BLACKFOOT â€”Â It wasn't exactly the start the Blackfoot Broncos boys basketball team had for the 2014-15 season home opener, but it was definitely a learning experience.
The Broncos welcomed 5A Hillcrest to town on Friday night and from the opening tip-off the Knights made it clear they were going to shoot the ball, a lot.
Hillcrest put up 24 first quarter points on the way to a 66-34 victory.
The Knights made three first quarter three pointers and junior McKay Mangeris scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the opening quarter to give the Knights the big lead after one quarter.
She wins! Let the celebration begin!
Stoddard Elementary first grade teacher Melissa Hunt found out on Friday she was one of five national winners who earned a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance in its "Dream Big" initiative.
With the announcement that Hunt had won the $100,000 grant, Stoddard students erupted in cheers, applause and the rally cry: "Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Hunt."
"I was trying to get them to say 'Stoddard Elementary' because this is community celebration," said Hunt.
"I work with amazing teachers and the kids are incredible," she said.
Blackfoot city treasurer Heather Schild reported at Tuesday's Blackfoot city council meeting that the city is in good standing financially. However, new measures have been taken in the city's continued effort to "pinch pennies."
"The mayor [Paul Loomis] has tasked me to take extra measures to save money. The revenue looks good, but every penny saved helps," Schild said.
Schild said that city vehicles will now be fueled from the Bingham County pumps which will save the city between 19 and 34 cents per gallon. City vehicles use approximately 8,500 gallons of fuel per year.
SHELLEY â€” There is a saying in sports that defense wins championships.
Over the early part of the young season the Shelley Lady Russets have played some pretty good defense, it has the offense that needed to come along.
After a big win and quite possibly the most complete effort of the season on Tuesday night against Firth, Shelley welcomed 5A Skyline to town.
After a slow start to the game the Russets blew the game open in the second quarter as a 22-2 run turned a two point deficit to a 16 point lead as Shelley blew out the Grizzlies 70-42 at Shelley High School.
The Christmas Tree Fantasy continues today and concludes on Saturday. Come see the beautiful Christmas trees and wreaths and enjoy the music provided by individuals, families and musical groups in Bingham County.
The fantasy auction begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Needlecraft Building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. Trees, wreaths, a table setting and other items will be auctioned.
Everyone is invited to participate in the fantasy and auction.
"Bring your checkbook," said fantasy chairman Mary Ann Johnson.
THOMAS â€” The injury bug has hit the Snake River Lady panthers hard during the seasons opening weeks.
During pre game warmups on Wednesday night the Panthers had three players down with injury forcing head head coach Rich Dunn to pull up a few players from the junior varsity team to help give breaks to the starters.
Tuesday night in Sugar City the Panthers played well into the third quarter, but fatigue set in during the final quarter and the Diggers handed Snake River a 31-point defeat.
Snake River got a much better performance Wednesday night at home against South Fremont.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) â€” Police say a Florida man stole a chain saw by sticking it down his pants.
Surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment in Port St. Lucie shows the man putting the tool worth more than $600 down his pants on Oct. 28.
Police tell Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that Anthony Ballard had come in asking for $1 worth of change.
Police say employees chased Ballard, who ditched the tool in a wooded lot. The employees called 911 when they saw Ballard return to look for it.
SHELLEY â€” Last season the Firth Lady Cougars were able to sweep both meetings from the their neighbors five miles to the north in Shelley.
Tuesday night the two teams met for the first time in 2014 with the visiting Lady Cougars carrying a 5-0 record and the Russets and first year head coach Trevor Elordi improving every day and looking to get their a win against their county rival.
Employing a full court pressure defense and double teaming Firth post Bailey Nelson stalled out the Cougars offense as Shelley was able to run away with a 59-38 win at Shelley High School.
BOISE (AP) â€” A coalition of conservation groups and a U.S. congressman from Oregon have sent separate letters asking the U.S. Forest Service to require a pro-hunting group get a permit before being allowed to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting contest in Idaho.
The letter sent Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio and another sent Monday by environmental groups cite a recent U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision revoking a special use permit for the predator derby.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) â€” Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a ride home.
Police say 30-year-old Christopher Russell left behind a path of destruction as he tried to maneuver the bulldozer through West Hudson Park. The bulldozer leveled signs, three benches, a tree, a drinking fountain, and left a maze of tracks in the grass.
Harrison Police Capt. Mike Green tells the Jersey Journal that Russell told officers he was cold and was trying to ride home to Newark.