The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-27T00:14:10-04:00 student program seeks host families2015-04-27T00:14:10-04:002015-04-27T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsLast year EF connected nearly 3,000 exchange students from around the world with caring host families across the country, and they are expecting to place the same number for 2015-16.According to Jennifer Alder, an International Exchange Coordinator who helps find homes for EF exchange students in Blackfoot, host families come in all shapes and sizes.“I encourage all kinds of families to host exchange students,” said Alder. “My host families really represent the diversity of American culture, coming from many different economic, religious and social backgrounds. Some are parents looking to give their own children a glimpse of the world without having to travel themselves. Others have no children or their children have grown up and moved out, and they’re looking for new ways to connect to their communities. Still others just want to promote global understanding right in their own backyard.”All EF exchange students are between 15 and 18 years old, coming from one of 13 countries across Europe and Asia. Students live in the U.S. for one or two semesters and attend the local high school.“Every exchange student we’ve welcomed into our home is now like a member of the family,” said Dawn Brasch, whose family is currently hosting Martin from Sweden. “It’s such a wonderful experience for everyone—our family, the exchange students, our local high school, and really the whole community.”EF High School Exchange Year is a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education. As a non-profit organization headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, EF High School Exchange Year has been committed to promoting global awareness through student exchange for more than 30 years. The organization brings more students to the U.S. each year than any other high school exchange program, and since 1979 it has connected more than 100,000 international students with host families across the U.S.“Hosting an international student is a truly life-changing experience, and we’re excited to find wonderful new host families in communities all across the country,” said Dan Sodervall, president of EF High School Exchange Year. “The exchange experience is as rewarding for the host family as it is for the student. You bring a new culture into your family and community, you fulfill an international teenager’s lifelong dream of living in America, and you form a lasting relationship that spans the globe.”Families in Blackfoot and Snake River  who are interested in learning more about hosting an exchange student through EF can contact their local coordinator Joanna Baird at 208-681-4946 or or visit for more information.Blackfoot, IDFor the MORNING NEWSExchange student program seeks host familiesBlackfoot Morning things to know about Monday2015-04-26T23:34:21-04:002015-04-26T23:34:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News1. 'THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY AFTERSHOCKS. IT DOESN'T STOP'That's how Rajendra Dhungana of Kathmandu describes the horror and exhaustion in Nepal as the death toll from the massive earthquake soars above 3,200.2. MOURNERS GRIEVE ANOTHER BLACK MAN WHO DIED AFTER POLICE ENCOUNTERIn Baltimore, a stream of people file past the casket of Freddie Gray, who lost his life after suffering spinal injuries following an arrest.3. WHAT'S AT STAKE IN SUPREME COURT GAY MARRIAGE ARGUMENTSJustices this week will consider whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, or if states can define marriage as between a man and a woman.4. WHO STUDIED BRAIN DISORDERS BEFORE MASS MURDERThe death penalty trial for James Holmes may help show what turned a seemingly dedicated scholar into a sadistic killer, accused of slaying 12 people in a Colorado theater.5. WEB BILLIONAIRES FACE OFF IN RENEWED TEXAS SPACE RACEPayPal co-founder Elon Musk, Amazon's Jeff Bezos take different paths in launching a new era of commercial space operations.6. SUPPORTERS OF IRAN BILL DEALING WITH DISSENTSome senators are determined to change legislation that would empower Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal.7. DRONES MAY BE UNINVITED GUESTSAs drones proliferate, people who manage outdoor land and recreation will find it tough to manage them, an official says.8. MARATHON BOMBER'S LAWYERS PREPARE CASE TO SPARE HIS LIFEDzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys will try to make their case in court this week that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death.9. YOUNG WOMEN JAILED IN RUSSIA FOR TWERKINGThe girls are behind bars for making a video showing them shaking their backsides next to a World War II memorial.10. LEBRON, CAVS SWEEP CELTICS, ADVANCEIt's the first postseason series win for the Cavs since 2010, before James left for Miami.Blackfoot, IDASSOCIATED PRESS10 things to know about MondayBlackfoot Morning peckish for pesto? Don't limit yourself to basil!2015-04-25T00:21:16-04:002015-04-25T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News