The Daily Press http://www.am-news.com http://www.am-news.com/apfeed.xml--1 Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-07-28T00:05:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9314Long distance bike ride in honor of track coach concludes 2014-07-28T00:05:26-04:002014-07-28T00:05:26-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsPoulson was tragically electrocuted two years ago in the Groveland area. Her future father-in-law Keith Tarpley and friend Lance Hicks also died in the accident.The duo, both ISU alumni, started on the their journey from Coeur d'Alene two weeks ago to raise money for the Jackie Poulson Memorial Scholarship Fund (a fund formed to directly aid ISU track and field students).About 50 bicyclists that included Poulson's fiancee'  Kyle Tarpley (and nine of his nieces and nephews), her mother Deb Poulson-Bailey, friends and even people who had never met Poulson before, met Mulick and Parkinson in Blackfoot on Saturday morning for the final trek into Pocatello.Mulick and Parkinson, who had never taken on a long distance bike ride before, reflected on their experience upon reaching their destination.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETELong distance bike ride in honor of track coach concludes Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9314Change0Usable2014-07-28T00:05:26-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9312Local Catholic priest officially installed as church pastor of two parishes 2014-07-25T21:51:01-04:002014-07-25T21:51:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I am honored and excited," said Gonzalez. "This means that the bishop believes that I have done a good job and he has entrusted the parishes to me." In reciting from the ceremonial script, Gonzalez exclaimed, "As your pastor, I pledge to always be a loving father, a gentle shepherd and teacher of the people to lead them to Christ."Deacon Jeff Powers said he thinks it's wonderful that Gonzalez will be the pastor, saying, "I love it. It gives stability to our church."Parishioner Bobbie Dahlquist agreed, adding, "I am so excited. It has been a long time since we have had a pastor at our church."Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gonzalez said he has "wanted to be a priest since he was a little boy."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETELocal Catholic priest officially installed as church pastor of two parishes Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9312Change0Usable2014-07-25T21:51:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9310The Castle sold to BCCLC 2014-07-25T00:11:08-04:002014-07-25T00:11:08-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Castle Pre-School and Day Care will be open through Thursday, July 31. BCCLC will take over ownership on Friday, Aug. 1. "The school needed more room," said BCCLC administrator Fred Ball. "I approached Shelly [Boyd, owner of the Castle Pre-School and Day Care], to ask if she would be willing to negotiate. This will releave the space concerns we have for the present." "It was a hard decision," said Castle owner Shelly Boyd. "I went back a forth [about the decision]." Last Monday, she decided to sell. Monday evening she started to call her parents [of the pre-schoolers and day care children]. "I wouldn't consider selling to anyone else," said Boyd. "I have been here [at the Castle] eight years," she said. "My husband and I built the building. "I have worked really hard to build up my business," said Boyd. "This was the best year I've ever had. "I have been working in daycare/pre-school for 21 years total so I think I'll take one year off and then, probably, start another pre-school," she said. "I'll miss the kids and all the hugs." "This is the ideal situation for us," said Ball. "This is a win all the way around." Plans to add two more classrooms to the Castle are underway. The kitchen will become a faculty workroom. "The air conditioning is fantastic," said Boyd. Future plans include building a connector between the two buildings. "The two buildings will make up one school but they will operate as two small schools, each with grades K-5," Ball said. "Each building will have its own library." Jonathan Braack has been hired as the assistant principal. He will be the administrator of the east campus (BCCLC). Ball will be the administrator of the west campus (the Castle). "We want to maintain a small school atmosphere; a small school feel," said Ball. "It's a different environment; a different culture." So far, the number of registered students at BCCLC is 336 for the fall. School begins on Monday, Aug. 18. "We have a plan in place for growth," said Ball. "Now that we have space, we have asked the Idaho Public Charter School Committee for permission to increase the number of students we can accept." Registration for this upcoming school year is Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6 and 7, at BCCLC. The Castle is planning a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEThe Castle sold to BCCLC Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9310Change0Usable2014-07-25T00:11:08-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9305SR legal fees in Asmus case over $50K2014-07-23T22:35:41-04:002014-07-23T22:35:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Snake River District budgeted $8,000 for the 2013-2014 school year, said business manager Chris Nelson. Much of that money went to conduct hearings into the case of Elaine Asmus, a science teacher who was charged with harassment following a disagreement with another teacher in January. When she was not offered a contract for the 2014-2015 school year, Asmus sought a public hearing. She received substantial support from many former students and school patrons and got the hearing she sought. Following the hearing, board trustees offered her a contract, but put her on probation for a year. They also required her to sign her contract by June 30. Instead of doing so, she filed a grievance. Neither the board nor Asmus have revealed the details of that grievance. From March through July, legal bills were received from the law firm of Blaser and Oleson (now, Blaser, Oleson and Lloyd, Chartered) in Blackfoot; the Marotz Law Firm in Idaho Falls and the law firm of Holden, Kidwell, Hahn and Crapo in Idaho Falls. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESR legal fees in Asmus case over $50KBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9305Change0Usable2014-07-23T22:35:41-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9300District 55 to re-bid bus routes2014-07-23T00:23:48-04:002014-07-23T00:23:48-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe district cited "contract violations" as the reason for not initially choosing Teton Stage Lines. At last week's school board meeting, Harrington said the "violations have been taken care," and he asked the board to amend its decision and grant Teton Stage Lines the 10 bus routes.Blackfoot School District superintendent Chad Struhs consulted with the district's attorney who advised the district to go ahead and "rebid" the routes, adding that, "there was confusion in the guidelines and the 'points of appeal' were not clear.""The original bids, (the motion and approval) had to do with violations," Struhs explained. "We understand that issues do arise. We are asking that (in rebidding) that any violations are noted - how they were remedied and the amount of time it took to remedy the issues.""While low bids play an an important part in our decision-making, we have to look at the whole component...the entire package," Struhs added.