The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-05-24T23:38:46-04:00 up this week2015-05-24T23:38:46-04:002015-05-24T23:38:46-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News• Memorial Day BBQ at Gem Village Assisted Living from 12-2 p.m. $5 a plate. There will be a bouncy house for kids.• Memorial Day ceremony at Grove City Cemetery that will include a presentation of wreaths by community organizations. The presentation begins with a special speaker and raising of the flag, then the presentation of the wreath on the tombstone representing the unknown soldier. The American Legion will conclude the ceremony with 21 gun salute. There will be a BBQ afterward at the American Legion Hall at 436 N. Fisher in Blackfoot.Wednesday, May 27• Snake River High School graduation at 8 p.m. in the SRHS gymnasium.Thursday, May 28• Aberdeen High School graduation at 7 p.m. in the Aberdeen Middle School gymnasium.• Sho-ban High School graduation at 7 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium.Saturday, May 30Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSComing up this weekBlackfoot Morning Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for now2015-05-23T21:42:36-04:002015-05-23T21:42:36-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsIn Yellowstone, the iconic Brink of the Lower Falls trail is closed in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone because of a mud and rock slide that deposited a 7-by-8-foot boulder on the route, effectively blocking the path.In Grand Teton, the trail beyond Hidden Falls to Inspiration Point is closed and being rerouted so crews can replace bridges over Cascade Creek and rebuild the rocky ledge trails and steps that lead up to the popular Jenny Lake overlook.Work can't begin to remove the enormous rock on the Brink of the Lower Falls trail in Yellowstone because of wet weather, Yellowstone spokeswoman Traci Weaver said Thursday."It's closed until further notice," she said, "until we get a drying trend and are able to get in there and deal with it."The Brink of the Lower Falls trail, which leads hikers to a perch right above the 308-foot waterfall, may end up being rerouted, she said.The trail work on the west shore of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton is more of a long-term situation, and the half-mile stretch leading up to Inspiration Point will be closed for "most of the hiking season," according to the National Park Service.Destinations up Cascade Canyon are also affected.Those trails are "the most popular and highly used" in Grand Teton, the Park Service says.Park staffers have erected signs on Jenny Lake's west shore to direct people to alternative routes to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and Cascade Canyon.The customary route from the Jenny Lake west shore boat dock to Hidden Falls remains open, but hikers will find themselves at a dead end at the falls.This summer trail crews will also work on Jenny Lake's southwest shore trail, which will be closed until early July.Hikers can take a parallel trail that rises above the lake shore.Blackfoot, IDAPPopular Yellowstone and Grand Teton trails closed for nowBlackfoot Morning course coming to Idaho's Beauty Bay2015-05-23T14:34:43-04:002015-05-23T14:31:09-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsTimberline Adventures, of Coeur d'Alene, is finishing up a "tree canopy" style zipline course there, where customers can travel from platforms built high in towering Ponderosa pine trees, Douglas fir and tamarack. Tours will be available Mondays through Saturdays during the season.A soft opening is scheduled for the end of this month, when four of the seven planned lines will be opened. All seven lines are planned to be completed and opened in early June. The business will employ between 15 and 20 people.The course will spread across 117 acres with lines ranging in length between 500 to 1,500 feet. Riders will reach top speeds of approximately 35 mph."We looked at the Yellowstone (National Park) area, the Glacier (National Park) area, even in Leavenworth, Wash.," said Jared Forsythe, manager of Timberline Adventures. "We looked at those destination areas, and this is the best property we found in terms of the trees and the view and how close it is to downtown."Paul and Ashley Buttars, of Dalton Gardens, own the property and Timberline Adventures. They are originally from northern Utah, but moved to North Idaho from Hawaii."The first time we came out and looked at this property was in August of 2012," Paul Buttars said Thursday. "So we're just shy of three years of thinking about it and trying to plan (this project)."The tour will last two-and-a-half hours, and includes traveling the seven lines and crossing a couple sky bridges. It all starts with a one-mile ride up a steep dirt road in a utility task vehicle to reach the first platform.The highest platform will be built 80 feet up, in a 250-year-old Ponderosa pine. The lowest platform is 5 feet high."Seems like when you're growing up, everyone is obsessed with tree houses," said Buttars. "This is kind of an adult way to enjoy the trees."The tour involves minimal walking, with one three-minute walk through the woods from one platform to another."Other than that it's all in the trees — tree to tree," Buttars said. "We do have a couple suspension bridges connecting trees."Riders must be at least 7 years old and weigh less than 270 pounds.Jason Lindsey, who has designed courses in Hawaii, Montana and other states, has designed this Coeur d'Alene course. His specialty is canopy courses."Jason has built a lot of (courses)," Forsythe said. "He kinda said this course right here is going toward the top of his resume just because of the wow factor in the trees we're using."Blackfoot, IDAPZipline course coming to Idaho's Beauty BayBlackfoot Morning your lemonade cred with 5 easy sweet-tart infusions2015-05-23T00:20:40-04:002015-05-23T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsALISON LADMAN Associated PressWe're going to come at this one a little backward, and you're going to love us for it.Straight up fresh lemonade is, of course, delicious. It's the classic summer refreshment. And we're going to walk you through making a truly wonderful basic lemonade, as well as some terrific infused lemonades that doctor up that basic