May 20th, 2011
BLACKFOOT â€” Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."
BLACKFOOT â€” Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positionsâ€”among numerous other cutsâ€”in an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.
BOISE â€“ Day two of the Idaho State Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Friday evening with the 5A and 4A finals being held in the evening at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University.
Blackfoot had just one athlete competing on Friday night with senior Dakota Mecham toeing the line in the 400 meter finals.
Starting in the lane five, Mecham had her work cut out for her as she tried to topple last years winner Ali Eisenbeiss of Bishop Kelly.
ONTARIO, OR. â€“ Snake River senior Keegan Keller took to the bump for the final time in a Panther jersey on Friday afternoon and when the dust had settled, he and the rest of his Snake River teammates were celebrating the Panthers first state baseball tournament win in fifteen years as they eliminated Priest River 6-1.
ONTARIO, OR â€“ After a fifteen year absence at the state baseball tournament the Snake River Panthers returned to the diamond on Thursday afternoon falling 9-3 to Kimberly in the first round of the year end event.
Call in nerves, karma or just bad luck but whatever it was an ill fated 7 run first inning put the Panthers behind the eight ball early and despite some valiant effort; Snake River was unable to overcome the large deficit, falling in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates.
George Charles Burback, 86, of Pocatello passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home.
He was born of Feb. 12, 1925, in Parker, Idaho. Charlie was the first of four children born to George Louis and Vera Ford Burback (Heltne). He attended Pocatello High School.
Charlie entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, seeing action in England and Germany as a tail gunner in B-17s. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He married Betty Nussbaum, his childhood sweetheart, on Dec. 1, 1947. They had two children- David (Linda) of Corvallis, Ore., and Sandra (Kim) Rogers of Blackfoot.
Don Leon Arnold, 80, of Blackfoot, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at his home after a courageous battle with renal failure.
He was born June 12, 1930 in Pocatello, the son of Lloyd Lester and Hattie Howell Arnold.
Don graduated from Pocatello High School and joined the Navy.Â He served during the Korean Conflict in Guam.Â He was honorably discharged and served in the National Guard in Pocatello for four years.
On April 20, 1951, he married Doreen Hansen in Pocatello.
Don was a member of the Elks Lodge.Â He worked as a machinist at MTR, ATR, TRA (all at the INEEL) and retired in 1994.
BLACKFOOT â€” IT Stoddard Elementary Principal Ryan Wilson will do just about anything to support students and staff at his school. He has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and even danced in front of the students.
This past week he wore a tutu, crown and high heels after the students reached $2,000 in pledges in a fundraising challenge for a read-a-thon.
The fundraiser was organized by Stoddard's Parent-Teacher Organization.
The organizers of the fundraiser, Karen Robinson and Cara Fitzgerald, wanted to do something that gave the school and students 100 percent of the profit.
BLACKFOOT â€” Online fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is increasingly popular as many take advantage of the ease of donating electronically.
Online fundraising is just getting started in Bingham County, but Sherrilynn Bair, who co-chairs the Relay for Life Online Committee with Shantel Morgan, said a few people have raised funds online using Facebook and email.
She said it's an easy way for those who can't participate in Relayâ€”such as family members living out of townâ€”to donate.
"They can't participate physically in Relay but they want to contribute," Bair said.
BLACKFOOT â€” This weekend is full of ways to contribute to Relay for Life while having fun. Relay for Life will be June 17-18 at Blackfoot High School.
Two fundraising events are happening at the Downtown Dance Studio show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.
The Laura VanOrden/Cindy Campbell Team will be selling roses for $5 for dancers at the Downtown Dance Studio performances at Blackfoot High School.
The Rotary of Blackfoot Relay team will also be selling raffle tickets for a free year of dance with Downtown Dance at the show.