The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-05-04T06:09:48-04:00 up this week2015-05-04T06:09:48-04:002015-05-04T05:29:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News• Stalker Family Art Night in the Stalker Elementary Library from 4-6 p.m. Disney artist, Walter Park will speak to the kids about art and illustrations. Park draws and illustrates for Disney’s videos. He will show a power point with clips of a new video by Disney, and he will have a drawing of one of his characters that the kids can color. Tonight is also the “buy one get one free” book sale at the Stalker Elementary Library.Tuesday, May 5• Auditions for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra from 4-6 p.m. today and 4-7 p.m. tomorrow. Kids interested in auditioning must go online to to register for an audition time. All of the audition music is found on the website as well. For more information about auditions contact Youth Orchestra Manager Tamara Olsen at or Youth Orchestra Director Colin Brien at Admission is free, and everyone is invited to attend.• Blackfoot City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at the Blackfoot city office.Wednesday, May 6• Gary Eller: Eastern Idaho Music Bingham County Historical Society presents Gary Eller at 7 p.m. singing folk songs before the radio era at the Blackfoot Senior Center at 20 East Pacific St. in Blackfoot. For more information contact Merlin Wright at (208) 684-9252.Thursday, May 7• Idaho Gives Donors can give to non-profits across the state. Go to to select the non-profit organizations that can benefit from your contributionFriday, May 8• Bingham’s Got Talent registration deadline. Registration forms and $25 fee must be turned in by noon at the Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave. The Relay for Life Talent Show will be Saturday May 16th at 7 pm at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. $250 in prize money will be awarded in 2 age categories. Call Tom at 785-3183 for information. Saturday, May 9Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSComing up this weekBlackfoot Morning De Mayo celebration today2015-05-03T07:20:47-04:002015-05-03T07:12:13-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe celebration will be at Pocatello City Hall in the City Council chambers. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSCinco De Mayo celebration todayBlackfoot Morning of concealed gun holsters finds success 
2015-05-03T05:09:35-04:002015-05-03T04:17:56-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I'd get $100 worth of scrap leather and plastic and just go at it," Tedder said. "I enjoy making things, so I made a few for friends and sold some here and there."Tedder, a computer programmer in Fort Smith, Arkansas, at the time, was onto something that led him to starting Tedder Industries.The manufacturer of concealed gun holsters moved into its administrative offices and manufacturing facility in Hayden in 2013. It still has a manufacturing plant in Arkansas, but the plan is to consolidate all of its operations under one roof in a building to be built in Post Falls next to Kimball Office."We'd like to start building in six months," said Tedder, adding that's contingent upon permit approvals. "Our growth has been incredible."The company employed 30 people two years ago, but its workforce has since ballooned to 132."We're hiring 20 people now, so this summer we should be around 150," Tedder said.Not too shabby for a 37-year-old father of four.Tedder said the company is producing "several hundred" holsters per day. He declined to be more specific on the number, citing proprietary information. He estimates that it takes less than 10 minutes to manufacture each holster, which cost between $30 and $36 each."Inexpensive, but not cheap," he said. "We sell a great product at an amazing price."The holsters are sold under the brand names Alien Gear and Old Faithful.Most of the company's sales are online. Buyers specify at the type of gun they have, whether they're left- or right-handed, the type of material they want, if they want to wear the holster inside or outside the waistband and other information. Neoprene — wetsuit material — is used on the back side of the holsters to increase comfort.The holsters come with a lifetime warranty and parts pack. If owners buy a different gun, Tedder will send them a new shell for the holster for free."Our customers love that," Tedder said. "Our holsters are not going to be in the bottom of the drawer and not used anymore."Tedder said the state that his company sells to the most is Texas — Idaho is 35th — and the top city is Houston. He said that's simply because of the population density in those areas."Concealed carry is also catching on in California and out in the country where the sheriffs are relaxed," he said.Tedder said his company's sales are on pace to double last year's number."We're about a month and a half out on orders right now," Tedder said. "We caught up three years ago — for two days."Tedder said whenever politicians start to talk about gun control or get into such a debate, holster sales — like those of guns — tend to spike.The company has its own marketing and customer service staffs."We're always asking the question, 'Is it best for the customer?'" Tedder said.He said he originally eyed Spokane, Washington, before settling on northern Idaho for a relocation spot. The company is at home here, he said."We love the gun laws here and we love the culture and people here," he said. "We have found a lot of high-quality people here and many know about our product before they even come here, which is a bonus."Brycen Babinski is a "mentor" employee on the manufacturing floor. Mentors are elected to be supervisors by fellow employees. He said he has enjoyed his job since starting last October.Blackfoot, IDAPMaker of concealed gun holsters finds success 
Blackfoot Morning found drowned on Saturday2015-05-02T14:08:22-04:002015-05-02T14:08:22-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe boy, Earnest Garcia, lived at 429 West Highway 39. The Blackfoot Sheriff's Office was called in about 5:02 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Sheriff officers, Bingham County Search and Rescue, life flight, an ultra-light plane, a drone, two regular places, three rescue dogs and 50 volunteers participated in this search. