2017 Zoo Boo at Idaho Zoo in Pocatello

“Zoo Boo” Returns October 28


Spirits, superheroes, as well as ghastly creatures of all stripes will be on the prowl at Zoo Idaho Saturday, October 28.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the zoo will be hosting its annual “Zoo Boo” event. The special day at Zoo Idaho will let trick or treaters get an early start on filling their candy quotas for 2017 while experiencing the zoo’s animals.

“This year’s Zoo Boo is bigger and spookier than ever,” said Rachael Shearouse, Curator of Education at Zoo Idaho. “We have more than 20 vendors that will be handing out candy and providing fun Halloween activities for our guests. For example, trick or treaters will be able to take a walk through the bear graveyard, frolic in the vampire lair, and stop by Little Red Riding Hood’s forest. We have a variety of activities scheduled for all ages.”

Attendees will be treated to live music by the Teton Shadow Band from noon to 2 p.m. Also on tap will be a haunted treehouse, Mad Science Lab and booths from local merchants and organizations. Food will be available for purchase from The Sand Trap.

Admission to Zoo Boo is free for children 2 and under, as well as Zoo Idaho Zoological Society members, $3.75 for ages 3 to 11, $5.75 for ages 12 and up, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up.

For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit zooidaho.org.

Zoo Idaho Zoological Society Hosting Family Fun Breakfast Event: A Morning with Marmie

Zoo Idaho Zoological Society Hosting Family Fun Breakfast Event: A Morning with Marmie

A Morning with Marmie is a breakfast event inside Zoo Idaho. It will include animal education opportunities, and information on upcoming Zoo Idaho events and fundraisers.

Zoo Idaho Zoological Society is hosting the first-ever family fun event, A Morning with Marmie, May 20 at Zoo Idaho from 8:30-10am. This event includes breakfast in the zoo, animal education opportunities and fun for the whole family.

Zoo Idaho is beginning its 85th year with a brand new community event for the public. This event will include special appearances made by the Zoo Idaho education animals. Marmie the marmot, Gaston the skunk, Marshmallow the bunny and more will be there for a fun, interactive session just after breakfast. Admission into the breakfast will also include same-day entrance into Zoo Idaho. The funds raised by this event will fund future projects and exhibits within Zoo Idaho.

“As we move into open season at Zoo Idaho, the Society is thrilled to provide new and different ways to see and support our Zoo. There are so many exciting changes happening with exhibits, animals, and design. The Zoo Idaho Zoological Society will host several events this summer so members and non-members alike will have great opportunities to learn about Zoo Idaho’s mission and growth, celebrate the animals and discover the ways our community members can support our local zoo,” stated Jennifer Erchul, Zoo Idaho Zoological Society President.

“The priority of funds raised this year will support a new entrance gift shop. However, we are very busy with a plethora of projects this summer. We are building a new elk/bison/pronghorn exhibit in preparation for the new wetlands exhibit. We’ve also got a new bald eagle and badger exhibit in the works,” said Zoo Idaho Superintendent, Peter Pruett. “Zoo Idaho is working closely with the Zoo Idaho Zoological Society to push for the completion of the gift shop and entrance.”

In 1932, Zoo Idaho opened at a local trailer park with just two animals on display in wire pens: a female rhesus monkey named Josephine and a raccoon named Pete. 85 years later, Zoo Idaho has 30 exhibits and 145 animals. Zoo Idaho is an indigenous species zoo, which houses numerous orphaned or injured animals from the region who would have died in the wild. Zoo Idaho is truly a zoo for the animals of Idaho.

For more information please visit www.zooidahozs.org

2017 Easter Egg hunts Pocatello/Chubbuck

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(Idaho State Journal file photo)

POCATELLO – Local Easter egg hunts set for Saturday throughout the Pocatello/Chubbuck community.

  • On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Portneuf District Library, along with the Regional Early Childhood Council, Journeys DDA, and Speech Therapy Services, will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs and their families. This is the 2nd annual EggCessible Easter Egg Hunt and it will be held at Cotant Park in Chubbuck.
  • The Pocatello community is invited to join in the Elks Lodge Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m. in lower Ross Park. All children ages 1 to 12 are invited to participate. In order for everyone to have a good time, there will be 4 age groups for the children, with different egg hunts for the age groups. Children will find many prizes in collecting their eggs and Lodge volunteers will be on hand.
  • Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt and Cinnamon Swirl Pancake Fundraiser for the Idaho Civil Air Patrol will be Saturday. Vendor booths with games and prizes, Easter Bunny and Rudy the A&W Bear will be on site to entertain the kids. Breakfast starts 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Vendor Booths open by 8:30 a.m. and Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9 a.m. Easter Eggs were stuffed by the area senior citizens at the local assisted living facilities and our Civil Air Patrol Cadets were on hand to spend time delivering the eggs to each facility.
  • You’re invited to Brookdale Pocatello for their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. You won’t wan to miss this fun festive event. Bring your children ages 0-16. There will have children separated into age groups, with plenty of candy and prizes. The Easter Egg Hunt will be at Brookdale Pocatello, 1501 Baldy Ave. Pocatello. For anyone wishing to volunteer for this event, please call Charlene at 208-237-6866.
  • Pocatello Pet Lodge will be hosting their 3rd Annual Get “Egg”Cited for ASPCA Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, families and leashed pets are welcome to visit Constitution Park on South 5th Avenue in Pocatello to join in the fun. Activities are planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the hunt at noon.
  • Monte Vista Hills to host an Easter Egg hunt on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1071 Renee Ave. Ages 0-12 are welcome.

Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets in Pocatello

“Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets” will be held on Monday, October 31 from 3-5:30 p.m. in Old Town Pocatello.

Bring your children down for a safe Halloween afternoon as the Old Town merchants and businesses open their doors and hand out candy and treats to all visiting ghosts and goblins.

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4 on 4 beach volleyball tournament July 2

POCATELLO — A 4 on 4 Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. at the Portneuf Wellness Complex.

The tournament, sponsored by Gold’s Gym is co-ed and there will be prizes.

Registration is $20 per team, and there will be four age divisions: 8-11, 12-14, 15-17 and 18 and older. Register online at http://myidahotix.com/events/co-ed-volleyball-tournament/

Individuals who want to participate but don’t have a team can register for $3 and will be matched with a team.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to help fund the Pocatello Police security officers during the Biggest Show in Idaho events on July 4.

For more information call Gold’s Gym at 234-4653.

Jail Break 5K fun run/walk is June 28

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Here’s your chance to run from the police — legally.

The Jail Break 5K fun run/walk, hosted by Gold’s Gym, will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. The course will start in the Pocatello City Hall/Pocatello Police parking lot and continue for 3.8 miles through neighborhood streets to the Gold’s Gym parking lot.

But watch out for the cops! Pocatello Police volunteers will be standing along the route waiting to tag participants with a colored dye. The tagee will be required to complete 25 jumping jacks or 10 burpees, before being set free.

Register online at http://myidahotix.com/events/jail-break-5k by June 25 for $25. The cost goes up to $35 if you register after June 25. There is a ten percent military discount and groups of three or more pay $20 per person.

There will be prizes for fastest time, best name and best costume. For more information call Gold’s Gym at 237-4653.

Families invited to Fishing Derby June 25 at Portneuf Wellness Complex

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — A fishing derby to benefit the Bannock County Search and Rescue Critical Equipment Fund will be held at the Portneuf Wellness Complex on Saturday, June 25 in conjunction with the Biggest Show in Idaho Music Festival and Extravaganza.

The derby will begin at 8 a.m. And wrap-up at about 2 p.m. $100 cash prize will be given for the biggest fish in each of the age divisions: youth, teen and adult. Pre-registration is required to participate in the derby, register at http://myidahotix.com/events/fishing-derby

Torey Danner, Bannock County Search and Rescue Commander, says that this is a great way for families to spend some time together.

“We wanted to generate a nice fun, family atmosphere, we wanted to promote the complex and wholesome family fun.”

Funds raised will go toward the purchasing and upgrading of critical equipment used by the search and rescue volunteers. Though the organization does get some funding from the Bannock County Sheriff”s Office, that money is mostly used for operational purposes and does not leave much left over for equipment.

“We are trying to meet half way, we’re trying to do our part,” Danner adds.

Firehouse Subs will be serving up food during the derby and proceeds will go to the equipment fund. Following the derby there will be a raffle for a chance to win gift certificates from many local businesses. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event.

Participants who have their own fishing equipment are encouraged to bring it, but Idaho Fish and Game will also be there with some gear for those who may not have any.

Registration Now Open for Free Babysitting Clinic at Marshall Public Library

City of Pocatello news release:

One of the Marshall Public Library’s most in-demand classes will be returning just in time for summer.

Saturday, June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the library will host its free babysitting clinic. The class is specifically designed for 11 to 14-year-olds and helps introduce caregivers to the basics of babysitting. Topics slated to be covered are personal and kid safety with the Pocatello Police Department, an introduction to CPR and first aid for babysitting emergencies, proper foods for children, understanding the ages and stages of child development, and more.

“The demand for babysitters is at its peak in the summer months,” said KathAnn Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian. “We want to help ensure that our community’s babysitters are prepared with the right knowledge and skills to responsibly care for infants and children.”

Due to the demand for the class, there’s no limit to the number of participants who can join in the seminar. Snacks for attendees will be provided.

Registration is required and participants can sign up at marshallpl.org or by calling the Children’s Office at 232-1263 ext. 109. Registration begins May 9 and will close June 6.

More on the many programs offered by the library can be found on the library’s website.

PMC’s free Teddy Bear Clinic to be held March 12

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Journal file photo

Submitted by Portneuf Medical Center

Families throughout Southeast Idaho share their homes with polka dotted dogs, furry monkeys, pink Arabians, friendly lions and some perhaps even have a spirited unicorn. While these animals don’t eat much, they wear plenty of hats and are often found sleeping under the covers, sneaking into backpacks, partaking in tea parties, comforting the nighttime frights and dare I say they often are infused with a bit of magic. Like children, little furry friends sometimes get injured or sick and need to be seen by a caring professional to get better.

This is the premise behind the Teddy Bear Clinic. We at Portneuf Medical Center know that a trip to the hospital can be overwhelming and a bit frightening for little ones. If your child’s stuffed animal can handle a visit to the hospital to get stitches or a bandage, then, if or when, your child needs to visit the hospital for an injury or illness, they will be less frightened.

Our goal is for each child to participate in the Teddy Bear Clinic and become an “expert.” When a child brings their cuddly bear to the hospital to attend the Teddy Bear Clinic, the child gets to play the role of parent who comforts their bear while they receive necessary medical attention. Children see that all those who care for their furry friend do so to make them feel better. Subsequently, if the child ever needs to come back for an injury or illness, they have some background knowledge that can help put some of their fears at ease.

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Indoor kiddie pool in Lava Hot Springs open during the winter

The Portneuf Kiddie Cove and spa at the Lava Hot Springs Indoor Aquatic Center are open for public swim on Tuesday mornings. Also, starting on January 6, “Splash Time” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

“Kids love the water in this venue. It’s warm and shallow, so even hesitant kids have a fun time acclimating. I hope parents or grandparents can come over to tire out their little ones,” said Karen Homstad, Aquatics Program Manager.

After opening in July 2013, Lava’s kiddie pool is in its second winter season. The shallow pool is the only one of its kind in SE Idaho, sloping from zero depth to 18.” The pool features 92 degree water, a big toy with slides, geysers, bubblers, a spinning tray, and a waterfall toy.

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Grace Lutheran student William Yik to be Pocatello’s “Mayor for a Day”

City of Pocatello news release”

A local eighth grader will be the latest student to take the helm of the City of Pocatello with the “Mayor for a Day” program.

Grace Lutheran School student William Yik was selected by the school after submitting an essay that answered the question, “If you had the opportunity to improve the city, what would you do?”

“William has some interesting ideas on promoting our businesses and improving our local attractions,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say, as well as showing him an inside view of City government.”

Mayor for a Day Yik will take office the morning of December 9, 2015 and will accompany Mayor Blad as he performs his duties. Yik’s term will end that afternoon when he returns to school at approximately 1:30 p.m.

No Child Left Behind rewrite heading toward final approval

JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-awaited rewrite of federal education law appears headed toward final congressional approval.

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end debate on a widely criticized No Child Left Behind Act, setting up a final vote Wednesday. The sweeping legislation would give the states greater control over the nation’s public schools but still maintain annual testing to gauge student progress.

The federal government would see its influence in education policy substantially limited and would no longer be able to tell states and local districts how to judge the performance of schools and teachers.
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Holiday light tours offered in Pocatello

City of Pocatello:

Tickets are on sale now for Pocatello Regional Transit’s (PRT) annual Holiday Lights Tour to be held Dec. 17 and 18. During the two-hour trip, PRT buses make their way around Pocatello and Chubbuck, showcasing the best in holiday décor that the area has to offer.

“When we started the tour close to 30 years ago, we just wanted to do something fun for the holidays,” said Dave Hunt, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “I’d like to thank the residents who have continually put up impressive displays and really made the tour into something special.”

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Come play pickleball at the Pocatello Community Recreation Center

City of Pocatello press release:

New for the winter season, visit the City of Pocatello’s Community Recreation Center (CRC) to try the exciting and fast growing sport of Pickleball.

Pickleball is a lively paddle game that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and was created with one thing in mind: fun!  It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re 5, 85, or somewhere in between.

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Franklin Middle School students campaigning against straw waste

Franklin Middle School First LEGO League Team 14757 Robo-Turtle-Bots has researched problems related to the world’s trash as part of the 2015 FLL Challenge and decided to take a new spin on campaigning against straw waste.

They have written both the national corporate office of McDonald’s Corporation as well as the three local McDonald’s businesses asking to talk to them about curtailing the company’s global straw waste. Straws are not recyclable, are typically only used once and are one of the top ten items choking the world’s oceans, harming sea turtles and other creatures. The team learned that McDonald’s Corporation hands out 60 million straws a day worldwide and they have suggested that McDonald’s Corporation take a hint from The State of California recent programs that require stores charge for non-reusable bags.