Associated PressFresh herbs are one of nature's best low-cal flavor sources. And as the weather warms up, we'll transition from buying herbs in cute little clamshells costing a couple bucks each to scooping large bunches of soft-leaved herbs into our carts for pennies on the dollar. Or perhaps you have an herb garden and you'll find yourself inundated with a cilantro or parsley plant that takes over a small section of your backyard.What to do with all these herbs? One approach to preserving herbs is to freeze them as cubes. To do this, you simply blend up clean, fresh herbs with just enough oil or water to make a thick paste. You then fill ice cube trays (silicone muffin cups also work) about halfway with the herb paste and freeze. Once frozen, the herb cubes can be bagged and stored in the freezer until needed.Note that water-based herb cubes freeze more firmly than oil-based, but herbs discolor more in water. Either way, these cubes are easily added to soups, stews, sautes and chili. For the best effect, add them toward the end of cooking so the fresh flavor of the preserved herbs really comes through.Another favorite strategy for making the most of my herbs is pesto. But don't assume you're limited to the classic basil version. Using my simple formula, you can use just about any herb or green (or combination) to make a tasty pesto perfect for pasta, seafood, dipping bread, spooning over a hot soup, or any other favorite way to use pesto. It also freezes well as cubes.Once you jump on the pesto ice cube train, you will be amazed at the many uses: Add to scrambled eggs; use as a sandwich spread; whisk with Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and water to make vinaigrette; spoon over meat hot off the grill; toss with roasted veggies; mix with an equal amount of Dijon and spoon over chicken breasts before roasting; mix with Greek yogurt for veggie dip. You get the idea.The formula is simple: 4 cups of fresh green herbs plus 1/3 cup of nuts or seeds plus 1/2 cup olive oil or broth (or a combination) plus 1/4 cup hard Italian cheese. Blend until chunky or creamy. Done.___FRESH DILL PESTOStart to finish: 10 minutesServings: 82 cups fresh parsley leaves2 cups fresh dill fronds1/3 cup almonds1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped1/4 cup olive oil1/2 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheeseHefty pinch of saltIn a blender or food processor, combine the parsley, dill, almonds and garlic. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the oil, broth, Parmesan and salt, then blend to desired consistency. Use immediately, or transfer to a small bowl, cover tightly and chill. Alternatively, spoon into ice cube trays (fill cubes only halfway) and freeze. Pop out frozen pesto cubes and keep in a zip-close plastic bag in the freezer.Nutrition information per serving: 110 calories; 90 calories from fat (82 percent of total calories); 11 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 3 g protein; 90 mg sodium.___Blackfoot, IDMELISSA D'ARABIANFeeling peckish for pesto? Don't limit yourself to basil!Blackfoot Morning update on Interstate 15 crash 2015-04-26T23:54:06-04:002015-04-24T21:41:40-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsJesus Garcia-Moreno, 55, of Enumclaw, WA, was driving southbound on I15 in a 1994 Nissan Sentra at a low rate of speed. Brad Ralphs, 60, of Rockland, ID, was behind Garcia-Moreno in a 2013 Kentworth semi, hauling potatoes. Ralphs attempted to swerve right to avoid a collision, but struck the rear of Garcia-Moreno's vehicle. Garcia-Moreno went off the left shoulder and Ralphs' truck overturned on its side, blocking traffic. The southbound lanes were blocked for approximately three hours. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was involved.Garcia-Moreno was transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.About 7:30 p.m. on Friday, the Idaho State Police (ISP) reported all lanes on Interstate 15 have been cleared and are back open at milepost 103.5.At 4:30 p.m., a semi had overturned. Both southbound lanes were closed. They are now open. Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWS Final update on Interstate 15 crash Blackfoot Morning on I-152015-04-24T19:09:19-04:002015-04-24T18:20:07-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSAccident on I-15Blackfoot Morning OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history2015-04-24T15:20:01-04:002015-04-24T15:20:01-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News<div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="28934252" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Blackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft historyBlackfoot Morning about pets2015-04-24T10:45:50-04:002015-04-24T09:50:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News (MS) -- We've all heard about super foods that we should be adding to our diet because of their antioxidant and nutrient-rich properties, but did you know there are similar foods for our pets, too? Michele Dixon, a health and nutrition specialist with Petcurean, offers her list of