The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-28T11:37:19-05:00 help community celebrate2014-11-27T19:14:33-05:002014-11-27T19:14:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsMichael Jordan, who produced his driver's license to prove that's his name, thanked a friend for telling him about it.Both were among those who enjoyed the Community Dinner Table's third annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church on Thursday.CDT is a collection of friends from many faith communities who conduct a once-weekly meal on Tuesdays during the winter months. They also operate a community food pantry and shepherd a community garden during the spring and summer."A friend of mine, who shall remain anonymous, suggested it," Jordan said of Thursday's dinner. "She knows that I'm single and don't have family."It's very kind and generous," Jordan continued. "It's in the spirit of giving, which is what Thanksgiving is all about."For more on this story, turn to our print and e-editions.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONVolunteers help community celebrateBlackfoot Morning coming to town on Friday2014-11-28T11:37:19-05:002014-11-27T00:15:36-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Blackfoot Fire Dept. will escort Santa Claus through town in a shiny red fire truck on Friday afternoon. Santa will greet visitors at the fire station at 11 a.m. From there, the fire truck will take him to visits at the Family Dollar Store, Walgreen's, Ridley's and Walmart. Nothing says "the holiday season is here" quite like that first visit from Santa Claus on the day after Thanksgiving.As is tradition in Blackfoot, the Blackfoot Fire Department will escort Santa Claus around town to visit with boys and girls about their Christmas wishes.Santa's first appearance on Friday will be at 11 a.m. at the Blackfoot Fire Station (225 N. Ash). From there, he will hop on the fire truck and head to the Family Dollar Store, Walgreen's, Ridley's and a final stop at Walmart."We look forward to escorting Santa around on his first visit to town every year," said Blackfoot Fire Capt. David Krumenacker. "Parents, bring your kids. Kids, bring your parents."Krumenacker said that the Blackfoot Fire Dept. will host Santa Claus throughout the Christmas season. Dates, times and locations for Santa will be announced.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETESanta coming to town on FridayBlackfoot Morning options available for Thanksgiving dinner2014-11-27T15:20:02-05:002014-11-26T23:42:36-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsGone are the days when a diner’s only option on Thanksgiving Day was a Chinese restaurant. According to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants of all kinds throughout the country are responding to the demand. It’s estimated that up to 15 million people will eat their Thanksgiving Day meal out.If you have no plans or aren’t in the mood to cook, there are a few options in the Blackfoot area for Thanksgiving Dinner.The longtime Blackfoot eatery Martha’s Cafe (851 S. Broadway) will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. A homemade Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, soup or salad, dinner roll and pie will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Darrin Farnes, who has worked as a server at Martha’s for the past eight years, said the turkey dinner has become quite popular through the years and that a handful of dinner guests have already made reservations, even though reservations are not required.“Having Thanksgiving dinner here has become a tradition, especially with a lot of our loyal older customers,” said Farnes. “They come to eat, relax and visit. They enjoy themselves; they like it here.”Farnes said that since the restaurant is only open until 4 p.m., the staff still has time to enjoy Thanksgiving with their own families.The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel The hotel recently rolled out a new holiday menu consisting of slow-roasted prime rib, beef tenderloin, Boursin chicken, cranberry turkey cutlet and bacon-wrapped salmon.“This is the perfect place to gather for the holiday,” said marketing director Andrea Todd. “Come relax and enjoy the outstanding food and service that we offer.”Reservations are recommended for the Thanksgiving Day buffet at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center by calling 238-4800.For those in need or who don’t have anyplace to go, the Community Dinner Table will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Jason Lee Methodist Church (168 S. University) in Blackfoot. There is no charge for the meal. “Nothing but good food and good fellowship here,” said organizer Elizabeth Fields. For more information call 785-3611.Blackfoot’s Golden China restaurant is usually open on Thanksgiving Day; however, this year the restaurant is closed for remodeling.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETESeveral options available for Thanksgiving dinnerBlackfoot Morning woman busted for Blackfoot shoplifting spree2014-11-26T01:43:12-05:002014-11-26T01:43:12-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot police say Jennifer Stowell, 41, took 77 items valued at more than $900 from the Blackfoot Walmart on Nov. 19.According to Lt. Shawn Hunter of the Blackfoot Police Dept., a loss prevention employee from the store called the police upon seeing Stowell leaving the store with the merchandise. Although Stowell got away before the police arrived, the Walmart employee was able to a provide a vehicle description and a license plate number to the police.A Blackfoot detective who happened to be returning to town from Pocatello spotted the vehicle heading south on I-15 and turned it in. Stowell was pulled over by a marked car from the Bingham County Sheriff's Office. A warrant was obtained and Stowell's vehicle was impounded and searched. All of the stolen merchandise was found in Stowell's vehicle and she was arrested for burglary and driving without privileges. Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEChubbuck woman busted for Blackfoot shoplifting spreeBlackfoot Morning flower shop break-in a stunt gone wrong 2014-11-25T22:23:19-05:002014-11-25T22:23:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsRonald Podlaski told the Portland Press Herald on Monday he was trying to surprise a friend Saturday by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. The 29-year-old Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.He says he fell from a third-floor window after realizing his mistake and tripping the alarm. He suffered minor injuries.He says he'd been drinking beer and what he did was "foolish."Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMaine flower shop break-in a stunt gone wrong Blackfoot Morning teen charged with naked break-ins 2014-11-24T21:40:19-05:002014-11-24T21:40:19-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsLogan Valle faces charges including burglary, theft and attempted theft.Police allege Valle forced his way into two homes late Saturday night looking to steal car keys. He was found in the attic of one of them.At about the same time, the nearby home owned by his parents was destroyed in a fire. No one was injured.Valle's vehicle was found in a country club parking lot nearby, and police say it appears as if someone tried to set fire to it.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMaine teen charged with naked break-ins Blackfoot Morning finds Idaho Superfund cleanup is working 