The Team hopes to share their efforts with people locally and as far as their social media page on Facebook will take their campaign. They hope that by charging for straws instead of just handing them out that there will be less waste. When asked what they would use instead of a straw their reply was simple, “just take the lid off!”

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ISU Choirs to present “Songs of the Season” concert

ISU news release

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Choirs Holiday Concert “Songs of the Season” will be presented Dec. 4 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Pocatello at 7:30 p.m.

ISU Director of Choral Activities Scott Anderson will conduct the 20-voice ISU Chamber Choir and Professor Kathleen Lane will lead the ISU Women’s Choir.

“The wonderful atmosphere of the First Presbyterian Church provides a perfect venue to present a wide variety of choral music celebrating the traditions associated with the Christmas season,” Anderson said. “Audiences will hear representative choral works from the 1500s to the present day; ancient to modern expressions of uplifting texts and unique carol settings.”

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ISU Tree Lighting Festival is a great holiday event

Idaho State University news release

POCATELLO—The fifth annual Idaho State University Tree Lighting Festival, presented by the Union Program Council, will be held 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Pond Student Union.

Festivities include horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, arts and crafts, an interactive ice sculpture and special guest Santa Claus. ISU choral singers will also be performing for the event. The first 200 guests will receive a lighted, silver-colored ISU ornament.

In general it should be a light-hearted, fun way to kick off the holiday season,” said Heidi Oliver, program coordinator for ISU scheduling and events. “We encourage everyone to come out.”

The idea of the Tree Lighting Festival started a few years ago when a group of students wanted to start decorating campus for the holidays. The Union Program Council has been putting on the event for the past five years.

We wanted to give ISU a home feel especially for those students who weren’t going home for the holiday,” Oliver said. “We thought we would bring the living room onto the campus.”

This year there will be a 25-foot Noble fir tree decorated in orange and black.

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Grace Lutheran School high honor/honor roll students

5th Grade:

High Honor Roll: Ester Julie Freundlich, Tyara Gomez, Brenna Patterson, Dean Thiros, Logan Thompson, Benjamin Hess, Hyun Lim, Matthew Marshburn, Kadrie Kemp

Honor Roll: Marina Emerson, Richie Bull, Kaden Horton, Harlee Lee, Antonio Rodriguez, Alexander Jones, Madison Hoagland, Thomas Astaldi

6th Grade:

High Honor Roll: Jamal Chouffani El Fassi, Emma Grayson, Hunter Killian, Thomas Kramer, Ariana Long, Jordan Mayo, Ava Patterson, Alexus Perez, Tristan Pinkerton, Lizzie Richardson, Natalie Phinney, Richie Sheng, Taylor Bull, Bode Baker, Mazie Countryman, Ryan Dillon, Mia Raschke, Niall McKenzie, Tyler Smith, Raquelle Trogden, Alicia Vigliaturo

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Mystique to present “Believe . . . In The Magic of Christmas”

The Mystique Performing Arts and Events Center, 158 E. Chubbuck Road, will present “Believe . . . In The Magic of Christmas” Dec. 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 23. It is a timeless Christmas tale set in contemporary America that will inspire your imagination and reignite childhood memories of Christmases past. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and dinner and pre show will start at 6:30 p.m. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Call 238-8001 or go to www.mystiquetheater.com for tickets and more information.


Pocatello Zoo’s “Wild Winter Weekends” begin December 5

After a popular inaugural run last year, the Pocatello Zoo’s “Wild Winter Weekends” will be returning next month.

The 2nd Annual event is slated for Saturday, December 5, 2015 and Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days and offers zoo-goers a chance to see the zoo and its animals in a little different light.

“With the holidays underway, we’ll be getting into the spirit by stringing Christmas lights around the exhibits at the zoo and giving the animals holiday themed enrichment treats,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Superintendent for the Pocatello Zoo.
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Congress finally close to vote on new education law

JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally close to a vote to rewrite the outdated and highly criticized No Child Left Behind education law.

The compromise legislation, approved Thursday by House and Senate negotiators, would sharply reduce the federal role in education policy but still require students to be tested in reading and math in grades three to eight, and once in high school.

The conference committee action paves the way for a vote in the House during the first week of December, and days later in the Senate.

The legislation embraces state-driven protections to ensure that all students, no matter their race or background, have access to a quality education.
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Pocatello Community Charter School earns accreditation from national organization

By Cydney McFarland

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Community Charter School this year became one of only 14 schools in the nation credentialed by EL Education. The school is only the second in Idaho and one of 23 across the United States to be so recognized.

EL Education — formerly known as Expeditionary Learning — is a K-12 nonprofit group that focuses on raising student achievement though meaningful work and character development that promotes high achievement for students of diverse backgrounds. The program has been used by about 4,000 teachers in 150 schools across 30 states.

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Idaho judge says some school fees unconstitutional

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge says a school district failed to provide a free education to a Meridian family because it charged fees for certain classes.

Fourth District Judge Richard Greenwood only addressed the fees charged to Russell Joki’s grandkids while they attended the West Ada School District, but the ruling could have implications statewide.

Joki originally filed the case in 2012 against dozens of public school districts and the state, noting that parents in districts across the state pay fees to the schools attended by their children to cover the cost of some elective classes, some school supplies and cartons of milk.

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Levitt Center presents “Into the Woods Jr.”

POCATELLO — The Leavitt Center Theatre Company presents “Into the Woods Jr.” on Nov. 20 and 21 at 1030 Sublette Street. The Friday, November 20 show will begin at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s matinee will begin at 2 p.m.

The Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into The Woods JR., an adaptation of one of Sondheim’s most popular works designed especially for young performers.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at http://www.leavittcenter.com/events-2 or at the door. Call 1-855-653-2487 for more information.

Night of 1,000 Santas Festival and Night Lights Parade is Nov. 27

The Night of 1,000 Santas Festival and Parade in Old Town Pocatello will be held on Friday, November 27.

Stop by Muse Boutique Salon & Spa, 501 N. Main Street for a free Santa hat. 1,000 hats will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Then on November 27 festivities will begin at 1 p.m. when the Citizens Community Band Old Town Trolley will be giving free trolley rides through Old Town Pocatello. Santa’s elves will be on board giving treats to all the children.

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Downey Elementary pays tribute to veterans

By Debbie Bryce For the Journal

POCATELLO — About 100 Downy Elementary School students paid tribute to veterans at the Idaho State Veterans Home Tuesday.

Along with a collection of patriotic songs, the K-6-graders spent the last two month working on a special video for the vets that will be viewed during Veteran’s Day celebrations Wednesday.

“We are grateful to all of you and for the contribution you made so these children can come and sing to you today and can go to school to learn,” Principal Nancy Dalley told the veterans.

Dalley said the students were excited to get to perform for the veterans and last year the Veteran’s Day performance by Downey Elementary School was viewed in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Tomi is a second-grader at the school and he knows exactly what a veteran is.

“It’s someone who fought for freedom,” Joseph said.

He said his grandfather and his mother are both veterans.

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Students, teachers excited about coming Grace Lutheran High School

By Michael H. O’Donnell

POCATELLO — Students, teachers and administrators shared excitement about the future opening of a high school at Grace Lutheran on Saturday, and pastor Jonathan Dinger shared it will take about $300,000 more in donations to “make him sleep better at night.”
Construction has started on the $2.5 million, 21,000 square-foot high school next to the existing K-8 school at 1350 Baldy Ave. Classes at the new high school are expected to begin next August with about 30 to 40 ninth-graders.
It will be the first private, religious-based high school in Pocatello.
Grace Lutheran school currently educates about 400 students in grades kindergarten through eight.
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Space Exploration display debuts at Marshall Public Library

The Marshall Public Library will be hosting a display on space and space exploration throughout the month of November.

The display will feature detailed models of spacecraft like the Apollo Command and Service Module, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. These will be accompanied by information panels detailing the history and missions of the craft.

Additionally, the display will feature information on the some of the probes, telescopes, and robots currently exploring the Solar System. Further info will cover the geological makeup of the planets and moons in our Solar System.

12th annual Diamondback Roundup at CHS

The 12th annual Diamondback Roundup at Century High School is Nov. 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be Dutch-oven food, raffles and auctions. The dinner will be at 6 p.m., and live auction at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Century High School bands and choirs. The school is located at 7801 Diamondback Drive. All of the money donated and made through sold dinner, raffle tickets and the live and silent auctions will go to Century student activities and athletics. Raffle tickets are one for $10 or three for $25. Dinner tickets are $10 per person, with kids six and under free. For more information, contact Debbie Chilton at 208-478-6863.

Voters to decide $10.5 million A.F. school bond

AMERICAN FALLS — Voters in the American Falls School District will decide the fate of a $10.5 million bond to expand the Intermediate School and move third-graders to that building from Hillcrest Elementary. Bond funding would also pay for a new auxiliary gym at the high school and additional upgrades at the Intermediate School.

The bond election, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage, will be held Tuesday.

If approved by voters, the project will be broken down into three phases. Phase one calls for the new high school gym and third-grade classrooms be completed in the spring of 2016. Phase two would be a roof overbuild for the fourth-grade area of the Intermediate School and renovations that include a media center and computer lab in the summer of 2016. Phase three would be a new roof for the fifth-grade area of the Intermediate School, new restrooms and an ADA ramp for the cafeteria by 2017.


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1st Responder Academy to be offered to Pocatello area high school seniors

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 news release:

Pocatello First responderLife Flight Network, Pocatello Fire Department and Pocatello Police Department help Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 announce the kick off of the new 1st Responder Academy. This Academy will be the second in Idaho. The 1st Responder Academy is available to all Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 students and encompasses education in Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services. Current classes include 1st Responder Orientation, Law Enforcement I and II.

There will be an air ambulance landing in the parking area of W. Fremont and N Harrison Ave. in Pocatello around 9:30 a.m. this Monday, November 2 for the students to see and to help kick off the program. (Weather permitting)

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Play larger than life games at the Marshall Public Library

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Join Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue, for a family-friendly afternoon of life-size versions of your favorite board games as well as treats for trick-or-treaters during Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets on Saturday, October 31st 3:00pm-5:30pm.

The library will host a variety of games including oversized Scrabble, giant Jenga, life-size Candyland, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos and more!  Marshall Public Library will also give out comic books to trick-or-treaters as part of Halloween ComicFest.  Costumes are encouraged.

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Blackfoot Police Department hosting trunk or treat

The Blackfoot Police Department is hosting its First Annual Trunk or Treat. BPD invites the public to Jensen’s Grove on Halloween night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The Blackfoot Police Department, with help from the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Blackfoot Fire Department, will be handing out candy from their emergency response vehicles. Members of the public are also encouraged to participate by decorating a vehicle. 50 spots are available for these vehicles. Candy donations would be greatly appreciated. For more information, or to reserve a spot for your vehicle, please call Leslie at 785-1235.

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Boo Fest at the Clarion Inn

The first annual Boo Fest will be held at the Clarion Inn, 1399 Bench Road in Pocatello, on Thursday, October 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is invited. There will be vendor style trick or treating with local businesses, clubs and organizations. There will also be free food and activities for kids,

The best child’s costume will win a pool party package, a $200 value! Call 637-6598 for more information.

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SE Idaho Halloween attractions 2015

Editor’s note: We have tried to include everyone here, however, if you have a Halloween/fall attraction that is open to the public and it is not on this list, please email jhopkins@journalnet.com

Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets: Appropriate for all ages. Free event, dress up and trick or treat at participating Old Town Pocatello merchants on Saturday, October 31 from 3-5:30 p.m. Look for the orange pumpkin in the window. Stop by the Idaho State Journal and say hello! http://www.oldtownpocatello.com/

Trick or Treat at the Pine Ridge Mall: The Chubbuck police and fire departments will host trick-or-treating in the mall on October 31 from 6-9 p.m. Free for all ages.

• Join Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue, for a family-friendly afternoon of life-size versions of your favorite board games as well as treats for trick-or-treaters during Trick or Treat the Old Town Streets on Saturday, October 31st 3:00pm-5:30pm.

The library will host a variety of games including oversized Scrabble, giant Jenga, life-size Candyland, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos and more!  Marshall Public Library will also give out comic books to trick-or-treaters as part of Halloween ComicFest.  Costumes are encouraged.

This program is free and open to the public. Stop by the library any time between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm to join in the fun!

For more information on this library event, please contact Jamie Bair at 232-1263 x112 or jbair@marshallpl.org. Information on all library events may be viewed on the Marshall Public Library Facebook page.

Swore Farms: Appropriate for all ages. There is a corn maze, pumpkin patch, face painting, farm game, tiny tots string maze, puppet station, ring toss, pumpkin bowling, bean toss, stories, hay wagon rides and more. The corn maze is open from 10 a.m. to dusk on Saturdays and from 4 p.m. to dusk Mondays through Fridays. Pumpkins are available for purchase. Test your knowledge in the corn maze, there is a question at each turn, answer correctly and turn down the correct path, but if you answer incorrectly you’ll hit a dead end!

Admission is $6 which includes the corn maze, corn maze, face painting and wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Maze/play area only admission is $4. Wagon ride only is $3. Veterans get in free and there is no admission cost for infants age 1 and under.

Located on Ballard Road north of Pocatello. Take highway 91 to Ballard Road and then turn west.  You will see the Swore Farms sign about a 1/4 mile down the road. http://sworefarms.com/

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Haunted Science Lab to be held in Pocatello

Idaho State University new release

POCATELLO —The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students, the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello and the ISU Department of Physics will host a Haunted Science Laboratory exhibit open to the public on Oct. 24 3-9 p.m. at the old Car Quest Warehouse, 1161 Wilson Ave. in Pocatello.

The Haunted Laboratory features interactive exhibits designed to delight, fright and educate kids of all ages. Exhibits include a Van deGraaf generator, lasers moving to music and lots of cool illusions with smoke and mirrors.

Several exhibits use the same principles of those of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. The exhibits are also open to schools and educational groups at no charge by appointment Oct. 19 through Oct. 23.

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Volunteers needed for Pocatello Zoo Boo

POCATELLO — Preparations are under way for one of the Pocatello Zoo’s most popular events and they need the community’s help.