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSChild found drowned on SaturdayBlackfoot Morning like a banana, but eats like a potato! It's a plantain 2015-05-02T00:07:22-04:002015-05-02T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News Associated PressMy 16-month-old daughter has started identifying her favorite fruit, joyfully crying "ba-TA-ta!" as soon as she spies the cheery yellow fruit in our produce basket. She repeats its name in the hopes that I'll work my mummy magic on the banana, snap the peel open and reveal that sweet, creamy goodness within.And so, when she spied the much larger lime green banana-looking plantains sitting on the counter this week, she couldn't understand why I wasn't breaking one open for her.I tried to explain that while plantains are related to the sweet bananas she loves, they are much starchier, less sweet and unpleasant to eat raw. Once their peels turn first yellow, then black (or maduro, as it's known in Spanish), they do begin to sweeten, but still need to be cooked. They are divine when fried, as the sugars create a lacy, honey-crisp coating while the lush interior turns into custard.She didn't seem to get it. I expect this won't be the last time.If you grew up in a Central American, the Caribbean, South American, Africa or even a South Indian community, you're probably familiar with the plantain. In all these regions, the plantain is eaten in both its ripe and unripe incarnations. Boiled, braised, steamed or fried, the plantain is as essential to their cuisines as the potato is to ours.The most popular plantain dish might be tostones, a fritter with a fry-like crunchy exterior and a fluffy, faintly sweet interior. They couldn't be simpler to make: 1-inch wide slices are fried once, smashed, then fried once more. They make a delightful change from your regular starch, and on Mother's Day, when you're looking to spoil the woman who once worked her mummy magic on you, it's a sweet way to celebrate.___TOSTONES EGGS BENEDICT WITH CILANTRO SAUCEStart to finish: 30 minutesServings: 44 large eggs2 small cloves garlic, finely minced1/4 cup lemon juice1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil1/4 cup finely minced cilantro leaves and soft stemsPinch of sugarKosher salt and ground black pepperCanola oil, for frying2 large green, firm plantainsHeat the oven to 350 F.Add 1 tablespoon of water to each of 4 cups in a standard muffin pan. Break one egg into each of the cups. Set aside.Meanwhile, to make the sauce, in a medium bowl combine the garlic and lemon juice, then let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in the olive oil, then the cilantro, sugar and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Set aside.To make the tostones, set a medium skillet over medium heat. Add enough canola oil to fill the pan with 1/2 inch. Heat the oil to 325 F (use a thermometer to monitor it).While the oil heats, prepare the plantains. Slice off the ends of each plantain, then run your knife down the length of each, cutting just through the skin but not through the flesh. Repeat on the opposite side of the fruit. Carefully pull away the peel in 2 large strips. Do not discard. Slice the peeled plantain into 1-inch-thick oblongs.Line a plate with a double layer of paper towels. Fill a large bowl with water and salt it generously.When the oil is ready, bake the eggs for 12 to 14 minutes (12 minutes for a cooked white and runny yolk, 14 minutes for a firmer yolk). The water will rise to the surface and look like the egg hasn't cooked, but it has. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.Meanwhile, carefully add some of the plantain slices to the oil, working in batches. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until very lightly golden brown, then flip. Cook another minute, then use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the paper towel-lined plate. Increase the heat to medium-high.Place a fried plantain on a cutting board. Place a plantain peel on top, green side facing up. Gently push down with the palm of your hand to flatten the fried plantain until it is 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with remaining slices.When the oil is 350 F, one at a time quickly dip each plantain slice in the salted water, tap off the excess, then use tongs to carefully place in the skillet of oil. Be careful of splattering oil. Cook for 1 minute, or until golden brown, then return to the paper-towel lined plate. Season immediately with salt. Repeat until all plantains have been fried a second time.Place 3 tostones in a circle on each serving plate. Carefully spoon a poached egg out of a muffin cup and place on top. Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle the sauce around the perimeter of the plate and a little over the top of the tostones. Serve immediately.Nutrition information per serving: 540 calories; 380 calories from fat (70 percent of total calories); 42 g fat (6 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 215 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 8 g protein; 310 mg sodium.___EDITOR'S NOTE: Food Network star Aarti Sequeira is the author of "Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul." She blogs at .Blackfoot, IDNo author availableLooks like a banana, but eats like a potato! It's a plantain Blackfoot Morning Gallery welcomes local Artist Bekki Mangum2015-05-01T17:23:54-04:002015-05-01T17:23:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableAKI Gallery welcomes local Artist Bekki MangumBlackfoot Morning 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby 2015-05-01T15:58:03-04:002015-05-01T15:58:03-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby Blackfoot Morning Talk2015-05-01T04:07:49-04:002015-05-01T03:25:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsReveille VIII, who has charmed thousands of Aggies and many others during her reign of seven years, is set to retire to the Stevenson Center on May 9, when Reveille IX will officially assume her new duties.  The Stevenson Center, located adjacent to the college, is known for providing for the physical, emotional, and medical needs of companion animals whose owners find themselves no longer able to do so. Whether they are entering a retirement home, being hospitalized for an extended period of time, or predeceasing a pet, the owners can take assurance in the fact that their beloved pets are beingwell cared for at the center.“The Stevenson Center is unique in that it is the only life-care facility for pets that is an integral part of a college of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Sonny Presnal, director of the Stevenson Center. “This means that the companion animals living with us at the Stevenson Center will receive the ultimate in veterinary care provided by our Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.”Reveille VIII’s retirement to the Stevenson Center is highly anticipated for all. Surrounded by the other 15 dogs and 18 cats currently residing at the Center, Reveille will never be short a play date if she so desires.“She will have a bedroom, and a roommate will be chosen after the introductory period where she is slowly introduced to the other residents. However, we anticipate that she will spend her evenings with one of the veterinary student residents intheir rooms as many of our resident pets currently do,” said Presnal. “All of this will be determined as we integrate her into a new living environment and allow her to determine just how active and with whom she really wants to be in her retirement years.”There are four veterinary students living at the center at all times to provide around-the-clock care and companionship whenever the staff is off duty. “This is an excellent learning opportunity for the students and ensures a high quality of life for our pet residents,” said Presnal.While residing at the Stevenson Center, Reveille will be able to interact with the other animals living at the center, as well as the Aggie community.“We anticipate that Reveille will become a special member of the Stevenson Center family made up of special pet residents,” said Presnal. “We believe that she will not only spend time enjoying her housemates and the center staff, but will also serve alongside our other ‘official greeters’ to greet visitors at the front door.”
