Maltese CrossFit boasts new facility


Maltese CrossFit, a staple of the Idaho Falls fitness community for nine years, has moved into an expansive new location.

It opened the doors to its new 10,000-square-foot facility at 3899 S. American Way on Oct. 31.

The gym held its grand opening ceremony Dec. 30.

Sam Harmer and his wife, Becky, are co-owners of Maltese CrossFit. According to Harmer, the new gym is a significant upgrade from the previous location.

“We are the largest CrossFit facility in southeast Idaho,” he said. “It’s straight dedicated to CrossFit.”

The CrossFit community has embraced the new amenities and environment in the new gym as well, Harmer said.

“They have all been very receptive of it,” he said. “People will come in and, after class hang out, for two or three hours. We have a large counter, places to sit, and people bring along their friends and kids. It’s definitely a family friendly atmosphere.”

Maltese CrossFit holds nine classes daily, along with open gym times. Membership prices range from $75 to $115 a month with no contracts. The first class is free to try.

To learn more about, visit or call 208-360-9423.

Ribbon-cutting set for

furniture store addition

Blacker’s Complete Home Furnishings, a Blackfoot-based furniture store, is celebrating the addition of HGTV Home Design Studio by Bassett in its Idaho Falls and Blackfoot locations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the 1530 E. Lincoln Road location in Idaho Falls.

Bassett area representative Greg Johnson said in a news release that bringing the HGTV Home Design Studio to Blacker’s “was a natural.”

“Blacker’s has the vision and the 40-plus years of experience necessary to showcase such a unique and high-quality line,” he said

The HGTV Home Design Studio will allow customers to create custom furniture or design a room makeover plan unique to their own style and preferences, the release said. The Idaho Falls and Blackfoot design studios are the first and only of their kind in Idaho.

Blacker’s has been in operation since 1976 in Blackfoot and since 1995 in Idaho Falls.

Nuclear Care Partners hosting

‘walk-in Wednesdays’

Nuclear Care Partners, a nonprofit home health care organization benefiting former atomic workers, is hosting “walk-in Wednesdays” at its Idaho Falls office to assist former Idaho National Laboratory employees filing for Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) benefits.

Enacted in 2004, EEOICPA is a worker’s compensation program provided to former federal atomic workers.

Former atomic workers will have the opportunity to learn about the process of filing for benefits and options for refiling after a denial.

Former INL and Argonne West employees or subcontractors are invited to visit the Nuclear Care Partners office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at 354 W. Sunnyside Road should they have any questions or concerns.

Idaho Falls Civitan

hosting February ‘seek event’

The Idaho Falls Civitans club is recruiting new members to join its community based service organization.

In what is described as a “seek event” by Civitan member Natalie Hebard, the Idaho Falls chapter of Civitan International will host a recruitment gathering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Pinecrest Event Center, 560 E. Anderson St.

The event is an opportunity for the Civitans to promote the organization and its recent charitable activities, Hebard said.

“It’s an opportunity for us to seek interested and invested community members,” she said.

Civitan members will be present and introduce the club’s goals and projects and to answer any questions.

The event is being held in cooperation with several business leaders and the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. But Hebard says it’s not exclusive to the business community.

“We want to invite anyone affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce, or not,” she said. “Anyone willing to help the community.”

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Deseret Industries announces

Ammon store opening date

After 40-plus years in its current location, Deseret Industries is closing its Idaho Falls store on E Street on March 17 and opening the doors to its new location in Ammon on March 22.

Deseret Industries will hold a three-day grand opening celebration March 22 to March 24 at its new location at 2885 E. 17th St. in Ammon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 22.

The 48,000-square-foot Ammon location will provide job opportunities for 105 work associates and 14 staff members.

I.F. Chamber offers networking lunch

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch at noon Feb. 6 at the Pinecrest Event Center.

According to the Chamber’s website, the Out of the Box Networking Lunch is an “opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community” by interacting with local business owners in a casual environment.

Pre-registration for the event is required by Feb. 2. Admission is $10 for Chamber members and $12 for nonmembers and walk-up sales.

To learn more, and RSVP, visit

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