 2012 at Kalispel Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie B. Moss, step-daughter Jennifer Gardner, Â three daughters from his previous marriage to Julie A. (Hernandez) Moss: Susie Lee Moss of Gibson, Stephanie Ann Moss of Gibson and Debbie Renee Langston (Dave) of Pocatello and step-son Larry Wadsworth (Sonya) of Fort Hall; two sisters, Gloria Whitworth of Polson, Mont. and Marilyn Woods (John) of Blackfoot; 9 grandchildren; andÂ 5 great-grandchildren.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” A last-ditch attempt Tuesday by Democrats to revive a bill that would require teachers and administrators to identify and crack down on students who harass and threaten their classmates was beaten back in the House, a move that likely ends any chance of bolstering anti-bullying policies in public schools this year.
The legislation, which was amended extensively before clearing the Senate earlier this month, has been held up ever since in the House by Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, chairman of the House Education Committee.