batch with some fantastic complementary flavors.But first, let's move way beyond basic. Because as good as a straight up lemonade is, we can't help but think it gets even better when you add a little splash of something adults-only. Now we're talking fun in the sun.The important thing to consider when adding alcohol to lemonade is that you are playing with a highly acidic ingredient. This means you'll want to select liquors that play nicely with that. They should either be relatively neutral to let the lemon juice shine, or they should be complementary. Tequila and mezcal, for example, love citrus.And don't limit yourself to the hard stuff. Rose and sweet white wines, such as riesling, also are nice. So are hard cider and India pale ale. Whatever you end up using, plan for 1 to 2 ounces of liquor per serving of lemonade.For the infused lemonades below we suggest the following pairings — for herbal, vodka; for cucumber, gin; for mixed melon, light rum; for mango-chili, tequila; and for mixed berry, vodka.And by the way, while bottled lemon juice is fine for most cooking, do yourself a flavor favor and invest the few minutes it will take to squeeze lemons for these recipes. Freshly squeezed juice shines and makes a real difference in drinks such as these.___EASY INFUSED LEMONADESStart to finish: 10 minutes, plus chillingServings: 8The classic sweet-and-sharp flavor of fresh lemonade is easily complemented by a host of other ingredients. To prepare these infused lemonades, simply pick a flavor combination below, then combine it with the base recipe at the bottom. For best flavor, be sure to let the mixture chill for at least 2 hours. And to keep it from getting watery, don't ice it in the pitcher.___FOR HERBAL:1/4 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme2 tablespoons fresh mint leavesNutrition information per serving: 50 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 0 g protein.___FOR CUCUMBER:1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded2 tablespoons chopped fresh mintNutrition information per serving: 60 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 16 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 15 g sugar; x g protein.___FOR MIXED MELON:1 cup cut watermelon1 cup cut honeydew or cantaloupe melon, or a mixNutrition information per serving: 60 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 20 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 0 g protein.___FOR MANGO-CHILI:1 cup fresh mango chunks1 to 2 serrano chilies (remove seeds for less heat)Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 0 g protein.___FOR MIXED BERRY:2 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combination)Nutrition information per serving: 70 calories; 0 calories from fat (0 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 16 g sugar; 0 g protein.___BASE LEMONADE:1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 to 6 lemons)1/2 cup honeyPinch of saltCold waterChoose the flavor you'd like to infuse your lemonade with. Combine those ingredients in a blender, then add the base lemonade ingredients, the lemon juice, sugar or honey, and salt. Blend until very smooth. Transfer to a 1/2-gallon pitcher, pouring it through a fine mesh strainer. Add enough water to bring the volume to the top of the pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir well and serve over ice.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableCrank your lemonade cred with 5 easy sweet-tart infusionsBlackfoot Morning offers tips for holiday weekend2015-05-22T18:58:38-04:002015-05-22T18:58:38-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsCamping: Most BLM campgrounds throughout Idaho are open and ready for the weekend. Please keep these tips in mind:• BLM campsites in Idaho are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; online reservations are not offered.• Recreation use fees are in effect for many established BLM sites; please be responsible.• Please remember to be considerate of other campers and recognize established quiet hours at designated camping site, stay on existing roads and trials, “leave no trace” and “pack it out.”• If you choose to camp at a dispersed site, please select a site that is already established and at least 100 feet away from water sources, and dispose of human waste properly (away from water and in a 6-inch or deeper hole).River Etiquette: Although you may find solitude along Idaho’s rivers and lakes, you will not be alone, so please be courteous to others. Busy launch sites and congested water traffic can be avoided if everyone practices a few simple courtesies, such as ramp manners, quietness and “sharing the water.” Here are some simple tips that will help:• If the river ramp is busy, please wait your turn and use the ramp only for loading and unloading.• Please completely prepare your craft before approaching the boat ramp.• Allow others to go before you if they are waiting with a loaded boat in the water.• Never block a ramp with an unattended watercraft or vehicle.• After getting your craft into the water, move it to the end of the dock so others can launch and then proceed with your river trip as soon as possible to avoid congestion at the launch site and docks.Hiking, Biking and OHVs: It is estimated that more than 19,000 trails abound in Idaho. Whether you are interested in hiking on foot, bicycling or traveling by off-highway vehicle, Idaho BLM public lands have something for you to explore. These tips will enhance your visit:• Watch the weather! Many roads that access trails become impassable when wet!• When using motorized equipment, stay on designated roads and trails.• Be courteous and do not disturb wildlife.• In the backcountry, use a backpack stove instead of building a fire.• Don’t wash your dishes in streams.• Pack out what you pack in.Public lands are often located in your backyard, so get out and explore the outdoors, it’s yours! Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSBLM offers tips for holiday weekendBlackfoot Morning Homemade Basic BBQ Sauce2015-05-22T17:19:52-04:002015-05-22T17:19:52-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: Homemade Basic BBQ SauceBlackfoot Morning talk: Dealing with fleas and ticks2015-05-21T23:02:55-04:002015-05-21T23:02:55-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsSummer’s long, warm days make for perfect outdoor playtime for the whole family, especially our pets. However, with this abundance of outdoor activity comes an increased risk for our pets to carry fleas and ticks into our homes. Not only are these pests a nuisance, but they can also bring with them a variety of diseases harmful to both humans and animals.  