The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-20T01:09:48-05:00 committee decides recommendation2014-11-20T01:09:48-05:002014-11-20T01:09:48-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe committee, made up of Blackfoot residents Dick Kaiser, Cathie Fields, Kenneth Ashcraft, Charley Kotter, Leon Peterson, Lori Kay and county representative Allen Jensen (with Blackfoot city councilman Chris Jensen serving as an ex-officio member), has been studying the aging pool facility for the past six months. Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEPool committee decides recommendationBlackfoot Morning Log2014-11-20T00:08:45-05:002014-11-20T00:08:45-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBingham County SheriffWELFARE CHECK: May 30, 9 p.m.: A caller in Pingree requested a welfare check for 5-6 children who have been screaming at a residence for the last 15 minutes.FIRE CALL: May 30, 11:58 p.m.: A caller said there is a fire at someone's residence but they aren't close enough to see what is burning.MISSING WREATH: May 31, 9:53 a.m.: A woman at the Groveland Cemetery reported a wreath stolen from her husband's headstone.SHOOTING AT HORSES: May 31, 5:33 p.m.: A caller said the neighbors daughters are shooting BB guns at their horses.BLOODY MESSAGE: May 31, 9:03 p.m.: A man said he got a message on his phone from a restricted number and it said he was needed to help clean up the blood.CIRCLE OF SMOKE: June 1, 8:32 p.m.: A caller said there is a group of people standing in a circle and smoking something. They said they believe it is marijuana.WATER SHOTS: June 2, 8:04 p.m.: A woman said there are people shooting in the water at Moreland Park.BURGLARY: June 3, 7:53 p.m.: A caller said that their truck was broken into and a rifle was stolen.STOLEN SHEEP: June 3, 10:50 p.m.: A caller reported that there are several stolen sheep.SPRINKLER PIPE: June 4, 7:24 p.m.: A caller reported the theft of eight lengths of 12-foot sprinkler pipe.BAD SALE: June 5, 11:44 a.m.: A caller said someone sold their personal property to the neighbors.THEFT: June 5, 3:37 p.m.: A caller reported someone stealing metal wire and axels and trying to sell it.WILD TURKEY: June 5, 7:45 p.m.: A caller in Shelley said a turkey is chasing kids in the area and the owner refuses to keep the turkey detained.PISTOL THEFT: June 5, 10:21 p.m.: A woman said her son stole her pistol and sold it.SUBMERGED VEHICLE: June 6, 5:10 p.m.: A caller at the Rose Ponds reported a vehicle that is half submerged. An arrest was made.SHOTS FIRED: June 6, 8:55 p.m.: A man said he is hearing explosions at the Tilden Bridge.LOUD MUSIC: June 7, 2:39 a.m.: A caller said a car radio is really loud and causing a disturbance.Blackfoot PoliceWATER BALLOONS: May 30, 1:10 p.m..: A caller at Family Dollar said some juveniles are driving around and throwing water balloons at passerby's.ROBBERY SUSPECT: May 30, 1:20 p.m.: A caller at Key Bank reported seeing a man that matches the description of a robbery suspect.THEFT: May 30, 10:10 p.m.: A man said someone stole a gym bag that was on his bike.STILL OUTSIDE: May 30, 11:13 p.m.: A woman said her sister went outside an hour ago and has not returned.WELFARE CHECK: May 31, 9:25 p.m.: A caller said there is a woman passed out in the front seat of a vehicle and requested someone check on her.DOMESTIC BATTERY: June 1, 2:46 a.m.: A man said his wife has been throwing beer cans at him and burning him with a cigarette.DOG STEALER: June 1, 2:49 p.m.: A man said a woman continuously picks up his dogs and he believes she will attempt to steal them.SHE'S BACK: June 1, 8:12 p.m.: A man said the woman who was trespassed from the property for attempting to steal his dogs is back. An arrest was made.I'M LOST: June 1, 10:46 p.m.: A man said he feels like he's been followed all day and is trying to get out of town, but he is lost. He said he was on Alice St. and now doesn't know what street he is on.SHOPLIFTING: June 2, 1:26 p.m.: A caller said a former employee is using a managers name to get items from Walmart and then returning them for cash.STOLEN PHONES: June 2, 5:31 p.m.: A man said someone gave his son and grandson cellphones that were supposedly found on the side of the road. He said he believes they may be stolen.SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE: June 3, 11:25 a.m.: A man said a 20-year-old man is texting his daughter who is underage.THROWING ROCKS: June 3, 2:26 p.m.: A caller at the Stinker Station said a 50-year-old man is throwing rocks at vehicles.FENCE ON FIRE: June 3, 3:01 p.m.: A caller said there is a fence on fire and there were some juveniles playing there earlier.MAN RUNNING IN UNDERWEAR: June 3, 3:26 p.m.: A caller said a 70-year-old man is running outside in his underwear and said its a continual problem.THEFT: June 3, 5:05 p.m.: A caller at Walmart said her work bag and cell phone were stolen while she was shopping.MAN WATCHING: June 3, 5:52 p.m.: A caller at Walmart said there is a man with binoculars by one of the entrances to the store and he has been there for an hour.TOILET PAPER: June 4, 3:24 a.m.: A caller said there are four juveniles toilet-papering and making a lot of noise.EMPLOYEE THEFT: June 4, 11:56 a.m.: A caller at Maverik said an employee took $150 in cash out of the register.COVERED LIGHTS: June 4, 1:35 p.m.: