January 18th, 2012
HAMILTON, Mont. â€” Anina S. Johner, 80, died on Sunday Dec. 18, 2011Â at home after a short battle with leukemia under the care of her daughter Sherry Vetter, grand-daughter Brandy and Aspen Hospice of Stevensville, Mont.Â
She is survived by children: Sherry Vetter, Bruce, Paul, and Doug Johner and Tracy Wooldridge, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and one sister Claudia Bailey; and numerous extended family members.
She was preceded in death by husband Jerome (Jerry), son Mark, her parents and two sisters.
Mary Alice Smith, 97, of Blackfoot passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at the Renaissance Assisted Living Center in Blackfoot.
She was born Aug. 28, 1914 in Blackfoot, the daughter of Joseph V. McKercher and Goldie F. Beasley.
She graduated from Blackfoot High School.
She married Conard Thorpe and they were later divorced.Â She later married Lee Byington in June of 1943 in Blackfoot.Â He preceded her in death.
On Jan. 14, 1958, she married William Smith in Kellogg.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Lady Broncos were hoping for a comeback after the first time they faced off against the Madison Bobcats. Although they did not swipe the win, they closed the gap from that first outing but still came up just short in the 55-45 defeat.
â€śIt is a bit frustrating. We had them for three quarters, but we have not learned to finish the game,â€ť Blackfoot head coach Merle Smith said.
FIRTH â€” County foes collided at Firth High School on Tuesday night as the Aberdeen Tigers traveled to Firth to do battle with the Cougars.
The game certainly wasn't the sharpest of contests from either squads standpoint and in the end, it was the home standing Cougars who prevailed, earning the season sweep of the Tigers with a 61-44 victory.
THOMAS â€” Desmond Miles scored five points in the final 64 seconds of overtime to lift Sugar-Salem to a 48-44 non-conference boys' basketball victory over Snake River on Tuesday.
Miles' 3-point basket with 1:04 remaining in the extra session gave Sugar-Salem (9-5) a 43-42 lead. His two free throws with 3.3 seconds left sealed the deal.
Sugar-Salem dominated the first half, building a 24-11 lead on Zach Jeppson's trey with 4:46 left in the second quarter. The Diggers led 26-14 at halftime.
SHELLEY â€” What started out as a tight contest quickly turned south in a hurry for the Shelley Lady Russets on Tuesday night as the visiting Bees turned in a big 23 point second quarter, en route to a 61-45 High Country Conference win at Shelley.
REXBURG â€” Two men who police say were part of a much larger crime ring based in Florida were arrested Friday after making fraudulent purchases at Walmart stores in Blackfoot, Chubbuck, Rexburg, Mountain Home and Boise.
Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis said Onis Alvarez-Rodriguez, 27, and Alejandro Perez-Castellanos, 19, were arrested Friday afternoon after they attempted to purchase an iPad 2 with a fraudulent credit card at the Rexburg Walmart.
PINGREE â€” An early morning fire Sunday destroyed approximately 600 tons of hay and straw near 1025 South 1500 West.
The Blackfoot Fire Department responded to the call at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. They were assisted by the Springfield and Aberdeen Fire Departments. Eleven firefighters and two engines with three water tenders responded. The last unit cleared the scene at 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
The hay belonged to Val Carter of Pingree and the loss is estimated to be near $115,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation and is currently being called suspicious.
POCATELLO â€” The Ag Expo opened Tuesday with over 125 exhibitors at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello. The Ag Expo continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
The Potato Conference is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Pond Building on the ISU campus. Park at Holt Arena and ride the free shuttle bus.
The public is welcome. Admission is free.
At least 100 seed potato producers met Tuesday afternoon in Clarion Inn in Pocatello to study seed potato production.
BLACKFOOT â€” The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Snake River Plain including Blackfoot, Pocatello and Idaho Falls in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Thursday afternoon.
The Winter Weather Advisory is for wind and blowing snow. Winds are expected to increase to 30 mph late tonight and remain strong through Thursday morning. Snowfall is forecast to begin around Wednesday afternoon.
A series of winter storms are expected to work across Idaho this week dropping heavy snow in the mountains and bringing rain and snow to the valleys.