The zoo is looking to recruit a legion of volunteers to help put on the annual ZooBoo Halloween extravaganza. Volunteers are needed to help run the “Fact or Treat,” craft, and game stations on Saturday, Oct. 31. Help is also needed with set-up before the event on Friday and also clean-up after the event on Saturday

Shifts are available on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for set-up, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. during the event on Saturday, and the clean-up shift runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For staffing purposes, volunteers are asked to commit by Friday, Oct. 16. For more information contact Cory Coffman at 234-6264.


Muggle Magic: Event combining Harry Potter and science to be held in Pocatello

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) is hosting its annual, Muggle Magic, event from 11am-3pm on October 24, 2015. Muggle Magic combines the iconic world of Harry Potter with natural science.

On Saturday, the museum will transform into the IMNH School of Nature and Science. Upon entry, students will be sorted into different areas of the museum representing different courses. Children will be introduced to wand making using Idaho native trees, meet toads and snakes, and learn about Muggle creatures that look like dragons! School will be held in two sessions on October 24th at 11 am and 1 pm at the museum.

“We are very excited to bring back Muggle Magic this year” says IMNH Education Specialist, Becky Hansis-O’Neill, “The overlap between real animals and the abilities of fantastical beasts allows us to spark young imaginations in a unique and effective way.”

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ISU cheerleaders to host cheer clinic

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University Bengal Cheerleaders are hosting a youth clinic on Friday, October 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Reed Gym. Children ages 3-14 are invited to participate.

The cheerleaders will teach participants a dance and cheer and some basic cheer techniques such as motions, jumps and stunts. Cost is $30 and includes a T-shirt and admission to the ISU football game on Saturday, Oct. 17. Participants must preregister by October 12.

For more information contact Misty at 208-251-7991 or  stucmis2@isu.edu.

Click here to download the registration form Checks should be made payable to ISU Cheer.

Mail the registration form to:

ISU Bengal Cheer/Misty Stucki

911 S. 8th Ave. Stop 8061

Pocatello, Idaho 83209

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Infertility resources come to Idaho Falls

By Sarah Glenn
For the Journal

IDAHO FALLS — One out of every eight couples who try to conceive have trouble becoming pregnant or they experience a miscarriage, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Survey of Family Growth. Even a young healthy couple with normally functioning reproductive systems have only a 20 percent chance of conceiving in any given month.

Dr. Deirdre Conway

Dr. Deirdre Conway

“Incidents of infertility haven’t changed much in the past 10 years but people are certainly talking about it more,” said Dr. Deirdre Conway, a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility with the Utah Fertility Center. “Most of us have at least known someone who has struggled with infertility.”

On Oct. 1, the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center will host a 6 p.m. seminar for those who struggle with infertility. Conway will present at the session and leave time for both group and one-on-one questions.

Conway graduated from Penn State University and went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. While a resident at New York University, she won numerous teaching awards, has collaborated with the nation’s leading infertility experts and holds nine different awards for her work. Conway completed a three-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility at UCLA Medical Center, and is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

“We are very lucky to have her in our community,” said Coleen Niemann, a spokesperson for EIRMC.

The resource is rare for women in southeastern Idaho, who otherwise have to travel to Boise or Salt Lake to receive in vitro fertilization services.

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Southeast Idaho grade school libraries get grants

By Journal Staff

Three elementary school libraries in Southeast Idaho are among the 47 to receive mini-grants from the Idaho Commission for Libraries to help young students become more proficient readers.

Receiving $5,000 grants were A.J. Winters Elementary in the Bear Lake School District, Groveland Elementary, Blackfoot School District; and Downey Elementary, Marsh Valley School District.

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Man causes concerns at elementary school

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Tendoy Elementary School students and their parents were put on alert Monday morning after school officials reported that an older man had attempted to put his arms around a child who was walking to school.

Janice Nelson, Tendoy Elementary School principal, says two children, a boy and a girl, were walking to school along Monte Vista Drive the morning of Sept. 10. As they neared the area of Renee Avenue, an older man on foot approached the children and attempted to put his arms around the boy’s waist. The boy kicked to get away, and he and the girl continued to school where they alerted Tendoy Elementary School staff. The staff immediately contacted Pocatello police and the children’s parents.

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Recaro recalls child car seats; top tether can come loose

RDETROIT (AP) — Recaro Child Safety is recalling more than 173,000 car seats in the U.S. because the top tether can detach from the seat in a crash.

The recall affects ProRide and Performance Ride seats made before June 9, 2015.

Recaro says the seat shells can crack or come loose from the main shell during a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The problem was discovered in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company says no injuries have been reported.

Recaro will send owners new webbing with instructions on how to secure the seats. The recall was expected to begin this month.

Last week the government urged parents to register car seats with the manufacturer so they can get quick notification of recalls.

Arbon Elementary Fun Run is September 26

ARBON — Everyone is invited to participate in the Arbon Elementary Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 26 at the school, 4405 Arbon Valley Highway. Pre-registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.

Registration cost is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Any additional donations are welcome and all funds raised will go to the purchase of new playground equipment for Arbon Elementary School. There will be 2.5K, 5K and 10K routes.

If you have questions please call Jamie Evans at 208-269-0370.

Out of ideas for your child’s school lunch already? Here’s help

By Janet Patton
Lexington Herald-Leader (TNS)

With school back in session, many parents desperate to give kids healthy lunches often turn to that infinite resource of hope and dreams: Pinterest.

That, my friends, is a recipe for failure. Your cut-out sandwiches will never look that cute. Your salads will never stay that crisp. Tidy bundles of matchstick carrots and pretzels? Please.

Lunches need to withstand a frantic dash in a backpack to beat the tardy bell.

But you can’t give up and pack baloney on white bread, grab a soft drink, a bag of chips and some snack cakes for the noontime meal.
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Pocatello Zoo switches to school year hours

City of Pocatello news release:

As fall approaches the Pocatello Zoo is transitioning to its school year schedule.

Starting today, September 8, 2015, the zoo will only be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new hours will be in place until the last weekend in October when the zoo closes for the winter. But as Cory Coffman, Curator of Education for the Pocatello Zoo, explains, the change in hours doesn’t mean the zoo is going into hibernation.

“We invite our local schools to schedule a field trip during the week here at the Pocatello Zoo,” Coffman said. “Elementary school students can visit for $1.50 per student while the charge for Junior and Senior High School, and college groups is $4.00 per student. We do ask educators to contact the zoo in advance to schedule their field trip.”
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Mystique to present “The Addams Family” musical

Addams CHUBBUCK — The Mystique Performing Arts and Events Center, 158 E. Chubbuck Road, will present “The Addams Family” musical on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from September 25-November 7.

“The Addams Family” features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. 
Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Show only seating starts at 6:40 p.m. Shows start at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.
To purchase tickets and for more information call 238-8001, stop by the box office or online at www.mystiquetheater.com

Rotary Club of Pocatello announces area-wide auditions for the 2015 performances of “The Nutcracker” Ballet

Rotary Club of Pocatello news release

A-2 nutcrackerPOCATELLO — Area-wide auditions for up to 18 available parts in this year’s performances of the Rotary Club of Pocatello’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet, produced by Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy, will be Saturday, September 19, 2015, at the Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy studio, 150 South Arthur, Suite 102, Pocatello (Lewis Street entrance). Registration for each group will begin 30 minutes before the scheduled audition. Audition times by age groups are as follows: (1) ages 6-8, 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. for up to two parts as Chefs and up to two parts as Cherubs; (2) ages 9-12, 12:45 p.m.- 1:45 p.m. for up to two parts as Soldiers, up to two parts as Angels, up to two parts as Rats, up to two parts as Party Children, and up to two parts as Gingersnaps (previous pointe experience is required for parts as Party Children, so please bring pointe shoes); and, (3) ages 13 and older, 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. for up to two parts in Waltz of the Flowers and up to two parts in Snow (intermediate-to-advanced pointe experience is required for Waltz of the Flowers and Snow, so please bring pointe shoes). All male and female dancers are welcome to audition, whether or not affiliated with a studio. Each auditioning dancer will be required to pay to the studio a non-refundable $5 audition fee at registration.

Within three days following the completion of the auditions, Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy will notify the auditioning dancers by e-mail of the results of the auditions (not all auditioning dancers will necessarily be selected). All selected dancers will be required to pay to the studio on or before the first day of rehearsals a combined rehearsal and costume fee ($80 for Waltz of the Flowers, Snow, Soldiers, Angels, Rats, Party Children and Gingersnaps; $50 for Chefs and Cherubs).

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Ed chief proposes 7.5 percent increase for schools budget

KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s public schools chief is seeking a 7.5 percent increase in education spending for 2016, revealing her own budget proposal for the first time since taking office.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra released her plan Wednesday. In it, Idaho’s public school funding would bump up nearly $110.4 million more than what lawmakers allocated this year.

“It is a budget that recognizes local control, while increasing opportunities for all students across our great state to achieve,” Ybarra said in a statement about her $1.58 billion budget.
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Fall swim classes available in Pocatello

Fall swim classes are available Sept. 14 to Oct. 8 and Oct. 12 to Nov. 5 at the Community Recreation Center, 144 Wilson Ave., Pocatello. Classes are Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for four weeks. Times are 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Classes available for ages 3 to 5 and levels one through five for those 6 years of age and older. Cost is $34 for regular lessons or $17 for parent/child lessons. To register, go to pocatello.us, go to the center in person or call the center at 232-3901 for more information.


Fourth grade students invited to visit Craters of the Moon free

ARCO – Craters of the Moon invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to www.everykidinapark.gov to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks.

“We invite 4th graders and their families to visit the ‘Moon’ and the other national treasures that make up the National Park System as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016,” said Craters of the Moon Superintendent Daniel George. “We hope that these free passes will encourage 4th graders, their classes, and families to climb a volcano, explore a lava tube cave, and experience everything that the national parks have to offer.”

Craters of the Moon offers a variety of activities that fourth graders and their families can enjoy, including guided walks through lava tube caves in summer, snowshoe walks in winter, educational field trips, and an opportunity to earn a “Lunar Ranger” patch by completing  activities in a free booklet available at the visitor center.

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Orientation meeting for the Miss Gate City/Pocatello Scholarship Pageant

There will be an orientation meeting for the Miss Gate City/Pocatello Scholarship Pageant Sept. 5 at Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave., at 1 p.m. in the Community Room. If you are interested in competing please come to get more information. Please bring a binder. They are an open pageant so anyone from Idaho is eligible if you are between the ages of 13-16 for teens and 17-24 for miss. This is a preliminary for the Miss America pageant.


Four-day school weeks popular in Southeast Idaho

By Michael H. O’Donnell

School is back in session all over Southeast Idaho, and for a majority of the area’s districts that means four-day school weeks.

Beginning with a recession that gained ground in 2009 and faced with reduced state funding, dozens of school districts in rural areas of Idaho trimmed their school weeks and eliminated Friday classes to save money for hot lunch, utilities, transportation and substitute teachers. This fall, 42 of Idaho’s 115 public school districts and 11 charter schools are using a four-day week.

Among them are Marsh Valley, Snake River, Grace, Firth, North Gem, Soda Springs, Preston, Oneida County, Rockland and both the Blackfoot and Bingham Academy charter schools.

State funding may be improving, but the districts are sticking with the shorter school week.

Longtime clerk and business manager at Marsh Valley School District GaLene Andersen said initially the district did it to save money. Cutting out bus travel on Fridays and the ability to lower the heat and cut lights in the district’s four elementary schools scattered across southern Bannock County did save money.

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Kind Community celebration to be held in September

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 4.46.14 PMPOCATELLO —  Kind is a big deal these days. Individuals and organizations all across the country are working to make their schools, their neighborhoods, their communities, their worlds, just a little bit kinder.

That’s why a group of individuals in Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho are bringing their separate causes together in the spirit of collaboration to form an initiative called Kind Community.

A weeklong celebration of kindness will officially launch Kind Community in Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho, September 21–27, 2015 with programs that educate, engage and encourage participation.

“It’s exciting to see the entire community get behind and support Kind Community,” said Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad. Behind the positivity and kindness, there are dire and sobering statistics that punctuate the need for our community to take swift and immediate action. Idaho has the 5th highest suicide rate, a ranking that is steadily declining (Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho). Idaho is also at the bottom of the third quintile on a ranking of overall well-being in Idaho (Gallup-Healthways (2014). State of American Well-Being).

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Sagebrush Arts Festival is Sept. 12-13 in Pocatello

By Jenny Hopkins


POCATELLO — The annual Sagebrush Arts Festival, hosted by the Pocatello Art Center, is a way for artists to exhibit their work and for community members to enjoy it.

This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 12 and 13 on the Idaho State University campus at the corner of 5th Ave. and Carter Street. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days and admission is free.

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Just a reminder — School in Pocatello and Chubbuck starts Wednesday

School district 25 press release

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District students will return to school this Wednesday, August 26th. Schools throughout the District look forward to welcoming students back for the new school year.

As children return to school, the District asks motorists to slow down and be extra careful when driving in areas where children walk, bike or are bussed to and from school. Because of heightened excitement and/or being late to bus stops, children may dart into traffic unexpectedly so drivers need to watch carefully when children are in the area.

Parents are encouraged to accompany children walking to school or walking to bus stops. They are also encouraged to stay at bus stops until children board the bus.

Pocatello Valley Montessori School host open house

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Valley Montessori School is holding an open house to address common questions and misconceptions about the Montessori curriculum. There will be the opportunity to see some Montessori materials used within the classroom and learn more about the method. There will be a guest speaker, and the school will also be announcing the teacher for the 1-3 grade class, opening this Fall.
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ISU Museum of Natural History offering summer programs for kids and families

Idaho State University news release:

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History at Idaho State University will offer fun, educational event opportunities for children and families throughout the summer.

Programs include:

Fun for the Whole Family!

• June 10, “Geocaching: A Family Affair”

Geocaching class will introduces families to the sport of geocaching. The class starts by learning how to use GPS units, and gives participants a chance to do some geocaching on the ISU campus. The class is open to children of all ages, who are accompanied by an adult. Class time is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the cost is $10 per family.
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Summer reading program to start at American Falls Library

Children ages 2 to 12 will discover the many different types of heroes found in books and within their community as the American Falls District Library presents “Every Hero Has a Story” during their summer reading program.

