February 6th, 2012
GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) â€” Josh Powell's boys were coming for a visit, and he had preparations to make.
He boxed up their books and toys and took them to a charity. He carried heavy cans of gasoline inside his house and set aside a hatchet.
He thought about what to write in the final emails he'd send out: where people could find his financial accounts, how they could shut off his utilities. He didn't mention his wife, Susan Powell, missing for the past two years.
An automated call from Blackfoot High School went out Monday afternoon stated that school has been cancelled tomorrow. That call is incorrect. There will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow.
According to Blackfoot School District officials there will be school at Blackfoot High School tomorrow and they are looking into the problem.
A second automated call was sent at approximately 2:25 p.m. apologizing for the mistake and said "they were testing the system."
Christopher W. Seratt, 23, of Blackfoot, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot and will be announced. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buford Max Cornelison, 90, of Blackfoot died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at his home from causes incident to age.
He was born Jan.19, 1922 at Chesterfield to Forest Lee and Etta Eldora VunCannon Cornelison. Buford's family spent their winters in Chesterfield and summers in Rocky Canyon where his parents homesteaded a valley north of Chesterfield and east of Mt. Putnam. He attended school in Chesterfield and graduated from North Gem High School in 1940.
Growing up, Sara Thompson enjoyed attending her brother Josh's boxing matches.
Since her freshman year at Blackfoot High School, the tables have been turned. Now Josh attends his 20-year-old sister's matches.
Thompson has had a dozen bouts, the most recent one for the Women's Intermountain Bantomweight Championship in Pocatello on Jan. 28.
She battled 29-year-old Mary Vellinga of Salt Lake City, Utah, and beat her, winning a large championship belt. It was her third win in a row. She is now 9-3 although, she pointed out, two were walk-throughs. That means her opponent didn't show up.
The Blackfoot High School Jazz Band performed Saturday afternoon at the Idaho State University 25th Annual Jazz Fest. BHS junior Jose Cruz, on trumpet, steps forward for his solo. The Blackfoot Bands invite the community to their annual Jazz Band Dance Feb. 17, where all Blackfoot Jazz bands will provide the live music. There will be dance instruction at 7:30, followed by the dance 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit BHS bands.
GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) â€” The long, bizarre case of a Utah woman missing for two years took a horrific turn Sunday when a powerful house explosion killed the woman's husband and his two young sons, moments after the boys arrived for a visit that was supposed to be supervised by a social worker.
Authorities say it appears the husband, Josh Powell, blew the house up on purpose.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos got 33 points from senior Trae Pilster as they avenged their season opening loss at Pocatello with a hard fought 64-51 home win over the Indians on Saturday evening.
"I think that the difference tonight was that we just have a lot more games under our belts and we are starting to get used to playing together," Pilster said. "As the season has gone along we continue to get better and better each week and we played really good team basketball tonight."
POCATELLO â€” The Snake River Lady Panthers may want to consider a mascot name change from the Panthers to the Pythons because on Saturday afternoons opening round 37-26 win over Bear Lake, the Ladies in Purple simply squeezed the life out of the Bears in one of the more impressive defensive efforts of the season.
"From start to finish the kids just came out and pressured them all over the court," Snake River head coach Rich Dunn said. "I don't think that they felt any fresh air all night long to breath in and it all started with our bigs down low."
Attorney Cleve Colson has announced that he is running for the office of Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney.
Colson is a lifelong resident of Bingham County. He began his career at the Bannock County Prosecutorâ€™s Office in 2005 and is currently Bannock Countyâ€™s assistant chief deputy prosecutor.