The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-11-24T21:40:19-05:00 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 Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving Meal2014-11-21T16:23:33-05:002014-11-21T16:23:33-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO: Good Things: Three Sweet Sides for a Thanksgiving MealBlackfoot Morning BMH employee sentenced 2014-11-21T14:35:15-05:002014-11-21T14:35:15-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsJack York, 46, was the former director of information technology at the BMH. He was convicted of one count of felony wiretapping and sentenced Friday morning to three years of probation and fined $1,000. Seventh District Judge David Nye also ordered York to serve 300 hours of community service—100 hours each year—for his role in a wiretapping case at BMH. York was employed at BMH between 2009-2010 when the crime occurred. York was indicted by a Bingham County grand jury in 2010 on three counts of felony wiretapping for allegedly intercepting and recording telephone call s made by and to former hospital doctor Robert Rosin and his staff. In a plea agreement reached with the office of the Attorney General, acting as a special prosecutor in the case, York entered an Alford plea in return for the state dismissing the two remaining felony counts. By entering an Alford plea, York admitted the state had sufficient evidence that a jury would likely find him guilty. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEFormer BMH employee sentenced Blackfoot Morning Way gives grants to schools2014-11-21T08:38:04-05:002014-11-21T08:00:00-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe school districts at Snake River, Blackfoot, Firth and Shelley will each receive a $500 grant. "We are excited to award these grants," said Robin Nelson, the United Way Resource Development and Office Manager. "The donations are made from the United Way 'Rainy Day Fund' that is used to purchase coats and hats for needy people. "This year our focus is education," she said. "As we have done for several years, grants are awarded to the school districts who then identify who needs extra assistance. "Our goal is helping children succeed," said Nelson. "What we are doing in the community to help them?" Working through the schools help answer this question. At Snake River, the administrative team will decide how this grant money is used, said Superintendent Mark Gabrylczyk. Co-chair of this year's United Way drive are superintendents Gabrylczyk at Snake River, Chad Struhs at Blackfoot, Mary Vagner at Pocatello-Chubbuck and Jamie Holyoak at Grace. Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKEUnited Way gives grants to schoolsBlackfoot Morning 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