A caller at Jensen Grove said that someone has put rocks on the lights on the walk path.WELFARE CHECK: June 4, 4:35 p.m.: A caller said their neighbor may be off his medication and he is screaming at everyone.BURGLARY: June 5, 5:30 a.m.: A caller said there are two males going through cars on Idaho and Fisher St.BROKEN WINDOW: June 5, 8:48 a.m.: A woman said her windshield was broken while she was working at Walmart.MAN IN A VAN: June 5, 3:24 p.m.: A caller at Jensen Grove said there is an older man sitting in a van. They said this is suspicious because the man was just watching people at the grove and never got out of the van.MISSING MAT: June 6, 8:24 a.m.: A man reported his door mat stolen.ONLINE THREATS: June 6, 11:38 a.m.: A woman said a man has been telling her on Facebook that she will "get stitches" if she calls the cops on him.GPS: June 6: 12:19 p.m.: A man said he found a GPS unit in his truck that is not his and does not know who would have put it there.SUSPICIOUS COUPLE: June 6, 12:41 p.m.: A caller at Ridley's said there is a man and woman in the parking lot asking people for money. They said the female has multiple purses and the man has a sword and bow and arrow.SHOPLIFTING: June 6, 4:32 p.m.: A caller at Walmart said they have a juvenile detained for shoplifting.DRIVE OFF: June 6, 5:19 p.m.: A caller at Maverik reported a vehicle leaving without paying for $30.01 in fuel.INTOXICATED SHOPPER: June 6, 6:22 p.m.: A caller at Walmart reported an intoxicated female who tried to leave the store with a tent, sleeping bag and alcohol.GARBAGE PILE: June 7, 4:14 p.m.: A caller reported that someone has piled a bunch of garbage in the area near Sunset Manor. They said there is a truck on scene that is full of garbage.EMAIL HACKER: June 7, 4:05 p.m.: A man said his ex-girlfriend is changing the dates and times of emails.Aberdeen PoliceTHEFT: May 30, 11:32 p.m.: A woman said someone pulled up in a truck and stole something at her neighbor's house.FIRE CALL: June 1, 7:31 p.m.: A caller said a tree is on fire and there is a house nearby.STRAW PILE: June 3, 10:16 a.m.: A caller said there is a straw pile that is on fire and the wind is blowing.Shelley PoliceSTRANGE MAN: May 30, 5:21 p.m.: A call said an older man is at the swimming pool and acting strange around the children.DEATH THREAT: May 31, 6:02 p.m.: A caller at the Exxon said someone threatened to rob the store and then kill themselves.CHILD ABUSE: June 1, 8:16 p.m.: A caller said there is a young child in the ER with X-rays showing several skull fractures.GRAND THEFT AUTO: June 2, 5:25 a.m.: A caller said a juvenile stole their vehicle and supposedly went to Idaho Falls.RUDE AWAKENING: June 4, 7:11 a.m.: A man said he paid the fee to stay at the city park campground last night and the sprinklers turned on him twice. He said he was not given any notice about the sprinklers.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSPolice LogBlackfoot Morning parade of champions planned on Thursday 2014-11-19T17:13:20-05:002014-11-19T17:13:20-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsPeople are asked to bring posters, balloons or whatever they can imagine at 4 p.m. on Thursday. They are asked to line Hwy. 39 going east to Interstate 15. Snake River will play Fruitland for the 3A state championship at 3 p.m. on Friday at Albertson's Stadium on the Boise State University in Boise. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESR parade of champions planned on Thursday Blackfoot Morning concerned about ISU security officers 2014-11-19T13:44:00-05:002014-11-19T13:44:00-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe concerns stem from several instances, including one in September, when the city says security guards delayed calling police about an accidental shooting, the Idaho State Journal reported. Assistant chemistry professor Byron Bennett shot himself in the foot when a gun in his pocket went off during a lecture, and by the time city police arrived, the scene had been cleaned up.On other occasions, the city says, campus security administered an alcohol breath-test on a driver before calling police and seized marijuana from a dorm room without notifying police for three days.Pocatello City Attorney Dean Tranmer raised the city's complaints in a letter last week, noting that the campus safety officers are not law enforcement authorized by state law."I cannot impress upon you enough that the intent of the Public Safety Officers is to only enforce the university's rules and regulations," he wrote. "For anything other than university rules and regulations, it is purely the responsibility of the Pocatello Police Department and other qualified law enforcement agencies to enforce, investigate, cite and arrest."Tranmer also suggested that the university's security officers change their uniforms to orange shirts with black pants to resolve any mistaken identity issues with city officers. The campus security officers have started carrying pistols this year, and their uniforms are the same color as Pocatello police uniforms, with identical leather holsters.Tranmer said that if the campus security guards continue to perform tasks reserved for sworn police, they could be cited.That prompted a defensive reply from the school."We were saddened and disappointed to receive your letter of Nov. 