 2014-11-24T20:22:36-05:002014-11-24T19:44:59-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe U.S. Geological Survey said concentrations of cadmium, lead and zinc decreased significantly since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began the cleanup in the 1990s."I was really pleased when I started looking at the data," said USGS hydrologist Greg Clark. "We just saw these dramatic decreases."One of the major findings in the report that analyzed years of data is that between 1992 and 2013 the concentration of cadmium, lead and zinc decreased about 65 percent in the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River near Pinehurst."We still have a long way to go in our cleanup efforts, but it's nice to have scientific confirmation that we've made solid, measurable progress in reducing metal loads and improving area water quality," Rick Albright, EPA Supurfund cleanup director in Seattle, said in a statement.Mining mainly for silver in northern Idaho starting more than a century ago — before pollution controls were put in place — resulted in millions of tons of ore and mine tailings. But those tailings, dumped along or even into streams up to 1968, still contain metals.Over the years the metals continue to be transported downstream, with some of the material extending into Washington state. While the amount has decreased, the study also found that the concentration in some streams is above what's considered toxic to aquatic organisms.It also found that Coeur d'Alene Lake annually receives about 5 tons of cadmium, 400 tons of lead and 700 tons of zinc. Some of that continues downstream into Washington."A lot of the trace metals are settling on the bottom of the lake," said Clark, noting it likely becomes trapped there but is also harmful to aquatic organisms.The study found that the rate of decrease in metal concentrations in streams has slowed since 2003. Clark attributed that to workers taking care of some of the easier problems, such as capping or moving mine tailings so that water can't wash through and move the toxic metals into streams.He said more difficult steps include doing work in sub-basins that are harder to reach to take care of mine tailings that continue to leach toxic metals. An even bigger project, he said, is building extraction wells near Kellogg in northern Idaho to prevent contaminated ground water from leaking into the river.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSStudy finds Idaho Superfund cleanup is working 
 Blackfoot Morning to celebrate Adoption Day2014-11-24T15:14:45-05:002014-11-24T07:00:23-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe court has set aside this day to recognize the importance of giving children permanent, safe and loving families through adoption. This effort will offer children the chance to live with stable and loving families and encourage other dedicated individuals to make a powerful difference in the lives of a child through adoption. Following the festivities, each adopted child will receive a fuzzy bear and have a family picture taken with distinguished guests. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKECourt to celebrate Adoption DayBlackfoot Morning are state champs2014-11-22T02:03:28-05:002014-11-22T02:03:28-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsMoments before he had passed for 247 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers defeated Fruitland 36-21 to claim the state Class 3A football championship.“It feels amazing,” Miller said. “It’s what we’ve been working for.”Although Snake River (10-1) hasn’t been known as a passing team, coach Jeff Dalley knew that would be the secret to the Panthers’ success in Boise State’s Albertsons Stadium on Friday.“Sean did an outstanding job of controlling the offense,” Dalley said, noting that he needed to do so to keep the Grizzlies (9-3) at bay.“I’m really happy with the way we came out and executed,” Dalley said.The Panthers scored on their first possession of the game after their defense had stuffed the Grizzlies’ opening drive. Luke Albertson had a 47-yard reception to set up David Serna’s 14-yard touchdown catch. Serna then added the point-after.Blackfoot, IDBOB HUDSONPanthers are state champsBlackfoot Morning killed by bear likely came across feeding 2014-11-21T22:50:01-05:002014-11-21T22:50:01-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"We think the attack was a combination of two things — that the bear was on a carcass and the bear was surprised at close range," Chris Servheen, grizzly recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a member of the panel, said Friday. "Either one of those types of encounters can provoke a charge and an attack by the bear."The panel found evidence of both grizzly bears and black bears at the site where Adam Stewart, 31, of Virgin, Utah, was killed on Sept. 4. In addition, the area where the attack occurred is forested and hilly, and Stewart may not have seen the bear until he was 15 to 20 feet away, it said."It's not real easy to see in that area," Servheen said.They can't determine what kind of bear killed him because of the condition of his body and the presence of both kinds of bears in the area, Servheen said. Stewart's body wasn't found until eight days after the mauling in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, bears had fed on his body and his remains were mixed in with deer remains.Stewart was employed by a Boise, Idaho, company, Nature's Capital, which the U.S. Forest Service had hired to conduct vegetation surveys.He was working alone and didn't have bear spray or a firearm with him.While it's impossible to know whether bear spray would have prevented the attack, Servheen said he was surprised that Stewart didn't have bear spray with him in an area known to be grizzly bear habitat."We recommend to everybody that they carry bear spray and we also recommend that people don't hike alone," he said.It is believed that Stewart was an experienced backcountry hiker.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMan killed by bear likely came across feeding Blackfoot Morning