April 6th, 2012
BLACKFOOT â€“ Idaho farmers and gardeners will always tell you the weather is their boss, but Richard Johnson, owner of Grove City Gardens in Blackfoot, recently invested in a new greenhouse and high tunnels that he hopes will significantly extend their normal growing season and show Mother Nature a better way.
â€śIt seems like so much depends on the weather,â€ť said Johnson. â€śI expect this to add an extra two months to the front end of our growing season and another two months on the back end.â€ť
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah â€” Our Loving Mother, Wife, NeNe, Sister, Aunt and Friend returned to the loving arms of Our Heavenly Father on March 29, 2012 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. We are so grateful to have such a great example of love, compassion, patience and faith that she was to us.
BLACKFOOT â€” With autism in the news lately, and with April being National Awareness Month, Kris Jaques, OTR/L, owner of Camp Hippo, shared some of her knowledge recently.
She began with a young mother's story.
FORT HALL â€” Each day when he goes to work, Jim Metzger sees a little more progress on the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center.
Metzger is the Director of Hospitality for the facility going up in front of the Fort Hall Casino. Thursday he and Randy'L Teton, the Tribes' public affair manager, showed the progress workmen are making on the building.
"We have between 120 and 140 employees working on-site every day," Metzger said. He added those numbers will remain fairly stable when the hotel opens for business.
"Currently we have contractors from throughout the region," Teton added.
FIRTH â€” There's nothing better than opening the conference slate with a win and for the Firth Cougar baseball squad, that is exactly what they did on Thursday afternoon as they ten run ruled their long time nemesis West Jefferson 13-3 in 6 innings.
"It's nice to start out the conference with a win," Firth head coach Scott Adams said. "We have a lot of new faces in the dugout and it was good to start out with a win."
The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating its 75th anniversary in a very big way. Commission officials have built the world's largest Idaho potato and they are taking it on a cross-country road tour.
During a brief stop at the Idaho Potato Museum on Wednesday, Paul Humbracht, driver of the spectacular spud, said, "everywhere we've been everyone has asked if it is this (Blackfoot's) potato. Ours is a bit bigger."
RIVERSIDE â€” Erica Ramirez tossed a 1 hit gem and the Snake River offense erupted for 10 runs on 11 hits as the Lady Panthers opened their conference slate with a convincing 10-0 win over American Falls on Wednesday afternoon.
"We'll take a ten run win anytime we can get it," Snake River head coach Kay Martin said. "It was a conference win and a conference win with authority and I am just pleased as punch with it."
IDAHO FALLS â€”Â Geoffrey Salem Elawadly, age 24, of Shelley pleaded guilty to the charge of second degree murder Wednesday morning before Seventh District Judge Jon Shindurling.
Elawadly appeared before the judge in Bonneville County.
In his plea agreement, Elawadly admitted to shooting a gun into a car on March 22, 2011. Using a handgun, he shot and killed 24-year-old Anthony Keith "A.J." Camp of Firth.
Members of the Blackfoot City Council approved increases to several city fees on Tuesday.
Effective Oct. 1, the fee for rental of shelters at Jensen Grove and other city parks will increase from $50 to $75. Participation in city recreation leagues will be $15 for everyone regardless of whether they live in the city limits or outside of them.
On May 1, the cost of an annual family pass at the Blackfoot Swimming Pool will go from $375 to $425.