WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recently announced the selection of Rupe’s Burgers in Blackfoot as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for June 2021.

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Public Library will be starting its “in-person” summer reading program and story time with registration taking place Monday through Friday, June 14-18, with a fairy tale theme.

While helping friends feed cows earlier this spring, I was struck by the apparent diversity of tree species on their ranch. A field trip a few weeks ago confirmed my impression. In a small part of the property, the rancher showed me at least eight species of trees (including balm of Gilead, …

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot City Council voted to forego a possible purchase of the old Nonpareil Administration building for a possible new city hall during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

BLACKFOOT — Bingham Healthcare and Idaho Central Credit Union have joined forces again to present the 2021 Liberty Fireworks Show. The companies have added a drone light show that will be paired with the fireworks to make this year’s show even more impressive. This extraordinary display will…

BLACKFOOT – The Eastern Idaho State Fair plans to have some new looks for fair-goers this year starting with a new announcer booth above the racetrack for Indian relays, the rodeo, and other events. They announced the progress earlier on Facebook, and plan to have it completed in the near future.

BLACKFOOT – Members of the Blackfoot Education Association met with Superintendent Brian Kress, Assistant Superintendent Ryan Wilson, and school board Chairwoman Bonnie Hepworth Tuesday to discuss contracts for the upcoming school year.

POCATELLO – Steer wrestling is one of the toughest, roughest events in rodeo. It doesn’t get the notoriety that bull riding gets simply because you don’t have a 2,000-pound bull trying to kill you if he can buck you off.

POCATELLO – Hayden Corta, the champion pole bender from District 8, grabbed the lead in the pole bending event at the state high school finals with a 20.766 time and then made that run stand up to claim the event by a half point over Trinity Olson, who made a furious run at Corta in the thir…

POCATELLO – Cooper Cooke’s name is synonymous with excellence when it comes to the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals. After all, the cowboy is seeking his third straight All-Around Cowboy award this year and then it is likely that he will be off to test the waters in the PRCA.

POCATELLO – After the first go-round was completed, there were some new names atop the leaderboard in the goat tying event — new in that they just weren’t familiar to those who have been following the event the past several years.

POCATELLO – As the lights slowly were shut down at the Bannock County Events Center, the second go-round of the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals came to a close as well, meaning the Finals Rodeo was at the halfway point and halfway to anointing the 2021 champions.

POCATELLO – Another speed event is heading down to the wire to determine the state champion and the team that will represent Idaho at the national finals as the barrel racing ladies have turned the heat up a notch or two.

POCATELLO – As the action begins to heat up, so have the times in breakaway roping for the cowgirls. Just when you think they may have roped one in the fastest time of the day, here comes another cowgirl to beat that time. We already have a dozen times under three seconds.