10," the university's counsel, David Alexander, wrote back on Friday. "We fear that this letter has the potential to disrupt a partnership between ISU and the city of Pocatello, and between the ISU Public Safety Office and the Pocatello Police Department that has worked to the benefit of the city and ISU for many years."Alexander's letter said the public safety officers were offended by the threat of citations "without even the courtesy of a phone call first to discuss whatever issues you have with our operations."No campus security officer has ever identified himself as a law enforcement officer or acted outside the scope of their authorized duties, he wrote.The letter from the school's lawyer also states that the campus safety officers have the right to conduct field interviews and seize evidence when necessary to preserve it for police use."If there are indications of criminal activity, police will be specifically notified, but as you are aware, our dispatchers are in constant communication with the county dispatch center," Alexander's letter states. "Our operations are completely transparent to the Pocatello Police, who are welcome to respond to any call on campus if they feel it is advisable."Idaho State University is the only one of the three major universities in Idaho to employ its own campus security force. Boise State and the University of Idaho contract with local city police departments to provide campus security.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSPocatello concerned about ISU security officers Blackfoot Morning that gives natural gas its smell spills 2014-11-19T12:38:20-05:002014-11-19T12:38:20-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsNorthWestern Energy says about 300 gallons of mercaptan spilled near the company's gas-gathering operation near Cut Bank. Natural gas is naturally odorless, so utilities add the chemical to give the gas its sulfuric smell that alerts people to a leak.NorthWestern officials say the chemical doesn't present any danger to the public, although people nearby will have to put up with the unpleasant odor for a little while.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSSubstance that gives natural gas its smell spills Blackfoot Morning honors Cannon, Larsen2014-11-19T00:04:07-05:002014-11-19T00:04:07-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We feel that all of you deserve the award," Kunz said of the nominees for the Best Foot Forward award, given to the person who best exemplifies service to community.Nominees included Chris Cannon, who has served in various capacities over 20 years; Dan Cravens, for public service and community pride; Lois Bates, for for time and dedication with the Bingham County Historical Society and the Girl Scouts; Nathan Satterthwaite, for his service to the community and the Boy Scouts; Pam Beus, for her efforts with the Bingham County Senior Citizens Center and Meals on Wheels; Roger Stott, for countless hours working on community projects; and Shirley Brumfield, for her time and dedication to multiple local service clubs."Chris makes people feel welcome," Kunz said of Cannon, the award winner.Vern Murray, who has led the Chamber for the past year, presented the President's Choice award to Dawn Larsen for her many hours of service to the organization and the community.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONChamber honors Cannon, LarsenBlackfoot Morning pleads guilty to serving whale meat2014-11-18T17:02:58-05:002014-11-18T17:02:58-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Los Angeles Times reports that Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor each entered guilty pleas Monday to one count of unlawful sale of a marine mammal.They were charged with serving meat from the endangered Sei (say) whale to undercover investigators at the restaurant The Hump at Santa Monica Municipal Airport.As part of the plea, Vidor admitted that he was aware his sushi chefs, who have previously pleaded guilty, were serving whale.The restaurant closed in 2010.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSRestaurateur pleads guilty to serving whale meatBlackfoot Morning weather cuts aquifer recharge short2014-11-17T23:59:57-05:002014-11-17T23:59:57-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsSnake River Irrigation manager Steve Nielson said he has been working with the state for the past couple of years to obtain a permit to keep the water flow going longer into the season. Snake River Irrigation is the first to have been issued such a permit."We jumped through a lot of hoops to get this permit. We're recognizing that the [aquifer] water is going down. This year the carryover water supply looked better than in years past," Nielson said. "It's a chance to replenish the water that everyone uses." Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEFrigid weather cuts aquifer recharge shortBlackfoot Morning
81-year-old charged with looting tangerine grove 2014-11-17T19:26:13-05:002014-11-17T19:26:13-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsHerman Southall was charged Wednesday with 11 counts of transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft of more than 2,000 pieces of citrus and trespassing. He is being held at the Polk County Jail on an $8,500 bond.Southall and another man were found by deputies Wednesday picking fruit in a Dundee grove after a Sheriff's Office helicopter pilot saw them. It's unclear if he has retained an attorney.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWS
