February 21st, 2014
KUNA â€” The Firth and Ririe girls basketball programs are all too familiar with each other, playing each other four times this season with a 2-2 result. Today at the Idaho Center in Nampa, the tiebreaker doesn't get any bigger: the Cougars and Bulldogs meet for the Class 2A state championship.
Both Firth and Ririe won in Friday's championship semifinal games, with the Cougars dominating another group of Bulldogs, the ones from Melba, in a 57-35 rout that seemed to be decided halfway through the first quarter.
MIDDLETON â€” There will be no repeat as state champion for the Snake River girls basketball team. Instead, the 46-39 loss to Timberlake in Thursday's Class 3A state tournament opening round drops the Panthers into the consolation bracket.
KUNA -- Kayla Jensen relished her assignment in the waning moments of the Firth Cougars' opening round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament: hug the ball and don't move.
Jensen snatched a loose ball in the final three seconds and held on to help Firth preserve a 44-43 victory over New Plymouth.
By BOB HUDSON
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County's lawmakers reiterated their support of an Agriculture Security bill during Thursday's weekly legislative breakfast at Tommy Vaughn's.
The Idaho Senate passed the bill 23-10, sending it onto the House. There Reps. Neil Anderson and Julie Van Orden are among its co-sponsors.
"I've had a lot of email asking me to vote against it," Van Orden said. "Mostly from the Treasure Valley.
"Of the 12 phone calls I've received from my constituents, three asked me to vote against and the other nine were for it," she added.
BLACKFOOTâ€”Blackfoot Girl Scout Troop #584 is celebrating their world famous cookies with a sweet new fundraiser called "Cookies In the Kitchen." The event will be March 1, 5:30-7p.m., at Ridge Crest Elementary School in Blackfoot. Local businesses and Blackfoot High School culinary students will compete to create "the best" original dessert made from Girl Scout Cookies.
Susan Rae Neff Waldhalm, 60, of Blackfoot passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at her home.
Susan was born Nov. 10, 1953 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Charles (Karl) Neff and Muriel Rayola Atwood, the second of five children.Â She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1972 and attended beauty school in Blackfoot.Â
In 1994 Susan married Joe Waldhalm in Billings, Mont. where they lived until 2011 when she moved back to Blackfoot.Â They have been together for 40 years. Â
On Sunday, Feb. 16 Georgie Margene Parsons Phillips passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Blackfoot following a short battle with cancer.Â
FIRTH â€” When Firth junior Jackson Thompson won his opening match of the 2A District Six wrestling tournament Wednesday afternoon he had no idea how long his day would end up being.
A two-point takedown with five seconds left in the third period sent the match into overtime. A reversal in the overtime gave Thompson the win over West Jefferson's Blade Albertson.
But the fatigue and stalling to catch his breath Thompson felt in the opening match would get even more intense in his second match as a berth in the 170 pound championship match hung in the balance.
After jumping out to an early lead against Salmon's Garrett Jarnigan, Thompson went in for a takedown in the final seconds of the match to steal the win, instead Jarnigan reversed Thompson and earned a tough 6-4 win.
Undeterred, Thompson wrestled his way all the way through the consolation bracket to earn a third place finish and a berth in next week's state wrestling tournament.
Thompson was the first of nine Cougars who punchers their tickets to the state tournament.
BLACKFOOT â€” With the goal of helping students learn to read, dogs are being trained to listen to the students read.
The program is called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).
The R.E.A.D. program helps children improve their reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal.
Studies show that students are very responsive to the calming effect that trained dogs can have in the classroom.
Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center (BCCLC) is training up its own dog helpers, said BCCLC teacher Kelly Jo Fisk.
If needed, help is on the way. The Blackfoot fire station has upgraded its equipment to be able to identify if a patient is having a heart attack. [A heart attack is called a myocardial infarction (MI).]
The physio-control machine is a 12-lead program, said Blackfoot Fire Chief Kevin Gray. It gives paramedics 12 different views of the heart.
"This is state of art equipment," he said.
Each of the four physio-control machines owned by the fire department received upgrades. The cost was $8,000 per upgrade.
"We budgeted for the upgrades," said Gray.