Children who don’t read during the summer months can lose up to one-third of the gains made during the school year. Help your child maintain their reading skills by encouraging them to participate in the summer reading program, which includes games, activities, art projects, crafts, special guests and more.
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Children’s Summer Art Program at Pocatello Art Center

Submitted by Pocatello Art Center

POCATELLO — The Children’s Summer Art Program at the Pocatello Art Center, 444 N. Main St., begins Monday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon for 6- to 8-year-olds and Thursday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon for 9- to 12-year-olds.

This is a pay-as-you-come program; no registration is required. The cost is $5 per child, each time they attend.

This summer they have five different instructors who will bring to the classroom a variety of art and art crafts. The program will include such things as painting ceramics, making and painting masks, comic book art, scratch art, pastel art, gauche/watercolor art, just to name a few.
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Junior Achievement of Idaho expands program, services to Pocatello

Junior Achievement of Idaho is excited to announce the expansion of programs and services into the Pocatello area K-12 Schools.

 Please join us for an informational meeting about the impact of Junior Achievement Programs to students and how you can be involved. Our goal is to establish long term sustainability of Junior Achievement programs in the Pocatello area.  We need class mentors, board members, as well as financial help to implement programs.

 Date:  Wednesday June 10th

Time:  11:30AM – 1:30 PM

Location:  Idaho State University College of Business-Building 5

RSVP :  208-375-5243 or Lisa@jaidaho.org

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Family Fun Day is June 6; free to attend

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — Looking for food, fun and entertainment for the whole family?  Plan to attend the Family Fun Day at OK Ward Park on Quinn Road on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event is free admission and activities for all and is sponsored by the Idaho Central Credit Union and the Idaho State Journal.

A variety of booths will offer everything from educational animals from the Pocatello Zoo to information from Idaho Power, Dentistry For Kids, IDEA Gem Prep, Pocatello Head Start, Health West, Alpine Animal Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Highland High School FCCLA Club, and Americorp Volunteers.

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Building a fort: Locals invited to Fort Hall Replica as it kicks off summer season

By Rebecca Long Pyper

 The Fort Hall Replica will celebrate its summer-season grand opening May 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 During the celebration guests will learn about local goings-on during the 1840s and 1850s, specifically about fur trappers and settlers in the West. “It’s a very enjoyable history lesson,” said replica committee vice chair Gerald Waggoner. “Most of the people in this area probably had ancestors that came through during that general time.”

 The Fort Hall Replica opened in 1963 and is operated by City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation. A 10-member committee oversees operation and has planned this season’s grand opening with one-day exhibits and demonstrations. Admission is free for the day.

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Free summer lunches for kids in Pocatello/Chubbuck to begin June 1

POCATELLO — Pocatello/Chubbuck School District No. 25 will offer the Summer Food Service Program. Free meals will be provided to children under age 19 from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays from June 1 through August 14.

Meals will be provided at Alameda Park at Wayne St. Pine St;  Bicentennial Park at Abraham St. and Eve St. in Chubbuck;  Caldwell Park at 8th and Center St.; Hawthorne Park at Hawthorne Road and W. Eldredge Road; New Horizon Center at 955 W. Alameda Road; OK Ward Park on W. Quinn Road; Raymond Park at Lincoln St. and Carson St. and Upper Ross Park on Fredregill Road.

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Registration open for Hoops Academy

CHUBBUCK — Hoops Academy is now accepting registrations for its Summer 3 on 3 League. Play starts June 15 and goes through July 17. Cost is $99 per team. Boys and girls divisions are available for athletes in kindergarten through 12th grade as well as a special open division for ages 19+.  Each team will play two games per week. Registration deadline is June 11.  Visit www.seihoops.com to register or contact Joe at 251-1655 with questions.

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Education First High School Exchange Program recruiting host families for exchange students

By Sarah Glenn

For the Journal

BLACKFOOT –– Joanna Baird has welcomed international exchange students to Idaho for the past five years. Their first exposure to rural America usually includes a trip to Walmart and a root-beer float.

“The biggest excitement they probably have coming to America is getting to see school spirit,” Baird said with a smile, recalling students she welcomed into her home whose idealized vision of the American teenage experience was the Disney movie “High School Musical.”

Between 80 and 100 foreign exchange students call southeastern Idaho home each year. They come with the help of the Education First High School Exchange Program.

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Grace Lutheran plans public event regarding planned high school

By Kendra Evensen

POCATELLO — Grace Lutheran officials are hoping to give the community a chance to visualize and learn more about the private Christian high school they are planning to build in Pocatello during a special event on Saturday.

The public event will include sessions at both 5- and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and will take place at the school campus at 1350 Baldy Avenue.

Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Jonathan Dinger, who will serve as headmaster of the school, said they are planning to map out the school floor plan on the parking lot and will even set up basketball hoops and bleachers in the gym area to help people visualize what the facility will look like.

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Idaho State University mom study seeks participants in third trimester of pregnancy

Idaho State University news release:

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Idaho Mom Study is seeking 60-80 pregnant women in their third trimester to examine women’s experiences during pregnancy and how they may relate to the growth and behavior of their infants.

The study’s full title is “Idaho Mom Study: Infant Development and Healthy Outcomes in Mothers” and is directed by Nicki Aubuchon-Endsley, ISU associate professor of psychology within the Department of Psychology’s Perinatal Psychobiology Laboratory.
“A woman’s experiences during pregnancy may impact her infant’s development as well as her adjustment into motherhood, making an understanding of this time period important,” Aubuchon-Endsley said. “Therefore, the study is designed to examine how participants’ experiences during pregnancy influence the growth and behavior of their babies.”

These experiences include pregnancy-related changes such as weight, body size, diet, mood, medical regimen and health in addition to experiences during childbirth. Researchers will follow up with participants and their infants six months after birth.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, before 37 weeks gestation, and fluent in English. Participants will receive up to $75 and students may receive an additional one credit for each half hour of participation toward relevant ISU courses.

This research will have the potential to inform prenatal education and interventions, leading to improvements in maternal and offspring health.

For more information call the Idaho Mom Study, 208-380-1140 or email <a href=”mailto:idahomom@isu.edu”>idahomom@isu.edu</a>.

The eyes have it — What parents need to know about their kids and eye exams

By Rebecca Long Pyper
For the Journal

Good vision is key to success for kids, especially since being able to see the board is crucial for classroom academics. By being proactive about your children’s vision, you’ll help kids keep pace with their potential, rather than trying to catch up later.

Dr. Jay Borgholthaus, an optometrist with Summit Eyecare, outlines when visits to the eye doctor should start. He also identifies signs that vision is getting worse, and when contacts might be a better option than glasses.

>> Get an eye exam earlier than you might think. Borgholthaus recommends by age 3 or 4 so the child is ready to hit kindergarten at full speed. An exam can alleviate other concerns too. In some cases, parents are worried because their children’s eyes appear to turn in. But in actuality, there is no developmental problem with the eyes. A doctor’s visit can set some fears at ease.

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Pocatello/Chubbuck summer school starts June 1

The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 summer school program starts Monday, June 1.

Students who have not already registered may register the first day of school at 7:30 a.m. Summer school will be held at the New Horizon Center, 955 W. Alameda Road.

For more information contact the District office at 235-3211 or Principal Dr. Heidi Kessler at kesslerhe@sd25.us.

Summer camp for kids offered at Mystique Theater

CHUBBUCK — Enrollment is now open for Mystique Theater summer camp. This year’s camp will be taught by three experienced professionals from the area.

Children ages 8 to 14 will learn auditioning, beginning dance, acting and beginning vocal requirements for the stage. Each student will receive a T-shirt and goody bag filled with the tools needed to make the learning experience fun. Siblings will receive a 20 percent discount but you must call the box office to receive the discount.

To register for the camp, go to www.mystiquetheater.com or call 208-238-8001. They are located at 158 E. Chubbuck Road.

Summer reading program to start at Marshall Public Library

POCATELLO — The 2015 Summer Reading Program at the Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue, will start with a party on Monday, June 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The theme of the program is “Every Hero Has A Story.”

There will be music by the Snake River New Horizons band, a variety of crafts for all ages, Operation Gratitude- an opportunity to write letters to our soldiers and veterans, information on our summer reading activities, and people can explore the new Make It Bus examples of current and upcoming makerspace projects.

There are summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults.

For more information on library events, please visit the library’s website at www.marshallpl.org and the Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marshallpl.

Better photos with a point-and-shoot

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Cameras have become indispensible tools for documenting and celebrating life and lifestyle, and the good news is that you don’t have to buy a fancy and bulky DSLR to score great images.

 “Some of the point-and-shoot (cameras) equally shoot just as good as a full-size camera,” said Herman Garcia, president of Portneuf Valley Photographic Society. “It’s a matter of learning the capabilities of your camera.”

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Fun places to take curious kids in Idaho

By Rebecca Long Pyper

For children whose eyes go wide with natural wonders and people of the past, there’s plenty to explore in Idaho. Consider one of these daytrips for you and your curious kid this summer:

>> Soda Springs: The geyser in Soda Spring’s Hooper Springs Park produces carbonated water, so bring a pitcher, a Kool-Aid packet and sugar, and your family can make pop in the park. Another option is to fill up water bottles, then add individual packets of Crystal Light so everyone can have his or her own fizzy drink in hand.

While in the park, make sure to keep an eye on the mountain to the east; it’s the place where Monsanto has a slag pour multiple times during the day. The stuff they’re dumping is the byproduct of their phosphorus production, Soda Springs city clerk JoAnna Ashley said, and “it looks like a volcano when they pour it down the side of the mountain — at night it lights up the sky and makes it orange.” For a better look drive alongside the mountain and feel the heat of the slag, which is currently poured down the west side of the mountain.

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Crazy creative: How one local crafter uses fabric scraps to make projects getting noticed by the quilting industry

By Rebecca Long Pyper

 Crafters know those pesky fabric scraps can overtake a project space in no time, but rather than brush hers into the trashcan, BJ Sandusky stitches them into custom quilts that are winning her accolades in the craft world.

 Sandusky is featured on the cover of the May issue of “Crazy Quilt Quarterly,” the only publication dedicated to the art of crazy quilting. She is also gearing up for a two-part basic crazy-quilting class she’ll teach at Pocatello Art Center June 20 and 27 and is prepping for classes she’ll offer this fall with New Knowledge Adventures (link at end).

 “Taking a class such as what I offer can get a newbie started right. I then can help you not only with embroidery stitches, but ribbon embroidery and beading. I can point you in the direction of many other artists, books and Web sites out there,” she said.

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Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help


Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.

The study is mostly good news: More children and teens are taking mental health medicines than ever before, but more also are getting therapy, not just pills. The biggest rise in treatment rates has been among the most troubled kids.

“There’s a concern out there that a lot of children and adolescents are receiving mental health treatments, particularly medications, that they don’t need,” especially for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, said the study’s leader, Dr. Mark Olfson, a psychiatrist at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
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Color clash: What to do if you suspect your son is color blind

By Rebecca Long Pyper

If today meant another mismatched outfit for your son, don’t yell at him yet.

More kids — especially boys — than you might expect have a hard time making that rainbow connection.

 According to kidshealth.org, one of every 12 boys is probably at least slightly colorblind. Color blindness is more common in boys, and it’s hereditary, passing through the mother’s genes.

 Color blindness is a manifestation of “how the brain interprets things,” said Dr. Jay Borgholthaus, an optometrist with Summit Eyecare. “Genetically it’s made it so (the brain) doesn’t interpret it the correct way.”

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Idaho lawmakers approve child-support bill

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — 7:15 (MDT)

The Idaho Legislature has approved child-support legislation that was previously rejected over concerns of federal overreach and Islamic law.

The legislation is now headed to the Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s desk for his signature, where he’s expected to sign within the next few days.

Nine lawmakers rejected the proposal during Idaho’s regular legislative session last month.

While lawmakers spent hours debating the merits and faults in the bill, the proposal sailed through both chambers with more than two-thirds of a majority.

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Can children solve their own problems?

By Derold “De” Bates, Ed.S.

When you solve a problem for a child, you help him through his day. When you teach a child to solve his own problems, you help him through his life.

By the very nature of parenting, parents must be responsible for their kids. Without a plan to teach children to take responsibility for their own actions and solve their own problems, parents must assume this responsibility indefinitely.

Notice the word “take” in the previous sentence. Taking responsibility is empowering and motivating while being given responsibility is a chore. One way parents can teach their children to take responsibility for their own actions and solve their own problems is teaching it purposefully, making each problem a problem-solving experience for the child.

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Six steps to creating an outdoor living space

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Summer in Idaho is good — so good that it keeps even winter-haters living in the state because the anticipation of warmer months is so lovely. Homeowners can make the most of the late spring and summer by establishing an outdoor living space in the yard. A spot for entertaining or relaxing outside doesn’t have to be expensive and can be carved out with just a few pieces and accessories:

1. Area rug

Define your space — even if it’s on concrete — with an outdoor rug. It’s one way to add a little style and pattern outside, and since these rugs are made from durable materials like polypropolene, they’re designed to withstand spray-downs from the hose. That’s good because if you’ve got barbequing on the brain, you’re bound to have a few spills this summer. Clean them up quickly and get back to the party.
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Historic Chesterfield to host annual Memorial Day celebration

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Not only is Memorial Day in historic Chesterfield the big kickoff for a summer full of history, but it’s also a weekend of activities designed with families in mind.

For years events have been held each summer in Chesterfield, a village between Lava Hot Springs and Soda Springs being restored building by building by the Chesterfield Foundation since 1980.

This year festivities start May 23 at a free dance for all ages, held at 8 p.m. in the Amusement Hall. Then on May 25 volunteers have a full day of events scheduled for visitors, starting with the fifth-annual 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. The race sees as many as 100 runners and walkers, and the route starts in the heart of town and winds around and through the town site. Those who register for the Chesterfield run by May 15 are guaranteed a race-day shirt, and registration can be completed online at www.historicchesterfield.org/#!running-back-in-time.
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Spending money on your kids at the front end

By Donna Howard

  I took a financial planning class a few years ago. It was just a one-hour class designed to give us some insight into wise money management. The instructor discussed investments and interest rates, and he encouraged us to be careful as we made financial decisions.