81-year-old charged with looting tangerine grove Blackfoot Morning finds Americans using less water 
2014-11-17T18:38:16-05:002014-11-17T18:38:16-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsA study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigating crops to water used to cool nuclear power plants has found that water usage has dropped to levels of at least 40 years ago."This is the first time we've seen this large a decline nationally," said Molly Maupin, a Boise-based hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead author of "Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010.""The magnitude of the overall decline was a little surprising to us," she said.The 56-page report released earlier this month is a snapshot taken at five-year intervals with the most recently compiled information covering 2010. The report was somewhat delayed, Maupin noted, because of the government shutdown and sequestration.Officials found that in 2010 the U.S. used an average of 355 billion gallons of water per day. That's 13 percent less than 2005, and the lowest amount since before 1970. The five-year snapshots that started in 1950 track water removed from the system, meaning water that is used and then returned to the system can be counted again.Idaho is listed as leading the nation, with residents using 168 gallons of water per person per day (the national average is 88 gallons per day). But other western states are close, the report said, as residents try to keep yards from going brown in desert climates. "People in some areas have neighbors who get mad at them if they don't have green yards," Maupin said.In Washington, the per capita daily usage was 111 gallons, Oregon was 113 gallons. People in Arizona used 147 gallons daily, the report said, compared with 144 gallons daily in Wyoming and Hawaii and 134 gallons per day in Nevada.Officials say the main reason for the drop in 2010 on a national level is water-saving advances in cooling technology at thermoelectric power plants, which produce power with stream-driven turbine generators using everything from coal to natural gas to nuclear fission.Of the 13 percent decline in national water usage, the report found, 75 percent of that came from conservation efforts among power plant operators. The elimination of many "once through" plants that were replaced with plants that recirculate water is one of the main reasons for the water savings, Maupin said.Possibilities for the power plant makeovers vary, ranging from environmental regulations to power plant operators potentially being concerned about a changing climate."If we see a drying climate and the plants become more efficient, there's a higher probability we're going to have the power that we need," Maupin said.The other big category for water savings is irrigation, the study finding that it accounted for 20 percent of the 13 percent national decline.Maupin noted that more efficient irrigation practices on farmland, such as sprinklers, have been adopted in many regions as water has become scarce.In southern Idaho, for example, groundwater pumpers that include farmers and cities have for years engaged in court battles with surface water users who have senior water rights. That's also playing out amid dryer years and a fear of drought."It is my impression that systems are constantly getting more efficient," said Matthew Weaver, deputy director with the Idaho Department of Water Resources. "I would say it's definitely true that there are more sprinklers irrigating land than in the past, and we see more drip systems now."The rest of the decline in water usage in the U.S., the report said, was in the public supply — which includes water for city parks, fighting fires, commercial building use, businesses use, and also for domestic customers to take a shower, wash a car or water the lawn.One of the possible reasons for the drop in usage in the public supply is an increasing awareness by the cities looking for ways to reuse water."Even as the U.S. population continues to grow, people are learning to be more water conscious and do their part to help sustain the limited freshwater resources in the country," said Mike Connor, deputy secretary of the Interior, in a statement.Also, many cities and towns appear to be switching over to metering water, meaning residents have to pay more for using more.The report mentioned climate variations across the country in 2010, but Maupin said the scope of the report didn't include potential changes in the climate.Mining is only 1 percent of water usage, but the agency is taking an interest in the growing use of water for hydraulic fracturing, particularly in the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.That will likely show up in the 2015 report, as will the likely increase in water usage due to an influx of workers to the region.But the main strength of the reports, Maupin said, is that they give a periodic snapshot of water usage in the nation over time.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSStudy finds Americans using less water 
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