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEDistrict 55 to re-bid bus routesBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9300Change0Usable2014-07-23T00:23:48-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9296Callison named EISF Grand Marshall 2014-07-22T00:42:20-04:002014-07-22T00:42:20-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News“We couldn’t choose a more deserving person for this honor,” said General Manager Brandon Bird. “Darrell has been a great contributor to the fair for 50-plus years, dedicated to exhibiting cattle and continuing the tradition with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Darrell embodies the importance and strength of our agricultural community.” Callison has resided in Blackfoot and actively participated as an exhibitor in the EISF since the age of 27. He exhibited his first Angus bull at the fair in 1964. Since then, he has proudly exhibited under Nonpareil Angus Ranch as well as his own herd, Callison Angus, every year. When Callison first began exhibiting at the EISF, the livestock show barn was not yet a fixture. “We showed cattle anywhere we could find a spot: the infield of the racetrack, the outside of the racetrack, and the grass show ring where the goats show now,” said Callison. Callison is also actively involved in agriculture outside of the EISF, working as an Angus cattle herdsman or ranch manager throughout his career.He is the past president of the Idaho Angus Association and Western States Angus Association. In 1969, he was selected from candidates throughout the United States as the prestigious “Herdsman of the Year” from the American Angus Association. Additional family awards include Western States Angus Family of the Year at the Western National Angus Futurity in Reno, Nevada, and Idaho Angus Family of the Year. Most recently in 2012, Darrell and Barbara received the “Hal” award from Nonpareil Corporation for their 50 continuous years of service with the company. “I am proud to accept the nomination of Grand Marshal for the 2014 Eastern Idaho State Fair,” said Callison. “I still enjoy exhibiting with my family. Plus, the best fair food in the world is right here in Blackfoot.” Callison was born in 1937 in Newton, Iowa. His mother raised four children as a single mother, so Darrell became the "man" of the house at an early age. Darrell bought, rebuilt and sold two cars before he even had his driver’s license. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSCallison named EISF Grand Marshall Blackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9296Change0Usable2014-07-22T00:42:20-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9285Pingree woman's students shine in national competition2014-07-20T23:51:49-04:002014-07-20T23:51:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsKeller, 16, played two classic 10-minute pieces (Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite and the Fantaisie Hongroise by J.K. Mertz) from memory, claiming first in Division 1 Juniors (15-18 year olds). He took second place in the competition last year."This is a great accomplishment," said Battle, who has instructed Keller for the past eight years. "World-class guitarists come from all over the world to perform, teach and judge at this event."Battle admits that when Keller was announced the winner, that she "just melted into the pew.""The atmosphere is pressure-intense; I was so proud and it was just such a relief," she exclaimed. "It was a good competition."Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEPingree woman's students shine in national competitionBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9285Change0Usable2014-07-20T23:51:49-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9280County officials plant trees at courthouse2014-07-18T22:50:05-04:002014-07-18T22:50:05-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We want to beautify the grounds," said Scott Summers, maintenance supervisor for the courthouse grounds and building. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKECounty officials plant trees at courthouseBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9280Change0Usable2014-07-18T22:50:05-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9279VIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate Crash2014-07-18T17:02:01-04:002014-07-18T17:02:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: U.S. Officials Race to Ukraine to Investigate CrashBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9279Change0Usable2014-07-18T17:02:01-04:00 urn:publicid:dailypress.com:9277Senior Olympics pickleball champions from Blackfoot2014-07-18T00:44:38-04:002014-07-18T00:44:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News“It was a good time,” said Hunt. “I also took first place in singles in my age group (75-79) and second place in the singles tournament overall (ages 50 and up).Hunt started playing the game last winter in St. George. Tomazin starting playing the sport about three or four weeks ago.“I play racketball during the winter,” said Tomazin. “Pickleball is similar in that you aim for certain spots on the court and try to make your opponent run from side to side to wear him down.“It’s a larger version of ping pong and a smaller version of tennis,” he said.Hunt and Tomazin play one time each week, every week. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S,” Hunt said. “It originated in Washington and is big in Texas and southern Utah.”“St. George, Utah, is taking out all its tennis courts to put in pickleball courts,” he said.The pickleball court measures 20 feet x 44 feet. The LDS Church in Moreland has a concrete pad that is being used for this sport.The ball is a wiffle ball that is bigger than a baseball and smaller than a softball.The racket is rectangular in shape and is larger than a ping pong ball racket.To begin play, the ball is served underhand below the waist. It is served cross court.In doubles, each player serves the wiffle ball once and then the opposing doubles team members serve it once apiece. Service alternates between teams.   The person or team only scores when he or she is serving the ball. Eleven points wins the match. Players must win by two points.“It’s a game for all ages and all skill levels,” said Hunt.“We are trying to get as many people as possible to come out and try it,” said Tomazin. “It’s fun.”Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESenior Olympics pickleball champions from BlackfootBlackfoot Morning Newsurn:publicid:dailypress.com:9277Change0Usable2014-07-18T00:44:38-04:00