The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-10T00:38:17-04:00 nominees wanted for Idaho Hometown Hero awards 2014-07-10T00:38:17-04:002014-07-10T00:38:17-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsIdaho's Hometown Hero founders (brothers) Dr. Fahim Rahim and Dr. Naeem Rahim, city officials and committee members, gathered in Pocatello on Tuesday to launch this year's event. Artist, volunteer and advocate for the Latino community, Jose Quezada of Aberdeen, who received a Hometown Hero Medal last year came as a special guest for the kick-off. The Rahim brothers started the organization in 2011 under the umbrella of their nonprofit organization JRM Foundation for Humanity.Fahim told the crowd that they want to recognize those community heros throughout the state "who don't seek the spotlight," but who embody a "strong spirit of philanthropy and show a commitment to creating better communities throughout the state of Idaho."Past medalists have included CEO's, athletes, soldiers, historians, teachers and "in memoriam" honorees.This year, in particular, the committee is hoping to attract more youth to get involved in the campaign by starting a "youth ambassador program.""We'd love to have some youth nominees. Please feel free to nominate some young people who are doing great things in our Idaho communities," Fahim stated."This is truly an award that celebrates the people of Idaho from all backgrounds."Blackfoot, IDLiSA LETEHero nominees wanted for Idaho Hometown Hero awards Blackfoot Morning man sentenced for stabbing 2014-07-09T00:21:00-04:002014-07-09T00:21:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsCorey Seth Burns, 30, from Blackfoot was sentenced to a unified sentence of 14 years in the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC)—5 years determinate and 9 years indeterminate. Burns accepted a plea agreement on May 19, 2014, in which he agreed to plead guilty to aggravated battery. He could have been facing a maximum sentence 15-years in the IDOC and/or a $50,000 fine and $5,000 civil fine with the aggravated battery charge. In the plea agreement, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss two additional charges against Burns—an aggravated assault charge and an enhanced weapons charge. The incident that caused Burns to be charged with this felony occurred on April 17, 2014. His girlfriend had a party in her house. One man, who attended the party, went down into the basement of the house to sleep. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEBlackfoot man sentenced for stabbing Blackfoot Morning Days festivities set this Friday/Saturday2014-07-08T01:00:56-04:002014-07-08T01:00:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe annual summertime event started back in the 1980's to celebrate the community of Blackfoot and all that it has to offer. Pride Days usually falls on the heels of the city's 4th of July celebrations with two packed days of festivities throughout the city. Most of the events are "free" or "low cost" with the majority of events taking place at Jensen Grove unless otherwise specified.Locals enjoy Pride Days for its family friendly events and the opportunity to volunteer and make summertime memories. For some, its an opportunity to discover something new to "see or do" right in their own community.New this year will be the "free stand" entertainment featuring seasoned entertainers on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. at the Jensen Grove Amphitheater."This is something that we've wanted to for a while," said organizer Tanna Beal. "There is so much talent in this community."Also new this year, The Blackfoot Municipal Swimming Pool will be hosting a mini "Color Run" on Saturday. This event will take the place of the "dunking booth" that pool officials have sponsored in the past. For more information on the Color Run and to pick up a "waiver form," contact pool manager Chantel Bame at 785-8625.Free food can be had on Saturday at the free breakfast courtesy of Blackfoot Pipes and Drums 8 to 10 a.m. and the Pride Days potato feed sponsored by local potato companies from 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m.Pride Days co-chair Mike Virtue said the perennial favorites that draw a lot of "out of town" folks to Blackfoot such as the free airplane rides, the snow machine races across Jensen Grove Lake, car and bike show, and the 'ping-pong' ball drop will all take place on Saturday."These events are always major draws," Virtue noted. "There are so many different things to do. We hope everyone will come and mingle, enjoy the food booths and vendors, and all that Blackfoot Pride Days has to offer.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEPride Days festivities set this Friday/SaturdayBlackfoot Morning served on minesweeper between wars 2014-07-04T23:31:39-04:002014-07-04T23:31:39-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsFrom 1954-1958, Ed Wagner from Blackfoot served on minesweepers that helped to clear the Pacific Ocean around Taiwan of mines. "It was kind of a tense time," said Wagner. "WWII was over and the Korean War had just ended. France signed a peace treat with North Vietnam and was vacating that country. The Communist Chinese were chasing the Chinese Nationalists to Taiwan. "The North Vietnamese had mined the Mekong Delta pretty heavy," he said. "At the time, everything was fluid and going. "Our job was to locate, destroy and in some cases, pick up, mines left over from these conflicts," said Wagner. "We would take the serial number of every mine and then discharge it or explode it," he said. