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January 22nd, 2012
FORT HALL â€” As a boy Michael Mendez often helped his mother and grandmother with the cooking.
"I remember stirring a pot or rolling out pie dough for Grandma or my Mom," said Mendez, now the Food and Beverage Manager at Fort Hall Casino. "Grandma was famous for her cooking when the family ran the Oregon Trail (restaurant at Fort Hall).
"I enjoy cooking," Mendez continued, noting that he was the head cook at the casino from 2005-2008, took a break to work as a cook for ON Semiconductor's staff operation, then returned.
BLACKFOOT â€“Â The Citizen's on Patrol (COP) program needs more volunteers. The core group consists of about 16 volunteers and Sgt. Jeff Mosbrucker with the Blackfoot Police Department says "it just isn't enough."
"COP's are the eyes and ears for the police," said Mosbrucker. "They're already trained and they help ease the load so officers can focus on other things."
For the month of December COP's donated 51.5, hours of their time. Mosbrucker says the police department would like to see a big increase in that number â€“â€“ but it will require more volunteers.
Items of note from Jan. 13-16.
NARCOTIC THEFT: Jan. 13, 12:52 p.m.: A caller said a hospice worker is stealing narcotic medication.
SHOPLIFTING: Jan. 13, 1:03 p.m.: A caller at Ridley's said they have a female detained for shoplifting.
PROPERTY DAMAGE: Jan. 13, 3 p.m.: A caller at Taco Bell said some gang members were at the business and damaged some property.
CAT EMERGENCY: Jan. 13, 9:40 p.m.: A caller at Bingham Memorial said that there is a cat that keeps entering the emergency room through the patient doors.
BOISE â€” Stronger than expected job growth in December drove the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another tenth of a percent to 8.4 percent. December was the fifth straight month Idaho's unemployment rate has fallen, hitting its lowest level since September 2009.
December also saw a one percent year-over-year increase in jobs with 13,000 more people working than in the previous yearâ€”the largest total since March 2009 and the largest year-over-year growth in total employment since mid-2007 before the recession officially began.
BLACKFOOT â€” The U.S. Marshals arrested a fugitive early Thursday morning at the Best Western Blackfoot Inn.
Nicodemos Adermann, 38, of Pocatello, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation by the U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force.
On Wednesday the U.S. Marshals received information that Adermann and a companion was staying at the Best Western in Blackfoot, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Darrin Lambert said. It is unknown how long Adermann was in the Blackfoot area.
FORT HALL â€” An outside consulting firm is planning to study whether releases from the FMC plant can be tied to higher occurrences of cancer, childhood asthma and mortality on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Fort Hall Environmental Health Assessment Study is a provision of the 1998 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Consent Decree between FMC and the Environmental Protection Agency that requires FMC to work with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to determine the potential health effects caused by releases from the FMC phosphorus plant.
THOMAS â€” Brent K. Young received his Snake River High School (SRHS) diploma Wednesday evening, only 43 years after he finished high school.
Last month, the Snake River school board members voted to award Young his diploma.
After joining the U.S. Navy in 1968, Young was told he could graduate with his class. The Vietnam conflict changed that when he was called into active duty in October of that year.
"I'm truly excited to do this for you," said SRHS principal Dean Bonney. "My oldest brother graduated in 1969; he is nine years older than I. Things seemed very different then.
BLACKFOOT â€” Each year the Prospectors' Club, a community support organization made up of former Chamber presidents and other Blackfoot business leaders, honors one individual.
"It's for those who've gone beyond the norm for the community," said president Leonard Martin, the publisher of the Morning News.
This year's recipient of the Best Foot Forward Award, presented at the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, is Susan Nalley.
BLACKFOOT â€” Bingham County was in a unique situation last year when the Snake River flooded as county crews worked to clear snow from roads, Bingham County Commissioner Whitney Manwaring said during his State of the County address at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday.
The costs associated with the flooding reduced the ability of the county to chip seal roads, which is something the county hopes to work on this year, Manwaring said.
One major project in the works is improvements to Ferry Butte Road from Highway 39 to Tilden Road.
City in good shape financially
BLACKFOOT â€” In addressing business and community leaders at the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce President's Luncheon Wednesday, Mayor Mike Virtue said he believes the city is in a good position for economic recovery.
Through frugal budgets and smart decisions, Virtue said the city is in excellent financial shape and that 2012 should be another good year.
"I think we're in a positive position for when the economic recovery happens," Virtue said.