Rocky Mountain Power teams with Chukars

Idaho Falls Chukars baseball is just around the proverbial corner, and with the approach of Opening Day comes the announcement that Rocky Mountain Power will sponsor 20 community seats at Melaleuca Field this season.

Chris Lewis, director of broadcast/media for the Chukars, said the community seats are available for area nonprofit and charity organizations to use so their clients can enjoy a night of baseball — free of charge — courtesy of Rocky Mountain Power.

Groups can reserve the community seats by contacting the Chukars office. Last season, every home date was filled, a Chukars news release said.

“I am grateful that Rocky Mountain Power chose to help us continue this great program to benefit nonprofit organizations in our area,” Chukars General Manager Kevin Greene said in the release. “Many of these groups might not have the opportunity to enjoy a night of professional baseball otherwise.”

Rocky Mountain Power delivers electricity to more than 1 million homes and businesses in its service area, the release said.

“Rocky Mountain Power is delighted to sponsor the community seats for our nonprofit and charitable partners in eastern Idaho,” spokesman Timothy Solomon said in the release. “We’re dedicated to helping our customers and communities thrive, and we’re pleased that, through this sponsorship, many deserving individuals can enjoy a relaxing night of baseball with the Idaho Falls Chukars.”

Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, which serves nearly 1.8 million customers in six western states, including Idaho. In eastern Idaho, the electricity provider serves roughly 70,000 customers.

The Chukars 38-game home schedule begins June 16. The team’s Opening Day opponent is the Orem Owlz.

The Chukars offices are located at Melaleuca Field, 900 Jim Garchow Way. The team’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2183, Idaho Falls 83403.

Ashley Furniture plans to open soon

The Ashley Furniture Home Store plans to open this weekend at 620 First St. in Idaho Falls.

According to a news release, the store has been working toward opening the third weekend in May at the old Oakridge Furniture Outlet on First Street.

“Under the Ashley umbrella, we’re able to provide the consumer with a larger brand selection and more competitive pricing,” owner Kip Steed said in the release. “It all comes down to wanting to provide local retail opportunities to those in our community.”

ISU helps health agency on study

Idaho State University is partnering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to conduct a baseline study on primary care providers’ use of team-based care, referral patterns, and electronic health records for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

According to a news release, Dr. Neill Piland, director of ISU’s Institute of Rural Health, said the baseline study will provide a “measurement of where we are today and will tell us where we need to go in the future to help manage and reduce these chronic diseases that affect so many Idahoans.”

Nearly 1,000 individual providers and practices across Idaho will be invited to participate in an online survey.

A summary of survey results will be available by June 30, the release said.

ResolutionResearch .com, a Denver-based survey research firm with experience conducting diabetes and heart disease-specific surveys, will work closely with ISU and Health and Welfare to deliver the survey. Other organizations supporting the study include Qualis Health and Idaho Medicaid.

Results from this baseline survey will be used to develop plans to promote prevention, early detection, and treatment of chronic diseases.

Diabetes and hypertension, while harmful on their own, also are risk factors for other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, end stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease, and blindness, the release said.

Since primary care is the first point of entry into the health care system for many patients, effective prevention, early detection and ongoing management can improve a patient’s health, reduce chronic disease rates and lower health-care costs, the release said.