   However, he did acknowledge that there are some things that we do that really aren’t smart, speaking in terms of finances, but are important in our own lives.

   I couldn’t help myself. From the back of the room, I said, “Like having children?”

   Everyone turned and looked at me, and then they all burst into laughter.

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Swim lessons being offered at Pocatello recreation center

City of Pocatello news release:

The City of Pocatello Community Recreation Center is currently holding registration for its summer swim lesson program, which starts June 1, 2015.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday for two weeks. There will be four sessions this summer: June 1 through 11; June 15 through 25; July 13 through 23; and July 27 through August 6. Times are every half hour 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and in the evenings at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Classes available include preschool for 3 to 5 years of age and levels 1 through 5 for children 6 years of age and older. The cost is $34 per session. Parent/child classes are held on Saturdays for four weeks, and the cost is $17 per session.
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Local elementary schools receive grants to fund healthy snacks

(BOISE) — Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced today that 118 Idaho elementary schools are being awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants to fund healthy and nutritious snacks within the school day.

Schools in Southeast Idaho receiving the grant are Aberdeen Elementary, American Falls Intermediate School, Hillcrest Elementary, William Thomas Middle School, Donald D. Stalker Elementary, Fort Hall Elementary, A.W. Johnson Elementary, Downey Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Tendoy Elementary and Washington Elementary.

“I would like to congratulate all of the school buildings receiving this grant for the upcoming year,” Superintendent Ybarra said. “It’s great to see a focus on increasing students’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables to positively impact student health.”
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What’s in a name? Baby Noah and Emma top the 2014 list

By Journal Staff

The top baby names in Idaho in 2014 mirrored the nation, according to a Thursday news release from the Social Security Administration.

The top five most popular boys’ names in descending order in the Gem State were: Liam, William, Mason, Oliver and Samuel. The top five girls’ names were: Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Abigail and Harper.

Emma was also the most popular girls’ name in the U.S. in 2014. The most popular name for a boy was Noah.

Nationwide the top 10 boys’ names for 2014 were: Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel. The top 10 girls’ names were: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte.

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Healthy reading habits: Tips for encouraging middle schoolers to keep reading recreationally

By Rebecca Long Pyper

While little kids are eager to snuggle up with Mom or Dad and a big stack of books, that love of literature starts waning when middle school enters the scene.

According to dosomething.org, an organization created for young people interested in effecting social change, 53 percent of fourth graders admit to reading recreationally “almost every day,” while only 20 percent of eighth graders say the same.

Parents can foster a positive reading climate in the home by following these tips:

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Portneuf Valley Bike Parade is this Friday

POCATELLO — The Portneuf Valley Bike To Work Bike Parade will be held Friday, May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Old Town Pocatello.

Festivities will start at 5 p.m. at the Old Town Pavilion, 420 N. Main Street. There will be face painting,  snacks and fun. Decorate your bike and/or yourself for your chance to win a prize. The bike ride will begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Participants will go on a short ride through Old Town. Pocatello Police will provide traffic control. A limited number of children’s helmets will be given away. For more information go to  http://portneufbiketowork.org

A rundown of Idaho’s current car-seat laws, plus one way to get that rear-facing car seat fitting snugly once and for all

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Knowing the right car seat for the right age is a must — and it’s enforceable by law.

In 2011 The American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendations, advising parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until the age or 2 or until they reach the highest weight and height limit noted by the manufacturer of the car seat being used.  Prior to that, many parents were accustomed to switching babies to forward facing at age 1.

Correct car-seat installation isn’t always easy, but proper fit is a must for optimal safety. Most infant car seats today have a level on the side, indicating whether the seat is sitting at the correct angle. But it can be tricky to get those rear-facing seats to sit properly — they just don’t fit as snugly as front facing, said lead police support specialist Mindi Anderson of the Pocatello Police Department. To get the angle just right, Anderson and her co-workers recommend cutting a swim noodle to wedge underneath the seat as needed.

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Celebrate endangered species at the Pocatello Zoo May 23

City of Pocatello news release

On May 23, 2015, America celebrates Endangered Species Day and our nation’s commitment to protecting endangered species and their habitat with events across the country. Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife heritage such as the American bald eagle, gray wolf, gray whale, pacific salmon and many other wildlife, fish and plants. This year at the Pocatello Zoo the funds generated will go to help the endangered Kootenai River White Sturgeon, which experts believe could be extinct by 2035.

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Imaginative play: Kids can register now for this year’s Camp Invention, an five-day experience that boosts creativity

By Sarah Glenn

For the Journal

POCATELLO –– Last year, Emily Walsh’s two boys spent the summer days building creations out of old food cartons, zipping cars in and out of dreamed-up buildings they made out of the family’s trash.

“They wanted to take apart everything,” Walsh said.

The local mother credits the surge in creativity to Camp Invention, a nationally run, non-profit summer camp returning to Pocatello June 8 through 12.

This year the camp will be hosted at Holy Spirit Catholic School, and lunch will be provided on site through the Pocatello Free Lunch program.

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New private school to open in Pocatello

POCATELLO — The Pocatello Valley Montessori School is holding an open house and general interest meeting announcing the debut of the private school opening this fall in the Roosevelt Center. The Montessori curriculum will be explained, and questions and open discussion about the new school will be facilitated. The initial opening will serve first through third grade. Future plans include daily Kindergarten classes as well as before and after school programs to meet the needs of families.

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A few bumps in the road: What parents need to know about kids and warts

 By Rebecca Long Pyper

 We associate warts with witches, but to be honest, they’re pretty prevalent with kids too.

 That’s because warts are caused by the human papillomavirus — or HPV. Like other viruses, HPV is easily transmitted, but the better hygiene kids practice, the lower their chances of contracting warts.

 Warts tend to be seen in skin that’s been beat up — think scraped knees, for instance, said Dr. Adam D. Wray, a dermatologist with Bingham Memorial Hospital. And according to KidsHealth.org, “If you touch a towel, surface or anything else someone with a wart has used, you can pick up HPV. Kids who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails get warts more often than kids who don’t. That’s why it’s important to avoid picking, rubbing or scratching a wart, whether it’s on another person or on your own body.”

 In reality both kids and adults are susceptible to viruses that cause warts, but “with birthdays on the calendar our bodies tend to become immune to warts, and that’s why we tend to see warts more commonly in kids,” Wray said.

 Here are a few things parents ought to know about children and warts:

 Warts will go away — eventually. Some vanish within several months, while others take years to disappear. “It’s difficult to predict exactly when or how fast they will go away, which is why we usually treat them,” Wray said.

 Warts can spread. The possibility of spreading is another reason Wray recommends treating them. In general, having multiple warts is not concerning, but sometimes “having many warts can be a manifestation of an immune-system dysfunction. Having many warts may change treatment options,” Wray said.

 Warts can be removed multiple ways. Some painless options do exist, like topical creams and medicine that makes the body think it’s allergic to the wart and start attacking it. But “most methods have some discomfort” attached to them, like liquid nitrogen, cantharidin application, injections and laser treatment, Wray said. The bad news is that “whenever there’s a lot of ways to treat something, it means nothing works really well, or we would just have one treatment,” he said.

 A dermatologist can determine the best plan for treating your little bumpy one. “There are a lot of ways to treat warts, and it’s just a matter of finding the best treatment for each patient,” Wray said.

Baby’s Dream recalls cribs and furniture with excessive lead

NEW YORK (AP) — Baby’s Dream Inc. is recalling about 4,600 cribs and assorted pieces of furniture because they contain excessive levels of lead paint, which can cause nervous system damage and delayed development if ingested.

The recalled cribs and furniture were sold in a vintage grey paint finish under the Brie, Braxton, Heritage, Everything Nice and Legendary collections. The items were made in Chile and sold between March 2014 and March 2015 at specialty furniture stores and at BabysDream.com. The items include cribs, hutches, nightstands, bookcases and chests.


A label at the bottom of the crib’s back frame and the back panel of the furniture lists the product name, date and location of manufacture, model number and purchase order number (PO#). Details on the model numbers included in the recall can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Babys-Dream-Recalls-Cribs-and-Furniture/

No injuries have been reported and consumers are urged to contact Baby’s Dream to arrange for an exchange. The company can be contacted at 800-835-2742 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visitwww.babysdream.com and click on the recall image for more information.

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Fundraiser set for Inkom boy diagnosed with leukemia

By Journal Staff

ARIMO — Trenton Hopkins was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks after his tenth birthday. For the past two months he and his family have been traveling to Salt Lake City weekly for his chemotherapy treatments. He is also receiving treatment at Portneuf Medical Center.

Trenton does not have health insurance and his family is facing tremendous medical bills and travel expenses that will continue to add up during his three year treatment plan.

A silent auction, raffle and free magic show will be held on Friday, May 29 at the Marsh Valley Performing Arts Center, 12655 S Old US Highway 91 in Arimo. The silent auction and raffle will begin at 6 p.m. and the magic show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Items to be raffled off include furniture, jewelery, a rifle, girls and boys .22s, gift baskets and a guided bear hunt.

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Fiber fair in Idaho Falls offers classes for knitting, weaving and spinning amateurs and pros alike

By Rebecca Long Pyper

It isn’t easy to sum up the Snake River Fiber Arts Fest, but Kate Wolski, president of the Weaving, Spinning and Fiber Arts Guild of Idaho Falls hosting the event, calls it a knitting, weaving and spinning instructional and supply extravaganza.

If that’s something that gets your creative wheels turning, plan to attend the fest May 15 through 17 at Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls.

Classes are available for those new to the world of fiber arts and old pros too. Advanced crafters might enjoy instruction on how to make variegated yarn or tips for reading knitting charts. And for beginners, the guild offers lots of options; one of the most popular is a beginning spinning class, and for that “you don’t even have to have a wheel; you just need to reserve one,” Wolski said, which can be done by calling 521-5343. Another class for newbies is an introduction to fiber arts — where to start, what supplies to buy and more.

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Pocatello area high school graduation schedules

Century High School: Practice is May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Holt Arena. Graduation is May 21 at 12 p.m.

Pocatello High School: Practice is May 21 at 7 a.m. in the Holt Arena. Graduation is May 21 at 3 p.m.

Highland High School: Practice is May 21 at 9 a.m. in the Holt Arena. Graduation is at 6 p.m.

New Horizon Center rehearsal is May 20 at 4 p.m., graduation is at 6 p.m. at the school.

Calling all artists: Dust off those brushes and attend Pocatello Art Center’s classes, workshops

By Rebecca Long Pyper

The artists behind Pocatello Art Center are leaving local artists and those who want to be with no excuse for neglecting their creativity any longer.

With a full slate of classes, workshops and chances to drop by the center for individualized instruction, past president and educational chair Carolyn Purnell said artists, ranging from beginners to intermediate-advanced, are honing their skills with the help of Pocatello Art Center instructors.

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ISU researcher exploring the relationship of sleep, health and behavior requests the participation of local children

By Sarah Glenn

For the Journal

POCATELLO –– For the past decade Maria Wong, Ph.D., has been studying sleep’s connection to adolescent behaviors. The Idaho State University professor’s landmark research has been featured in “Time Magazine,” published in scholarly journals and cited by other researchers worldwide.

But to move forward with her most recent study, she needs a little local help. The ISU Psychology Department is looking for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who can participate in a longitudinal study alongside their parents. The study needs at least 150 more participants as it runs its course over the coming years. Activities will include interviews, questionnaires, cognitive tests, wearing an activity watch and an EEG-monitored sleep assessment.

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Portneuf Medical Center offers free childbirth classes

Portneuf Medical Center believes that childbirth education is essential for expectant parents and so our childbirth classes are now FREE OF CHARGE. We feel the classes will help parents be more prepared for the birth of their baby and reduce anxiety associated with the experience. We would love for all parents to participate in our classes and hope that you will find the time to do so.

 For more information and to sign up for classes, go to www.portmed.org or call (208) 239-1437. We recommend that you begin taking classes any time between the 28th and 36th week of gestation.

Otter releases proposed child support bill amendments

KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has released his proposed amendments to a child support enforcement bill to address concerns of federal overreach and disputed claims that Idaho would be forced to uphold rulings made under Islamic law.

Otter released the new 37-page bill Thursday. The legislation will be debated and voted on during a special legislative session May 18.

The proposed amendments address concerns raised by Idaho’s conservative Republican lawmakers who voted against the original measure this year. Legislator claimed the bill failed to protect against federal government overreach and lacked appropriate measures to ensure Idaho wouldn’t face foreign encroachment into state and U.S. affairs.

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For Mom: With Mother’s Day just a week away, consider the top jewelry trends for a can’t-be-beat gift

 By Rebecca Long Pyper

 The day celebrating the woman who fed you, bathed you, read to you and raised you is one week away, and you’ve got to buy a gift.

 No pressure.

 For adult children and husbands alike, shopping for Mother’s Day takes on two different sentiments — and maybe price points too. But regardless of which category you fall into, jewelry is a traditional option that resonates with a lot of ladies, especially when sentimental value is attached.

 “Jewelry is the outward expression of inward emotion,” said Lance Buttars, owner of Molinelli’s Jewelers. “Every piece of jewelry we sell has the possibility to be an heirloom.”

 Jewelry for moms today is all about two things: stackables and building a story. Pandora, the bracelet built on charms with special meaning to the wearer, has had its moment and gave rise to idea of layering on the bangles, but the latest big thing is the stackable Alex and Ani expandable bracelet — “it has taken the country by storm,” Buttars said.

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Public swim hours changing at Pocatello Community Recreation Center

City of Pocatello news release

The Community Recreation Center (CRC), 144 Wilson Avenue, announces a change in public swim hours beginning Thursday, May 14 2015 for the summer season.

Public swim will only be available Monday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until the fall. Lifeguards are on duty during public swim time.

CRC daily use admissions are $5.00 for adults ages 18-59; $3.00 for seniors age 60+; $3.00 for children ages 6-17; and $2.25 for ages 1- 5; and under 1 are free. Punch cards are also available for non-members who use public swim on a regular basis. Family Night specials are available Monday evenings with half-price admissions after 7 p.m.