“The entire staff and our student residents are honored that the Stevenson Center was chosen to be Reveille VIII’s retirement home and are excited for her arrival,” Presnal said. We look forward to providing her all of the love and care that she has justly earned while serving as our university mascot.”Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSPet TalkBlackfoot Morning health, One medicine: 5 ways people and their pets can stay healthy together2015-04-30T20:25:31-04:002015-04-30T20:25:31-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"People who take a proactive approach to their physical, mental and social wellness are typically healthier and better prepared if any health issues arise," says Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of St. George's University Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George's University. "Same goes with pets, too, which is why family wellness should be a holistic effort."Here are the top health recommendations from Dr. Bidaisee. Learn more at People: People should exercise for at least 150 minutes a week (30 minutes per day, five times a week) if doing moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week (25 minutes per day, three days a week) if performing vigorous aerobic activity, recommends the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, people should strive to do strength-training exercises at least twice a week. Pets: Check with your veterinarian for information regarding how much your pet should exercise; this often depends on your pet's breed and age. Dogs and cats, for example, should typically exercise daily. Simple daily activities like playing fetch or grabbing the laser-pointer take little time and are lots of fun for pets. Tip: Why not exercise together? Walk with your pup. Do yoga and your cat won't resist joining in. You both will benefit by being active.Annual checkups People: Annual checkups for children and adults are important in order to proactively assess any health concerns. Be sure to ask about important tests like blood sugar, triglycerides, blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol. For females, ask if you're due for a PAP or mammogram. Pets: Pets also need to see a veterinarian for a checkup once a year. Things a vet should check include weight, breathing, ears, eyes, dental health, feet, legs, coat and skin. They will ask about behavioral changes, nutrition and exercise, so remember to discuss any concerns. Tip: It's difficult to remember when to schedule appointments for each family member. Instead of separating them, schedule all appointments at the same time so you don't forget.Vaccines People: Ask your doctor if you're up to date on all your vaccines at your annual checkup. Children have a recommended schedule to follow, but adults often overlook important vaccines like the annual flu shot or a tetanus shot every 10 years. Pets: Vaccines for pets vary by species and sometimes by age. Ask what your vet recommends at your pet's annual checkup. For dogs, consider distemper, canine adenovirus-2 (hepatitis and respiratory disease), canine parvovirus-2 and rabies. For cats, ask about a distemper and rabies shot. Tip: Vaccine recommendations change as new research emerges. Ask about any changes in the recommended schedule since your last visit.Supplements People: Supplements can boost your health, but before starting any new one, ask your doctor about which would be right for you. For example, in addition to a daily vitamin, other supplements to consider include omega-3s, magnesium, calcium and fiber. Pets: Pets may benefit from supplements depending on their age. Younger pets may need vitamins to support growth while older pets may need supplements for joint health, such as glucosamine. Work with your vet to learn what's best for your pet. Tip: Ask about appropriate dosage so neither you nor your pet take too much of a certain supplement. The right amount will boost health, but too much can cause problems.Sun protection People: Use SPF 15 or higher every day. Apply 30 minutes prior to going outside and reapply every two hours, as well as after swimming or excessive sweating, recommends Pets: On hot days, it's important to keep all types of pets out of direct sunlight. Make sure plenty of shade is always available. Furthermore, pet sunscreen is a smart option, particularly for pets with short or white hair. Tip: In addition to sun protection, both you and your pet need to stay adequately hydrated. During hot and humid days, make sure you both fuel up on H2O.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableOne health, One medicine: 5 ways people and their pets can stay healthy togetherBlackfoot Morning registered for Binghams got Talent2015-04-30T12:37:18-04:002015-04-30T12:37:18-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDLESLIE SIEGERGet registered for Binghams got TalentBlackfoot Morning