Both of these pests are attracted to the warmer temperatures, making it easy to hitch a ride on Fido as he plays outside. Luckily, ticks are fairly easy tospot.    After attaching itself to its host, a tick then takes a bite, often too painless for you or your pet to notice. However, this bite can transfer many diseases oreven become infected. If this happens, a trip to the veterinarian may be necessary to treat the infection. Fleas, on the other hand, are more difficult to find. “They can be found anywhere on the body, but like to congregate in dogs on the lower back and tail-head region,” Barr said. “Often, you may not see the fleas, but you will notice little black dots on your pet, called flea dirt.” You can differentiate flea dirt from regular dirt by putting a drop of water on the dot of “dirt.” Flea dirt will make the water a reddish color due to the digested blood. There are a number of possibilities for the transmission of diseases by fleas andticks. However, Barr explains that the actual percentage of bites that lead to disease transmission is unclear.   “Ticks are known to carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spottedfever,” Barr said. “The most common disease that fleas transmit to dogs are tapeworms, which are transmitted to the dogs when they ingest the fleas in an attempt to get the flea off of their body.” Barr explains that fleas are also known to carry Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of the plague. This is a rarity, though, as it is only the case in areas that plague is common, such as the plains of the United States, and is uncommon for our pets to get. Although the risk of disease and infection is worrisome, there are a variety of effective options available for flea and tick prevention. “There are so many good options available now that it is possible to keep dogs and cat almost 100% free of fleas and ticks,” Barr said. “For example, a good preventative is regular—but not too frequent—bathing and the application of a good flea and tick preventative.”   Keep in mind that it is important to also treat the environment that your pets spend time in. Treatment of your yard, automobile, bedding, or anywhere else thatyour pet frequently inhabits may be necessary if fleas and ticks have infested the area. It is best to consult with your veterinarian about which preventative products are best suited to both your pet and geographic location. By doing this, along with taking a few simple precautions, you can help keep your pets and your home free from these pests all summer long. Blackfoot, IDNo author availablePet talk: Dealing with fleas and ticksBlackfoot Morning David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"2015-05-21T18:25:49-04:002015-05-21T18:25:49-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"Blackfoot Morning calendar2015-05-20T22:49:21-04:002015-05-20T22:49:21-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News• Dessert auction fundraiser at the Elks Lodge at 7 p.m. Chocolate Buffet:$5 Sweets Buffet:$5. Desserts will be auctioned all night.• Snake River High School Greenhouse is open from 12-4 p.m. On sale are flowers and vegetables started and grown by Snake River High School students.Monday, may 25• Memorial day BBQ at Gem Village Assisted Living from 12-2 p.m. $5 a plate. There will be a bouncy house for kids.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableWeekend calendarBlackfoot Morning marks 100th birthday at Brooklyn Law School2015-05-20T00:39:27-04:002015-05-20T00:00:00-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBy JENNIFER PELTZ Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — When Brooklyn Law School professors and alumni refer to an "institution," they might very well be talking about Professor Joseph Crea.He's taught generations of students over more than six decades, instilling legal precepts along with some pithy tenets of his own, such as "Never drop your briefcase and run."He marked a milestone — his 100th birthday — with a gathering of colleagues and friends Monday at the law school where he's been a student, librarian and professor since 1944. Crea, whose birthday was last month, taught until September and still advises faculty members, sits on the admissions committee and attends faculty meetings.His secret to a long career? "Stay well," he said by phone. "And make sure they don't want to kick you out."Crea's career interest dawned when he found a pile of abandoned law books on a roadside in the 1930s while delivering bread in his Brooklyn neighborhood. Reading one of the books, about railroad reorganizations, he was struck by the fees lawyers earned for Depression-era work, he told the law school's magazine for a 1998 profile.After going to Brooklyn College and serving in the Army during World War II, he went to Brooklyn Law School and worked in its library after his 1947 graduation. He started teaching the next year.Crea taught some 22 different classes over the years but came to focus on banking and corporations law, the latter his favorite: "That's where you learn what's going on in society," he says.One of his standout courses was on commercial paper, or the law surrounding payment obligations such as promissory notes and checks. Another highlight, he told the school magazine, was teaching tax law in the 1950s to a class full of accountants and treasury agents. Professor and students learned from each other as they debated whether expenses were tax-deductible: "Deduct!" ''Disallow!"Outside the classroom, Crea has written a legal research guide and served on a mayoral committee for selecting marshals, among other achievements.But his most prized accomplishment is "the memory of students who recognize me and I recognize them, to this day," said Crea, who counts 13 of the school's trustees as former students."I left my mark on the students," he said.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableProfessor marks 100th birthday at Brooklyn Law SchoolBlackfoot Morning