Digging deep: Tips for growing your first garden

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Planting your first garden can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and following these tips from local gardeners with years of experience, even new growers can have a successful harvest.

1. Watch the weather before getting started. “This year, the way the weather is, is crazy. I’m waiting till the weather settles a little bit and the ground gets a little warmer,” said Tony Mendive, who claims he isn’t an expert gardener but said he’s been growing a vegetable garden “all my life” — and he’s 80 years old. He plans to start tilling his soil soon, and he’ll get his seeds in the ground shortly thereafter.

The weather also dictates watering. When rain is in the forecast or is coming down, there’s no need to water. But when the soil looks dry, give your plants a good drink.
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Dana Smith Dance Studio to present annual spring recital

POCATELLO — DSDS, Dana Smith Dance Studio, will present their annual spring recital on Saturday, May 16 at the Pocatello High School auditorium at 7 p.m., located at 325 N. Arthur Ave. Students from ages 3 to 18 years old will dance a variety of styles from ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop to the theme of “Love,” dancing to classic hit love songs throughout the decades.

Two weeks following on Friday, May 29 at 7 p.m. DSDS will present Tuellerettes in Concert, also at the Pocatello High School auditorium. The award-winning Tuellerettes Dance Troupe and other DSDS companies will display their most impressive routines choreographed by some of the nation’s most sought-after choreographers. A very special number will also be presented by DSDS alumni from the past 28 years.
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First Friday Art Walk in full swing

By Sarah Glenn

POCATELLO –– On Friday evenings, beneath vintage brick buildings and the quaint storefronts of Old Town Pocatello, scattered groups will meander among art and music for Old Town Pocatello’s First Friday Art Walk.

“It is a great opportunity for kids to be exposed to different types of art available in our community,” said Stephanie Palagi, executive director of Old Town Pocatello, Inc.

More than 25 local artists set up inside Old Town shops and display their work. During the summer some businesses encourage kids to create sidewalk-chalk masterpieces outside their storefronts while bands play nearby and charities host raffles.
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Games that’ll make critical thinking fun for kids

By Rebecca Long Pyper
For the Journal

Editor’s note: Last Thursday the Family page featured an article with tips for incorporating higher-level thinking into everyday activities with children. Today’s article highlights games that promote this kind of thinking.

Critical thinking might not sound like fun, but there are lots of games that require more advanced thinking — and they’re easy enough that even the littlest of kids can play along.

When they do, they’ll develop skills that’ll serve them for a lifetime.

“Critical thinking is not something we’re born with; it’s something we learn,” said Blackfoot School District 55 gifted-and-talented facilitator Vicki Chase.
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Causes and treatment of Little League shoulder

By Nathan Richardson

For the Journal

If a young athlete in your family — particularly a baseball pitcher or catcher or even a tennis player — has been complaining of shoulder pain or pain between their and elbow, they might be suffering from a condition called Little League shoulder (LLS).

LLS injuries are on the rise and typically occur from overuse and repetitive rotational stress to the growth plates of the humerus — the long upper arm bone that connects the shoulder to the elbow. The growth plate is located on the upper arm bone near the shoulder, and when that area becomes inflamed or irritated, it could mean that the athlete has Little League shoulder.
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Love Your Lines: stretch marks go viral in support of women

LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Karly Vedan was 9 when she first noticed stretch marks popping on her legs.

“I grew pretty tall really fast,” she said. “They looked really creepy, like something scratched my knees.”

Well, fast forward more than a decade and her lines have lots of company. Before giving birth a year ago to an adorable son, at 35 weeks into her pregnancy, lines had taken over her tummy.
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WIC Walk-In clinic hours will be changed at Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s Pocatello office, located at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, will be offering walk-in clinics for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) starting on Wednesday, May 6th. These walk-in clinics will be held on Wednesdays only from 8am-noon and 2pm to 5pm.

If preferred, you may also schedule an appointment by calling 239-5263. For more information, please visit www.siphidaho.org. To become a fan of the Southeastern Idaho Public Health, go to www.facebook.com/siphidaho.

On its last leg: How to mend holes in kids’ jeans

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Just when it seems safe to throw out the trashed jeans of winter and fill the kids’ drawers with shorts, it happens: another snowy spring day in Idaho. If you’re trying to get just a little more mileage out of the holey jeans your kids have worn (out) this school year, you’re not alone. Pocatello Sewing School owner Hanna Geshelin shares her professional tips for patching holes in knees — whether you sew or not:

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How to promote critical thinking in your kids

By Rebecca Long Pyper
For the Journal

Whether your child is a mini-genius or currently fails to read at grade level, instilling higher-level thinking skills in youths is crucial, and can set them up to make better choices throughout their lives.

“On a basic level, how do we as human beings make choices? We have to have critical-thinking skills to make any choice in our life. If you want free agency for everyone, this is essential,” said Blackfoot School District 55 gifted-and-talented facilitator Vicki Chase.

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Family Fun Circus coming to Pocatello

The Family Fun Circus will be held at the Bannock County Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 3.

There will be daredevils, clowns, circus animals, juggling, hand balancing, contortion, a human cannonball and the Motorcycle Madness Globe of Death.

Tickets will be available one hour before each show. Coupons for for free children’s tickets with paid adult are available at local merchants and at Pocatello area schools.

Show times will be at 3 and 5:30 p.m. and the show will last an hour and a half. Adult tickets are $15 and children’s tickets are $10.


Going from controlling children to enjoying them

By Derold “De” Bates, Ed.S.

Sometimes it is not good to work yourself out of a job, but in successful parenting, that is precisely our goal.

When a baby is born, he is 99 percent dependant upon his parents. By the time he is 18 years old he should be at least 95 percent independent. What goes on in those 18 years is what we call “parenting.” Parents, then, have about 18 years to transfer the control of a child’s life to the child. I call this the science and the art of parenting.

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health partners with Healthy Place Counseling and Health West to offer free tobacco-cessation programs

 By Rebecca Long Pyper

Three local agencies are combining forces to help locals overcome their tobacco addiction through a free program.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health, Healthy Place Counseling and Health West will run the Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program twice this spring. The first group will start April 23, and the second begins April 28. The program includes four sessions taught once a week for four consecutive weeks.

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Repurposed books craft for teens and adults

Marshall Public Library news release:

In honor of Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary, Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library, 113 South Garfield Avenue, is hosting a free craft for teens and adults on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Participants will repurpose Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and plastic containers to create a planter. All participants will leave with a potted plant. Earth Day, established in 1970, is celebrated annually on April 22 to promote environmental awareness. 

To ensure enough supplies for this craft, interested participants must join the event on the Library’s Facebook page http://facebook.com/marshallpl on or before Wednesday, April 22.

For more information, call 232-1263 extension 112.

Finalists chosen for 2015 Inspirational Teacher Award

News release 

POCATELLO – The J.R. Simplot Company will present the 2015 Inspirational Teacher Award on Tuesday, April 28thto 20 educators from Pocatello School District #25. The awards will be presented at 7:00 pm in Highland High School’s Cafeteria. One of the teachers will receive $500 and nineteen teachers will each receive $100.

Each year hundreds of students, parents, and fellow teachers nominate the teacher that has inspired them the most. The Simplot Company advertises for nominations through local media and in local schools. This year we received almost 2000 nominations for over 350 different teachers.

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Bar J Wraglers to perform in Pocatello

POCATELLO — The Bar J Wranglers cowboy music and comedy group from Jackson, Wyoming will perform at the Calvary Chapel, 1633 Olympus Drive on Thursday, April 30.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, a silent auction, photo booth and a bake sale. The concert is being hosted by the Calvary Chapel Christian School of Pocatello.

For more information on pricing and to purchase your tickets please stop by or call 208-237-9500.


New business specializing in antiques opens in downtown Pocatello

By Rebecca Long Pyper

One way to infuse a home with a bit of soul is to decorate with antique pieces, and that’s precisely the inventory of choice at Black Rail Antiques, 312 E. Center in Pocatello.

“We are specializing in antiques,” said Jeri Lewis, who co-owns the store with business partner Guy Cotroneo. “We do have collectibles also, but we’re trying to stay on that antique trail.”

One way to do that was in selecting the location itself. In December 2014 Black Rail opened in what was formerly The Peoples’ Store, a business run by two generations of the Gasser family. From 1892 to 1962 the store sold dry goods and clothing on the main floor; professional offices were housed upstairs. Today, the Black Rail boasts two stories of antiques, with a few “man’s cave” staples like neon signs thrown in for fun, Lewis said. And lest you assume that the inventory is just castoffs being cycled locally, Lewis said, “Most of our larger furniture right now has come out of the West-coast area.”

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Family fun workshop with Lillian Hubler

Submitted by the Eastern Idaho Education Association

POCATELLO — Nationally known presenter Lillian Hubler is scheduled to have a free family-fun workshop on April 24 at the Idaho State University Pond Student Union building from 7 to 8 p.m.

Hubler is the founder and President of Time to Sign Inc. She’s trained more than 50,000 educators nationwide, and is the foremost sign-language trainer of young children’s educators. She is a dynamic speaker and a talented linguist. She’s fluent in Spanish, English, French, Italian and German, as well as American Sign Language.

A fashionista among us: Local teen creates custom fashions from throwaway items

By Rebecca Long Pyper

What most folks treat as trash, Cartier Dior Eliasen sees as treasure.

She turns disposables and recyclables like sheet music, plastic and worn-out maps into fashion — and we’re not talking t-shirts here. Tax forms and Post-It Notes transform into formal dresses once she and her sewing machine get to them. It’s a hobby she adopted six years ago at age 9, her own little twist on haute couture. And she’s got big plans for the future.

“I hope to keep working on dresses and improving my skills. I am currently working on my fall/winter collection, which I plan to show at the Zonta Fashion Show in April,” said Eliasen, who uses just “Cartier Dior” as her professional name, for obvious reasons. “I plan on going to design school, and I would love to go to either Parsons School of Design or Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, both of which are in Paris. After that my dream would be to show at Paris Fashion Week.”

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Support close to home: Free mini-conference offers tips and support to local families of children with disabilities

By Rebecca Long Pyper

The Midweek Mini-Conference, designed to support families of children with disabilities, will be held April 14 through 16 at the Clarion Inn in Pocatello.

This marks the first time the biennial mini-conference is being held in east Idaho. Sponsored by Idaho Parents Unlimited, the mini-conferences are designed to address topics from early childhood to transition to adulthood and every juncture in between. “It really, truly is the broad range — there’s really something for everyone,” said IPUL executive director Angela Lindig.

And to make it easier for parents to attend, the conference is free.

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Century High School student Angela Forhan receives President’s Volunteer Service award

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 news release

POCATELLO —  Angela Forhan, a student at Century High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Century High School nominated Angela for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service of 500 hours.

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Gem and mineral club welcomes families to its annual show

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Rock collections are a staple of childhood, and if your kids have a pile of pretty ones in their bedrooms, put a smile on their faces by attending this year’s South East Idaho Gem and Mineral Show at the North Bannock County Fairgrounds, 10588 Ifft Road in Pocatello. The show runs April 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, and kids under 12 are free with an adult.

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Pitch, Hit & Run™event coming to Pocatello

 City of Pocatello news release:

970740_59654285The City of Pocatello Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a local Pitch, Hit & Run™event, which is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®.The event will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at NOP Park.

Pitch, Hit & Run™(PHR) provides the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition, including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  At all levels, girls and boys compete separately in PHR events.

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Pocatello High School art students paint and draw portraits for disadvantaged children in Mexico

By Rebecca Long Pyper

For 13 hours Pocatello High School art student Eleazar Resendiz analyzed the photo of a girl he’d never met.

He knew little about her — she is five, and she lives in Mexico — but he wanted to draw her portrait and give her the kind of gift she’d treasure for a lifetime.

Resendiz wasn’t the only art student with this kind of goal in mind. Fellow students in Poky’s advanced painting and drawing classes also pored over photos, trying to figure out just how they’d turn a picture into a keepsake for a child they’d never meet.

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Just a few minutes of daily meditation can lead to better physical, mental health

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Feeling stressed? If you can spare 10 minutes a day, you can start overcoming anxiety and the hamster wheel of worry with the help of meditation.

“(Meditation) means that we’re mindful and that we’re calming the chaos in our brains,” said Karen Donaldson of EXCEL Weight Loss Solutions. A big part of meditation is mindfulness, or “hitting your pause button long enough to see what’s going on in your mind and your body,” she said.

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April 15 approved as a non-school day for seniors in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25

POCATELLO — In accordance with Idaho Code, all 11th graders must take a college entrance exam to meet high school graduation requirements. The SAT will be administered state-wide on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

The paper/pencil test will be administered during the school day and takes approximately 5 hours. Tenth graders are involved in ISAT 2.0 testing on this date.  To free up staff members to supervise testing and reduce noise and distractions by students who will not be testing, April 15th will be an approved non-school day for Seniors. All other students will have a regular school schedule on that day.

Mom and Me fun run/walk

In its 8th successful year, Southeastern Idaho Public Health will again host the Annual Mom n’ Me 5k Fun Run/Walk. The event will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Centennial Park. On-site registration for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the 5k run/walk beginning at 10:00 a.m. To register on-line, visit www.siphidaho.org or download a registration form and deliver it to Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive, Pocatello. The cost for the event is $10 for an individual, $35 for Family/Group of Four, and Children 5 & Under are FREE. Shirts are optional for children 5 and Under and the cost is $7.50.


The Mom n’ Me 5k Fun Run/Walk is an effort to create a healthy tradition for friends and family on Mother’s Day. Everyone and all abilities are welcome! The event will be held at Centennial Park this year. The event is held on the Portneuf Greenway, beginning and ending at Centennial Park. This allows easy access for all generations. Following the event, refreshments, raffle prizes, and flowers will be provided to participants. Start this Mother’s Day off right with an experience you will remember for years to come.


** Other Important Things to Know **

• Register by Thursday, April 30th, 2015 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

• Early registration shirt pick-up will take place on Friday, May 9th at Southeastern Idaho Public Health.

• Shirts are NOT guaranteed for on-site and late registration.

• This is a non-timed event.

• For safety reasons, please leave your pets at home.

