February 15th, 2012
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.
AMMON â€” All season long the Blackfoot Broncos have shown the ability to pull themselves up by the boot straps for thrilling come from behind finishes.
Tuesday nights opening round district tournament game was not one of those instances however as the Broncos fell behind early, and never threatened as the home standing Hillcrest Knights sent Blackfoot to the left side of the tournament bracket with a 79-58 victory.
SHELLEY- The Shelley Russets opened district tournament play on Tuesday night as they hosted the Bonneville Bees. Shelley took control early and then cruised home with a 24-point victory as they opened their sixth district tournament play with a 63-39 opening round win.
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.
Edwin Jones, 85, passed away on February 13, 2012 at the Lost Rivers Hospital Extended Care Center in Arco. Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Arco.
Minerva Osborne, 80, of Gibson passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Pocatello, Idaho.
Minerva was born Oct. 6, 1931 in Fort Hall to James Osborne Sr. and Jesse Sequints Osborne.Â She attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nev., until the 10th grade and later received her GED at the age of 50.
Minerva held various jobs for the tribe.Â In her free time she enjoyed traditional hand games, Bingo, beadworking, camping and watching basketball.Â Most of all she enjoyed her grandchildren and her Native American traditions.
Items of note from Feb. 6-12.
THEFT: Feb. 6, 10:28 p.m.: A woman said she was at Ridley's and a juvenile stole $125 from her purse.
DOESN'T LIKE DONUTS: Feb. 7, 6:56 p.m.: A woman said she nearly hit a vehicle that came onto the interstate and did a "donut" in the middle of the ramp.
EMPLOYEE THEFT: Feb. 8, 12:09 p.m.: A caller at Maverik requested an officer because they have a video of an employee stealing $250.
The Firth Cougars shook off a low-scoring first half with a pair of big runs in the second half as they took care of business on the first game of the 2A Nuclear Conference Tournament with a 55-34 victory over North Fremont.
"Give North Fremont credit, they've played us tough all three times that they have played us this year," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "We have a lot of inexperienced kids playing in their first district tournament game and we probably came out a little nervous."