Archive - Jan 2013 - Latest News
BLACKFOOT â€” Popular for their color, flavor and health benefits, 'purple potatoes' are in hot demand across the country, prompting growers and distributors in East Idaho to step up to the plate.
Lanae Workman, marketing executive for Potandon Produce in Idaho Falls, said that the purple (or blue-skinned) potatoes have been in the news recently "for their abundance of antioxidants and nutrients," not found in the lighter-skinned potatoes.
POCATELLO â€” On Wednesday at the 2013 Potato Conference in Pocatello, Frank Muir, the president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, gave a report to local farmers about the Idaho Potato truck tour that traveled across the United States to promote Idaho and its famous crop, potatoes.
Because the tour was such a success, the Idaho Potato Commission is sending the Ferrari Red potato truck out on another tour. The dates of the up coming tour are tentatively from Memorial Day to Labor day.
Are you ready for a Renaissance Fair?
Come join the fun at 6:30 o'clock tonight on stage at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (BPAC), 870 S. Fisher in Blackfoot.
Thirteenth century England is alive and well in Blackfoot. Banners and stained glass windows are hung on stage. Music, costumes, color, food and fun fill the evening.
The annual celebration incorporates the talents of the three choirs at Blackfoot High School (BHS)â€”Concert, Acappella and Madrigal.
Bart and Dana Brown are the king and queen of these festivities.
Agriculture and social media go hand in hand these days as farmers, ranchers and ag companies throughout the state embrace social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to communicate with consumers and business contacts. The trend was evident at the Idaho Potato Conference in Pocatello this week, as vendors were seen tapping on laptops, iPads and iPhones throughout the day.
BLACKFOOT â€” Rumors of a recall election(s) have been circulating.
"There is not a hint of a recall election at this time," said Marlene Jensen, the County Clerk's Election Director.
"People need to go through a lot of steps for a recall election," she said.
First, they need to request and then submit a start-up petition, Jensen said. The county clerk's office must verify the signatures collected.
City Council president Chris Jensen and Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring shared "state of the â€¦." messages with members of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
Among the accomplishments of city workers in 2012, Jensen said, were the completion of various road projects and of improvements at Jensen Grove.
They also added an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant lift in the swimming pool and completed a new water storage tank and booster station.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Department is not ruling out that missing Blackfoot man Laurence J. "Jack" Doering, 82, may still be trying to make his way back to Blackfoot. Doering, and his wife Leah [Doering], live in Blackfoot but have been in the Yuma, Ariz., area since October.
Doering, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, has been missing since last Thursday after he got ahold of the car keys while he and his wife were getting haircuts at a shopping plaza near Yuma. Doering took off by himself in a tan/grey 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with Idaho license plates.
The letter of the week is "J" at Storytime in the Snake River School Community Library.
Children ages 3-5 followed storyteller Peggy Hansen as she encouraged them to repeat, "Where is J? Here I am. What do you say J? J-j-j.
The color was blue and the nursery rhyme is "Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after."
"We study a color and letter each week," Hansen said. "There's is a nursery rhyme each week.
"This helps early literature skills.
"Nursery rhymes teach rhyme and rhythm," said Hansen.
A nationwide post for the position of Blackfoot School District superintendent expired on Jan. 17 and plans to hire a new superintendent for the district will move forward, despite the ongoing distraction of the "Crane payout" debacle.
While the board is behind on their original plan to have a new superintendent selected by Feb. 1, 2013, the district's interim superintendent Chad Struhs said they hope to have a person selected for the position by March 1, with the plan of having the new hire officially on board by July..