For more information, please contact Tracy McCulloch at Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 239-5250 (tmcculloch@siph.idaho.gov) or visit www.siphidaho.org.

Instant ambience: Sconces the secret to more mood and more style at home

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Washing your walls with light can be a difference maker stylewise. It’s the secret ingredient between a house that simply has light fixtures and one that’s well lit and feels good too. That’s because wall sconces provide rooms with one important thing: ambience.

“Lighting is the jewelry of the home,” said Trissa Cameron, a lighting designer with L & K Carpet One in Pocatello. “It affects the mood and the feel of a home. When you have a really good lighting layout, your home just feels good.”

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Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 kindergarten registration is April 9

POCATELLO —  Registration for children entering Kindergarten in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 for the 2015-2016 school year will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Registration will be at area schools between 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Children must register at the school they will attend. Spring registration helps the district make plans for placement of students and provides parents with information about the school and kindergarten program.

Children who will attend public school kindergarten in the fall of 2015 must be five on or before September 1, 2015.

To register you must bring child’s certified birth certificate (available from the Idaho Bureau of Vital Statistics), verification of residence (current utility bill), and proof of immunizations.

Beekeeping 101: Thinking about starting your own hive? Use these tips from a pro to set up your swarm for success

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Beekeeping is catching on as more and more people engage in hobby farming, with chickens pecking in the yard, vegetables growing in containers and a buzzing hive in the back.

Perhaps part of the interest in bees comes from positives like natural honey and improved pollination, or maybe it’s motivated by concerns about the future of the bees, especially because of Colony Collapse Disorder. But another reason for the popularity comes from the craving for peace of mind.

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Highland Cheer wins fifth straight 5A State Grand Championship

The 2014-15 HHS Cheer Team has done it again, being crowned the 5A State Cheer Grand Champions on March 21st at the Ford Idaho Center in Boise.  The team was going in as the 4-time reigning state champs and were not ready to give up that title just yet–they ultimately met and exceeded that goal.  Competing against 15 other 5A teams from around the state, the team came home with nearly perfect scores and 1st Place Honors in all 5 categories: Show, Sideline, Pom, Stunt and, most importantly, the State Academic Award with an overall GPA of 3.772–these girls are talented and SMART!  The 28 member team was led to victory by their SENIORS: Co-Captain Paige Sampson and Morgan Duffin, both attending Utah State in the Fall; Co-Captain Aubrey Penrod, attending BYU in the Fall; Amanda Dixon, attending BYU-Idaho in the Fall, Tanae Hugues and Jade Underwood, both attending Boise State in the Fall. 

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Science Fair and potato bar to be held at Hawthorne Middle School

POCATELLO — Hawthorne Middle School will host a Science Night and Potato Bar on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 Students will display and demonstrate their science projects. Community organizations will have science displays for students, their families and guests to experience.

 The school’s Parent Teacher Organization will host a potato bar to raise funds to purchase ChromeBooks for the school. The cost of the potato bar is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family

A broader perspective: Experts now recommend a whole-diet approach to childhood nutrition

By Rebecca Long Pyper

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new policy for children’s nutrition, encouraging a whole-diet approach and broader perspective when deciding what’s best to feed kids.

Previously more focused attention was encouraged, where parents and caretakers considered things like amount of sugar, fat and specific nutrients in specific foods independent of each other; now experts are saying it’s best to adopt an overall look, one that judges the quality of whole diet rather than foods separate and distinct.

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Family mealtime promotes more than healthier eating

By Sarah Glenn 

For the Journal

Obesity, depression and eating disorders all have one thing in common, according to research from Cornell University: They can each be curbed by family dinnertime.

The old-fashioned tradition of a conversation-filled family dinner can be challenging for even the most dedicated families. In a frenetic dance many evenings jump from music lessons to school sports to homework, skipping a sit-down meal entirely. Entire organizations and industries have been built on the idea that families need (and will pay for) help creating quality family dinnertime.

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By Donna Howard

For the Journal

Mothers know that disasters are going to happen. We hope they won’t, but they do — and with surprising regularity.

If a child is quiet for more than 32 seconds, it’s high time to check on them. They could have emptied out their whole dresser or made clouds of flour in the kitchen. They might be using a permanent marker to draw a mural on a younger sibling, or the more adventurous ones might have one leg over the windowsill of a second-story window.

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Grand central: Grandparent-grandchild relationships produce spiritual, psychological benefits

By Rebecca Long Pyper

It’s never too late to become the kind of grandparent you want to be, and it just might turn out to be as good for you as it is for your grandchild.

Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, who operates the non-profit Foundation for Grandparenting, said close grandparents and grandkids have a “spiritual connection”; of his intergenerational research, he said, “I noticed aspects of their relationship that could not adequately be explained in psychological terms. I became aware that something more than what I understood as emotion was operating between elders and children.”

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Crafting a welcoming entrance

By Rebecca Hermance

Something about spring makes me want to decorate our front door. Whether it is to welcome warmer weather or to welcome your guests, door decorations can help give your home a friendly vibe.

While browsing through a few stores the other day I noticed a lot of bright pastel Easter and spring decorations. There were wreaths made from deeply colored eggs and many with spring flowers, an abundance of nests and birds. While the colors are obviously spring in theme, they are richer and more fun than the soft pastels of the past.

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Shoppers who buy from Habitat for Humanity ReStore can save cash, support a charitable cause

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Things at home are bound to break, get dinged, be scratched or fall apart all together, but before running to the hardware store for new supplies, locals in Pocatello can save an average of 30 to 40 percent by shopping at Habitat for Humanity ReStore — and support a charitable cause while at it.

That’s because all proceeds go towards providing decent and affordable housing in Pocatello and Chubbuck, said Ben LaBarge of the ReStore. The bulk of funds are used for constructing one Habitat homes per year. The volunteer-powered group is currently constructing its eleventh house in Pocatello, a project that will wrap by the first part of July.

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Creative contests with the earth in mind: Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair to encourage imaginative ways of thinking about recycling and the environment

By Sarah Glenn 

POCATELLO –– Kids with a creative knack and a love of the environment have a chance to let their talents shine April 18 at the 2015 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair.

Kids can create an illustrated poem, design an original fashion or a build a sculpture from recycled materials.

“I think that it has just become a really great community event; there’s a lot of activity, a lot to do,” said Hannah Sanger, environmental coordinator for the City of Pocatello and one of the planners of the event.

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Third- through fifth-graders invited to attend Science Trek 2015 and learn from the pros

By Rebecca Long Pyper
For the Journal

A chance to sleep among prehistoric beasts and ancient relics? Sounds like a scene straight from a movie, but your kid can have that experience at Science Trek 2015.

Now in its 26th year, Science Trek will be held April 24 at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. Third- through fifth-graders are invited, but the registration deadline is March 31. Cost is $43. For registration and permission forms, visit imnh.isu.edu.

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Fresh face: How tweens and teens can score a glowing, healthy complexion

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Pop quiz: When should kids start washing their faces morning and night?

The answer might surprise you: Physician assistant Amy McKinlay of U Med Spa recommends starting a skin-care regimen around age 9 or 10, well before puberty for most kids. That means the first crop of pimples might be a too-late signal that your teen’s complexion needs some attention, she said.

So be proactive instead. “The skincare habits you show your teen today will help keep her skin healthy for the rest of her life,” said McKinlay. “Creating good skin-care habits at a young age sets a great foundation that will pay off far into the future.”

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“Kid U Summer Camp 2015″

POCATELLO — The Idaho State University College of Education will be hosting “Kid U Summer Camp 2015.” Taught by certified teachers, the all-day camp, held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will blend summer activities with language arts, math and science curriculum. The first session will be held June 1 – 19 and the second session will be held from July 6-24. The cost of the camp is $40 per day (call for availability), $150 per week (early bird $125), a single full session is $425 ($400 early bird), or $850 for both sessions ($775 early bird). Early bird registration ends May 1. Registration opens April 1.

Two daily snacks will be provided. Lunch must be brought from home.

For more information on the camps and online registration, visit ed.isu.edu/KidU, email kiducamp@isu.edu or call (208) 681-2996.


Idaho Senate OKs no-risk private education contracts

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Senate has passed a plan to let the state’s education department enter contracts with private companies for education programs, and then only pay after the program has been proven to work.

Republican Sen. Bob Nonini from Coeur d’Alene, who sponsored the “Pay for Success” bill, told lawmakers Wednesday that the private companies hold all the risk.

Usually, the state needs to use its own dollars to fund pilot programs.
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Registration for summer driver ed in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District to begin

By Journal staff

POCATELLO — Registration for summer driver education in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 begins March 31 and will stay open until the course is filled. Please register any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, at the back of the Education Service Center, 3115 Pole Line Road, Pocatello.

The summer session runs June 8 through July 17. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must have purchased their permit before they can register. To receive your permit, students must be 14 1/2 years of age before they go to the license bureau, you must have a letter of compliance, available at your school office, and it is mandatory you must bring an original state-certified birth certificate. Hospital birth certificates, heirloom certificates and copies are NOT acceptable.
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Easter-basket ideas

By Rebecca Long Pyper
Easter comes early this year — April 5 is the big day — so save yourself some stress by thinking about those baskets early.
Need new baskets? Try these ideas:
• Buy big metal buckets in a fun color or paint some yourself. Add names with vinyl letters.
• For an easy, yet custom look, buy a pretty basket with a liner, then take the liner to an embroidery shop and have your child’s name or monogram added to it.
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Revolution Cheer hosting six week cheer clinic

Revolution Cheer will be holding a six week cheer clinic for kids ages 3-12 years.  The clinic will be held at Revolution Sports Center.  Practice will be held 1 time per week for 6 weeks, with a performance for parents at the end.  Free t-shirt for participants.  Clinic starts the week of April 7, 2015.  Cost is $45.00 per athlete.  Register by emailing revolutioncheeridaho@gmail.com or attending registration dates on Tuesday, March 24 and 31 from 4:00-6:00pm at Revolution Sports Center located off Poleline Road. Questions, call 705-4510.

Ramp Riot coming to Pocatello

Ramp Riot, a two day X-Games style event, will be held April 17 and 18 at the Holt Arena in Pocatello. There will be two freestyle motocross jumps over 75 feet and a 40-foot  BMX mega-ramp. There will be a BMX triples course consisting of two BMX jumps and a 14 foot quarter-pipe. The competitions will be held each night from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be three levels of tickets available at www.idahostatetickets.com or by calling 282-FANS. The basic tickets are $15 per day or $27 for two. Medium tickets are $21 or $37 for both days. VIP tickets are $28 or $49 for two days. There will also be two-day riot passes for $80. Family four-packs are also available for both the medium and VIP tickets.

Photo courtesy of Colton Satterfield

Photo courtesy of Colton Satterfield

Socially (un)acceptable: If interactions with others make you more than a little nervous, turn things around with these suggestions from a pro

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Clammy palms and sweaty armpits are part and parcel of interviewing for a job or presenting a report at school, but for some, even simple interactions like “hi, how are you?” can jumpstart an anxiety attack.

Whether as an adult embarrassed by your own social skills or as a parent concerned about your teenager’s lack thereof, social awkwardness is a real issue for many people. Such folks have become the subject of sitcom characterization; watch any program designed for teens or young adults, and you’ll be sure to see a “weird” friend, the one who stands out in the group as a little quirky or downright odd.

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How to arrange open shelving

By Rebecca Hermance

The days of completely enclosed kitchen storage are over. More and more often people are opting to include a mixture of open shelves and closed cabinets in their kitchens. If you love the look of open shelving in the kitchen but are worried that it will get dusty or hard to maintain, try these simple solutions to keep things looking great.

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Chips and dip for March Madness

By Rebecca Long Pyper

If the terms “sweet sixteen” and “elite eight” are resonating through your home (or man cave) this month, you or your crew are probably March Madness fans.

And if that fandom requires feeding a slew of starving sports lovers, make it easy on yourself by preparing a dip or two for them to dig into. Try these recipes, sure to feed a crowd and please them too.

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Monster Truck Grand Nationals to be held in Pocatello April 4

POCATELLO — The Monster Truck Grand Nationals and Thrill Show will be held Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Idaho State University Holt Arena.

Ten monster trucks will compete: Ghost Ryder, Bigfoot, Heartbreaker, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Nasty Boy, Unnamed-Untamed, Rat Attack, Rislone Defender, Menace and Freedom Keeper.
There will also be side by side mud drag racing and bump and ruff tuff truck races. Also take a ride in Arachnophobia driven by Scott Anderson of Idaho Falls.
Super value tickets are $20 per person and are seats in the upper four corners of the arena. Mid-range tickets are $25 per person and are seats from rows 21-38. VIP tickets are $28 and are seats in rows 1-20. VIP ticket holders also receive a pit pass that allows them into the Holt Arena up to two hours before the show to check out the trucks up close and in person. There are family ticket packs available at a discounted rate for those buying four or more tickets.
Purchase tickets at Vickers Western Stores in Pocatello or Idaho Falls, online at www.isu.edu/tickets, by calling the Holt Arena box office at 282-FANS and by stopping by the Holt Arena box office during regular business hours.
For more information go to http://badboysofracing.com/2015/02/11/april-4th-pocatello-idaho/

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Idaho Parents Unlimited to host mini conference on parenting children with special needs

POCATELLO — Idaho Parents Unlimited will present the Mid Week Mini Conference April 14-16 at the Clarion Inn, The conference is free to families. 

The conference will feature keynote speaker Nancy Thomas and discussions on parenting, Reactive Attachment Disorder and childhood behaviors.

Register by April 1 online at www.ipulidaho.org or call 208-342-5884 or 1-800-242-IPUL (4785). Email parents@ipulidaho.org

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Aviary attraction: Want to see some pretty plumage? Spring is the best time for bird watching in Idaho

By Rebecca Long Pyper

With spring starting today bird enthusiasts in southeast Idaho are dusting off their binoculars and getting ready for a colorful show.

That’s because spring is the best time of year for local birdwatching, said bird enthusiast Chuck Trost, who started the Portneuf Valley Audubon in 1973.

