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February 16th, 2012
Blackfoot artist Matt Sorensen has made his living from Spray Paint Art for several years. Sorensen calls it "Rattle Can Art."
"I started spray paint art about 15 years ago after I watched a spray paint artist in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where my family and I were vacationing," Sorensen said. "I came home and started experimenting.
"Jared Van Orden was instrumental in setting me up to paint. He gave me a place to go to paint.
"Now I make my living from painting," he said. "I get paid as an entertainer."
Counselors are available in the Snake River School District to help students and staff deal with the alleged actions of Christopher Cox, the Snake River Junior High principal who was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Cox has been charged with three felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 years old.
"We are all devastated," said Superintendent Russell Hammond. "A brief assembly was held at the junior high Thursday morning to explain to the students what we know."
Snake River Junior High School Principal Christopher C. Cox, 38, was released on his own recognizance Thursday morning after appearing before Magistrate Judge Charles Roos on three separate felony counts of sexual abuse of a child under 16 years old.
The criminal complaint alleges that between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 2011, the defendant had sexual contact with a female minor "not amounting to lewd conduct," but included simulated sexual intercourse by "dry humping" and inappropriate touching.
She was 14 or 15 years old at the time and has since moved out of state with her family.
Owner Stefano Bronzati welcomed members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce board of directors to Winger's Express on Thursday.
"The Cruz brothers did a good job," Bronzati said of the local construction company which rebuilt the interior of the former Original Winger's store at 1215 Parkway Drive.
"This is much more comfortable than before," he said of the changed interior. The construction workers took down part of the walls that had separated the dining area from a bar area.
Snake River Junior High School Principal Christopher Cox was released from jail Thursday morning after appearing before Magistrate Judge Charles Roos on three felony counts of sexual abuse with a minor under 16 years old.
Roos issued several no contact orders at Cox's first appearance. Cox was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or the victim's family, no contact with minors under 18 years old and was ordered to avoid any places where children under 18 may congregate.
Facial and Oral Surgery Associates has been in business in Pocatello since 1949. It has been in business in Blackfoot for the past year.
"We've always had a very good relationship with the doctors and dentists here in town, but it was good timing for opening a satellite office," said Dr. Mark Baker, who joined with Dr. Shawn Jepsen in welcoming guests to a Chamber After Hours event at their offices in the Parkway Plaza on Wednesday.
"Our patients like that they don't have to travel now," Dr. Baker continued.
"We've been very well received since we came in," Dr. Jepsen added.
Â Long-time Bingham County resident Mark Bair is running for the District 1 County Commissioner seat.
"I appreciate the community service people have given; I have time and the desire to repay some of those kindnesses," Bair said.
Bair grew up on a farm 20 miles west of Blackfoot. He and his family farmed the same land he grew up on until they sold it about four years ago. Bair and his wife, Sherrilynn, now live in the Kimball area near Firth.
"On the farm, I did the budgeting," Bair said. "Farm economies go up and down.
Christopher Cox, age 38, the principal of Snake River Junior High, has been arrested on two counts of felony sexual abuse of a minor, according to Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson. He was booked into jail at 3 p.m. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today.
After receiving a complaint from a student who has since moved to Wyoming, a Bingham County detective interviewed the victim and subsequently began an investigation, Johnson said.
"After Cox was interviewed, charges were filed," Johnson said. Each count carries a sentence of 25 years in the Idaho State Penitentiary and a fine of $50,000.
Winkler TV & Satellite has moved to a new location. The Blackfoot business has moved to 360 W. Judicial, behind the electronic billboard.
Winklers have been in business in Blackfoot for 35 years.
"We moved into a better location with more traffic," Carl Winkler said. "We've moved here to get more business."
Trained in the early 60s as a television repairman, Winkler has seen a lot of change in the field.
Instead of tubes, today's flat panel televisions have modular components, Winkler said.
Members of the Blackfoot Urban Redevelopment Agency (BURA) approved extending their purview on Tuesday. It will now include additional property beyond the Downtown area.
Pursuant to Idaho Code, BURA voted to extend the boundaries of the parts of the city eligible for the funding of projects designed "to prevent and arrest decay."
They also voted to extend the time frame for the existence of the BURA project for 10 more years. It was originally scheduled to expire later this year.
The Blackfoot City Council has the final say and will vote on BURA's actions on March 6.