February 16th, 2012
REXBURG- The top seeded Madison Bobcats built a double digit lead and then held off a hard charging Shelley Russet squad 70-64 during semi-final action at Madison High School on Thursday evening.
Early on it looked as if the entire game was going to be a nip-tuck affair as the squads traded blows during a highly entertaining first quarter.
AMERICAN FALLS â€” The defending 3A state champions took to the mats on Thursday morning, looking to add a Southeastern Idaho Conference title to their already impressive resume.
At the end of a hard day of wrestling, Snake River did just that as they qualified 14 wrestlers into next weekends state tournament. Crowned seven individual champions en route to their first district title in a few years.
ST. ANTHONY- The Firth Cougars boys basketball faced off against the Butte Pirates Thursday night, in an intense game between the conferences top two squads. In the end, Firth dominated the night with a 59-42 win over the Pirates sending them into next weeks 2A Nuclear Conference championship game.
Firth was able to keep their lead through the whole game as they built a sizable lead that was never threatened for the better part of three quarters of play.
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's game against Weiser in the first round of the 3A state tournament is underway. The winner will take on Timberlake tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at Middleton High School.
The Lady Panthers have taken an early 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, the Panthers lead 11-3.
Snake River's lead cut to 17-14 at halftime. Shayla Christensen leads Snake River with 10 points and McKenna Shelley has 5.
Weiser takes its first lead at 18-17. Snake River answers with back-to-back 3's and lead 23-18 midway through the third.
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.