It doesn’t take much to get started. You’ll need a pair of binoculars — Trost said you can get a good pair for $200, and it’s worth the cash because “you’ve got to be able to see the birds.” If you’re serious about birdwatching as a hobby, a telescope and a tripod or window mount are worthy investments too.

He also recommends apps like iBird Pro, which contains images of all the birds in North America and their songs; it allows users to search multiple attributes and plays bird songs and calls that attract birds. Books are a good resource too; check out “The Sibley Guide to Birds” and National Geographic’s “Complete Birds of North America.”

Once you’ve got your binoculars and your books “the best way to get started is to come on Audubon field trips,” Trost said. The local chapter, Portneuf Valley Audubon, meets nine months a year and has a membership of 175 people from Pocatello, Soda Springs, Blackfoot and American Falls. The third Saturday of each month the group is active, members head out together to see as many feathered friends as possible. “Go with somebody that’s good, and you’ll learn a lot,” Trost said.

In Idaho the birds bring the show to you. The watching gets good in March and April but peaks in May and June when colorful birds stop to breed here or take a break mid migration to fatten up en route to breeding grounds further north. “They are often in breeding plumage and starting to sing their songs to attract mates. This is a fantastic time of year to be out observing and listening,” current Portneuf Valley Audubon president Barb North said.

One of North’s favorite species that passes through and sometimes sticks around for awhile is the western tanager. With its yellow body; black wings, tail and back; and orange-red head, it’s a colorful annual visitor. Also, Idaho’s state bird, the mountain bluebird, can be seen around southeast Idaho once you leave city limits, North said.

Because of the elevation around Pocatello, the chances of seeing an array of species are especially good in areas like Scout Mountain. But before you leave for your first birdwatching venture, remember a few things. You need to be quiet — “when people get out and start talking, you can’t hear a darn thing,” Trost said. Wear muted colors rather than white or brights, and you’ll better blend in with the surroundings. And leave those dogs at home because they’ll scare away birds.

If identifying species you see is important to you, North recommends making small drawings of birds and noting the size in relation to something familiar, like “bigger than a breadbox” or “smaller than a sparrow.” “These characteristics you can look up later in a field guide or ask another person to help you identify it,” North said.

Also pay attention to what the bird is doing. “Often you can learn much about a bird by what you see it doing, such as walking up tree trunks, digging in the ground, catching small insects from a branch, sitting quietly beside the trunk of the tree (or) sings only from the top of the brush or tree,” she said.

Sidebar: For more information on the Portneuf Valley Audubon and for suggestions on where to go birdwatching around Pocatello, visit www.pvaudubon.org.

: The western tanager visits Idaho each spring; its colorful markings make it a favorite among birdwatching enthusiasts. Other favorites include the yellow warbler and lazuli bunting. Photo courtesy Sue Weeg

: The western tanager visits Idaho each spring; its colorful markings make it a favorite among birdwatching enthusiasts. Other favorites include the yellow warbler and lazuli bunting. Photo courtesy Sue Weeg

Jefferson Elementary students receive grant for Crates of the Moon Field trip

POCATELLO — Jefferson Elementary 5th grade teachers planned to take students on a field trip to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. They were faced with the dilemma of how to pay for transportation.

Students wrote a grant to the National Park Trust to request funding for their field trip. They worked in groups to research, brainstorm, write and edit responses to the grants 4 questions.

On Monday, March 16th the 5th grade students and teachers were notified that their hard work paid off! They received the grant for $870 to pay the transportation cost to the park.

Willing and ABLE: New savings account allows parents with special-needs children to better provide financially now and in the future

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Parents of children with special needs will soon have a better way to provide for their children’s future.

In January Congress passed the A Better Life Experience Act, which amends Section 529 of the tax code — that’s the college-savings-account option — so those who raise or those who love a child with a disability can set aside money tax free to cover necessary costs. Money from the accounts could be used for expenses like education, housing, transportation, medical and dental care, technologies designed to assist those with disabilities and funeral and burial costs.
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Making a case for cursive: Why one Idaho legislator is working hard to save cursive and its place in the classroom

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Elementary teachers in Idaho have a chance to save an endangered species.

The creature threatened? Cursive handwriting. Saving it from curriculum extinction has become the mission of Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, who introduced legislation passed in 2013 that provides a cursive standard for teachers; this standard is state specific and separate from the federal Common Core, granting teachers the ability to continue teaching cursive in Idaho classrooms. His goal? To prepare the next generation with the ability to read and write in script.
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A smarter home: Smart-home technology forecasted to become big business in coming years

By Sarah Glenn

In the minds of homebuyers around the world, the white picket fence is giving way to the glow of the green smart home — at least according to market researchers.

The global smart-homes market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent between today and 2020, according to research firm Reportlinker. NextMarket Insights says that the smart-home business will jump from being worth less than $2 billion worldwide in 2012 to $10.9 billion by 2017. Thermostats that intuitively set themselves, refrigerators that tell you how much milk you have left and lights and locks controlled by a mobile phone are the wave of the future.
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Time for play: Why parents of small children ought to add playdates to their family’s schedule

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Providing chances for your children to play with other kids is more than one way to keep them occupied; playdates help kids, even very young ones, start to develop necessary and positive social skills they’ll use their whole lives.

“I think children benefit from being in social situations. They learn how to negotiate, problem solve and manage their feelings,” said Carol Grimes of ISU’s College of Technology’s early childhood care and education program.

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Easy evening routines

By Rebecca Hermance

Do you ever wonder why your evenings after work seem so rushed and chaotic? After the structure and schedule of the day does your evening fly by in a blur? Try a simple nightly routine to make life run a little more smoothly.

1. Put items away as you walk in the door. Have a designated spot for jackets, keys, purses, mail and shoes. Instead of leaving these things in random places throughout your home, consider a drop zone as you walk in the door. If you allocate a spot for these frequently used items, you will no longer be searching high and low for misplaced keys every time you want to go somewhere. Your home will also thank you for the added organization.

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Learning the hands-on way: Idaho Museum of Natural History classes designed for kids to learn while they create

By Rebecca Long Pyper

If you’ve been keeping your kids out of museums because they can’t keep their hands to themselves, now’s their chance to touch away without any scolding.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History on Idaho State University’s campus runs two programs for kids with handsiness to spare. Their Art of Natural History program allows creative and curious types to experiment with various mediums as they learn about the past, and the Museum Rangers program lets participants try their hand (literally) at the kind of work real scientists and anthropologists do.

“We’re finding that when children make emotional and physical connections with the things they’re learning about, they remember it better,” museum education specialist Rebecca Hansis-O’Neill said, adding that the museum gets more effective outreach if kids are encouraged to do things hands-on rather than listening to a lecture.

The museum has held interactive classes like these for a decade, with several slated for the summer months and a few scheduled in fall and spring.

On March 18 the Art of Natural History program will hold a fossil-art class where kids get to create their own “fossil” on a piece of canvas; the completed project looks surprisingly authentic, and “your imagination and dexterity are your only limits,” Hansis-O’Neill said. Students start with instruction and a tour around the museum to collect ideas, then they use wire to make a fossil in the shape of their choice, whether a bison skull, dinosaur leg bone, shell or something else. Students will take home a completed project after the class wraps. Cost is $25.

April 4 the museum will hold a special Museum Rangers class on ancient symbols, where for one hour a teacher will discuss symbols used in centuries past, then participants will practice writing their names using the symbols of ancient people. The class lasts one hour and costs $10.

These classes are kept small, so early registration is best. For more information, visit http://imnh.isu.edu/home/.

Wonder if your kid would like a class? Hansis-O’Neill said the programs usually attract “really chatty, enthusiastic kids,” and that even more reserved kids tend to come out of their shells by the class’s end.

Rebecca Hansis O'Neill of the Idaho Museum of Natural History shows a sample of the kind of project kids will bring home after the upcoming Art of Natural History class March 18. Photo by Jenny Losee

Rebecca Hansis O’Neill of the Idaho Museum of Natural History shows a sample of the kind of project kids will bring home after the upcoming Art of Natural History class March 18. Photo by Jenny Losee


“The kids that I see are usually kids that already have an interest in science and nature, or they’re kids that also have lots of questions and are excited — they seem to be excitable sorts,” Hansis-O’Neill said. “If you’ve got a kid that likes to ask questions and touch things, these are good classes.”

PMC’s Teddy Bear clinic is March 14

Portneuf Medical Center Teddy Bear Clinic is March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PMC, 777 Hospital Way, Pocatello. For ages 2 to 12, bring your stuffed friend in to get his annual checkup. Get his weight and measurements as well as any stitches, casts or X-rays needed. No appointment necessary. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. For more information, call 239-1155 or visit PortMed.org.


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What parents can do to help make baby’s naptime and bedtime a positive experience

By Rebecca Long Pyper
For the Journal

Whoever coined the phrase “sleep like a baby” got it all wrong.

Lots of families with little (and not-so-little) ones know sleeping can be a luxury, especially when a member of the family will not fall asleep and stay that way when bedtime rolls around.

But parents can do certain things to encourage sleep and to make naptime and bedtime a positive experience for everyone. Dr. David Denton, a pediatrician with Pocatello Children’s Clinic, sheds light on necessary amounts of sleep, realistic expectations and variability from kid to kid.

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Anti-bullying legislation supporters rally at Idaho Capitol steps

BOISE — Pointing to the abuses committed against Idaho students by their peers, supporters of anti-bullying legislation rallied Tuesday afternoon at the Idaho Capitol building steps.

Speakers at the demonstration expressed their support for House Bill 246 — which now rests in the Idaho Legislature’s House Education Committee pending a possible hearing.

    “Let’s get (HB) 246 through the House, through the Senate, and into law,” said state Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, in a speech at the Capitol steps — where she urged HB246 supporters to contact legislators about the measure.

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Staycation tips: Sticking around town for spring break? Try these ideas for fun at home

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Starting March 23 kids will be out of school for one whole week for spring break.

Whether that’s reason to panic or celebrate might vary from house to house, but one fact remains: Those kids will need something to do. If you can’t hit the road this year, here are a few ideas for a “staycation” that can break up the monotony of a week at home:

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Head Start program accepting applications

Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school-year. Head Start is a federally-funded early childhood development program that helps children and families work toward school readiness and self-sufficiency.

Preschoolers receive an exceptional education from certified teachers who also work with them to develop the social and emotional skills necessary for kindergarten. Parents are provided with an array of exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities. All of this is free to families who qualify.

Families must meet income guidelines established by the federal government. Those meeting the guidelines, as well as children in foster care and families who are homeless are encouraged to apply. The federal income guidelines are available on the program website at www.pochs.org.

Please call 233-6606 M-F 8:30am – 4:00pm to schedule an appointment.


Local businessman writes children’s books about friendship, diversity, bullying

By Kendra Evensen

POCATELLO — Although people may think of jabbering as talking without a lot of sense, longtime Pocatello resident and businessman Mike Sanders believes jabbering can help people to speak whatever is on their mind at the moment — and sometimes those thoughts are pretty important.

That’s why he’s been jabbering to his grandkids about things like the value of friendship, the differences that make people special, and the dangers that come with bullying. And he’s found a unique way to make his jabbering leave a lasting impression. Sanders has published  two children’s books.

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For husbands only: The secret to winning every argument

By Derold “De” Bates, Ed.S.

On your wedding day you said “yes” or “I do” to the question “Do you take so-and-so to be your lawfully wedded wife, to love, honor and cherish her as long as you both shall live?”

Sometimes the wording varies, but the intent is the same: Do you take this woman and promise to love and cherish her? So when you said yes, did you mean it?

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White’s the new beige: What you need to know before painting your walls the trendiest (non) color

By Rebecca Long Pyper

White is all the rage in shelter magazines, and for good reason: Everything looks good against white.

Although Pocatello has been slow to jump on the white trend, “a lot of people like it because it’s just that clean, crisp, elegant feel. It brightens up the room (and) goes with anything,” said decorative product specialist Liz Sparrow of Sherwin-Williams in Chubbuck.

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Mystique presents “Mary Poppins – The Musical”

The Mystique Performing Arts and Events Center, 158 E. Chubbuck Road in Chubbuck, will present “Mary Poppins —The Musical” on most Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through May 9. The production will open on Frirday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available with dinner or as show only. Dinner and show ticket prices are $25-$39 and show only tickets are $15 for seniors and children and $18 for adults. To make reservations call 238-8001, go to www.mystiquetheater.com or stop by the box office.

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Electives Fair to be held at Irving Middle School

Irving Middle School will host an electives fair on Friday, March 6The fair provides students the opportunity to showcase their work in exploratory classes such as choir, art, computer technology, band and orchestra.Itgreat event,said Irving principal Tonya Wilkes.


The fair will be an all-day event. Irving invites parents, the community and the media to attend

Children’s book author Janet Wong to host visits

By Jodeane Albright


POCATELLO — Janet Wong, children’s book author, will be in Pocatello March 9, 10 and 11 as part of the Bellon Visiting Author Series. She will be at the Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield Ave. from 4 to 5 p.m., on March 9. On March 10 she will be at the Idaho State University College of Education from 7 to 8 p.m., with a prior book signing at 6:15 p.m. And March 11 she will speak at the Portneuf District Library, 5210 Stuart Ave., Chubbuck at 4 p.m.

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Young scientists invited to participate in Science Trek 2015

The Idaho Museum of Natural History will present Science Trek 2015 on Friday, April 24.  The event is open to children in third through fifth grades. Cost is $43 and students MUST register in advance.

The event will be held at the museum.

Over the last 26 years Science Trek™ has served as a gateway for young scientists to learn more about the realms of science. An overnight adventure at the Idaho Museum of Natural History, Science Trek™ has given thousands of 3rd through 5th Grade children the opportunity to explore the frontiers of science with premier scientists at Idaho State University. Continue reading

‘Wonder': a good family read for teaching kids about acceptance and inclusion

By Rebecca Long Pyper

Give others more kindness than is necessary.

That’s the take home from R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder,” an engaging read for kids fourth grade and older and adults too, making this novel ideal for families to read together.

Main character August Pullman was born with a combination of syndromes including a type of mandibulofacial dysostosis, a genetic mutation that affects how his face formed. According to the story, there’s a one in four million chance any baby would be born with this condition, and August declines to describe his own face because “whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

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