Archive - 2014
The Bingham County Christmas Tree Fantasy ended on a high note last Saturday.
"I am overwhelmed by the generosity of residents of Bingham County," said Mary Ann Johnson, Christmas Tree Fantasy chairman. "It just blows my mind."
"About $18,000 was raised at the auction [on Thursday evening]," she said.
"Anyone can donate a tree, not just businesses, said Johnson. "The general public is also invited to come and bid at the auction."
Jake Archibald of Blackfoot is the winner of the Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet following a drawing at the Morning News office on Monday.
The contest took place on the newspaper's website throughout the past month.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) â€” Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.
Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.
The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don't allow pets.
IDAHO FALLS (AP) â€” A warm and dry Idaho winter might be on the way, weather experts say.
That means some state water managers will be turning to the decades-old technology of cloud seeding to squeeze every last snowflake out of the storms that do appear.
Idaho Power officials said Tuesday they are ramping up cloud-seeding operations in the upper Snake River Valley, as well as the Payette River basin near Boise. Another eastern Idaho cloud-seeding effort, operated by the High Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, also is up and running for the winter.
Don Carlson of American Falls and Kathy Daly of Pocatello were among those who traveled long distances to support the noodle bazaar at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday.
"Not many people make homemade noodles any more," said Carlson.
"I try to support all the churches," Carlson continued. "It's super when people support a community."
The parishioners at St. John's have made noodles and other homemade goodies and sold lunches on the first Saturday in December to help finance maintenance of their little church.
THOMAS â€“ A year ago the Snake River and Bear Lake boys basketball teams were involved in a trio of epic games as 3A District 5 rivals.
Saturday night in Thomas the Panthers welcomed the Bears to town for the home opener, but this time the Bears are members of the 2A classification after dropping down in the summer.
But drop down in classification did not quell the rivalry between the two schools.
After 16 minutes of up and down basketball the Panthers went into the locker room trailing 27-26.
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.