five ingredients to consider for your pet's diet. Some can be found in premium quality recipes for cats and dogs, like NOW FRESH, which is available at pet specialty stores. * Pumpkin -- We know that pumpkins are great for carving and delicious in pies, but pumpkin also is a source of fiber for pets that is high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. * Cranberries -- For many of the same reasons that they are good for humans, cranberries also are good for our pets. They are high in anti-oxidants and also are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, which aids in pet urinary tract health. * Papaya -- This delicious and exotic tropical fruit is rich in vitamin B, which aids in cell metabolism, and contains papain, an enzyme that can help in a pet's digestion. * Chickpeas -- Many of us enjoy chickpeas in salads, hummus and falafel balls. They also are good for our pets because they are rich in prebiotics, which stimulate the activity of bacteria in the digestive system and aid healthy digestion. * Cottage cheese -- This versatile food is a good source of riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus and selenium for our pets. Cottage cheese contains only small amounts of lactose, so a very small amount would not be an issue for intolerant dogs. TF145197 SIDEBAR: Be careful about the treats tossed to your puppy Many dog owners are tempted to toss their pet a treat once in a while, but they should be careful it's not doing more harm than good. Michele Dixon, a health and nutrition specialist with Petcurean, says foods like grapes, nuts, chocolate and cooked bones are definite no-no items that can harm your pet. She suggests opting for treats like carrots or apples, which have terrific health benefits. You can learn more about healthy treats at Blackfoot, IDNo author availableAll about petsBlackfoot Morning calendar2015-04-23T00:51:12-04:002015-04-23T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News• Walk a mile in her shoes at 11 a.m. at Jensen Grove. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1110 Parkway Dr. in Blackfoot. A cake auction begins at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Proceeds go to support the Bingham Crisis Center. For more information, go to www.• Blackfoot River Bowmen Spring Fling 3-D Shoot today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackfoot River Bowmen Archery Range (near rose pond). Lunch will be available both days. Members: $10, Non-Members: $15, Member family: $20, Non-Member Family $30.• ‘Magnito-Science’ demonstration show for free from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the Physical Science Building on the ISU Pocatello campus. There will be interactive science activities starting at 3:15 p.m., which include “hair-raising” with a Van de Graff generator, electromagnets, a magnetic linear accelerator, diamagnetic levitation and other hands-on science activities. The show will feature a spark-spitting rail gun, electromagnetic ring shooters, floating magnets, and other demonstrations. This and other science demo shows are presented at local K-12 schools upon invitation. For more information, contact Steve Shropshire at 282-2212 or, April 26 • Blackfoot River Bowmen Spring Fling 3-D Shoot today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackfoot River Bowmen Archery Range (near rose pond). Lunch will be available. Members: $10, Non-Members: $15, Member family: $20, Non-Member Family $30.Monday, April 27 • ‘For the Love of Rivers, A Scientists Journey’ is the topic at the annual ISU G.W. Minshall Lecture Series in Ecology at 4 p.m. in Lecture Center 10 in the ISU Gale Life Sciences Building. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. For more information, call 208-282-3765 or visit• Bingham County geology Dr. Paul Link will be in the Blackfoot Library on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. to share information about the geography and geology of Bingham County. Dr. Link teaches the popular Rocks, Rails and Trails course at ISU. This is a free program with refreshments served.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableWeekend calendarBlackfoot Morning Lincoln misquoted again on Ohio Statehouse banner2015-04-22T00:42:09-04:002015-04-22T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsExcept that's not exactly what Lincoln said in his second inaugural address. What he said was, "With malice toward none, with charity for all."A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board tells The Columbus Dispatch ( ) officials wanted the banner to be historically faithful to the original one hung on the building on April 29, 1865. That was the day 50,000 people filed through the Statehouse rotunda to pay their respects to the slain president when his funeral train arrived in Columbus.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableAbraham Lincoln misquoted again on Ohio Statehouse bannerBlackfoot Morning accepts new job in Pocatello2015-04-22T06:10:17-04:002015-04-21T19:10:41-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEBeesley accepts new job in PocatelloBlackfoot Morning