The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-10-29T23:58:54-04:00 Center celebrates birthday2014-10-29T23:58:54-04:002014-10-29T23:58:54-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"This is how we would like to see the Senior Center always—filled with people," said one volunteer. "One hundred ten people signed in," said Pam Beus, director of the Blackfoot Senior Citizens' Center. "It's a good turnout; you just never know what will happen when you plan something like this." "I like the Senior Citizens' Center because it's an inexpensive lunch," said Kelly Byers. "I can become a member of the center on Saturday, Nov. 1, when I turn 60." "The center greets us with open arms, as much as it is able," said Diane Lands. "I volunteer here and I very much enjoy the people." "The people are friendly," said Sharon Taylor. For more on this story, turn to our print or e-editions.Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKESenior Center celebrates birthdayBlackfoot Morning in zombie costume charged twice with DWI 2014-10-29T21:05:14-04:002014-10-29T21:05:14-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsPolice in the town of Gates tell the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that 26-year-old Catherine Butler, of Rochester, was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday when an officer spotted her driving without her headlights on.She was taken to the police department, where a friend picked her up.Officials say she got back in her car and was stopped again around 5 a.m. driving on the same road and still in her zombie costume and makeup. Her police mug shot shows were wearing fake blood and cuts on her face.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSWoman in zombie costume charged twice with DWI Blackfoot Morning grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone area 
2014-10-29T19:59:15-04:002014-10-29T19:59:15-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsIf the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eliminates protections, it would open the door to limited hunting in the Yellowstone region of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.At least 757 bears inhabit the region, although researchers say that's a highly conservative figure.During a Wednesday meeting of state and federal wildlife agencies in Montana, scientists said a new counting method indicates roughly 1,000 grizzlies in the Yellowstone region, with the population growing zero to 2 percent annually.Twenty bears have been reported killed or removed from that population so far this year, said Frank van Manen, a grizzly researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey.By comparison, a record 56 grizzlies were reported killed or removed in 2012, and 29 last year.Most bears die following conflicts with humans. Those range from hunters shooting bears in self-defense to wildlife agents capturing and killing bears that attack livestock or damage property.In a case earlier this month outside Yellowstone, wildlife officials euthanized a 28-year-old bear that tried to get into a storage building containing horse feed.This week, two young bears were captured and later released after they raided residents' apple trees in Gardiner, Montana, just outside the park's north entrance. The bears were relocated in hopes of heading off further problems as food sources dwindle with the approach of winter, Montana officials said Wednesday.Conflicts had been steadily increasing earlier this decade, including several high-profile instances of bears attacking and killing tourists and hikers. But overall conflicts have been easing since 2012."Things are looking really good for the second year in a row," van Manen said. "This is where we'd rather be, with fewer (bear) mortalities, fewer conflicts with hunters, fewer issues with bears getting into garbage or conflicts with livestock."However, van Manen cautioned that human run-ins with bears are still up over the long term.A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision is pending on whether the population has recovered enough to revoke the animals' threatened species status.Grizzlies received federal protections in 1975 after getting wiped out across much of their historical range.The Yellowstone population has slowly rebounded and the three-state region now hosts one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states. Their range covers 19,000 square miles centered on the high country of Yellowstone and surrounding national forests.The bears temporarily lost protections in 2007 but got them back two years later after environmental groups successfully challenged the decision in federal court.A judge ruled in part that the Fish and Wildlife Service had not fully considered the potential harm to grizzlies from the loss of a key food source, the nuts of high-elevation white bark pine trees, due to climate change.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSFewer grizzly bears dying in Yellowstone area 