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEWagner served on minesweeper between wars Blackfoot Morning finishes in DYW top 102014-07-03T01:06:21-04:002014-07-03T01:06:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"DYW is all about developing you; becoming your best self," said Toussaint. "It was really humbling to be a little fish in a big pond. "I did my best," she said. "I stayed true to myself. "[In my self expression answer,] I did really well until I talked about where babies came from," said Toussaint. Asked to explain, she said, "The question was, 'Where do you see women in 10 years?' Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEToussaint finishes in DYW top 10Blackfoot Morning dogs allowed in cemeteries...ordinance will hold2014-07-02T01:01:06-04:002014-07-02T01:01:06-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I would like to see people be able to walk through the cemetery with their pets on a leash, as long as they clean up their messes," said city councilwoman Jan Simpson. "Many people enjoy taking walks through the cemetery with their dogs; my daughter is one of them. She walks there almost everyday.""I'm fine with allowing 'pets on a leash;' pet waste has been the main issue," said cemetery sexton Philip Meline. An emotional Lorna Moffat who has served on the cemetery board addressed the council saying, "People don't clean up after their dogs. My father is out there and it's disgusting to me to find that an animal has defecated on my father. You may clean up after your dog, but most people don't. I don't believe it [the cemetery ordinance] should be changed."Blackfoot resident Vickie Clough agreed, saying, "People will still let their dog 'poo.' I've seen it too many times and stepped in it more than that. I love dogs, I pick it up, but most don't."Councilman Bart Brown remarked, "I agree with Lorna [Moffat]. Cemeteries are a 'sacred place.' "Blackfoot, IDLISA LETENo dogs allowed in cemeteries...ordinance will holdBlackfoot Morning' Hanson no-hits Rigby2014-07-01T00:20:12-04:002014-07-01T00:20:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsHanson struck out 10 and walked just one in the five-inning game.Alx Martinez drove in four runs on two hits to pace the Broncos' offense. Trappett had two hits and three RBI and Cade Adakai had two RBI.BLACKFOOT 15, AT RIGBY 0BLACKFOOT 544 02 -- 15 12 RIGBY 000 00 -- 0 0 Hanson and Lindsay; Clayton, Fullmer (1), Burrows (4) and Orr. 2B--Kyle Scott, B. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSBroncos' Hanson no-hits RigbyBlackfoot Morning splits doubleheader with Grizzlies2014-07-01T00:05:02-04:002014-07-01T00:05:02-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsNo matter how many runs your team may score it somehow always seems to be not enough.The Shelley Russets learned that lesson the hard way Monday in Idaho Falls as they took on the Idaho Falls Grizzlies at Skyline High School.After putting up four runs in the first inning on a two-RBI single from Stockton Stohl and an RBI double from Colt Johnson, the Russets' bats went cold for the next two innings.The Grizzlies battled back to tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth before Shelley scored three in the sixth to win game two 9-6, earning a split with the Grizzlies after losing game one 4-2.Blackfoot, IDJASON ENESShelley splits doubleheader with GrizzliesBlackfoot Morning a problem along river bottoms 2014-07-01T00:02:35-04:002014-07-01T00:02:35-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsProperty owners living along 700 North and near Kimball Hill have had a predator problem for about a month. "I've raised goats for 10 years," said Vickie Williams. "The coyotes are right in the backyard. "Never have they killed goats or other animals before," she said. "I've never had a problem until this year." Last Saturday morning, one of her Nubian does was killed by a predator. The doe was in her pasture. "I'm concerned about children in the area," said Williams. "I've lived here 35 years and I've never had a predator problem before," said Jan Mecham. "Coyotes have gotten some of my chickens before but they have never gone after my livestock." The predators "are brazen," she said. "They are not scared of anything." Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEPredators a problem along river bottoms Blackfoot Morning prepare to celebrate Treaty anniversary2014-06-29T21:27:12-04:002014-06-29T21:27:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThere will be free parking on the rodeo grounds for all who would like to participate.The treaty was signed July 3, 1868, at Fort Bridger, Utah Territory.It reserved rights for tribal members that include self-government as well as hunting and fishing rights.“It’s important for our youth to understand the unique self-government this treaty provides and work to protect these rights,” said Randy’L Teton, the Tribes' Public Affairs Manager.Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKETribes prepare to celebrate Treaty anniversaryBlackfoot Morning