Blackfoot Morning saved from California chimney, then arrested 2014-10-29T19:51:12-04:002014-10-29T19:51:12-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsVentura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman says firefighters responding to neighbors' reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.Police say Nunez-Figueroa knows the owner of the home in Thousand Oaks, who wasn't there. They wouldn't elaborate.She had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn't know if she'd hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSWoman saved from California chimney, then arrested Blackfoot Morning resumes weekly dinners2014-10-28T23:09:58-04:002014-10-28T23:09:58-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe Blackfoot Northwest LDS Stake, one of over 22 faith and service groups who volunteer each year to prepare one of the weekly meals, served up this year's first meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green salad, roll and a scrumptious cupcake for dessert. The dinner was organized by Blackfoot Northwest Stake leaders Farrell and Tami Wray and Brent and Kathy Lewis.While many of the dinner guests were familiar with the CDT's weekly meals, there were some newcomers at Tuesday's dinner.Blackfoot, IDLISA LETECDT resumes weekly dinnersBlackfoot Morning Santa zombie enters St. Paul home 2014-10-28T19:55:23-04:002014-10-28T19:55:23-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsSt. Paul police said Monday the University of St. Thomas student was cited for trespassing and taken to a detoxification center Saturday. Police found him asleep in the house hours after a Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.Neighbor and Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press a 14-year-old boy fled from the house and called for help when he discovered the intruder. She says his 16-year-old sister locked herself in a bathroom to call their parents.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSDrunken Santa zombie enters St. Paul home Blackfoot Morning to offer discount tickets2014-10-28T00:40:28-04:002014-10-28T00:40:28-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsProgramming director Susan Mann said the lower ticket prices are in response to the community's request for lower ticket prices and to increase attendance at the shows."So many people have come to me and said 'they would bring more of their family members to the shows if the ticket prices were lower.' We are responding to the community's request."For the rest of the season, BPAC ticket prices will be $15-$20 for rows A-0 and just $5 for rows Q-Z," Mann said. "This is a great opportunity for families to come and enjoy our shows affordably. And, at the BPAC, there is not a bad seat in the house."Mann encourages everyone to take advantage of the new lower prices by attending the Presidio Brass show. Blackfoot, IDLISA LETEBPAC to offer discount ticketsBlackfoot Morning sends newspaper check years after rack thefts 2014-10-27T17:57:53-04:002014-10-27T17:57:53-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBernard Schermerhorn says he's followed the rules for most of his 73 years, but caved to peer pressure as a teenager and went along with a friend's scheme to steal several racks from The Ledger.In a Sept. 30 letter to the newspaper, Schermerhorn says they took a handful of change and then dumped the racks.Schermerhorn, who lives in Le Mesa, California, told the newspaper the check would more than cover the damage and theft of about $10.Publisher Kevin Drake says he's sending Schermerhorn a thank-you letter and will donate the money to a children's charity in Lakeland.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMan sends newspaper check years after rack thefts Blackfoot Morning of root beer sold at Elmer’s 2014-10-27T00:48:59-04:002014-10-27T00:48:59-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsInterested in a Halloween surprise? Sample these sodas—Bug Barf, Kittle Piddle and Brain Wash.“Elmer’s offers the largest selection of root beers and other sodas in the state of Idaho,” said Todd and Elesha (Paulsen) Denson, managers of Elmer’s. (Elesha is the granddaughter of Elmer and Lucile Stecklein, owners of Elmer’s.)“My aunt, Patricia Perry, was visiting in Wisconsin and came across all these root beers for sale,” said Elesha. “She thought it would be fun to have these conversation starters here.”Brewed in different states, about 150 different varieties of root beer, sarsaparilla, birch beer, crème soda, ginger beer and fruit-flavored sodas are for sale.From Victor, Idaho, the Grand Teton Brewing Company makes fruit-tasting delights called Mountain Berry and Peaches and Crème.Blackfoot, IDLESLIE MIELKELots of root beer sold at Elmer’s Blackfoot Morning engraved on library gets lost in translation 2014-10-26T20:25:57-04:002014-10-26T20:25:57-04:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsOfficials had thought the phrase "Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia" meant "we confirm all things twice." But it actually means "we second-guess all."Moorestown architect Rick Ragan tells the Burlington County Times he learned of the problem from residents who translated it online.Ragan says he'll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to "We encourage all." He'll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the proper year.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMotto engraved on library gets lost in translation Blackfoot Morning